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The late Larry Norman gets critical acclaim; new revelations emerge
MAINSTREAM music critical acclaim and new controversy have arisen over the life and times of Jesus music pioneer Larry Norman, who died in February. The acclaim has come following the recent release by The Arena Rock Recording Company of a compilation 'Rebel Poet, Jukebox Balladeer: The Anthology'. The CD contains many of the singer/songwriter's best known recordings including "I Wish We'd All Been Ready", "The Great American Novel", "Why Should The Devil Have All The Good Music", "Reader's Digest" and "The Outlaw". Amongst the rave reviews has been one in the influential Rolling Stone magazine.
Controversy has spread with the publication by World magazine and other internet sites of the details of a sexual relationship Larry had with an Australian girl, Jennifer Wallace, in 1988 which resulted in Norman fathering an illegitimate child, Daniel. The revelations about Larry have prompted the writing and recording of the song "Larry's Son" by Scotland-based singer/songwriter Sammy Horner, now available for download.The opinions expressed in this article are not necessarily those held by Cross Rhythms. Any expressed views were accurate at the time of publishing but may or may not reflect the views of the individuals concerned at a later date.