There were at least two artists with the name Larry Clinton. 1. Larry Clinton (August 17, 1909 – May 2, 1985) was a trumpeter who became a prominent American bandleader. Clinton was born in Brooklyn, New York. His first stint as a bandleader was from 1937 to 1941, but he worked as a flight instructor during World War II, resuming his musical career and enjoying further success as a bandleader from 1948 to 1950.