The Info List - Larry Henley

Lawrence Joel "Larry" Henley (June 30, 1937 – December 18, 2014) was an American singer and songwriter, best known for co-writing (with Jeff Silbar) the 1989 hit record "Wind Beneath My Wings."


1 Early life 2 Career 3 Death 4 References 5 External links

Early life[edit] Lawrence Joel Henley was born in Arp, Texas
Arp, Texas
on June 30, 1937.[1] He grew up in Odessa, Texas. He had originally planned on an acting career before becoming a singer and songwriter.[2] Career[edit] He was the lead singer of pop group the Newbeats, formed in the 1964, singing in a distinctive falsetto.[3] The group had two hits that charted in the top 20 of Billboard magazine, with one of them, "Bread and Butter", reaching No. 2 on the Billboard charts and selling over a million copies. They toured Australia and New Zealand with Roy Orbison, Ray Columbus and the Invaders and the Rolling Stones
Rolling Stones
on the "Big Beat '65" tour.[4] The group's last single was released in 1974. Henley had a solo album, Piece a Cake, released in 1975.[5] He co-wrote with Red Lane "'Til I Get It Right" for Tammy Wynette, a 1973 #1 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Singles, later covered by Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
and Kenny Rogers. Other #1 country hits were his songs "Is It Still Over?" (performed by Randy Travis), "Lizzie and the Rainman" (performed by Tanya Tucker), and "He's a Heartache (Looking for a Place to Happen)" (performed by Janie Fricke).[6] Other songs included "Shotgun rider" for Delbert McClinton; "You're Welcome to Tonight" by Lynn Anderson
Lynn Anderson
and Gary Morris; and "The World Needs a Melody" by The Carter Family
The Carter Family
with Johnny Cash.[7][8] Henley was a friend of Bobby Goldsboro
Bobby Goldsboro
and it was because of Henley's urging that Goldsboro sang the song "Honey".[9] He was a 2012 inductee into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. "Bread and Butter" has been used in Sunbeam Bread
Sunbeam Bread
advertisements and multiple films, while "Wind Beneath My Wings" was part of the soundtrack for Beaches (1988).[3] "Love Is on the Air" written by Henley with Jim Hurt and Johnny Slate, performed by Lou Rawls
Lou Rawls
was used in The Cannonball Run.[10] The song "Wind Beneath My Wings" (written by Henley and Jeff Silbar) was a U.S. #1 hit for Bette Midler
Bette Midler
and has since totaled around 6 million radio air plays.[11] The song earned Henley and Silbar the Grammy Award for Song of the Year
Grammy Award for Song of the Year
for 1989, and Bette Midler
Bette Midler
the Record of the Year award.[12] The song was originally recorded by Roger Whittaker
Roger Whittaker
in 1982 and has since been covered by numerous artists. Death[edit] On December 18, 2014, Henley died of Lewy Body Dementia in Nashville, Tennessee at age 77.[6] He had been suffering from Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.[6] His interment was held at Kelsey Cemetery in Gilmer, Texas. References[edit]

^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. pp. 179–180. ISBN 0-214-20512-6.  ^ Reuters (19 December 2014). "Larry Henley, a Writer of 'Wind Beneath My Wings,' Dies at 77". Nytimes.com. Retrieved 24 October 2017.  ^ a b Bernstein, Adam (December 18, 2014). "Larry Henley, Nashville songwriter who co-wrote 'Wind Beneath My Wings,' dies at 77". Washington Post. Retrieved December 19, 2014.  ^ The Mod Father: Ray Columbus, Ray Columbus, Penguin UK, Jun 27, 2011 ^ Award-Winning Singer-Songwriter Larry Henley Passes, Music Row, Robert K. Oermann, December 18, 2014 ^ a b c ""Wind Beneath My Wings" Songwriter Larry Henley Dies". CMT News. Retrieved 18 December 2014.  ^ Donna Nolan-Wilson. "Wind beneath my wings co-writer Larry Henley hospitalized". AXS. Retrieved 18 December 2014.  ^ " Larry Henley • Top Songs as Writer • Music VF, US & UK hits charts". Musicvf.com. Retrieved 18 December 2014.  ^ "3 1 Henley, 'Wind Beneath My Wings' writer, dies". Shreveport Times. December 18, 2014. Retrieved December 19, 2014.  ^ THE CANNONBALL RUN, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences ^ "'Wind Beneath My Wings' Soars With Six Million Spins". Broadcast Media, Inc. February 5, 2004. Retrieved December 19, 2014.  ^ "Songwriters set sight on Oscar". The Telegraph. Google News. April 27, 1990. Retrieved December 19, 2014. 

External links[edit]

Official website Larry Henley on IMDb

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The Newbeats

Larry Henley Louis "Dean" Mathis Mark Mathis

Studio albums

Bread & Butter


"Bread and Butter" "Everything's Alright" "Break Away (from That Boy)" "Run, Baby Run (Back Into My Arms)" "Bird Dog" "Thou Shalt Not Steal" "Laura (What's He Got That I Ain't Got)" "I Know (You Don't Love Me No More)"

Cover Songs

"Ain't That Lovin' You Baby" "Baby Let's Play House" "Bye Bye Love" "Come See About Me" "Great Balls of Fire" "Hang On Sloopy" "Help!" "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" "I Can't Hear You No More" "I'm Blue (The Gong Gong Song)" "Mother-in-Law" "Oh, Pretty Woman" "The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)"

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Grammy Award for Song of the Year


"Volare" – Domenico Modugno
Domenico Modugno
(songwriter) (1959) "The Battle of New Orleans" – Jimmy Driftwood
Jimmy Driftwood
(songwriter) (1960) "Theme from Exodus" – Ernest Gold (songwriter) (1961) "Moon River" – Johnny Mercer
Johnny Mercer
& Henry Mancini
Henry Mancini
(songwriters) (1962) "What Kind of Fool Am I?" – Leslie Bricusse & Anthony Newley (songwriters) (1963) "Days of Wine and Roses" – Johnny Mercer
Johnny Mercer
& Henry Mancini (songwriters) (1964) "Hello, Dolly!" – Jerry Herman
Jerry Herman
(songwriter) (1965) "The Shadow of Your Smile" – Paul Francis Webster & Johnny Mandel (songwriters) (1966) "Michelle" – John Lennon
John Lennon
& Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney
(songwriters) (1967) "Up, Up, and Away" – Jimmy Webb
Jimmy Webb
(songwriter) (1968) "Little Green Apples" – Bobby Russell (songwriter) (1969) "Games People Play" – Joe South
Joe South
(songwriter) (1970) "Bridge over Troubled Water" – Paul Simon
Paul Simon
(songwriter) (1971) "You've Got a Friend" – Carole King
Carole King
(songwriter) (1972) "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" – Ewan MacColl (songwriter) (1973) "Killing Me Softly with His Song" – Norman Gimbel & Charles Fox (songwriters) (1974) "The Way We Were" – Alan and Marilyn Bergman & Marvin Hamlisch (songwriters) (1975) "Send in the Clowns" – Stephen Sondheim
Stephen Sondheim
(songwriter) (1976) "I Write the Songs" – Bruce Johnston (songwriter) (1977) "Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born)" – Barbra Streisand & Paul Williams (songwriters) / "You Light Up My Life" – Joe Brooks (songwriter) (1978) "Just the Way You Are" – Billy Joel
Billy Joel
(songwriter) (1979) "What a Fool Believes" – Kenny Loggins
Kenny Loggins
& Michael McDonald (songwriters) (1980)


"Sailing" – Christopher Cross
Christopher Cross
(songwriter) (1981) "Bette Davis Eyes" – Donna Weiss & Jackie DeShannon (songwriters) (1982) "Always on My Mind" – Johnny Christopher, Mark James & Wayne Carson (songwriters) (1983) "Every Breath You Take" – Sting (songwriter) (1984) "What's Love Got to Do with It" – Graham Lyle & Terry Britten (songwriters) (1985) "We Are the World" – Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson
& Lionel Richie (songwriters) (1986) "That's What Friends Are For" – Burt Bacharach
Burt Bacharach
& Carole Bayer Sager (songwriters) (1987) "Somewhere Out There" – James Horner, Barry Mann
Barry Mann
& Cynthia Weil (songwriters) (1988) "Don't Worry, Be Happy" – Bobby McFerrin
Bobby McFerrin
(songwriter) (1989) "Wind Beneath My Wings" – Larry Henley & Jeff Silbar (songwriters) (1990) "From a Distance" – Julie Gold
Julie Gold
(songwriter) (1991) "Unforgettable" – Irving Gordon
Irving Gordon
(songwriter) (1992) "Tears in Heaven" – Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton
& Will Jennings (songwriters) (1993) "A Whole New World" – Alan Menken
Alan Menken
& Tim Rice
Tim Rice
(songwriters) (1994) "Streets of Philadelphia" – Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen
(songwriter) (1995) "Kiss from a Rose" – Seal (songwriter) (1996) "Change the World" – Gordon Kennedy, Wayne Kirkpatrick & Tommy Sims (songwriters) (1997) "Sunny Came Home" – Shawn Colvin
Shawn Colvin
& John Leventhal
John Leventhal
(songwriters) (1998) "My Heart Will Go On" – James Horner
James Horner
& Will Jennings (songwriters) (1999) "Smooth" – Itaal Shur
Itaal Shur
& Rob Thomas (songwriters) (2000)


"Beautiful Day" – Adam Clayton, David Evans, Laurence Mullen & Paul Hewson (songwriters) (2001) "Fallin'" – Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys
(songwriter) (2002) "Don't Know Why" – Jesse Harris (songwriter) (2003) "Dance with My Father" – Richard Marx
Richard Marx
& Luther Vandross (songwriters) (2004) "Daughters" – John Mayer
John Mayer
(songwriter) (2005) "Sometimes You Can't Make It on Your Own" – Adam Clayton, David Evans, Laurence Mullen & Paul Hewson (songwriters) (2006) "Not Ready to Make Nice" – Emily Burns Erwin, Martha Maguire, Natalie Maines
Natalie Maines
Pasdar & Dan Wilson (songwriters) (2007) "Rehab" – Amy Winehouse
Amy Winehouse
(songwriter) (2008) "Viva la Vida" – Guy Berryman, Jonathan Buckland, William Champion & Christopher Martin (songwriters) (2009) "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" – Thaddis "Kuk" Harrell, Beyoncé Knowles, Terius Nash & Christopher Stewart (songwriters) (2010) "Need You Now" – Dave Haywood, Josh Kear, Charles Kelley
Charles Kelley
& Hillary Scott (songwriters) (2011) "Rolling in the Deep" – Adele
Adkins & Paul Epworth (songwriters) (2012) "We Are Young" – Jack Antonoff, Jeff Bhasker, Andrew Dost
Andrew Dost
& Nate Ruess (songwriters) (2013) "Royals" – Joel Little & Ella Yelich O'Connor (songwriters) (2014) "Stay with Me" (Darkchild version) – James Napier, William Phillips & Sam Smith (songwriters) (2015) "Thinking Out Loud" – Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran
& Amy Wadge
Amy Wadge
(songwriters) (2016) "Hello" – Adele
Adkins & Greg Kurstin
Greg Kurstin
(songwriters) (2017) "That's What I Like" – Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus & Jonathan Yip (songwriters) (2018)

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