Larry Boone

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Larry Boone
Birth nameLarry Eugene Boone
Born (1956-06-07) June 7, 1956 (age 63)
OriginCooper City, Florida, U.S.
Years active1985–2006
Associated actsJohn Conlee
Tracy Lawrence
Kathy Mattea
Marie Osmond
George Strait

Larry Eugene Boone (born June 7, 1956) is an American country music artist and songwriter. Between 1985 and 1993, Boone recorded five major label studio albums, in addition to charting several singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles charts. His highest-charting single, "Don't Give Candy to a Stranger", reached No. 10 in 1988. Boone has also co-written several singles for other country music artists, including a Number One single for Kathy Mattea, and Top Ten hits for Don Williams, Tracy Lawrence, Rick Trevino and Lonestar.

Musical career[edit]

Larry Boone was born in Cooper City, Florida in June 7, 1956. He is a distant relative of Daniel Boone.[1] He attended Florida Atlantic University and moved to Nashville in 1981.

His first cut as a songwriter was Marie Osmond's 1985 single "Until I Fall in Love Again".[2] Boone was signed to a recording contract with Mercury Records in 1986. Boone's debut single "Stranger Things Have Happened" was released that year, reaching a peak of No. 64 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles charts. It was the first of seven singles from his self-titled debut album, released in 1987. The album's last single, 1988's "Don't Give Candy to a Stranger", was Boone's highest charting single, peaking at No. 10.[2]

1988 saw the release of Boone's second album, Swingin' Doors, Sawdust Floors, which produced Top 20 hits in "I Just Called to Say Goodbye Again" and "Wine Me Up". Meanwhile, he continued to write songs for other artists, including "Burnin' Old Memories", a Number One single for Kathy Mattea in 1989.[2][3]

Boone's third and final album for Mercury, 1990's Down That River Road, produced only one single before he was dropped from Mercury's roster.[3] In 1991, Boone signed to Columbia Records. His first album for the label, 1991's One Way to Go, was released that year, followed by Get in Line two years later. Both albums produced minor hit singles before he left Columbia as well.[3] Boone continued to compose songs for other artists throughout the 1990s and into the 2000s, including singles for Shenandoah, George Strait, Lonestar, Rick Trevino, and Tracy Lawrence.



Title Album details Peak chart positions
US Country
Larry Boone 54
Swingin' Doors, Sawdust Floors
  • Release date: 1988
  • Label: Mercury Records
  • Format: CD, cassette
Down That River Road
  • Release date: 1990
  • Label: Mercury Records
  • Format: CD, cassette
One Way to Go
Get in Line
  • Release date: 1993
  • Label: Columbia Records
  • Format: CD, cassette


Year Title Peak positions Album
US Country CAN Country
1986 "Stranger Things Have Happened" 64 Larry Boone
"She's the Trip That I've Been On" 52 singles only
1987 "Back in the Swing of Things Again" 48
"I Talked a Lot About Leaving" 52 Larry Boone
"Roses in December" 44
1988 "Stop Me (If You Heard This One Before)" 48
"Don't Give Candy to a Stranger" 10
"I Just Called to Say Goodbye Again" 16 37 Swingin' Doors, Sawdust Floors
1989 "Wine Me Up" 19 36
"Fool's Paradise" 39 49
1990 "Everybody Wants to Be Hank Williams" 75 80 Down That River Road
"Too Blue to Be True" A
1991 "I Need a Miracle" 57 65 One Way to Go
"To Be with You" 34 51
"It Wouldn't Kill Me"
1993 "Get in Line" 65 79 Get in Line
"Hotel Coupe de Ville"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart
* denotes unknown peak positions


  • A "Too Blue to Be True" did not chart on Hot Country Songs, but peaked at No. 8 on Hot Country Radio Breakouts.[4]

Music videos[edit]

Year Video
1987 "I Talked a Lot About Leaving"
1989 "Fool's Paradise"
1990 "Everybody Wants to Be Hank Williams"
1991 "I Need a Miracle"
1993 "Get in Line"


  1. ^ Flint, J.H.; Nelson, J.A. (1993). The insider's country music handbook. Gibbs-Smith. ISBN 9780879055639. Retrieved 2015-04-14.
  2. ^ a b c Loftus, Johnny. "allmusic ((( Larry Boone > Biography)))". Allmusic. Retrieved 2007-11-23.
  3. ^ a b c "Larry Boone biography". Retrieved 2007-11-23.
  4. ^ "Hot Country Radio Breakouts" (PDF). Billboard. June 2, 1990.