Gatlin Brothers At Grand Ole Opry Country Music Show - Nashville
The Gatlins were inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 1976 and have been a popular attraction there ever since. Before they were a group, they competed together in local talent competitions, winning their first in 1954, when Larry was only six, Steve four and Rudy two. When they became instant hits in the mid-70s, Larry was a solo act, but they wanted to work together. He wrote a song – in just fifteen minutes – that the brothers performed together, went to Number One and won them a Grammy – “Broken Lady.” The Gatlin Brothers joined forces officially in 1979 when Larry Gatlin signed with Columbia Records and decided to have his brothers billed on his singles and albums. That year, they declared themselves as Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers. In October of that year, they released their first album as this group, Straight Ahead.