Larry Norman

Born Apr 8, 1947

Larry David Norman was an American musician, singer, songwriter, record label owner, and record producer. He was one of the pioneers of Christian rock music. Since Norman's first professional release in 1967 as a lead singer of the one-hit wonder band People!, more than 100 of his own albums have been released through labels as Capitol, MGM, Verve, and his own independent labels: One Way Records, Solid Rock Records, Street Level Records, and Phydeaux Records.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Larry Norman.


1947 Birth Born on April 8, 1947.
1950 3 Years Old In 1950 the family moved to San Francisco, where they attended a Black American Pentecostal church and then a Baptist church, where Norman became a Christian at the age of five.


1959 12 Years Old In 1959, Norman performed on the syndicated television show The Original Amateur Hour.
1960 13 Years Old In 1960, Norman's father began teaching in San José, California; the family lived in nearby Campbell.
1965 18 Years Old Norman graduated from Campbell High School in 1965 and won an academic scholarship to major in English at San Jose State College. … Read More
1966 19 Years Old In 1966 Norman opened a concert for People! at the Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove, California. … Read More


1967 20 Years Old Norman left People! before Capitol released the band's first album in the summer of 1967, but reunited with Mason for concerts in 1980 and 2006. … Read More
1968 21 Years Old 1 More Event
In July 1968, following a job offer to write musicals for Capitol Records, Norman moved to Los Angeles, where he "spent time sharing the gospel on the streets". … Read More
1969 22 Years Old 1 More Event
Also in 1969, Norman wrote a musical called Love on Haight Street and a rock opera called Lion's Breath, which led Capitol to re-sign Norman to record an album, with the promise of complete creative control.
1970 23 Years Old In 1970, Norman established a record label, One Way Records. … Read More
1971 24 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1971, Norman first visited England, where he lived and worked for several years. … Read More
1973 26 Years Old The release of Garden in November 1973 was met with controversy in the Christian press, due to the album's cover art and some songs in which Norman took the persona of a backslider.
1974 27 Years Old In 1974, Norman founded Solid Rock Records to produce records for Christian artists "who didn't want to be consumed by the business of making vinyl pancakes but who wanted to make something 'non-commercial' to the world". … Read More
1976 29 Years Old In Another Land, the third album in Norman's trilogy and the best-selling album of his career, was released in 1976 by Solid Rock and distributed through Word. … Read More


1978 31 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1978, Norman was injured during a plane landing at Los Angeles International Airport. … Read More
1979 - 1982 3 More Events
1985 38 Years Old He signed a distribution deal with British label Chapel Lane and released several albums before returning to the United States in 1985. … Read More
1986 39 Years Old Norman signed to Benson Records in 1986 and recorded the album Home At Last, although the album was not released until 1989 due to legal problems. … Read More


1989 42 Years Old In 1989, Norman received the Christian Artists' Society Lifetime Achievement Award.
1991 44 Years Old While visiting another musician at the close of a February 1991 tour, Norman received prayer for his long-term health problems from a pastor of London's Elim Way Fellowship. … Read More
1992 45 Years Old In February 1992, Norman suffered a nine-hour heart attack that resulted in permanent heart damage, leading to frequent hospitalizations in the years that followed. … Read More


2007 60 Years Old 1 More Event
Norman continued to perform and release albums throughout his later years in order to raise funds for medical expenses stemming from heart problems. He gave his last official concert on August 4, 2007, in New York City.
In 2008, Christian rock historian John J. Thompson wrote, "It is certainly no overstatement to say that Larry Norman is to Christian music what John Lennon is to rock & roll or Bob Dylan is to folk music." … Read More
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