February 5

Larry Gatlin and The Gatlin Brothers’ First No. 1 Song on the Chart

Do you believe that when you move to a bigger city where people get famous and rich, they will help you be like them? Do you think that some place can make your dreams do come true? Let’s take a look at what Larry Gatlin thinks of it.

Larry Gatlin and The Gatlin Brothers’ First No. 1 Song on the Chart 1

Inspiration of His Song “All the Gold in California”

In 1978, Gatlin was stuck in a traffic jam on his way to Burbank. While sitting on his rental car, he saw a 1958 Mercury station wagon in front of him. He noticed the license plate of the car, which was from Oklahoma. Looking at the family in the car, he thought,

“These poor folks, they’re coming out to California to get rich and famous, and they’re gonna find out all too quickly that all the gold in California is in a bank in the middle of Beverly Hills in somebody else’s name.”

Larry Gatlin/ Tennessean

Out came the words to his first number one single with the Gatlin Brothers, “All the Gold in California.” Gatlin told Tennessean that after reaching his destination and finished his meeting with Mr. Mo Ostin, he went to the parking lot and wrote the words of the song.

First No. 1 Song of the Band

The following year, Gatlin recorded “All the Gold in California” with his group The Gatlin Brothers. It was one of the tracks from their first album together, Straight Ahead. The song, when released as a single, reached the top of the Billboard Country chart. Furthermore, it has also secured a spot on the Canadian country chart at number two.

The Song’s Content

“All the Gold in California” is a song about chasing after your dreams in a place that wouldn’t give you any guarantee. It also says that even though you become famous, it won’t bring you happiness. Instead, fame can be a trap and could only ruin your life.

Tryin’ to be a hero, winding up a zero

Can scar a man forever right down to your soul

Living on the spotlight can kill a man outright

Cause everything that glitters is not gold

This is a wonderful song by Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers that truly speaks of the reality about money and fame.



Larry Gatlin, The Gatlin Brothers

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