Larry Norman passed away Sunday, February 24th, at 2:45 in the morning. He was 60 years old. Larry was often called "The Father of Christian Rock" for being one of the most prominent forerunners of the genre. He felt there was "nothin wrong with playing blues licks" at a time when Rock and Roll was viewed by most church folk as being of the devil.
I think I first saw Larry at Ichthus 84'. The first record I got was "Stop this Flight", which to this day is still my favorite. Larry could be more entertaining with just himself and a guitar than most could be with a full band, lights, and all the other concert hall trimmings.
Seeing Larry in concert was a treat and I am glad I was able to see him multiple times. His heart was tender towards God and he always spent a good portion of his concert telling you in many ways that Jesus loves you.
The clip below is from the last time I saw him at Cornerstone in 2000.
Goodbye Larry... you were just passin through. I hope I'll see you in heaven.
Some more goodbyes and articles on his passing:
Razing the Bar
All of It