All the Gold in California

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"All the Gold in California"
Single by Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers Band
from the album Straight Ahead
B-side "How Much Is a Man Supposed to Take"
Released August 1979
Genre Country
Length 2:37
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Larry Gatlin
Producer(s) Larry Gatlin, Steve Gatlin, Rudy Gatlin
Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers Band singles chronology
"I've Done Enough Dyin' Today"
"All the Gold in California"
"The Midnight Choir"

"All the Gold in California" is a song written by Larry Gatlin and recorded by American country music group Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers Band. It was released in August 1979 as the first single from the album Straight Ahead. "All the Gold in California" was the first of two number one singles for Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers Band. The single stayed at number one for two weeks and spent a total of ten weeks on the chart.[1] This song was written while Larry was in a traffic jam in Los Angeles; the song goes on to warn the listener that all the gold in the state "is in a bank in the middle of Beverly Hills in somebody else's name" and that attempting to make it big in California carries a risk of failure that could personally devastate one's resolve. On January 19, 1985, Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers Band sang the song at the nationally-televised 50th Presidential Inaugural Gala, the day before the second inauguration of Ronald Reagan.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1979) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 2


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 130. 
Preceded by
"Last Cheater's Waltz"
by T. G. Sheppard
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

October 20-October 27, 1979
Succeeded by
"You Decorated My Life"
by Kenny Rogers