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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."

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Jeff Silbar is a songwriter. Silbar, a native of Los Angeles, won the Grammy Award for Song of the Year in 1990 for co-writing Bette Midler's "Wind Beneath My Wings" with Larry Henley.

"Wind Beneath My Wings" is a song written in 1982 by Jeff Silbar and Larry Henley.

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Early life

Henley was born to Carl Henley and Helen Quinnin [1] in Arp, Texas on June 30, 1937. [2] He grew up in Odessa, Texas with three sisters and a brother. He had originally planned on an acting career before becoming a singer and songwriter. [3]

Arp, Texas City in Texas, United States

Arp is a city in Smith County, in the U.S. state of Texas. It is part of the Tyler metropolitan statistical area. According to the United States Census Bureau. The population was 970 in the 2010 census.

Odessa, Texas City in Texas

Odessa is a city in and the county seat of Ector County, Texas, United States. It is located primarily in Ector County, although a small section of the city extends into Midland County. Odessa's population was 99,940 at the 2010 census, making it the 29th-most populous city in Texas; estimates as of July 2015 indicate a population of 159,436 in the city. It is the principal city of the Odessa Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Ector County. The metropolitan area is also a component of the larger Midland–Odessa combined statistical area, which had a 2010 census population of 278,801; a recent report from the United States Census Bureau estimates that the combined population as of July 2015 is 320,513. In 2014, Forbes magazine ranked Odessa as the third-fastest growing small city in the United States.

Career

He was the lead singer of pop group the Newbeats, formed in the 1964, singing in a distinctive falsetto. [4] 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 on the "Big Beat '65" tour. [5] The group's last single was released in 1974. Henley had a solo album, Piece a Cake, released in 1975. [6]

The Newbeats were an American popular music vocal trio, led by Larry Henley, best known for their 1964 hit, "Bread and Butter", which was released on the Hickory Records label.

Falsetto is the vocal register occupying the frequency range just above the modal voice register and overlapping with it by approximately one octave.

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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 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). [7] Other songs included "Shotgun rider" for Delbert McClinton; "You're Welcome to Tonight" by Lynn Anderson and Gary Morris; and "The World Needs a Melody" by The Carter Family with Johnny Cash. [8] [9]

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Henley was a friend of Bobby Goldsboro and it was because of Henley's urging that Goldsboro sang the song "Honey". [10]

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He was a 2012 inductee into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. "Bread and Butter" has been used in Sunbeam Bread advertisements and multiple films, while "Wind Beneath My Wings" was part of the soundtrack for Beaches (1988). [4] "Love Is on the Air" written by Henley with Jim Hurt and Johnny Slate, performed by Lou Rawls was used in The Cannonball Run. [11]

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The song "Wind Beneath My Wings" (written by Henley and Jeff Silbar) was a U.S. #1 hit for Bette Midler and has since totaled around 6 million radio air plays. [12] The song earned Henley and Silbar the Grammy Award for Song of the Year for 1989, and Bette Midler the Record of the Year award. [13] The song was originally recorded by Roger Whittaker in 1982 and has since been covered by numerous artists.

Death

On December 18, 2014, Henley died of Lewy Body Dementia in Nashville, Tennessee at age 77. [7] He had been suffering from Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases. [7] His interment was held at Kelsey Cemetery in Gilmer, Texas. He is survived by his partner of 17 years, Laurie Norton.

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