Larry Henley was born and raised in the tiny east Texas town of Arp. He perfected singing in a falsetto voice, somewhat like the one Frankie Valli of the Four Seasons used, and by the mid-sixties, Henley was lead singer of the Newbeats, a north Louisiana rock & roll group. The Newbeats, with Henley singing lead, scored a couple of top ten hits, including their first big song, Bread And Butter.
After the Newbeats ran their course, Henley moved to Nashville, and into country music as a singer and songwriter. He became best-known as the co-writer of the eternal favorite father-daughter dance song at wedding receptions, The Wind Beneath My Wings. Henley passed away in Nashville in December of 2014.
The Wind Beneath My Wings - Music by Larry Henley and Jeff Silbar, Lyrics by Bette Midler.
- John Hale
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