Monday, April 16, 2012
During the early 1970s when I was attending the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, I would often turn on the television in the early morning before leaving for classes and watch the Golden Gospel Hour. I particularly enjoyed the videos of the Oak Ridge Boys. They hadn't gone commercial yet and were still singing Southern Gospel.
I especially would look forward to a clip that sometimes played where the Oak Ridge Boys performed a song called "I Wish We'd All Been Ready". It wasn't until several years later that I discovered the writer of this song, Larry Norman. I also discovered that he had been a member of the group People! which had a hit song that was a favorite of mine.
Larry Norman is sometimes called the "Father of Christian Rock". He was definitely a huge influence early on.