Larry Paul White
Larry Paul White, 74, joined his Lord and Savior on October 21, 2020. A long-time resident of Dallas, Larry graduated from Bryan Adams High School in 1964 and the University of Texas at Arlington in 1971.
Larry began playing the pedal steel guitar in 1962. As a young man he worked the road and the Opry with Grand Ole Opry stars Roy Drusky, Ferlin Husky and Bob Lumen. After a several-year stint on the road, he returned to Dallas but continued to play full time with local bands and acts. With the passing years he broadened his musical approach to steel guitar by getting a variety of opportunities with Dallas jingle producers and local bands that were musically broader than country, which eventually led to him being made a “Texas Tornado” by Buddy Magazine. UNT provided a wealth of players willing to experiment with original music that lead to local successes with bands like HiRise and Recoil. Along the way he managed to co-build and own two small recording studios: ClearLight studio with local musical hero Ronnie Dawson and his group Steel Rail Blues and a continuation of ClearLight in a new location with bass player/producer Bob Gentry. Larry was a pioneer of effect processing for steel guitar and a veteran of 15 years of music retail with Dan Haubrich Music and Brook Mays Music as well. Playing on several of harpist Cindy Horstman’s albums with producer Mike Medina allowed him to continue to “put pedal steel guitar in places you wouldn’t expect to find it.”
Larry was born on September 2, 1946, and was preceded in death by his parents, Lu and Paul White. He is survived by cousins Saundra Heffington of Carrollton, Judy Ducate of Plano and Vicki LaVassaur of Clearwater, Florida, as well as many other friends and family who loved him dearly.