Larry Boone Biography

7 June 1956, Cooper City, Florida, USA. Larry Boone sang around local honky tonks and clubs to finance his way through college and gained a degree in education. In 1981, he moved to Nashville where, while working to establish himself as a songwriter, he busked on Music Row. On some occasions, his educational qualification gained him work as a supply teacher in schools. He joined MTM as a writer and, in 1985, Marie Osmond’s version of his song ‘Until I Fall In Love Again’ charted. Other artists began to record his songs and his own singing also began to attract attention. In 1986, his traditional honky tonk style, similar to Moe Bandy, saw him signed to a singles-only contract with Mercury Records. By 1987, he had registered only five minor hits (the highest being ‘Roses In December’, a number 44), but the sales had been good enough for Mercury to have a rethink and consequently release an album in 1988. ‘Don’t Give Candy To A Stranger’ (a clever twist, with Candy actually being the little girl involved in the ex-wife’s remarriage), a Top 10 hit in 1988, has so far proved his biggest hit. However, his name has been kept to the fore by some further chart entries of his own and by the recordings of other artists including John Conlee (‘American Faces’), Ronnie Milsap and Shurfire (‘Roll The Dice’), Don Williams (‘Old Coyote Town’), George Jones (‘King Of The Mountain’) and he also co-wrote Kathy Mattea’s 1989 number 1, ‘Burnin’ Old Memories’.

He then made his film debut playing a drug addict/drunk country singer, opposite Catherine Bach, inMusic City Blues. After three successful albums, he left Mercury and moved to the Columbia label in 1991, but his first two albums failed to gain the critical acclaim of the Mercury releases. He has also failed, in the early 90s, to find another major hit following the Columbia Records move. In 1991, ‘To Be With You’ proved his best. It remained charted for 20 weeks but it reached no higher than number 34.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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