"...he that is of a merry heart has a continual feast" (Prov. 15:15)
The Daniel Amos News-O-Rama!
Volume #1 Issue #1 1979
**Valuable Collectors Edition**
Welcome! And a big HELLO-RAMA from Daniel Amos.
We invite you to enjoy yourself in this premier issue of
our paper. You’ll find articles written for your edification,
and some written for your entertainment. Page 2 features
a concert program guide if you want to follow the score.
Song lyrics, biographies, and many surprises also await
You as we rocket through the fun filled pages. So hold
On to your seats, as we blast off visiting some of our
Favorite cartoon characters.
***PROGRAM GUIDE***If you happen to be in possession of this newspaper while attending on of our concerts, Then this page is for YOU! Daniel Amos reserves the right to chose from the following Selections:
A “salad bar” of songs, events and sharing. Features many of your D.A. faves!
STEVE'S IN BOULDER
HOW TO GET RICH QUICK. INSERT DOLLAR SIGN OF YOUR CHOICE IN BOX UPPER LEFT.
(Lyrics to “Short Sighted Girl With Approaching Tidal Wave” Luke 12: 16-21 and Mark 8:36)
BAAL ON THE JOHN(or “why the funny glasses?)
Your registration fee and classes
Your secret scripts and 3-D glasses
Equip you fully for the spiritual journey
Of ultimate highs and wondrous cosmic flashes*
In the old testament we are told of King Ahab’s worship of the false god Baal and how the true God (Jehovah) sent Elijah his prophet to prove to Ahab and the Israelite people that Jehovah, not Baal, was the Lord God and worthy of their worship (I Kings 1-39). So Elijah gathered King Ahab, the 450 false prophets of Baal, the 450 false prophets of Asherah, and all the people of Israel (all of whom were now worshippers of Baal), onto Mount Carmel for a very extravagant display of divine power. It was somewhat like the atmosphere of a modern day battle of the bands, with the Randy Stonehill band on one side (dressed to kill in their nehru jackets and gold plated medallions and backed by 300 screamin’ bongo player), and the Ted Nuggent band on the other, and the whole crowd anxiously awaiting the big shut down. Only this battle on Mount Carmel was quite a bit more unevenly paired and Baal’s nylon stringed guitar was no match for Jehovah’s power chords. To make a long story very short, Jehovah blew Baal clean off the stage, and that’s a hard act to follow. What is even more interesting is Elijah’s complete irreverence for the god Baal and how he used sarcasm and humor to mock the worshippers of this false god, with the purpose of demonstrating their folly in following after false idols and false doctrines. After the worshippers of Baal had prayed to him and had danced around the altar far into the afternoon and Baal still did not answer, Elijah began to mock them by saying “You’ll have to shout louder than that to catch the attention of your God!” He further scoffed “Perhaps Baal is talking to someone or is out sitting on the toilet, or maybe he is on a trip, or is asleep and needs to be awakened!” As was mentioned, Jehovah eventually proved Himself to be the one true God, and the people proclaimed Him as such.
People today are still worshipping false gods and following false prophets and we as the body of Christ are in dire need of the boldness that Elijah possessed to proclaim the absurdity and folly of such modern day “Baal worship.” The apostle Paul himself used sarcasm and biting humor to say of those false teachers still teaching circumcision in the Church that he wished that they would castrate themselves!
(Gal. 5; 1-13) Obviously Paul was not one to mince words in his denouncement of such deceivers.
Perhaps in light of the examples above, wearing funny glasses and singing songs about “preachers from outer space” is not strong enough language to insult the gods of false religions and lovingly mock their worshippers into seeing the folly of their ways, but it’s at least a step in the right direction.
MEET THE BAND
Terry, on electric guitar, co-founded Daniel Amos fresh from a six year stint as a sergeant in the National Guard. Playing music “all his life,” his talent earned him a Nashville writer’s contract in 1969. Later, he co-wrote the soundtrack for the documentary “The Son Worshippers.” The chief writer and spokesman for D.A., Terry also contributes to the group’s arrangements.
Jerry, on lead guitar, “Fell in love with music somewhere between birth and the age of three.” Experimenting with many instruments, Jerry settled on guitar in 1965, and after venturing through various groups he became a member of the original Dan Amos. He has acquired the coveted A.A. and B.A. degrees in English: Creative writing, attending such institutions as UCLA and Long Beach State University. Jerry possesses a laugh similar to Wally Plumstead.
Mark, on keyboards, joined D.A. in June of 1976. His previous group, “Spring Canyon,” recorded an album for Warner Brothers in 1975, followed by concert appearances with Styx and Crazy Horse. Soon following, Mark gave his life to Jesus Christ, and has become an integral part of Amos’ singing and songwriting.
Marty, on bass guitar, is also a member of the original Daniel Amos, formed in 1974. A musician for years in many Southern California bands, Marty became a Christian after those years proved to be disenchanting. Mondo Deckmerez.
Ed, on drums and percussion, toured with “The Road Home” (ABC Dunhill) from 1973 to 1975. Within that short span they also tracked some memorable tunes for Maranatha! 4 and Maranatha! 5. Shortly thereafter, Ed joined Daniel Amos. Petey Eeel.
Dennis, the sound engineer, holds a college degree in telecommunications. After years of study and interest, Dennis co-partnered Creative Media Productions; a venture in documentary production, motion pictures, and television commercials. The “unseen” member of the group, Dennis has been with D.A. since 1977.
Alex, on percussion and drums, collects “things.” As a member of Richie Furay Band in 1976, he toured with Loggins and Messina, Leon Russell, and the Beach Boys, among others. Since then he’s been busy in session work, and most recently, a member of the Randy Stonehill band. After years of friendship and moonlighting, he has just recently joined the ranks of D.A. full time.
Jed, the road manager and driver, is Ed’s long, lost twin brother. After a 19 year search for each other, the boys were miraculously reunited during a D.A. “pecan log” stop at an Indiana Stuckey’s. Jed “coincidentally” was working there. When Ed knocked over the bon-bon display, the brother’s eyes met. Tears and embraces ensued, Jed threw down his apron and jumped into the van. And you know… he’s been with them ever since.
*BLURB*1977 was a year of tremendous growth for Daniel Amos. Their album “Shotgun Angel” was released worldwide to an onslaught of critical acclaim. It was a year that saw them perform and minister to a crowd of 18,000 in Anaheim, CA (4,000 were turned away). It was a year in which they participated in a three week evangelistic outreach in the Hawaiian Islands. Publications through both Christian and Secular avenues spotlighted the group. Radio and television appearances followed. Five major North American tours insued. 1978? Well, the group has spent this past Spring in collaboration, in rehearsal, and in prayer. D.A. plans to release a third album early in the fall of this year entitled “Horrendous Disc.” (SEE FLASH page 4)*
DEAR DANIEL AMOSDear Daniel Amos,
How did you get your name?
A. Crouch, Woodland Hills, CA
D.A.: How did you get YOUR name?
Was that you I saw the other day?
P.S. My sister likes you. Signed Keeko Ono
Jerry: Yeah…well, I don’t know… maybe.
Our softball team wants to challenge your team.
Coach Zimmerman, Boise, Idaho
D.A.: YEAH? You and who else?
Dear Mr. Amos,
Your 1977 tax return has been audited. Please report to our office Monday morning at 8:00am
For booking information, please contact:
P.O. Box 1051
Orange, CA 92668
It all happened this past June at the first annual “Amos and Randy Pajama Party” and fun bus tour. The slumber party was a huge success. Party events included a space helmet contest, a fun bus tour to a 24 hour Market Basket, and rented laurel and Hardy films. About 3:00 am, about half-way through the Popeye cartoons, the boys were T.P.’d by a group of renegade girls. (just like 7th grade). But the gnarly bunch of guys formed commando squads and counterattacked with dozens of eggs, water balloons, and similar warfare. Girls, 1….Guys 27.
(...the following morning we enjoyed a Little League Pancake Breakfast.)
FLASH“Not until now have we seen an album that is as versatile, professional, or as serious musically as is Daniel Amos’ ‘Shotgun Angel’.” CORNERSTONE newspaper
“’Shotgun Angel’ should inspire other musicians to break some of the molds they’ve cast themselves in.”
“This record is a flat-out winner. Brilliant.”
“’Shotgun Angel’ is truly an offering of excellence to the Lord.”
BUZZ magazine (Eng.)
Daniel Amos is currently finishing up their third album with the help of Los Mariachi’s Romanticos. Watch for an October release.
"...if I only had a brain." Scarecrowm 'The Wizard of Oz'.
NEWS-O-RAMA STAFFEditors: Alex MacDougall, Terry Taylor
Alex MacDougall, Gary Delacy, Dennis Baxter, Scott Lockwood
Layout and Design:
Alex MacDougall, Gary Delacy, Terry Taylor
Alex MacDougall, Gary Delacy, Lionel Kalish
Harmony Graphics, Westminster Calif.
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