A few intuitive businessmen saw the opportunity and promoted them in
England, where they found themselves welcomed by the explosive Rock
and Roll genre. They headlined with Jerry and the Pacemakers,
The Kinks, The Dave Clark Five and emerging Motown
artists such as TheSupremes, Smoky Robinson,
Marvin Gaye and The Temptations.
Once back at home they were suddenly in demand, and set
off to tour Australia and New Zealand with Orbison and the
Life on the road grew old and The Newbeats
parted ways to week separate goals. It was then that Henley sought a
new venue. He hung out with legends like Roger Miller and
Shel Silverstein, whose mastery of the word proved to be
The encouragement of accomplished songwriters Mickey
Newbury and Don Gant prompted him to pursue the role of
songwriter. Gants’ involvement as a record producer gave him the
necessary outlet to transpose his newfound talents.
L to R: Larry, ..... and Don
Larry soon found himself writing with Kenny O’Dell,
Bill Dees, Mark Mathis and scads of others. His
collaboration with Red Lane, whom he credits for his
education in Country music writing, gave him his first hit,
‘Til I Get It Right,
a smash by Tammy Wynette.
Following that introduction he had numerous hits, among
them Lizzie and The Rainman
(Tanya Tucker) and
He’s A Heartache (Looking For A Place To Happen)
Shotgun Rider (Delbert
McClinton) as well as records by countless others ranging
from Barbara Streisand to Bob Dylan.
Since becoming an established writer he has been honored to work
with other greats like Donna Summer, Dennis Morgan,
Delaney Bramlett, Keith Diamond, Anthony Smith,
Billy Burnette, Jack Conrad, Dennis Matkosky and
Tony Colton, to name just a few.
His most recent endeavor is yet another first, a CD
whose content he collectively wrote AND sang with Bruce Channel
and Ricky Ray Rector, calling themselves Original Copy
(Click HERE for More Info).
The band’s name is an apt oxymoron that explains itself in the CD’s
say, Larry Henley is still alive and well and far from
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