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Larry Steele
Born:  December 5, 1937
Died:  March 6, 2003

Larry Steele was the son of Lester and Ruth Steele, born in Englewood, Colorado. Larry was the oldest of seven brothers. Music was a part of their lives back then. Ms. Lisa Wheeler interviewed Larry's family and they noted that, "Mom had a beautiful voice."

Larry started his musical journey early in life. He won a talent contest when he was in the fifth grade. He taught himself to play the guitar.

When he graduated from Castle Rock High School, he got married and moved to New Mexico. It was there he hooked up with an unknown singer at the time who would eventually become part of the Country Music Hall of Fame - Glen Campbell.

But Uncle Sam called him about this time and Larry served his country in the U. S. Navy for four years. When he came back to Colorado, he got back into the musical arena again by playing with local rhythm and blues bands.

Around this time, a gentleman by the name of John Capps from the K-ARK record label based in Nasvhille, Tennessee took in one of his shows and asked if he would be willing to do a demo recording.

His first recordings for the label's K-ARK Discotequa label were not exactly country oriented. He released several other singles in the 1960s. Then he decided that maybe country music was where he should be musically.

The label made the effort to get the word out to the media and radio stations about their new country music singer - getting a mention in the September 18, 1965 Billboard trade magazine.

Credits & Sources

  • Hillbilly-Music.com would like to express its appreciation and thanks to Lisa Wheeler for passing along her BLOG posting about Larry's career for us to use on this site. Click here to view her blog, Pueblo City Limits.
  • Country Songs and Stars; No. 85; November 1966; K-ARK Advertisement; Charlton Publishing Corp.; Charlton Building, Derby, CT

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Recordings
 
K-ARK
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  659 A I Ain't Crying Mister
  659 B Ramblin' Man
 
Hilltop
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  H-3014 A Little Folks
  H-3014 B Title Unknown


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