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The First Album

    Daniel Amos, 1976

  • Alex MacDougall, as a member of the Richie Furay band, tours with Loggins & Messina, Leon Russell and the Beach Boys, among others.

  • David Diggs' Out On A Limb is released on PBR. Alex MacDougall plays percussion on the album.

  • For about 3 weeks in 1976, Daniel Amos had a female backup singer.
    Her name was Diane Hershey, and she had previously been a member of Bill Sprouse's The Road Home. She traveled with the band on their Maranatha Circuit tour in Northern California.

    Early 1976



    Daniel Amos ~ Maranatha! Music Radio Show
  • The Maranatha Music Show radio show airs live recordings of the unreleased "It Takes A Heartache" and "Jonah And The Whale".

    January 4, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs at Calvary Riverside in Riverside, CA.

    January 7, 1976

  • Daniel Amos hears a reference pressing of their first album.

    January 9, 1976

  • KYMS previews six songs from the upcoming debut album from Daniel Amos. Those songs were "The Bible," "Abidin'," "Love In A Yielded Heart," "Don't Light Your Own Fire," "Losers and Winners" and "William."

    January 12, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs in San Diego, CA. The performance is broadcast on Channel 4 in San Diego.

    January 18, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs at the Cornerstone Foundation in Upland, CA.

    January 24, 1976

  • Greg Laurie previews the entire debut album from Daniel Amos on KQLH in Riverside. Terry and Jerry are also interviewed for the program.

    January 27, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs at Melodyland.

    January 29, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs at Calvary Conference Center in Twin Peaks, CA.

    January 30, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs at Claremont 1st Assembly of God in San Diego, CA.

    January 31, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs at Vineyard Fellowship in Sherman Oaks, CA. with Terry Talbot.

    February 1976

  • Sgt. Terry Taylor and Phil Terrell complete their committment to the National Guard, after six years. (Source: Phil Terrell)

    February 1, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs at El Toro High School.

    February 4, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs at the Maranatha Chapel in San Diego, CA.

    February 10, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs at Pacific High School in San Bernardino, CA.

    February 11, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs at Riverside City College in Riverside, CA.

  • Daniel Amos performs in Orange, CA. with Jim Kempner.

    February 12, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs at La Verne College in La Verne, CA.

    February 13, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs at Riverside City College with Gentle Faith and Greg Laurie.

    February 14, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs at Upland Fist Assembly of God in Upland, CA.

    February 19, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs in Lancaster, CA.

    February 20, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs at Palmview Assembly of God in Whittier, CA.

    February 21, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs at Saturday Night Concerts at Calvary Chapel.

    February 23, 1976

  • Daniel Amos is interviewed by Dennis Baxter about their upcoming debut album.

    February 27, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs at Harbor Christian Center in Wilmington, CA.

    February 29, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs at the Church of the Nazarene in Tujunga, CA.

    March 1, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs at Calvary Chapel with Greg Laurie.

    March 5, 1976

    Daniel Amos Tour Road Crew 1976
    (The DA Tour Road Crew)

  • Daniel Amos begins their first circuit tour of 1976 by performing at the Maranatha Center in Reno, NV.

  • A taped interview with Terry talking about the upcoming debut album from Daniel Amos is broadcast on KYMS.

    March 6, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs at the Salt House in Redding, CA.

    March 7, 1976


    Daniel Amos Ukiah Article 1976
  • Daniel Amos performs at the First Baptist Church in Ukiah, CA. (Above article from the March 5, 1976 Ukiah Daily Journal).

    March 8, 1976


    Daniel Amos Eureka Article 1976
  • Daniel Amos performs at Humboldt State University Center in Eureka, CA. (Above article from the March 6, 1976 edition of the Eureka Times Standard).

    March 9, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs at Eureka High School in Eureka, CA.

    March 10, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs in Woodland, CA.

    March 11, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs at "The Mansion" in San Jose, CA.

  • Daniel Amos performs at Santa Teresa High School.

    March 12, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs at 4-Square Church in San Mateo, CA.

    March 19, 1976

    Daniel Amos Fullerton 1976
  • Daniel Amos performs at Fullerton High School in Fullerton, CA.

    March 20, 1976

  • Photos are taken of Daniel Amos at Knotts Berry Farm at 2PM.

    March 21, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs at Friends Church in Yorba Linda, CA.

    March 26, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs at ??? High School at 10AM.

  • Daniel Amos performs at the 1st Assembly of God in Whittier, CA.

    March 27, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs ain Dana Point, CA.

    March 28, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs at Wesleyan Church in Sunnymead, CA.

    April 1, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs at Riverside Baptist Church in Riverside, CA.

    April 4, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs at Calvary Riverside in Riverside, CA.

    April 5, 1976

  • Daniel Amos receives copies of their first album.

  • Daniel Amos gives a live interview with John Styll on KMAX.

    April 9, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs at Rancho Alamitos High School in Garden Grove, CA.

  • Daniel Amos performs at 1st Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Long Beach, CA.

    April 10, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs at Saturday Night Concerts at Calvary Chapel.


    Daniel Amos

    Daniel Amos First Album
  • The band's first album, Daniel Amos, is released. The band for the album was Terry Taylor (Lead Vocals/Guitars), Jerry Chamberlain (Guitars/Vocals), Marty Dieckmeyer (Bass), and Steve Baxter (Guitars/Vocals). Ed MacTaggart (drums) joins the band soon after.
    View Album Reviews
    Album Info & Lyrics

    Terry: "Baby steps. Falling down a lot. Embarassing. "Skeptic's Song" is one of the most embarassing, and it's one of our most popular in live performance, especially at Calvary Chapel. 'Oh, my, you'll fry, as we wave goodbye to you'. It has a certain lack of grace."

    Alex: "I remember just liking the guys so much. They were funny people, which was not a trait of most Christian, Jesus movement, 'last days'-type bands. Also, DA was a very good acoustic/vocal group at that time--the best that I can remember."

    Notes: "Love In A Yielded Heart" was originally known as "Freedom" in the Jubal's Last Band days. "Skeptic's Song" was known as "Resurrection" while it was being recorded, and "William" was known as "Just call me Bill."



  • April 13-18, 1976

    Daniel Amos Magic Mountain 1976
  • Daniel Amos performs at the Magic Mountain Hallelujah Jubilee with Terry Talbot, Brush Arbor, Clara Ward Singers, JC Power Outlet, Psalm 150 and the Archers.

    April 21, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs in Orange, CA with Jim Kempner.

    April 23, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA.

    April 24, 1976


    Daniel Amos Knotts Berry Farm 1976
  • Daniel Amos performs in Buena Park, California for Maranatha Night at Knotts Berry Farm.

    April 26, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs at Saddleback High School in Santa Ana, CA. from 11:05-12:05PM.

    April 28, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs at the Maranatha Chapel in San Diego, CA.

    April 29, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs at Juvenile Hall in Riverside, CA.

    April 30, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs at Disneyland with Andrae Crouch, Larry Norman, Honeytree, Terry Talbot, Barry McGuire, Love Song and others.

    May 4, 1976

  • Terry, Jerry, Steve and Alex take part in recording Sessions at Sunwest Studio for "Maranatha II" where they recorded background vocals for "Servant of All."

    May 7, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs at Cerritos High School in Cerritos, CA.

    May 8, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs at St Joseph's Catholic in Placentia, CA.

    May 9, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs at Rio Hondo College in Whittier, CA.

    May 11, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs at Harbor City College in Wilmington, CA.

    May 13, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs at ???? High School.

  • Daniel Amos performs at the Calvary Conference Center.

    Terry Taylor of Daniel Amos, Calvary Chapel 1976
    (Terry in Concert, Calvary Chapel 1976. Photo Courtesy of Marty Dieckmeyer)

    May 15, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs at Murdy Park in Huntington Beach, CA.

  • Daniel Amos performs at Saturday Night Concerts at Calvary Chapel in Costa Mesa, CA with Tom Stipe.

    May 16, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs in Anaheim, CA.

    May 19, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs at Valley Christian High School in San Jose, Ca.

    May 20, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs at Antelope Valley High School in Lancaster, CA.

  • Daniel Amos performs in Lancaster, CA.

    May 23, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs at Calvary Assembly of God.

    May 28, 1976

  • Taping of Barry McGuire Show.

    May 30, 1976

  • Daniel Amos flies to Pennsylvania.

    May 31 - June 4, 1976


    Daniel Amos Franklin PA Article, 1976
  • Daniel Amos performs at the River Ridge Barn in Franklin, PA with Pastor Chuck Smith for Maranatha! 76. (Above article from the May 27, 1976 Edition of the Titusville Herald)

    Mid 1976

  • The following unreleased songs were performed during this time:
    "Fade", "Salvation wings" (Taylor) [later released on "Preachers from Outer Space"].

    June 1976

  • Mark Cook joins Daniel Amos as their keyboard player.

    June 3, 1976


    Daniel Amos New Castle PA Article, 1976
  • Daniel Amos performs at the Barn in New Castle, PA. (Above article from the June 2, 1976 Edition of the New Castle News)

    June 4, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs at Westminster High School in Westminster, CA.

    June 8, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs at Pacifica High School in Pacifica, CA.

    June 12, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs in Ridgecrest, CA.

    June 13, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs at the Cornerstone Foundation in Upland, CA

    June 14, 1976

  • Alex MacDougall plays drums on "House Between Two Rivers", the debut album from Becky Ugartechea.

    June 19, 1976

  • Maranatha! Music's Praise II is released. Steve Baxter, Jerry Chamberlain, Alex MacDougall and Terry Taylor all appear on the album.

    June 22, 1976

  • Daniel Amos begins their circuit tour of the NorthWestern US by performing in Yoncalla, OR.

    June 24, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs in Seattle, WA.

    June 25, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs in Yakima, WA.

    June 26, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs in Portland, OR.

    June 28, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs in McMinnville, OR.

    June 29, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs in Corvallis, OR.

    July 1, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs at Willamette High School in Eugene, OR.

    July 2, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs in Ashland, OR.

    July 3, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs in Redding, CA.

    July 13, 1976

  • Richie Furay's album "I've Got A Reason" is released. Alex played percussion.

    July 2, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs at the CBA Convention.

    July 16, 1976

  • Daniel Amos begins their tour of the NorthEastern US by performing twice in Burlington, VT.

    July 17, 1976

  • Daniel Amos appears on television lip syncing to at least one song.

  • Daniel Amos participates in a Radio Interview.

  • Daniel Amos performs outside of Burlington, VT.

    July 19, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs in Buffalo, NY.

    July 20, 1976

  • Daniel Amos is interviewed for Harmony Magazine.

    July 22, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs in Van Wert, OH.

    July 23, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs twice in Ft Wayne, IN.

    July 24, 1976

    Daniel Amos Southbend IN 1976
  • Daniel Amos performs in South Bend, IN.

    July 31, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs at the Calvary Conference Center.

    August 4, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs at the Maranatha Chapel in San Diego, CA.

    August 5, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs at Point Loma College in San Diego, CA.

    August 14, 1976

  • Daniel Amos begins a tour of the SouthWestern US by performing Las Vegas, NV.

    August 16, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs in Tempe, AZ ("Big Surf" Concert).

    August 20, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs at ASU Campus in Tempe, AZ.

    August 21, 1976


    Daniel Amos Randolph Park Article 1976
  • Daniel Amos performs at Randolph Park in Tucson, AZ. (Above article from the August 21, 1976 edition of the Tucson Daily Citizen)

    August 24, 1976

    Daniel Amos Live in El Paso Texas 1976
    (Daniel Amos in concert El Paso, Texas in 1976. Photo Courtesy of Marty Dieckmeyer)
  • Daniel Amos performs at Fort Bliss in El Paso, TX.

    August 25, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs at McKelligon Canyon (Outdoor) Amphitheater in El Paso, TX.

    August 26, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs at McKelligon Canyon (Outdoor) Amphitheater in El Paso, TX.

    August 27, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs at McKelligon Canyon (Outdoor) Amphitheater in El Paso, TX.

  • A quartet of Daniel Amos members performs at a church in El Paso, TX.

    August 28, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs in Albuquerque, NM.

    August, 29 1976


    Daniel Amos Live in Santa Fe Penitentiary 1976
  • Daniel Amos performs outside at the State Penitentiary in Santa Fe, NM

    September 4, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs at Saturday Night Concerts at Calvary Chapel.

    September 15, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs at Newport Harbor High School in Newport Beach, CA.

    September 17, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs at Ebell Auditorium in Long Beach, CA. with Susi Meredith.

    September 19, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs at Citrus College for "Breakaway 76" in California.

    September 20, 1976

  • Daniel Amos works on "Maranatha 6" at Harris Sound Studios in Costa Mesa, CA.

    September 21, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs two shows at Skakey's Pizza in Orange, CA.

    September 21-24, 1976

  • Daniel Amos works on "Maranatha 6" at Harris Sound Studios in Costa Mesa, CA.

  • Daniel Amos records 4-track demos of the following new songs - "Jonah and the Whale," "Fathers Arms," and "Posse in the Sky." The demos are recorded by Michael Wayne Shoup.

    September 25, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs at Point Loma College in San Diego, CA.

    September 30, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs in Denver, CO with Billy Batstone and Tom Stipe.

    October 1, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs in Colorado Springs, CO.

    October 3, 1976

    Daniel Amos Arkansas City KS 1976
  • Daniel Amos performs in Arkansas City, KS.

    October 4, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs two shows in Arkansas City, KS. across from the High School.

    October 7, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs at a coffeehouse in Oklahoma City, OK.

    October 8, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs at a school in Oklahoma City, OK.

    October 9, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs in Marshall, TX.

    October 11, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs in Houston, TX.

    October 12, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs at the University of Houston in Houston, TX.

    October 13, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs in Tomball, TX.

    October 14, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs at a church in Waco, TX.

    October 15, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs at a coffeehouse in Killeen, TX.

    October 16, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs at the University of Houston in Houston, TX.

    October 25, 1976

  • Steve Baxter left Daniel Amos and went to Colorado to play country music with the band Bethlehem.
    Dom Franco (of Bethlehem): "Steve Baxter had recently left Daniel Amos, mostly because the band had been moving away from itís country sound. The Shotgun Angel album was a real turning point for Daniel Amos. Side two was an indication of the direction their music was heading in. It was definitely not country! Steve Baxter and his family also made the trek out to Colorado and he began performing with us, as well as acting as our booking agent."

    October 29, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs at the Calvary Conference Center. Mark's family is in attendance.

    Marty Dieckmeyer and Ed McTaggart of Daniel Amos, 1976
    (Marty Dieckmeyer and Ed McTaggert playing live in Oct '76. Photo courtesy of Marty Dieckmeyer)


    October 30, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs at Calvary Chapel in Thousand Oaks, CA.

    November 6, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs at Calvary Downey in Downey, CA.

    Daniel Amos Early Promotional Photo

    November 13, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs at Presbyterian Church in Rendondo Beach, CA. First gig without Steve Baxter.

    November 14, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs at Raincross Square in Riverside, CA.

    November 15, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs at Calvary Chapel with Greg Laurie.

    November 18, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs at Sierra High School in Brea, CA.

    November 19, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs at La Puente Assembly of God in La Puente, CA.

    November 20, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs at the Irvine Bowl in Laguna Beach, CA.

    November 22, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs at Saint Bernard High School in Playa Del Ray, CA.

    November 23, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs at Rio Hondo College in Whittier, CA.

  • Daniel Amos performs at Brea High School in Brea, CA.

    November 24, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs at Maranatha Chapel in San Diego, CA.

    November 27, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs at Saturday Night Concerts at Calvary Chapel. Alex MacDougall sat in.

    November 30, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs at Fullerton High School in Fullerton, CA.

    December 1-3, 1976

  • Daniel Amos rehearses at Harris Sound Studio for what would become their second album.

    December 4, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs at Bethany Baptist Church in West Covina, CA. with Randy Stonehill.

    December 6-8, 1976

  • Daniel Amos records 4-track demos at Harris Sound Studio for what would become their second album. Songs recorded at this time are "Fathers Arms (demo #2)," "Black Gold Fever," "Praise Song," "Meal," "Shotgun Angel," "Finale: Bereshith Overture," Lady Goodbye," "The Whistler," "He's Gonna Do A Number On You," "Better," "Sail Me Away" and "Posse In the Sky (demo #2)." The demos are recorded by Michael Wayne Shoup.

    December 11, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs at Plymoth Cong. Church in Whittier, CA.

    December 15-16, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs at the Maranatha Music Conference in Twin Peaks, CA.

    December 17, 1976

  • Daniel Amos performs at Calvary Chapel in Dana Point, CA.

    December 31, 1976

  • Daniel Amos begins a tour of Northern California in Fesno, CA. with Randy Stonehill.

    Late 1976

  • Harmony Magazine picks "Daniel Amos" as the country album of the year.

    Early Daniel Amos promotional shot

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