October 27

The Story of “All the Gold in California” By Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers

The song “All the Gold in California” by Larry Gatlin and The Gatlin Brothers is the first single from the album Straight Ahead. An iconic musical piece that the group released in August 1979, this single bears their signature style and phenomenal talent. And with that, the song became an instant hit and reached the no. 1 spot in Billboard’s US Hot Country Songs for several weeks.

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And because of their unique style and performance, Larry Gatlin and The Gatlin Brothers were invited to perform “All the Gold in California” at the nationally televised 50th Presidential Gala, the day before the second inauguration of former president Ronald Raegan.

Story of an Iconic Musical Piece

The narrative of the song is very straightforward indeed. Their music goes on to caution their listeners that you can only find all the wealth of the state of California in the bank in the middle of Beverly Hills and in some other’s name. This is an attempt to warn people that making a living in the state carries a risk of failure that may make them feel devastated.

Interestingly, Larry Gatlin penned the song after being inspired by seeing a family migrating to California while being stuck in the middle of a traffic jam, while he was on his way to a meeting.

For Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, this song is not only a song to entertain its listeners. It is also their way of sharing some advice to anyone hearing their piece that taking a risk in life may not end up the way they want it to happen. So if you want some piece of advice from the legends of country music, watch and enjoy the video of “All the Gold in California” by Larry Gatlin and The Gatlin Brothers here.


Larry Gatlin, The Gatlin Brothers

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