Larry Norman, while not a household name, is known/credited as the father of Christian rock music. At the very least he was the cutting edge of the knife that chopped up the tired, old Christian music "industry" in the 1970's and raised not only the standards but also the style to reflect modern day music tastes, inspiring a whole new generation of people to investigate Jesus. He was at the forefront of the "Jesus Movement" and many of today's Christian artists point to Larry as their inspiration. Sadly, even though having been perhaps the single person who revolutionized modern Christian music, he barely earned enough to live on, and having no insurance, the last decade plus of severe heart problems drained every penny he ever made. Larry died at home this past Sunday, Feb. 27, 2008 at the young age of 60 from heart failure. Music in heaven will never be the same. Read more here and here.
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