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Larry David Norman (April 8, 1947 - February 24, 2008) was an American singer-songwriter and record producer who is considered a pioneer of Christian Rock. His music is primarily folk rock reminiscent of Bob Dylan and Neil Young, sometimes with strong orchestral or blues influences. He has had a strong influence on several later rock musicians and has been called one of the fathers of and .

In the late ’60s he was a member of the rock band People!. People! released its first album I Love You in 1968 and had a Top 20 hit with the song, “I Love You” (written by Chris White of The Zombies).

Norman left People! and released his first solo album, Upon This Rock, in 1969. This could be considered the first Christian rock album, and included one of Norman’s most memorable songs I Wish We’d All Been Ready. He followed up with the 1972 LP Only Visiting This Planet, which included an anthem for the burgeoning Christian rock movement, Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music. What made the album particularly significant was the combination of credible rock and roll music with songwriting that critiqued both American society and the contemporary church. Norman’s songwriting stunned many in the Christian music scene by its bold references to subjects ranging from the Vietnam War to venereal disease and even the U.S. space program. The album was named the most significant album in Christian music history by a mid-1980s critic’s poll in CCM Magazine, though it had slipped lower (though still in the top ten) in a similar CCM Magazine poll in the mid-1990s.


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  • luckystoned

    always still good stuff for my ears and heart ^^ [5]

    29 Dec 2014 Reply
  • OnlyVisitor

    Great - the first Larry Norman group on lastfm. Thx DrSlump7 <><

    17 Aug 2013 Reply
  • DrSlump7

    ugh! found out Larry has no group! just made one.

    31 Jul 2013 Reply
  • DrSlump7

    They brought back a...big bag o' rocks. Only cost 13 billion. Must be nice rocks...

    1 Apr 2013 Reply
  • silverlage

    Wasn't all there?

    21 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Rtaylor32

    always still good stuff for my ears and heart ^^ [4]

    16 Sep 2012 Reply
  • DecyferDown

    always still good stuff for my ears and heart ^^ [3]

    18 Aug 2012 Reply
  • OnlyVisitor

    always still good stuff for my ears and heart ^^ [2]

    22 Jan 2012 Reply
  • OnlyVisitor


    8 Oct 2011 Reply
  • luckystoned

    always still good stuff for my ears and heart ^^

    13 Jun 2011 Reply
  • OnlyVisitor

    He is the godfather of jesus rock.

    26 Jan 2011 Reply
  • ImARockah

    Mr. Larry Norman, you're a good man. I'm fortunate to have stumbled upon your music.

    16 Nov 2010 Reply
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    30 Sep 2010 Reply
  • swood33

    First Day In Church (pt. 4) But is there anyone here, right now, who can explain to me Is Christ a myth? A madman's whim? Some say Christ can cure our sin Is there a way to contact Him? Or will I die not knowing how? Listen, I only came to church to see if they could offer hope But everything that happened there was way outside my scope Like afterwards, outside, was a beggar on the grass He held out his hand, and people'd smile, then they'd pass I'm sure he reached for something real For something more than cash He begged them for a little cheer And they all pretended not to hear I get the message, Loud and clear: Church is middle-class.

    6 Sep 2010 Reply
  • swood33

    First Day In Church (pt. 3) I came to church to listen -- close But I can't understand their chatter It's like "mumble, mumble, shifting sinking sands" And words like judgment or reprimand Well, me and me mates can't understand talk quite like that I'm used to talking with me mates With words that has a meaning If people like that sort of stuff... Well, let them, that's okay But let me tell you what I feel I feel we need someone who'll deal in words and thoughts And things that's real -- I'd listen to what he'd say Me mum once said, "Son, Jesus came to help young men like you" But Jesus came so long ago, Mum, and I don't think it's true

    6 Sep 2010 Reply
  • swood33

    First Day In Church (pt. 2) "Shhhh! Tsk tsk tsk tsk!" One old lady says And the whole place buzzed And Sam turns around and says "Oh do hush up, you make more noise than us" We looked around the building then It really was revealing Sam says, "Hey mates, I get the score "There ain't no carpets on the floor "Look at the rafters; they're so poor they can't afford a ceiling "Can't afford electric either; using candles everywhere" "Shut your face," I says to Sam, "I'm be listening" So was Ron And from the left, without a noise Came a line of little boys And Sam says, in a puzzled voice, "Coo, they've all got nighties on" Then came men, in robes and banners "Look at that one, must be queer "And they dare condemn us for the way we choose our gear?" And then there's the minister, who's job's to preach The Minister Whats-his-name Those real long prayers, and what he preaches Sounds just about the same

    6 Sep 2010 Reply
  • swood33

    First Day In Church (pt. 1) The first time that I went to church was on a Sunday morning And from what I'd heard, I figured I'd spend me whole time yawning At 18 years of age or so, I thought I knew it all Me hair was long, me jeans were tight I loved a knife and buckle fight Provided mates stood left and right And those we fought were small But me mates and me, we'd never been, so off to church we filed We marched inside, about three abreast Straight down the middle aisle Some of us were smokin' cigs; Ron was sucking candies We sat in what they call a "pew" Then looked around to see just who'd come inside Let me tell you, everyone dressed like dandies And the row behind was full of dames You shoulda seen their looks! And one old dear, she gives me a smile And offers me some books Tah! We open 'em, pass 'em around You shoulda seen the words, all set out like poetry is And Sam says through his lemon fizz "These books is fer the birds"

    6 Sep 2010 Reply
  • SirLawrenceMcR

    GOD BLESS YOU Larry.

    24 Aug 2010 Reply
  • capuleet

    I've Searched All Around = pure class!!! Hymn To The Last Generation & We Three Twogether = mccartneyesque songs!

    29 Jan 2010 Reply
  • Chipstick55

    I just reviewed In Another Land for my music blog, ... let me know what you think!

    22 Dec 2009 Reply
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