ALEX CHADWICK, host:
There's one more passing that we're going to note today - guitarist, singer, and songwriter Larry Norman. He's sometimes called the father of Christian rock. He was raised in California. He got his start playing as an opening act for bands such as The Doors and Janice Joplin and Jimi Hendrix.
Mr. CHARLES NORMAN (Brother): I was a kid, hadn't done anything. I was born in '65, but I do remember all these long-haired people coming in and out of the house all the time.
CHADWICK: That's Larry Norman's younger brother Charles. Larry released more than 40 recordings, most on his own label. Although he was thought of as a Christian rocker, for years traditional Christian book and record stores didn't want to stock his recordings because he was long-haired and a little wild and his songs were not the kind of thing you normally hear in church.
Mr. NORMAN: One of his songs, it's called "Why Don't You Look Into Jesus?" One of the lines is, you've got gonorrhea on Valentine's Day and you're still looking for the perfect lay, well, why don't you look into Jesus, he's got the answer. So stuff like that just shocked uptight Christians.
(Soundbite of song, "Why Don't You Look Into Jesus?")
Mr. LARRY NORMAN (Singer): (Singing) Gonorrhea on Valentine's Day and you're still looking for the perfect lay.
CHADWICK: Eventually Larry Norman was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. And Charles Norman says his brother's music continues to connect with listeners and especially young ones.
Mr. NORMAN: Fifteen, 12-year-old kids email and say that they think Larry's music is the greatest ever and it's helping them figure out, you know, it's encouraging. So he'll have an influence on people, just like any music does.
CHADWICK: Larry Norman died Sunday of heart failure. He was 60 years old.
(Soundbite of song, "Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music?")
Mr. L. NORMAN: (Singing) I want the people to know that he saved my soul, but I still like to listen to the radio. They say rock and roll is wrong, we'll give you one more chance, I say, I feel so good I've got to get up and dance. I know what's right, I know what's wrong. I don't confuse it. All I'm really trying to say is why should the devil have all the good music. And I feel good every day.
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