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Larry LaDon was born in Monroe Louisiana in 1941 to a musical family. Larry's mother remarried to a man from Nashville Tennessee when he was quite young and the family relocated to Music City. Larry's mother was the musical director for their church and Larry and his brothers and sisters all grew up singing Gospel Music. In fact, Larry's younger sister and two brothers formed "The Mays Trio", a group that became very successful on the Gospel Music circuit. They worked with many of the big names of the day, including Aretha & Rev. C.L. Franklin and James Cleveland.
Larry had other things in mind though. When he was 16 or 17 years old he sneaked into a nightclub called "The Waiters Club", heard a Blues shouter named "Good Rockin' Hoppy " and was seriously bitten by the R&B bug. He took the stage name "Little Larry" and began singing locally, working as opening act for touring acts like the "5 Royales" and others.
Larry went into military service in 1960 and upon discharge resumed his singing career. Fate smiled on him when he filled in for Sam Baker with the legendary Nashville R&B group "The Imperials" (aka The Imperial 7). The group was so pleased with his performance that they kept him on for the next eight years. The Imperials worked the chitlin circuit as backing band for many great R&B groups of the 1960s (they can be heard backing Etta James on her classic "Rocks The House" album). Larry opened the show and got invaluable experience. The group also did house band stints at the Modern Era (where the Etta James album was recorded) and Club Baron.
Larry then took a job singing with Billy Cox's group "The King Casuals". This group had the distinction of having guitarists Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Jones and Larry Lee all pass through its ranks. Larry worked with all three legendary musicians. This group usually kept house band gigs in Nashville, so when Sound Stage 7 recording artist Jimmy Church offered Larry a job touring with his revue in the late 60s, he jumped at the chance.
Larry worked with Jimmy Church for the next ten years, appearing on the television show "The Night Train" and in the Hollywood film "Walking Tall". This group also featured the great Soul singer Freddie Waters. Larry and Freddie sang separately in the show, but also did a few numbers together as "The Hytones". The Hytones recorded a couple of singles for Excello subsidiary A-BET Records in the late 1960s.
The 1970s found Larry out on his own. He recorded a session with his backup band "The Soul Searchers" for John Richbourg's Sound Stage 7 label, but it was never released. He spent the next twenty years working nightclubs around the mid-south and also touring with the Jimmy Church Revue. In the 1980s Larry replaced Mighty Sam McClain in Johnny Jones' band, but the group soon disbanded.
At the turn of the new century, Larry is finally entering the worldwide Blues Music scene. In the year 2002 he is scheduled to perform at the Lucerne Blues Festival in Switzerland and Blues Estafette in the Netherlands. This is his first album for Black Magic Records, the label that released albums by other great Nashville Blues artists like Johnny Jones, Charles Walker, Al Garner, Freddie Waters and James Nixon. Larry LaDon has finally arrived. None too soon and right on time!