Larry Kingston
1941 - 2005

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Special Thanks to Mel Riley, Larry's sister for the photos!

Born August 10, 1941, in Lafayette, Indiana, Mr. Kingston attended schools in the Lafayette area and graduated from Jefferson High School in 1959. He married his high school sweetheart, Carolyn Karrick, in 1961, and moved to Nashville in 1965 to pursue his songwriting career.

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He worked with Pete and Rose Drake of Window Music; Lawrence Welk Music; Porter Wagner; and Dolly Parton's Velvet Apple Music. He wrote top 40 hits for many top artists, including George Jones, Johnny Paycheck, Roy Clark, Porter Wagner, Reba McEntire, Vern Gosdin, Don Williams, Mark Chesnutt, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ringo Starr, and many others. 

Among his more memorable songs were the BMI Country Award winners "Thank God and Greyhound," and "It's Not Over If I'm Not Over You.

Photo Left: Larry , Mark Chesnutt and Larry's wife. Taken the night Larry got the award for "It's Not Over" on the album Longnecks & Short Stories
Photo Right: Award presented to Larry by MCA records

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He performed on TV and radio, and recorded several single releases and three albums.

Pete Drake with whom Larry worked for many years. Album Cover of Larry performing his own work. Larry with Ed Bruce. Album Cover photo for "Another Perfect Night". the photo was taken at his farm in Springfield Tennessee.
The Last known photo of Larry, along with his wife Carolyn. Taken three months before he passed away. Larry and Phil Earhart of The Jefferson Street Bluesmen Larry raised Paso Fino horses. This was one of his favorites. Mel and Gary Riley

Thanks to Mel Riley for the photos and information!

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