Instruments: Guitar, Songwriter
Date of Birth: December 27, 1948
Place of Birth: Huntsville, Alabama

Larry Byrom's musical odyssey began in Huntsville, Alabama when he quit school in the 11th grade to join a band in California called Hard Times. Larry performed with the band on a network television show called "Where The Action Is" for about two years before joining Steppenwolf in 1968.

Byrom played guitar with the group and contributed several songs that were recorded by the group. Two of the songs reached the top 40; "Hey Lawdy Mama" went to #35 in 1970 and "Monster" had reached #39 the year before. Steppenwolf performed at shows with other big name acts such as, Paul Simon, Creedence Claearwater Revival and Janis Joplin. For a while he and Jimi Hendrix were dating the same girl, giving him the opportunity to sit in and jam with the legendary guitarist.

After four years, Larry left Steppenwolf in 1972 and returned to Alabama. While in the Shoals area, he got into some studio work with Barry Beckett and others. After a brief stint in Los Angeles, Byrom landed in Nashville where his guitar work was in demand in the studios. His songwriting talents have been directed toward country music resulting in numerous cuts, including the #10 hit "Feel Right" by Tanya Tucker in 1983.

 

Songwriter Recording Artist Chart Year
Feel Right Tanya Tucker

10

1983
Hey Lawdy Mama Steppenwolf

35

1970
Monster Steppenwolf

39

1969

*Chart position is based on Billboard Magazine Pop, Country, R&B, & A/C Charts. Other music industry charts may have shown higher chart positions.

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame

 


 

Guitarist and songwriter Larry Byrom has performed on over a 100 albums in genres ranging from rock to country to somewhere comfortable in between. Byrom was born in 1948 in Huntsville, AL, but spent a lot of his childhood in South Bend, IN. He dropped out of high school to try out his dream of reaching rock stardom. When it didn't work out as he planned, he made a detour and found success on his own terms.

In the mid-'60s, Byrom joined a band called the Precious Few. He went right to professional status, performing on Dick Clark's Caravan of Stars. Byrom's next step was to head out to California where he joined the group Hard Times, appearing on the television show Where the Action Is. The Hard Times group called it quits before long. Byrom, undaunted, got together with Nick St. Nicholas and formed another band, T.I.M.E., which unabbreviated is Trust in Men Everywhere.

Before 1970, T.I.M.E. had transformed into a new rock band, Steppenwolf. Byrom recorded a number of hit songs with the group, including some he penned himself, like "Hey Lawdy Mama." In 1972, he left Steppenwolf to start another band, Ratchell. When it had little success, he went back home to Alabama to think about his career and where he wanted it to go. Where it went was to country music and into the studio.

By 1980, Byrom was living in Nashville, TN. He soon began working steadily as a session guitarist for superstar country artists like Barbara Mandrell, Eddie Rabbit, Reba McEntire, Dolly Parton, and Kenny Rogers. Byrom's skills with slide, acoustic, and electric guitar, as well as his songwriting, kept him in constant demand. Over the years he added more recordings to his list of credits, working with well-known country singers such as Lorrie Morgan, Brooks & Dunn, Tanya Tucker, Randy Travis, Clint Black, and many others. ~ Charlotte Dillon, All Music Guide

Source: http://www.allmusic.com/artist/larry-byrom-p61511/biography

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