All The Gold In California – The Gatlin Brothers

THIS DAY IN MUSIC……………………………………….on October 20th of 1979 Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers Band park at #1 on the Billboard’s Hot Country Chart with “All The Gold In California”. Written by Larry Gatlin and recorded by American country music group Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers Band. As part of a trio with his younger brothers Steve and Rudy, he achieved considerable success within the country music genre, performing on thirty-three Top 40 singles (combining his solo recordings and those with his brothers). As their fame grew, the band became known as Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers. It was released in August 1979 as the first single from the album Straight Ahead. “All the Gold in California” was the first of two number one singles for Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers Band. The single stayed at number one for two weeks and spent a total of ten weeks on the chart.The song was written while Larry was in a traffic jam in Los Angeles; the song goes on to warn the listener that all the gold in the state “is in a bank in the middle of Beverly Hills in somebody else’s name” and that attempting to make it big in California carries a risk of failure that could personally devastate one’s resolve.