Just for the Record
Just for the Record is perhaps unlike any book you have ever read. You’ll find many humorous and fascinating “behind the scenes” stories regarding Larry Butler’s associations with some of the biggest names in show business—names like Julie Andrews, Sammy Davis Jr, Johnny Cash, Tim McGraw, and Frank Sinatra, to name a few. It is crammed with sage advice for anyone who desires to be more successful—not only in the music industry, but in their personal life. It is told with a humor and real-life humility that only a masterful songwriter could produce.
This is a must-read for anyone who has aspirations of breaking into the music industry. It contains must-have knowledge from current and former executives at Sony, BMI, ASCAP, Capitol, and United Artists, as well as contributions from artists such as Kenny Rogers, BJ Thomas, and more. Whether you are a student of music or the CEO of a major company, this will be one of the most enjoyable books you will ever read.
In Just for the Record, Larry takes you on the musical journey of his life. With over one hundred gold and platinum records to his credit, along with multiple Grammy and CMA awards, he not only “talks the talk,” but he has truly “walked the walk.” Now he is giving back, in a delightfully entertaining style, to those wishing to improve their lives. Here you will find some unique and extraordinary lessons that Larry learned in the pursuit of his very successful career. Just be warned: once you start reading, you won’t want to put this book down!
About Larry Butler
Larry Butler is the first and only Nashville Producer to win the coveted Grammy Award for Producer of the Year. Larry began his career at the age of six with the Harry James Orchestra. Before he was even old enough to drive, he hosted his own radio show and co-hosted a live TV show. While on a trip to Nashville, he met Buddy Killen, who gave him his first big break.
He moved to Nashville where he quickly was in high-demand as a session musician. His dream, though, was to become a producer. He finally got his chance and was afforded the opportunity to produce some huge names, such as Johnny Cash, Kenny Rogers, Crystal Gayle, Dottie West, and so many more. In 1980, he was awarded a Grammy for Producer of the Year.
His second Grammy came with co-written song “(Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song.” He formed his own independent company, Larry Butler Productions, and later formed the Larry Butler Music Group. Sadly, Larry passed away in January 2012, leaving behind his beautiful wife, Peggy and an amazing daughter, Schanda. Through his music and stories, his legend lives on.
About Dave Goodenough
Dave Goodenough was born in Trenton, New Jersey and attended Penn State University and the University of West Florida, earning a B.S. in Chemistry and an MBA degree. While at Penn State, he became a disc jockey and music director on the local campus rock radio station. For a short time after college he joined the group “The Roman Rebellion” who had hits in the late sixties with songs like What Summer Brings and Now I’m Missing You.
After serving his country in the Navy’s nuclear weapons program, Dave joined a major chemical company, rising from a laboratory chemist to an executive. Dave eventually moved to Naples, Florida, to own and run several very successful businesses. He ultimately sold them all and moved to Pensacola to begin a new career writing songs and books.
Inspired by one of his songs, Dave wrote his first children’s book entitled “The Adventures of Billy Butler”(no relation to Larry) which is soon to be published. The second and third books in the series are in the planning phases. Dave and his wife, Barbara, were married in Pensacola in 1975 by Reverend Al Butler (again, no relation to Larry!) They have two grown children and one grandson.