Hamilton (born March 21, 1950) is an American New Orleans blues,
rhythm and blues and soul blues singer and songwriter. Although he has been
a professional musician since the mid 1960s, his solo debut album was not
released until 1997.
Hamilton was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. Playing drums,
piano and learning to sing by the age of nine, Hamilton had written his
first song by the age of 12. Three years later, in 1965, Hamilton began his
professional career as lead singer with David Batiste and the Gladiators.
His career there lasted until the mid 1970s, during which time he had toured
with Curtis Mayfield, Bettye Swann, Jackie Wilson,
Percy Sledge, David Ruffin, Major Lance,
Z. Z. Hill and Al Green. In his own name,
Hamilton recorded two singles on Malaco Records, 'Gossip' b/w 'Keep The News
To Yourself' (1971), and 'My Mind Keeps Playing Tricks On Me' b/w 'Ain't
Nothing Like That Funky Music'.
His songwriting credits include Etta James'
'Get On Your Job'; 'Feel Like Dynamite' and 'Let Us Be' for King Floyd;
'She's Taking My Part' for Irma Thomas; and 'The Feeling' for
Albert King. He has also written for Oliver
Morgan ('I Love Rhythm and Blues'); Jean Knight (Save The Last Kiss For
Me'); and Johnny Adams ('More Than One Way').
Hamilton met Allen Toussaint in the late 1970s and accompanied his group on
tour. In 1996, Toussaint signed Hamilton to his NYNO Records label,
releasing Larry Hamilton in 1997.
Hamilton's second album, Love Is?, was released in September 2006.