Bill Sprouse

For The Record

Harmony Magazine Sept/Oct/Nov 1975

Costa Mesa, CA.

Bill Sprouse, lead singer and keyboard player for the Road Home, died of a heart attack, September 5th.

Sprouse, 26, suffered the coronary while showering in his home. It is believed that his weight of nearly 500 pounds had weakened his heart, bringing on the attack.

Bill has been a musician all his life. Previous to his conversion to Christ three and a half years ago, he played in a group also called the Road Home, which had one album on ABC Dunhill. After that group broke up, he played in night clubs. He continued to do so for a few months after being saved and then joined the music ministries at Calvary Chapel in Costa Mesa CA. There, the new Road Home band was formed.

The future of the Road Home is uncertain. Bill was the musical force behind the group. He was their song writer, lead vocalist, and had much to do with the instrumentation. Now, according to the group drummer, McTaggart, “We’re waiting on the Lord; trying to keep our ear close to Him. We do want to continue.”

The Road Home had been planning their first album. They have one song recorded “Psalm 5” which will appear on the “Maranatha 5” album. The group finished the instrumentation tracks for the song after Bill’s death. The group had one song, “Since I met Jesus”, Which was on the “Maranatha 4” album.