Led by Larry Gatlin, the Gatlin Brothers are one of the most popular country groups in the music's history. Adopting the close harmony vocal techniques of the Louvins and the Everlys to the highly polished country-pop era, Larry and the Gatlin Brothers scored a number of hits during the '70s and '80s. In 1977, Gatlin's fourth album, High Time, was credited to Larry With Brothers and Friends and contained his first number one hit, "I Just Wish You Were Someone I Love." Throughout the '80s, the Gatlin Brothers ran up a string of 15 Top 40 hits, including "Houston (Means I'm One Day Closer to You)," "Denver," "The Lady Takes the Cowboy Everytime," and "She Used to Be Somebody's Baby." All of their recordings during this time were released under a variety of names, including Larry & the Gatlin Brothers Band, Larry & the Gatlin Brothers, and Larry, Steve, Rudy: The Gatlin Brothers.
In 1979, they released their album, Straight Ahead. It spawned the classic single “All the Gold in California”, which became their biggest hit together, taking the No. 1 spot on the Hot Country Songs list. This was Larry Gatlin’s second number one hit, and led to his being awarded “Top Male Vocalist of the Year” by the Academy of Country Music that year. On June 6, 1980, Straight Ahead was certified gold. The group’s next big hit came in early 1980, with “Take Me To Your Lovin’ Place”, which peaked at No. 5 in 1981; they followed up with “What Are We Doin’ Lonesome”, which peaked at No. 4 later in the year. They continued their hit success, garnering top 10 and top 20 hits, with “In Like With Each Other” (1982), “She Used to Sing on Sunday” (1982), “Sure Feels Like Love” (1982), “Almost Called Her Baby By Mistake” (1983), and “Denver” (1984). In 1983, the group had their third (and last) No. 1 hit, “Houston (Means I’m One Day Closer to You)”.
On January 19, 1985, the Gatlin Brothers sang “All the Gold in California” at the nationally-televised 50th Inaugural Gala, the day before the second inauguration of Ronald Reagan. Even though the group never achieved another No. 1 hit, they had hits that came close, like the jaunty release in 1986, “She Used to Be Somebody’s Baby” (which peaked at No. 2), as well as 1987′s ”Talkin’ to the Moon”, and 1988′s”Love of a Lifetime” (both of which peaked at No. 4). The Gatlin Brothers were also one of the first country groups to have music videos, like 1984′s ”The Lady Takes the Cowboy Everytime”. In 1985, Gatlin wrote the song “Indian Summer” with Barry Gibb, which he recorded as a duet with Roy Orbison. In 1989, the Gatlin Brothers sang National Anthem before game three of the 1989 World Series, played at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California.