Country and gospel music legends Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers will headline a community concert Saturday at 7:30 p.m., to highlight the grand opening of Hempstead Hall on the University of Arkansas Community College at Hope campus.
Tickets for the free community event will be available after Hempstead Hall ribbon cutting ceremonies Thursday at 10:30 a.m. The box office will be open Thursday from 11 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.; Friday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.; and the day of the show from 2 p.m. until tickets run out, according to Dolly Henley, Hempstead Hall director.
Tickets are first come, first serve with a limit of four tickets per person, Henley said.
Larry, Steve, and Rudy Gatlin began performing in their hometown of Abilene, Texas, over 50 years ago and from there went on to make music history. Over the course of a four-decade career, the Gatlin Brothers have performed at venues from rural Texas to White House performances, from Broadway to the Grammy Awards, and have topped the country music charts.
Larry Gatlin began in 1972 with a solo record contract with Monument Records through his friend and now entertainment great, Kris Kristofferson. Larry invited his siblings to Nashville to sing backup on his first two albums, 1974's The Pilgrim and 1975's Rain Rainbow. Release of The Pilgrim brought Gatlin his first hit with "Sweet Becky Walker,” and he went to No. 1 on the charts the next year with "Broken Lady," a song that captured him a Grammy in 1976.
The same year, all three brothers were inducted into the Grand Ole Opry. In 1977, High Time, credited to "Larry Gatlin with Brothers and Friends," featured the No. 1 hit "I Just Wish You Were Someone I Love." The success of this album encouraged the brothers to become an official trio; and in 1979, they signed a group deal with Columbia Records.
Over the next decade, the Gatlin Brothers produced more than a dozen Top 40 hits, including "Denver," "Houston (Means That I'm One Day Closer To You)," “Midnight Choir (Mogen David)," and "She Used To Be Somebody's Baby," "I Don't Want To Cry," "Statues Without Hearts," "What Are We Doing Lonesome," “I've Done Enough Dyin' Today," "Take Me To Your Lovin' Place," "Night Time Magic," "Love Is Just A Game," "The Lady Takes The Cowboy Every Time," and “Talkin' To The Moon."
And, in 1979, Larry Gatlin won Academy of Country Music's "Top Male Vocalist;" “Straight Ahead” won "Album of the Year;" and "All The Gold In California" won "Single of the Year."
Tickets will be available January 24, 25, and 26 at the Hempstead Hall box office only. For more information, visit the UACCH website at www.uacch.edu.