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 The Supremes, 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 Stones.
     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 infectious.
     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 Gant

    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), He's A Heartache (Looking For A Place To Happen) (Janie Fricke), 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. The band's name is an apt oxymoron that explains itself in the CD's liner notes.




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