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Larry Norman

Larry David Norman (born April 8, 1947 in Corpus Christi, Texas) is an American singer-songwriter and record producer who is considered a pioneer of Christian Rock. He has had a strong influence on several later rock musicians and has been called the grandfather of Jesus music and Christian Rock.

In the late '60s he was a member of the rock band People!. People! released its first album 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." The apocalyptic song, which portrays a regretful singer thrust into a bleak and violent post-rapture society, became an instant classic and was covered by many artists. Although Norman was not the first, there were very few artists making Rock and Roll records with Gospel lyrics at the time, possibly because so many people associated rock music with secularism and hostility to traditional morals and Christian values.

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