One of the founding fathers of “Jesus Music” in the late ’60s, Larry Norman left L.A.-based band People! (whose cover of The Zombies’ “I Love You” was a hit for Capital Records) to record his first solo album Upon This Rock for the label in late 1969. This conceptual and clearly Christian-themed song cycle helped form the foundation for Christian rock. His 1972 album for MGM/Verve, Only Visiting This Planet, was, and still is for many, a high-water mark for Christian rock, and was recently named the #2 album of all time in CCM magazine’s book, “The 100 Greatest Albums in Christian Music.” Norman’ s music-an unlikely mix of love songs, the Gospel message, and wry commentary on American culture-exemplified the goals, ideals and standards of everything the original architects of contemporary Christian music intended for it to be.
Rock “Jesus Music”
San Francisco, CA
Larry Norman singing “Why Don’t You Look Into Jesus”