Larry Boyd grew up in Carlyle, Illinois about an hour east of St. Louis, Missouri. He took piano lessons as a youth and later played trombone in the school band. His early training in music led him to explore other instruments and soon he had taught himself to play guitar, bass, flute, and saxophone.
Larry played in several bands in the Carlyle area with his older brother Roger prior to forming the TimeAtions in the mid-60s with Steve Huston. The band would change its name to Head East in 1969 at the suggestion of the band's roadie Baxter Forrest Twilight. Larry remained with Head East as their bass player until 1974 when he left to spend more time with his wife and child and to finish his teaching degree.
Larry would soon return to the band as their stage manager and later on their road manager handling the logistics of touring; sound and light companies, tour buses, hotels, and handling the money for the tour. He also co-wrote "Call To Arms And Legs" with Steve Huston which was included on the band's 3rd studio album Gettin' Lucky.
After leaving Head East in the early 80s, Larry held a variety of positions to include teaching in junior high and high school, working for the Illinois State Board of Education for 10 years, and consultanting on Federal Education Grants. He has also worked as a morning DJ for a classic rock station in Metro St. Louis and has played in a couple of local Illinois bands over the years. Larry occasionally appears with Head East, sitting in for a song or two on bass. Larry currently resides in Illinois where he is enjoying semi-retirement.