Larry Gatlin Tests Positive for COVID-19

by Jim Casey

Larry Gatlin, 72, revealed on March 12 that he tested positive for COVID-19 four days after receiving his second dose of the Moderna vaccine.

Larry, who has had a distinguished career on the country charts both as a solo artist and a member of the Gatlin Brothers, received his second vaccination on March 4. Four days later on March 8, Larry tested positive for COVID-19 after a rapid test. A follow-up test on March 9 confirmed the positive diagnosis.

“I made it 361 days without getting COVID-19,” says Larry Gatlin. “Then, I finally get it four days after getting my second dose of Moderna. What are the odds?”

Larry Gatlin Experiencing ‘Minor Symptoms’

Gatlin says he is experiencing minor symptoms, including cough, drainage, and fatigue.

“Folks, I feel like I have a cold, and not even a bad cold at that,” says Larry to “I even hit a few golf balls before dinner. To you who have been terribly sick or have lost friends or loved ones, my heartfelt prayers go out to you. I have a lot of character flaws and defects you can pray about if you want to. Instead, please join me in praying for our friends and neighbors who have suffered and are still suffering, and for our country.”

Songwriting Hall of Famer

Larry scored a number of hits on the country charts in the 1970s and 1980s, including “I Just Wish You Were Someone I Love,” “All the Gold in California,” “Houston (Means I’m One Day Closer to You),” and more.

The Gatlin Brothers won a Grammy for their 1976 breakthrough hit, “Broken Lady.” In 1979, the Gatlin Brothers picked up three trophies at the 1980 ACM Awards: Single of the Year (“All the Gold in California”), Album of the Year (Straight Ahead), and Male Vocalist of the Year for Larry.

In addition, Larry penned songs for Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Glen Campbell, and more. He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2019.