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The Horrendous Disc Years


    (Photo courtsey of Solid Rock Records)

    1980

  • Larry Norman's Roll Away The Stone is released on Phydeaux Records. Alex MacDougall played drums.

    January 7, 1980

  • Tamarack's 45 single "Eagle"/"Part of Me" is released. Future DA keyboardist Rob Watson is a member of the band and also cowrote "Part of Me" with Catherine Holt Spurr.

    January 11, 1980


    (Disneyland program, courtesy of Richard Towry)

  • Daniel Amos performs in California at Disneyland for "Contempo '80". Other performers include Randy Stonehill, Phil Keaggy, Benny Hester, Sweet Comfort Band, Resurrection Band, Barry McGuire and others.

    January 16, 1980

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

  • Becky Ugartechea's Look By Faith is released on Maranatha! Music. Alex MacDougall played percussion on the album.

    January 17, 1980

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

    January 20, 1980

  • Daniel Amos performs at Capistrano Valley Baptist Church in San Juan Capistrano, CA.

  • The Rock and Religion Radio Show airs the first half of a special on DA's Horrendous Disc, featuring an "interview" with Terry, Ed and Jerry. This was the first chance the public had to hear music from the delayed record. The show featured "I Love You #19", "I Believe In You", "Hound Of Heaven", "(Near Sighted Girl With Approaching) Tidal Wave", and "On The Line."
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    January 26, 1980


    (Concert Poster Courtesy of Marty Dieckmeyer)
  • Daniel Amos performs at the Broadway Tabernacle in Vancouver BC with Randy Stonehill.

    January 1980


    (Randy Stonehill, Larry Norman and Terry Taylor)

  • Daniel Amos and Randy Stonehill wrap up part of the Amos n'Randy Tour in a Toronto concert, sponsored by Sounds of Triumph. The event captured the attention of the local press and two television stations have produced features on Contemporary Christian music. At the end of the concert, StreetLevel's Phil Mangano arrived with Larry Norman in tow, and Larry was coaxed on stage for a song with the band. (Source: CCM Magazine January 1980)

  • Gossip and rumors were spreading about the band which were causing a lot of difficulty while touring.
    Terry: "...we'd go out (to play concerts), and the rumors would precede us. People would think that we were doing everything from divorcing our wives to using cocaine, and I don't know what else. Because once there's a sense of controversy here (in the Christian Music world) the rumors just fly."

    Larry Norman fed many of the rumors in the years that followed with a number of unfortunate mistatements, including the following line from an interview in CCM Magazine. This sentence led many to speculate that members of DA had left their wives in the late 70's. In reality, only three members of DA were married at the time - Terry, Ed and Mark. None of the three were getting divorced. Mark Heard and Tom Howard were also both happily married.

    Larry: "My wife had decided she wanted to marry somebody else and all of the artists at the same time were leaving their wives, and I just thought this was an appropriate time for introspection." (Source: CCM Magazine June 1989/"The Blue Book")


  • Daniel Amos appears on the cover of CCM Magazine. "Angry Young Men"

    February 1980

  • CCM magazine's "Record Rap" column says that there's still no definate release date for "Horrendous Disc".

    February 1, 1980

  • Daniel Amos performs at the Whisky A-Go-Go in West Hollywood, CA.

    February 6, 1980


  • Rebel Base Productions is formed with Tom Howard.
    Tom Howard: "There's a little rehearsal studio and office in Santa Ana, California that DA has been using for years. When a popular science fiction movie ("Star Wars") came out and the good guys were holed up at the "rebel base" the name drifted over to the studio and it stuck.... it's the whole idea of rebeling against a strong, powerful force of evil."

    February 13, 1980

  • Daniel Amos performs at the Coo-Coo's Nest in Costa Mesa, CA.

    Febraury 15, 1980

  • Daniel Amos performs at the National Entertainment and Campus Activities Association Convention in Washington, DC.

  • Alex MacDougall plays drums on "Look By Faith," the second album from Becky Ugartechea.

    Febraury 22, 1980

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

    Febraury 23, 1980

  • Daniel Amos performs at in Santa Barbara, CA.

    Febraury 26, 1980

  • Daniel Amos performs at the Filmore in San Francisco, CA.

    March 1, 1980

  • Daniel Amos performs at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, CA.

    March 4, 1980

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

    March 7, 1980

  • Daniel Amos performs in El Cajon, CA.

    March 8, 1980

  • Daniel Amos performs in Escondito, CA.

    March 15, 1980

  • Daniel Amos performs in Springfield, MO.

    March 19, 1980


  • Daniel Amos performs at Stephen F. Austin State University near Mays Hall in Nacogdoches, TX.

    March 20, 1980

  • Daniel Amos performs behind AG Pond in Nacogdoches, TX.

    March 21, 1980

  • Daniel Amos performs in Fort Worth, TX.

    March 22, 1980

  • Daniel Amos performs in Longview, TX.

    March 25, 1980

  • Daniel Amos performs near Houston, TX.

    March 27, 1980

  • Daniel Amos performs near Houston, TX.

    March 28, 1980

  • Daniel Amos performs near Houston, TX.

    March 29, 1980


  • Daniel Amos performs at the Houston Music Center in Houston, TX.

    April 1980

  • CCM magazine lists several new releases, and makes note that Horrendous Disc isn't one of them.

    April 4, 1980

  • Daniel Amos performs at Bethel College in Roseville Minnesota with Randy Stonehill.

    April 10, 1980

  • Daniel Amos performs in River Falls, WI.

    April 11, 1980

  • Daniel Amos performs St. Paul, MN at Bethel College with Randy Stonehill.
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    April 13, 1980

  • Daniel Amos performs at Judson College in ???????.

    April 15, 1980

  • Daniel Amos performs in Pigeon, MI.

    April 16, 1980

  • Daniel Amos performs in Canton, OH.

    April 18, 1980

  • Daniel Amos performs in Peoria, IL.

    April 19, 1980


    (Daniel Amos at the Agape Festival. Photo courtesy of Curt Borders)
  • Daniel Amos performs in Greenville, Illinois at the Agape music festival.

    April 21, 1980

  • Daniel Amos performs in Eureka Springs, AR.

    April 22, 1980

  • Daniel Amos performs in Ottawa, KS.

    April 23, 1980

  • Daniel Amos performs in Bucklin, KS.

    April 25, 1980

  • Daniel Amos performs in Denver, CO.

    April 26, 1980

  • Daniel Amos performs at the National Entertainment and Campus Activities Association Convention in Grand Junction, CO.

    April 28, 1980

  • Daniel Amos performs in Grand Junction, CO.

    May 1980

  • DA finishes their tour and returns to California to find a letter waiting from Larry Norman, stating that he had released them from their management contract with StreetLevel. California Civil Law states that it is illegal for the same company to receive compensation for booking and management of an artist.

  • StreetLevel Artist Agency (with Phil Mangano) splits off from StreetLevel Productions.

    May 9, 1980

  • Daniel Amos performs in Sacramento, CA.

    May 10, 1980

  • Daniel Amos performs in Chico, CA.

    May 14, 1980

  • Daniel Amos performs at Club 88 in Los Angeles, CA.

    May 18, 1980

  • Daniel Amos performs at LA's historic rock Madame Wong's in China Town. The club regularly featured a who's who of rock and roll in the early 80s including The Knack, The Police, Fishbone, The Go-Go's, Oingo Boingo, Guns N' Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Ramones and others.

    May 30, 1980

  • Daniel Amos performs in Modesto, CA.

    May 31, 1980

  • Daniel Amos performs in Sacramento, CA. for Warehouse Ministries.

    June 1, 1980

  • Daniel Amos performs at Gazarries on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood, CA.

  • Randy Stonehill's The Sky is Falling is released on Solid Rock Records. Alex MacDougall played percussion and drums on the album.

    June 3, 1980

  • Daniel Amos performs at the Blue Lagoon Saloon in Los Angeles, CA.

    June 7, 1980

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

    June 9, 1980

  • Daniel Amos performs at the Bla Bla Café in Studio City, CA.

    June 16, 1980


  • Daniel Amos performs at the historic rock club Madame Wong's in West Los Angeles, CA.

    June 17, 1980

  • Daniel Amos performs at Sweet Water in Los Angeles, CA.

    June 29, 1980

  • Daniel Amos returns to Chinatown's historic rock club Madame Wong's in Los Angeles, CA.

    July 1980



  • Word radio promo man "dangerous Dan" Hickling releases the 10" Horrendous Disc ep to radio stations, with Blue and White swirled vinyl. Side one (33 1/3 rpm) features "I Believe In You," "Hound of Heaven" and "Horrendous Disc." Side Two (78 rpm) has the flying saucer sounds, and "On The Line."
    There are also rumors that there is an alternate version of the EP. We know lots of people that claim to have seen one, or have a friend that has one - but so far, we haven't seen one ourselves. Solid Rock tells us that there's only the one version.

    July 12, 1980

  • Daniel Amos performs at Calvary Chapel in Costa Mesa, CA.

    July 17, 1980

  • Daniel Amos performs at Club 88 in Los Angeles, CA.

    July 19, 1980


    (Daniel Amos in Oceanside, CA, July 1980. Photo courtesy of ???????)
  • Daniel Amos performs in Oceanside, CA.

    July 24, 1980



    (Photos taken in Concord, CA, courtesy of Karl Swenson)
  • Daniel Amos performs at the Concord Pavillion in Concord, CA. at. The show's lineup was Chuck Girard, Resurrection Band, DA, and Servant.

    August 11, 1980

  • Daniel Amos performs once again at the historic rock club Madame Wong's West in Los Angeles, CA.

    August 15, 1980



  • Daniel Amos performs in Holland at the Kamperland Music Festival, with Larry Norman and the Sam Scott Band. Due to illness, Terry had to miss the performance. Larry Norman filled in on lead vocals for DA.

    August 23, 1980



    (Ed McTaggert and Alex MacDougall at Greenbelt and Alex, Tom Howard and Beau MacDougall backstage at Greenbelt. Photos courtesy of Marty Dieckmeyer)
  • Daniel Amos performs in England at Greenbelt.
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    (Ed's View at Greenbelt. Photos courtesy of Marty Dieckmeyer)

    Late 1980

  • Due to the Horrendous Disc delays, the band was struggling financially. Two members - Mark Cook and Alex MacDougall - left the group to pursue other Godly and financially supportive endeavors. Mark became a Youth Pastor in the San Diego area, and Alex started working for Ministry Resource Center and would continue to work with the band off and on. (Source: CCM Magazine March 1981 "Whatever Happened To Horrendous Disc?")
    Terry: "We still love those guys, and continue to have relationships; I saw Mark a few years ago, he's a pastor in Virginia, and I still do projects for Alex at Maranatha! Music." (Source: Brian Quincy Newcomb in "The HRS-Terry Taylor Interview Part Two")


    (Photo taken at Bethel College in Minnesota, courtesy of Mark Prinsen)
  • Daniel Amos performs in Dartmouth, MA.
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    September 11, 1980

  • Daniel Amos and Andy Pratt perform at R.I. College in Providence, RI.

    September 12, 1980

  • Daniel Amos performs at Gordon College in Wenham, MA.

    September 13, 1980

  • Daniel Amos performs in Bangor, ME.

    September 14, 1980

  • Daniel Amos performs in Augusta, ME.

    September 15, 1980

  • Daniel Amos performs in So. Yarmouth, MA.

  • Future DA Keyboardist Rob Watson records a demo entitled "Relaxing in Camarillo" with his band Tamarack. Watson also cowrote music on the demo.

    September 16, 1980

  • Daniel Amos performs in Mt. Wachusett, MA.

    September 17, 1980

  • Daniel Amos performs in Buffalo, NY.

    September 18, 1980

  • Daniel Amos performs at Houghton High School in Houhton, NY.

    September 19, 1980

  • Daniel Amos performs at Houghton College in Houhton, NY.

    September 20, 1980

  • Daniel Amos performs in Rochester, NY.

    September 24, 1980

  • Daniel Amos performs at Toad's Place in New Haven, CT.

    September 29, 1980

  • Daniel Amos performs at Cumberland College in Williamsberg, KY.

    September 30, 1980

  • Daniel Amos performs in Greensboro, NC.

    October 1, 1980

  • Daniel Amos performs in Buies, NC.

    October 14, 1980

  • Daniel Amos performs in Woodland Hills, CA.

    October 15, 1980

  • Jerry Chamberlain marries Sharon McCall. Sharon occasionally sang with the Scratch Band, a band from Sacramento that eventually evolved into the 77s.

    October 17, 1980

  • Daniel Amos performs at Nazarene Church in Pasadena, CA.

    October 20, 1980



  • Terry and Debi's son Andrew is born.

    November 3, 1980

  • Daniel Amos performs at Calvary Chapel in Costa Mesa, CA.

    November 7-21, 1980

  • Daniel Amos goes on tour. (Can you help us fill in information for these dates?).


    (DA Button)

    December 1980

  • Word Records Vice President Stan Moser informs CCM Magazine of the current status of DA's long-delayed Horrendous Disc. Moser indicated that Norman still had the legal rights and physical control of the Daniel Amos record.
    Stan: "Well, here's what we've got. What we have in our warehouse right now is, I believe, 25,000 jackets with the wrong songs listed on the back. And we have 10,000 8-tracks and cassettes of finished product that have only nine songs and I think there are ten songs that are supposed to be on the final album. So we've had those in our warehouse for about 90 days. Once we reached that stage, we realized that something was wrong somewhere. And then Larry informed us that the 8-tracks and cassettes were pressed from the wrong master tape, or created from the wrong master tape, and that he would furnish us with the finished master tape that would correspond, as I understand it, with the jackets we now have."

    December 8, 1980

  • Former Beatle John Lennon is shot and killed by a disturbed fan in New York. DA learns of the tragedy while working in the studio.
    (Terry touches on this tragedy in his article "Here I Am... There You Are ("Imagine No John Lennon")"

    December 12, 1980

  • Daniel Amos performs in Napa, CA.

    December 13, 1980

  • Daniel Amos performs in Sacramento, CA. for Warehouse Ministries.


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