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Larry Norman

Larry David Norman (born April 8, 1947 in Corpus Christi, Texas)

Norman was a member of the rock band People![?]. That band released it's first album in 1968 and had a Top 20 hit with the song, "I Love You".

Norman left the band and released his first solo album, Upon This Rock, in 1969. Although Norman was not the first, there were very few artists making Rock and Roll records with Gospel lyrics at the time. For this reason, Norman has often been called the grandfather of Jesus Music and Christian Rock.

In 1972, Norman made his acting debut in the Blob[?] sequel, Beware! The Blob[?] (also known as Son of Blob).

In the early 1970's, Norman produced the first few albums released by good friend Randy Stonehill.

In the late 1970's, Norman formed Solid Rock Records[?], which went on to release Stonehill's Welcome to Paradise, Daniel Amos' Horrendous Disc, Tom Howard[?]'s A View From The Bridge, and Mark Heard's Appalachian Melody.

Influence

Many artists have been influenced by Norman's music including Frank Black of the Pixies, who even covered one of Norman's songs, "Six-Sixty-Six" on his album Frank Black & the Catholics.

In the 1990s, animators for the popular television series, The Simpsons created a limited edition comic book featuring Norman as a Simpsons character. Watches were also sold that featured Norman's yellow, three fingered Simpsons likeness.

Selected Discography

  • Upon This Rock, 1969 album
  • Street Level, 1970 album
  • Bootleg, 1971 album
  • Only Visiting This Planet, 1972 album
  • So Long Ago the Garden, 1973 album
  • In Another Land, 1976 album
  • Streams of White Light, 1977 album
  • Something New under the Son, 1980 album
  • Roll Away the Stone, 1980 album
  • Home at Last, 1988 album
  • Stranded in Babylon, 1991 album
  • Omega Europa, 1994 live album



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