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12.03.21Improvements Made on Another Recent Single
12.03.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 20h Single
12.03.21Bible-Reading Update: Jeremiah 7-48
11.29.21New Single: '83 & '84
11.29.21Get Over 1425 Tracks for $100 This Week
11.29.21Get Multiple Downloads for One Donation
11.27.21Christmas Playlist: A Month's Worth of Parodies
11.27.21Influential Albums: 561-567
11.27.21Kansas Fan Lists Her ApX Top 10
11.27.21How to Help the Studio Where We Record (It's Free)
11.27.21New USBs Include New CD and Latest Single
11.23.21This Week's News Bulletin
11.20.21This Week's ApX Radio Show: Thanksgiving
11.20.21How to Get the New ApX Digital Interactive Songbook
11.20.21How to Donate Online or by Mail
11.20.21How to Donate & How to Get Multiple MP3s
11.20.21Wyoming Fan Lists Her ApX Top 10
11.20.21Prayer Update on Bill Turner
11.19.21Influential Albums: 554-560
11.16.21This Week's News Bulletin
11.13.21Influential Albums: 547-553
11.13.21New CD BOGO Extended by Request
11.13.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 19th Single
11.08.21New Single ('80 & '84)
11.06.21We Changed Two Songs on Our Last Two Singles
11.06.21Serious Prayer Update: Bill Turner
11.05.21Influential Albums: 540-546
11.03.21This Week's News Bulletin
10.30.21Happy Prayer Request Update: Bill Turner
10.30.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 18th Single
10.30.21Influential Albums: 533-539
10.25.21New Single: '86 & '89
10.22.21Four Members Celebrate ApX Anniversaries
10.22.21Sad Prayer Request Update: Angela Walker
10.22.21Influential Albums: 526-532
10.21.21Clues for 2021 Single #18
10.16.21Prayer Request Updates: Angela Walker & Bill Turner
10.15.21Another Rieger Daughter Becomes a Bride
10.15.21Influential Albums: 519-525
10.14.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 17th Single
10.13.21New Single: '85 & '86
10.09.21Updated on Three Prayer Requests from Last Week
10.08.21Influential Albums: 512-518
10.08.21What's on the Never, but Then Again Before CD?
10.04.21This Week's News Bulletin
10.03.21Important Prayer Requests from Three Fans
10.03.21Influential Albums: 505-511
10.02.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 16th Single
09.30.21More Info on the Upcoming ApologetiX CD
09.28.21New Single: 80's Solo Superstars
09.25.21Next CD Coming Next Month
09.25.21Influential Albums: 498-504
09.25.21New USB Flash Drives Include New CD & Single
09.20.21Couple Will Match All Donations Thru Thursday
09.17.21Urgent Prayer Request for Bill Turner
09.17.21From a Native American ApX Fan in Montana
09.17.21Influential Albums: 491-497
09.17.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 15th Single
09.15.21New Single: 80's One-Hit Wonders (Almost)
09.12.21Clues for 2021 Single #15
09.12.21Influential Albums: 484-490
09.07.21This Week's News Bulletin
09.04.21Super Sentiments from 16 States & Saskatchewan
09.04.21Another Praise Report from Darnell Cline
09.04.21No Single This Wkd: Here's Why & What's in the Works
09.04.21Influential Albums: 477-483
08.27.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 14th Single
08.27.21Influential Albums: 470-476
08.24.21New Single: 2 from 1986
08.22.21New CD BOGO Ends Wednesday
08.22.21Big Bunch o' Books: What J.'s Been Reading Lately
08.20.21Influential Albums: 463-469
08.16.21This Week's News Bulletin
08.14.21Influential Albums: 456-462
08.14.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 13th Single
08.10.21New Single: 2 Top 10 Hits from 1985
08.07.21Rich Gets Quick: Fastest ApX Member to 100 Songs
08.07.21Influential Albums: 449-455
08.07.21New CD in Stock: Buy 1, Get 1 of 33 CDs Free
08.02.21This Week's News Bulletin
07.30.21More Prayer Needed for Darnell Cline
07.30.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 12th Single
07.30.21Influential Albums: 442-448
07.27.21New Single: More Mid-80's Music
07.25.21Influential Albums: 435-441
07.25.21What's on the Get Rich Quick CD?
07.22.21This Week's News Bulletin
07.17.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 11th Single
07.16.21Father of the Bride (and Father of the Bride 2)
07.16.21More Info on the Upcoming ApologetiX CD
07.16.21Influential Albums: 428-434
07.12.21New 80's Single: #1 Hit and a One-Hit Wonder
07.10.21Darnell Cline: Encouragement from Other ApX Fans
07.10.21Update on Last Week's Appeal Letter
07.10.21Get Ready for Our 62nd CD
07.10.21Remembering ApX Fan Steve Fagan
07.10.21Influential Albums: 421-427
07.08.21Clues for 2021 Single #11
07.05.21This Week's News Bulletin
07.02.21Darnell Cline: Continued Improvement, Long Way to Go

APX Remembers Larry Norman
Tue., Mar. 11. 2008 1:29am EDT

Two weeks ago, the Christian music world mourned the passing of one of its founding fathers, Larry Norman, the author of such classics as "I Wish We'd All Been Ready" and "Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music." He was 60 years old, and died from heart failure after battling health issues in recent years.

We received many emails from fans regarding this matter, and we regret that we didn't put something in last week's newsletter about it. ApologetiX lead singer and lyricist J. Jackson had this to say:

We owe a huge debt of gratitude to Larry Norman. I've cited him many times in interviews when people ask about audience responses to what we do, and I've explained how Larry was one of the first to open the door for Christian music.

I first heard of Larry Norman from my old college roommate, Lance, who had some of his music on cassette. I thought he had a funny name, and I wouldn't have been caught dead listening to Christian music in those day anyway. But I quickly discovered, devoured, and disseminated Larry's music after becoming a born-again Christian a couple years later.

We had the honor of meeting Larry at the Creation music festival in 2000, when he actually came to visit our CD table and told me he'd visited our website. I told him we were huge fans of his and that he was a huge influence on me. If you listen closely, you can hear Larry's influence in our lyrics for sure.

Like Keith Green, Larry could have you laughing one minute with one song and weeping the next with another song. Larry even graciously donned an ApologetiX shirt and posed for a picture with us.

In the early days of my playing guitar for church groups, etc., and jamming with ApologetiX, we used to play "The Outlaw," "The Rock That Doesn't Roll," and others that leant themselves to my limited guitar-playing skills.

The opening verse of our song "Jehovah" (parody of "The Joker" by Steve Miller) on the "Wordplay" CD was very influenced by "The Outlaw." It wasn't intentional, but as I was finishing up the lyrics in 2006, I thought it made a nice mini-tribute to Larry.

I have many Larry Norman songs on my iPod, and I own "Upon This Rock," "Only Visiting This Planet," "So Long Ago The Garden," and "In Another Land" on CD. I also have "Home at Last" on cassette from when it came out, plus many other songs from old cassettes. I told Larry in person that his song to his son, "Somewhere Out There" from "Home at Last," had left a lasting impression on me even before I had kids, and now more than ever since I am a father of four.

We'll miss Larry, but we'll look forward to seeing him again someday.