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Larry Norman


The founding dad of Jesus Rock and roll, Larry Norman wed the rhythms of pop music using the religious and social outlook of Christianity to make a sort of flower-power gospel. While his initiatives had been instrumental in shaping the audio and designs of modern Christian rock and roll, Norman never liked the commercial achievement or approval afforded to his musical descendants, admitting his sensibilities had been “as well secular for the Christians and as well Christian for the secularists.” Delivered in Corpus Christi, TX on Apr 8, 1947, Norman grew up in SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA. A devout follower of both Jesus Christ and Elvis Presley, being a youngster he frequently sang first Christian-themed lyrics over his preferred rock & move information, and in 1959 also appeared for the CBS tv variety series THE INITIAL Beginner Hour. In 1965 Norman co-founded the Bay Region psychedelic group People!, which a season later agreed upon to Capitol and have scored a minor strike with the one “Body organ Grinder.” A following cover from the Zombies’ “I REALLY LIKE You” yielded a U.S. Best 20 admittance, and in early 1968 the group started focus on its debut LP. Nevertheless, around this period several Norman’s bandmates embraced Scientology, so when Capitol resisted his entreaties to name People!’s debut LP WE ARE IN NEED OF much more of Jesus and much less Stone — the record instead strike retail as I REALLY LIKE You — he still left the group and installed a solo profession. Capitol nevertheless decided to discharge Norman’s single debut, 1969’s Upon This Rock and roll — the record vaulted him to iconic position within the developing Jesus People counterculture motion but gained the scorn from the conventional Christian establishment, and because secular pop radio needed nothing in connection with the record, either, Capitol shortly lower its ties using the vocalist. Norman resurfaced in 1972 on MGM, issuing the landmark Just Visiting This World, commonly cited being among the most important Christian rock information ever. The first section inside a three-album trilogy retelling the storyplot of creation, the fall, and redemption, it had been followed by SUCH A LONG TIME Ago your garden and In Another Property, and collectively the LPs represent the innovative zenith of his profession. Upon departing MGM in 1974, Norman’s founded his personal Solid Rock Information imprint, liberating his own materials in addition to albums by Christian functions including Randy Stonehill, Tag Noticed, and Daniel Amos — he also released The Vineyard, a Bible research program for music artists and stars that at one stage welcomed Bob Dylan, who later on embraced Christianity and released some Norman-inspired religious LPs highlighted by 1979’s Sluggish Train Arriving. Secular performers including Vehicle Morrison, John Mellencamp, as well as the Pixies’ Dark Francis later on cited Norman as an impact aswell, and a lot more than 300 performers covered his tracks, included in this Sammy Davis, Jr. By the first ’80s Norman’s Capitol and MGM initiatives were away from print, so when a growing bootleg marketplace mushroomed around his music, he shaped a fresh label, Phydeaux Information, so that they can regain control of his catalog. He released greater than a dozen brand-new LPs within the decade to check out, a staggering amount of them live produces, even though his efficiency was never involved, his latter-day materials was wildly unequal, and frequently derivative of his most acclaimed information. Illness dogged him, and as time passes his behavior grew progressively erratic — identified as having bipolar stress, Norman often stated he was drugged from the KGB throughout a 1988 tour of Russia, and in 1992 he experienced a coronary attack, spending the rest of his existence in and out of private hospitals. In 1995 he was the main topic of a tribute recording, A PROVEN WAY: Tunes of Larry Norman, which presented efforts from CCM superstars like dc Chat, Sound Adrenaline, and Rebecca St. Wayne. In 2001, Norman also gained induction in to the Gospel Music Hall of Popularity, getting into alongside his boyhood idol Elvis. He officially retired that same 12 months, although in June 2005 he came back long enough to try out one last concert in Salem, OR, his house for a lot more than two decades. Each day after publishing a note on his recognized site that he experienced “just like a reward in a package of Cracker Jacks with God’s hands reaching right down to choose me up,” Norman passed away of heart failing on Feb 24, 2008 — he was 60 yrs . old.

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Full Name Larry Norman
Died February 24, 2008, Salem, Oregon, United States
Profession Singer-songwriter
Nationality American
Children Michael David Fariah Finch Norman
Parents Joe Norman, Margaret Norman
Music Songs Why Don't You Look Into Jesus, I Wish We'd All Been Ready, Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music, Sweet Song of Salvation, The Outlaw, The Rock That Doesn't Roll, I Am the Six O'Clock News, The Great American Novel, I Am a Servant, Watch What You're Doing, Righteous Rocker, I've Got to Learn to Live Without You, I Hope I'll See You in Heaven, Forget Your Hexagram, Nothing Really Changes, If God Is My Father, Song for a Small Circle of Friends, Ha Ha World, I've Searched All Around, You Can't Take Away the Lord, Why Should the Devil, Righteous Rocker #3, Walking Backwards Down the Stairs, The Sun Began to Rain, Strong Love, Strange Peace, Six Sixty Six, Nightmare #71, Baroquen Spirits, Moses in the Wilderness, God Part III, Hynm to the Last Generation, Peace Pollution Revolution
Albums Only Visiting This Planet, In Another Land, Upon This Rock, So Long Ago the Garden, Something New Under the Son, Street Level, Home at Last, Bootleg, Stranded in Babylon, Live at Flevo With Q-Stone, Tourniquet, Stop This Flight, Christmastime - The Day That a Child Appeared, THE ROCK REVIVAL, VOL. 1 "Feeling The Spirit", THE ROCK REVIVAL, VOL. 3 "Jesus People Music Festival"

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1 Currently resides with his son in Salem, Oregon [October 2003]
2 He was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2001. His son, Michael, flew to Nashville to accept the honor and deliver a speech to the attendees.
3 For almost thirty years the press has referred to him as "the father of Christian rock." In the 70s Billboard Magazine called him "the most important writer since Paul Simon." Christian Artists Seminar awarded him their Lifetime Achievement Award. Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) Magazine named Norman's "Only Visiting This Planet" record the most significant and influential gospel album ever released in the field of contemporary Christian music. Time Magazine once called him "the most significant artist in his field."
4 He played the same classical Spanish guitar from 1972 until 2001 when it was damaged in an airline baggage handling mishap.



Frisbee: The Life and Death of a Hippie Preacher 2005 Documentary "Frisbee"
Super Christian 1980 Short lyrics: "I Am Your Servant" / music: "I Am Your Servant"
A Thief in the Night 1972 lyrics: "I Wish We'd All Been Ready" / music: "I Wish We'd All Been Ready"



Beware! The Blob 1972 Blonde Party Guest / Coffee Shop Customer

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Left Behind II: Tribulation Force 2002 composer: song "I Wish We'd All Been Ready"



Fallen Angel: The Outlaw Larry Norman 2009 Documentary Himself
Finale: Larry Norman Live in NYC 2008 Video Himself
Greenbelt Live! 1980 TV Movie Himself

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