January 18, 1944
- Al Perkins is born. Al would go on to produce DA's first album, in addition to working with the Flying Burrito Brothers, Dan Fogelberg, Richie Furay, Roy Orbison, Stephen Stills, Joe Walsh, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones and others..
April 8, 1947
- Larry David Norman is born in San Jose, California. Larry would later start Solid Rock records.
February 23, 1950
- Composer and Keyboardist Tom Howard is born. Tom would later be heavily involved in DA-related releases for many years. Tom grew up in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area and frequently played with various bands.
Tom: "There was a fledgling music thing going on in Minneapolis, which is a very artistic town, and I wound up hooking up with guys that were more of the jazz ilk. There were players that went on to be Flim & The BBs, and some of your jazz listener aficionado guys will recognise them as kind of a seminal group back then. Jimmy Johnson, the bass player who played on my debut album, has been with James Taylor now forever. But there was great, great instrumentally oriented music coming out of Minneapolis and St Paul at that time. I still check in with friends from back there."
May 24th, 1950
- Terry Scott Taylor is born to Jerry Joe Taylor and Viann Borthick in Los Angeles, CA. Terry's brother Randy Steven Taylor is born the following year. Terry's Aunt Heidi was born the year after that.
May 28, 1951
- Alex MacDougall, future percussionist for Daniel Amos is born in Orange County, CA. Alex attends Santa Ana High School.
July 10, 1951
- Edward Kenneth McTaggart future drummer for Daniel Amos is born in San Bernardino, California. Ed attends Pacifica High School.
- Word Records is founded in Waco, TX by Jarrell McCracken and Ted Snider. Word Records began its life releasing spoken word recordings but eventually branched out into Southern Gospel.
December 16, 1951
- John Mark Heard is born in Macon, Georgia. Mark would go on to become one of the most important songwriters in the "DA extended family," and even have a hand in the Horrendous Disc album many years later.
February 25, 1952
- Jerry Parker Chamberlain, future guitarist for Daniel Amos is born in Los Angeles, CA. Jerry went on to earn A.A. and B.A. degrees in English: Creative writing, attending such institutions as UCLA and Long Beach State University.
Jerry: "I acquired a love of melody very early in life. After receiving my first record player at age 2 in 1954, I gravitated towards pop and early rock 'n' roll music that my mother would tune in on local Los Angeles radio stations in the 1950s. By Christmas 1960, my siblings and I would receive our first batch of 45s, and a portable stereo record player that was gifted to my sister, was also used by my brother and me. The most popular recorded format of the day for young people in the early '60s was the 45rpm single, and we were fully-invested in that format. Non-vocal instrumental music also shared a part of that popularity. In 1961, one of the best early guitar instrumentals would come from a Danish jazz and pop guitarist named J??rgen Ingmann. Covering a song that had already seen wide success outside the US by The Shadows, Ingmann put his multi-track recording influence from Les Paul to good use, and had a wider international hit with "Apache", reaching #2 in the US and #1 in Canada. Our household was not immune, and reverberated with the strains of J??rgen Ingmann and His Guitar, thanks to a purchase of that classic 45. It remains a personal favorite."
September 23, 1952
- DA founding member Steve Baxter is born.
March 12, 1952
- Randall Evan Stonehill is born in Stockton, California.
April 9, 1954
- John Mark Cook, future keyboardist for Daniel Amos is born.
August 23 1954
- Marty Dieckmeyer, future bassist for Daniel Amos is born and raised in La Puente, CA.
Marty started playing guitar at the age of 12, piano at the age of 14 and bass guitar at 15.
October 12, 1954
- Future Lost Dog and "guest Eddie", Mike Roe is born.
July 13, 1955
- Future keyboardist for DA Robert Dana Watson is born.
- Young Tom Howard begins taking piano lessons.
Tom: "My sister was taking lessons, and I started whining about, 'When can I do it?!' I think I was seven years old when I started taking lessons with this very, very sweet lady, very patient, and she gave very formal, traditional instruction as far as that goes. That continued probably into junior high where I became too 'cool' to take piano lessons. I have memories of putting a footstool in the middle of our living room as a little kid and conducting some orchestra thing on the radio, and pretending I was the conductor. So I've always had an affinity for classical music. I got a degree in music theory and composition so I guess I fleshed it out when I was in college."
October 13, 1958
- Future Lost Dog, Choir vocalist and DA roadie, Derrald "Derri" Daugherty, is born.
- When Terry was 9 years old, he loved to pretend he was Zorro.
Terry: "Zorro was my hero. In my Grandfather's garage one summer day, I found a large frayed sheet of black silk and made a makeshift cape out of it. I began running and leaping through the garage, imagining heroic deeds and acts of derring-do as I whipped my cape around my face and over my shoulder, just as I'd seen Guy Williams do a few hundred times on the Disney t.v. show." (Source: "Zorro" by Terry S. Taylor)
- Terry's grandparents raised him.
Terry: "I spent a great deal of my childhood with my grandparents because of the many difficulties my parents had in the early years of their marriage. They were VERY young parents, and my grandparents were a source of support and comfort for two people who were just kids themselves. My grandfather was loving and generous in spirit and a great role model for me. I miss him greatly."
Terry: "my grandfather was the guy who always had Vin Scully on the radio in his garage when I was a kid. Inside his garage, the wallpaper was all baseball players and football players, that sort of thing. It's just one of those images that stayed with me. Of course, that's why I became a Dodger fan. Those were the days when we would all go down to the old Coliseum and see Duke Snyder, Sandy Koufax, and Don Drysdale play; all those old Brooklyn boys."
- Terry's grandfather used to call him "T-Bone" - but, no one knows why.
Terry: "My Grandpa used to whistle 'Old Rugged Cross' when we used to travel... he would always whistle 'Old Rugged Cross', and he had this beautiful voice so he would sing and just drive and he was just... in his own world... and I'm sure he didn't know at all then what that meant to me as a child hearing that and the warmth of that and the security of that... and the power of that song, 'The Old Rugged Cross'."
- Terry: "I was acquainted with the church where my mom went, which was not a good start for me. As a kid, I was deeply disturbed by what I saw going on. They would have nights of weeping and repentance. It was frightening. The next experience I had was over in Dana Point where I joined Royal Ambassadors, a sort of Christian Boy Scouts thing. The kid that invited me to go to Royal Ambassadors, Roger something-or-other, was the pastor's kid. Roger's favorite thing to do when his dad asked us to stand and pray, was to cut the cheese. And inevitably, we would laugh, and we would get in trouble because we were laughing during prayer. So, that was another strange church experience. (laugh) A druggie friend of mine (Timothy Warner) from high school became a Christian, and it was his testimony that had the greatest impact on me. He helped me to get away from looking at those past experiences, and look to the person of Christ; who He was, and what He did. That was refreshing and new."(Source: Jeff Elbel "An Interview With Terry Taylor", True Tunes News - Summer 1994)
November 29, 1959
- Terry's future occasional percussionist and member of the Choir Steve Hindalong is born.
February 3, 1960
- Future DA/Eddies bassist Tim F. Chandler is born in Los Angeles, CA. Tim's father is Baptist Minister and author Ward B. Chandler. Tim has one older brother who eventually starts to teach young Mr. Chandler how to play bass guitar. Chandler attends Canyon High School in Canyon Country, CA. and plays bass guitar in the jazz band.
Tim, about his brother: "He's a choir director at a Baptist church, plays about a dozen different instruments and also runs his own business."
June 6, 1960
- Greg Flesch, future guitarist for the Eddies and DA, is born.
- A 10-year old Alex MacDougall purchases his first record - Ray Charles' "Hit the Road Jack," which was released in June of that year. Alex would go on to play in a lot of local bands and take percussion lessons.
Alex: "That is all I ever did after school. I would come home and play drums."
April 6, 1961
- Future Lost Dog and Swirling Eddie (Prickly Disco), Gene "Eugene" Andrusco is born.
September 3, 1961
- David Nicholas Perry is born. Dave went on to be DA's tour video producer in the 1980s and had a hand in the production of the Darn Floor Big Bite album cover and Swirling Eddies video Splittle & Phlegm.
March 1, 1963
- Future Choir and Swirling Eddies sax player, "Buckeye (Jazzbo)" Dan Michaels, is born.
- Terry's first band tried out for the "Ted Mack & the Original Amateur Hour" judges, but failed to pass the tryouts and did not appear on the show.
(Above: The Eccentrics. Terry is on the far left.)
- Terry forms the garage bands The Eccentrics and the punk band The Wimps. The first song learned by the Eccentrics was either "Gloria" or "Louie, Louie."
Terry: "Back in those days seldom did a summer-time Saturday afternoon go by without the cacophonous sound of young amateurs sloppily performing the likes of 'Gloria' and 'Louie Louie' echoing throughout the neighborhood. Oddly enough, I don't recall anyone calling the cops to complain, nor did anyone yell at the band to put a lid on it. Young and old alike would stand in small gatherings on sidewalks and lawns to watch and enjoy the proceedings. The only dour, judgmental people among these gatherings consisted of rival band members there, not to enjoy the show, but to check out the competition and to find fault in the performances."
February 9, 1964
- Young Alex MacDougall watches the Beatles on Ed Sullivan and decides that he wants to play drums.
- The first LP Terry purchased with his own money was The Beach Boys' Shut Down Volume 2, which was released in March of that year.
May 21, 1964
- The Eccentrics perform with the Aragons at the Lincoln School Talent Show in the Lincoln School Auditorium in Santa Barbera, CA at 7:30 p.m.
August 16, 1964
- Stuntman Tom Gulotta is born
(Tom Ransom, Terry Taylor and Phil Terrell)
- When Terry was a High School sophomore in 1965, he was in a band called "The Scarlet Staircase". The "Scarlet Staircase" was Terry, Phil Terrell, Tom & Dan Ransom, & Mike Sult. At one point during Terry's time in the Scarlet Staircase, Van Morrison and his band Them attended a local battle of the bands competition and watched the band perform.
Terry: "In those days official 'Battle Of The Bands' competitions were quite common. My band and I were in several of them, including one held in the parking lot of a local San Jose strip mall. Hundreds of people showed up, and around our third song into the set I was shocked to see a recognizable group of musicians making their way toward the front of the crowd to watch us perform. I had no idea that Van Morrison and his band Them were in the Bay Area on a tour at that time, but there they were in the crowd checking us out. They didn't stay long, and I doubt we impressed them in any way, (neither did we win The Battle Of The Bands), but what a thrill it was to see these musical giants actually taking the time to listen to our little fledgling garage band and to perhaps smile inwardly at memories of their own sloppy beginnings."
- After experimenting with various instruments, young Jerry Chamberlain settles in on the guitar.
May 8, 1965
- A young Randy Stonehill, an 8th grader at Dartmoth, wins first prize in the annual city-wide talent contest held by San Jose Recreation Department.
June 6, 1965
- A young Larry Norman, of Campbell High School, performs some of his own compositions at the annual poetry awards meeting of the Edwin Markham Poetry Society held at Villa Montalvo in the Outdoor Greek Theater.
July 30, 1965
- Tim Warner and Bob Fraidenburgh perform as part of the "Seventh Sons" at a teen dance in the Moose Lodge in Los Gatos, CA. According to local newspapers, The Seventh Sons perform "Rolling Stones, Beatles, and Rhythm and Blues types of music." Tim and Bob would both go on to perform with Terry in the coming years.
October 12, 1965
- Larry Norman, now a College Freshman, performs "a group of his poems," assisted by sisters Nancy and Kristy at Poetry Dat at the Fellowship Room of the First Methodist Church in Los Gatos, California.
October 15, 1965
- Bob Fraidenburgh's band the "Seventh Sons" perform at the Harvest Festival in Los Gatos, CA.
- Ads for the Cardboard Scheme begin to appear in the Lost Gatos Times. The short blurb only included the words "The Cardboard Scheme is Coming" and a phone number and ran for several weeks.
- Larry Norman joins People! after their original lead singer was dropped from the band weeks before the band was set to open for the Dave Clark Five at the San Jose Civic Auditorium on June 30th. Terry had a friend by the name of Brian Carroll, whose cousin was in People!. Most of the band members of People! were into scientology (aside from Larry), which led Brian to suggest to Terry that they look into Scientology - which they did for about a year.
June 25, 1966
- The Eccentrics become the first band to perform at Apogee West, a new Youth Social Club in Los Gatos, CA.
- Terry left The Scarlet Staircase to join The Cardboard Scheme with Tim Warner (rhythm guitar), Randy Ritchie (drums), Bud Rimback (bass), and Bruce Lochrie (lead guitar). The Cardboard Scheme played all over Santa Clara valley and their repertoire consisted of songs from The Beatles and other British Invasion stuff, as well as the more complex stuff of Buffalo Springfield (they did nothing even remotely spiritual at this time). And they did a ton of "Originals", written by Terry and Timothy. They lasted about a year as a band and broke up the summer before they were seniors.
(Larry Norman as a senior in 1965, and Randy Stonehill in 1967)
With Terry's addition to the group, the Scheme now had two lead singers - much like another popular San Jose band, People, which featured Larry Norman as one of its main vocalists. The Cardboard Scheme actually shared the stage with People on a number of occasions. Terry and Timothy went to Los Gatos High, Larry was from neighboring rival Campbell High School - although he had graduated the year earlier in 1965. Fellow artist Randy Stonehill attended Leigh High School in San Jose and was two years younger than Terry. Randy performed with a local band called the Good Humor band, which Terry was familiar with although he had no idea that Randy was part of the band until many years later.
- On one occasion, the Cardboard Scheme attended a local concert by the Association.
Terry: "Before the show started, the drummer for the Association had come out in the back of the auditorium - outside, to take a break or something. And of course all of the girls were over there around him because he was the 'cute one,' you know like Paul McCartney? So they were all surrounding him and screaming and he's out there and smiling and just sittin' there on this little embankment, and talkin' and everything. ...While all of these girls had this guys attention, our bass player ran up and took his shoe off of him and ran away with it. I don't know what possessed him to do it."
(Terry Taylor, Tim Warner, Randy Ritchie, Bud Rimback and Bruce Lochrie)
(Los Gatos High School, Los Gatos, California)
- The Copper Brick Window was formed from the remnants of Scarlet Staircase. Window was Tom Ransom, Terry's brother-in-law Phil Terrell (Phil is the brother of Terry's future wife Debi), Les Moreno, Dan Ransom and Phil Kent. Like Cardboard Scheme, Copper Brick Window also had two lead singers. Copper Brick Window was only considered a tentative band name until they found something better, which they did before they played their first official gig. Copper Brick Window was managed by Terry's (then future) brother-in-law Stan Sult (Stan would later become the husband of Debi Taylor's sister).
- Songs written at this time include "Take A Real Look At You."
- Cardboard Scheme performs at the Continental in San Jose opening for Quicksilver Messenger Service and Big Brother and the Holding Company (with Janis Joplin). Note: It is unclear of the actual date of this show. While both Quicksilver Messenger Service and Big Brother and the Holding Company were both playing shows in San Jose in August & September of 1966, November 1966, and even a few dates in October of 1967 - an exact date has not yet been determined. Specific show dates are hard to find - we're still searching!
August 6, 1966
- The Eccentrics perform once again at Apogee-West for their Youth Club Dance.
- A young Alex MacDougall meets Richie Furay and begins to form a friendship.
Alex: "Growing up in an LA suburb, and being 16/17 years of age - it was the perfect time during that part of the 1960s to see just about any great rock band from San Francisco or wherever they were from... There was a place called the Shrine Auditorium. My favorite band in high school was a band called Buffalo Springfield and I would go see those guys all the time. Back then, there wasn't any security - you could just go into the dressing room and visit. I have lots of snapshots of those days with Richie, and Neil Young, Stephen Stills, Grateful Dead, Frank Zappa, and all kinds of people.... so, I got to know Richie. He was very kind to me and he had nothing to gain by it. I was just an overweight high school kid. He was very kind to me and said 'hey come over to our house sometime and visit,' and I would do that and drop by."
October 15, 1966
- The Cardboard Scheme performs at Los Gatos High's Rock Festival in San Jose, California. (Terry was 16!)
December 17, 1966
- The Cardboard Scheme performs at a Saturday Night Dance at the Youth Center in Los Gatos.
(Terry Taylor and Phil Terrell 1967)
February 17, 1967
- The Eccentrics perform the Community Center Dance for Raymond Fisher School Students at the Los Gatos Community Center.
April 21, 1967
- The Cardboard Scheme performs at the final student body dance at Los Gatos High School.
July 1, 1967
- The Copper Brick Window performs at a Teen Dance at Apogee-West.
May 12, 1967
- The Cardboard Scheme performs at a "Psychedilic Sox Hop" to raise funds for a new gym.
May 13, 1967
- The Cardboard Scheme performs at a "Cardboard Meatballs" event at Los Gatos High School. The event includes a speaghetti and Meatballs dinner with the Cardboard Scheme providing music.
October 26, 1967
- The Los Gatos Times reports that the Cardboard Scheme has broken up. Their last gig was at Apogee West.
Terry: " I remember saying to the audience, 'we have a lot of requests from you - we don't have time to play each one separately, so...' and then I counted them off and we just all did them at the same time. Some people were upset, and some people got it and laughed."
December 22, 1967
- The Copper Brick Window performs at the Wutzit Club at the Santa Clara Valley Youth Village.
(Terry Taylor, Bruce Lochrie and Tim Warner 1968)
- Songs written at this time include "Buffalo."
January 19, 1968
- Terry Taylor, Tim Warner and Randy Ritchie perform at the Annual Senior Assembly at Los Gatos High School.
February 11, 1968
- The Copper Brick Window performs at a teen dance to benefit the March of Dimes at the Cpydes Hall Near Harvey West Park. Other bands on the bill included The Backdoor, John Deacon Society, English Leather, The Cottage Cheese, Morning People, Kinda Daft, August Heat and Moses February
March 2, 1968
- The Copper Brick Window performs at a teen dance with the Back Door in Scotts Valley.
May 24, 1968
- Terry is a soloist at the 46th Annual Spring Concert at Los Gatos High School. The theme of the event was an "all-Gershwin" program.
- Terry, Bruce Lochrie and Randy Ritchie record a number of demos at Randy's house. Songs included "Somebody Saturday, "We Don't Have Eyes," and a short ditty about Peter Pan.
August 3, 1968
- The Copper Brick Window performs at a dance in the Campus Center at De Anza College.
November 8, 1968
- The Copper Brick Window performs at the Annual Queen's Ball at a School Cafeteria in San Mateo, CA.
- The Copper Brick Window becomes known as the Fresh Babies. The band was still managed by Terry's (then future) brother-in-law Stan Sult (Stan is Terry's sister-in-law's husband). (Source: Phil Terrell)
- After the break-up of Cardboard Scheme, Terry and Timothy Warner sort of went separate ways while in High School and the year or so after. With the Scheme broken up, and when Fresh Babies lost its two singers, Terry was asked to join Phil Terrell (Terry's future brother in law), Doug Montgomery and Phil's brother in law, Mike Sult to form a "new" band with a different sound and a new name - Pecos Bill, which also occasionally went by the name of Down Home. During this time, Terry had nearly signed a contract with a Nashville-area publishing company. (Source: Terry Taylor, Leah Terrell, Phil Terrell & Timothy Warner)
Terry: "This was a serious effort. We weren't going to play cover tunes, we were going to write new material."
- Phil Terrell steals his sister Barbara's tape recorder and he and Terry spend some time filling the tape with a silly version of the Beatles' "Glass Onion" and some bad jokes. "Glass Onion" featured Phil singing the lyrics at a fast speed and Terry making drum noises in the background. (Source: Leah Terrell)
January 31, 1969
- The Copper Brick Window performs at a dance at the Los Gatos Saratoga Community Center.
- Pecos Bill (aka Down Home) professionally recorded a few songs in San Francisco at Magnum/Onyx Studios. (The studio was owned by the brother of the guy who owned Fantasy Records in Berkeley where Creedence Clearwater Revival recorded.) Songs recorded that day included a Terry Taylor original called "Mona". The tapes along with Terry's Tape recorder, were stolen out of his trunk and were never recovered. (Source: Leah Terrell, Phil Terrell, with Terry Taylor correcting Phil's "clouded mind")
- An 18 year old Ed McTaggart buys a 10 year old drum set that would eventually become the one used with DA.
- A 15 or 16 year old Marty Dieckmeyer visits Disneyland.
Marty: "When I was 15 or 16, they wouldn't let me and my friends in because we had long hair! I was so marginalized! Haha. My friends and I tried getting in later wearing wigs. Only 3 out of 5 of us made it in!! My wig blew off on one of the rides."
March 4, 1969
- Future DA Webmaster & jr Stuntman Jason Townsend is born.
July 11, 1969
- Down Home performs at a Teen Dance at the Los Gatos Community Center. Local newspapers described the band as a "far out hard rock and blues band."
September 26-October 5, 1969
- On a bet from a high school teacher, recently graduated Alex MacDougall attends a Billy Graham Crusade at Angel Stadium Anaheim Stadium. Shortly after Alex starts to attend Calvary Chapel in Costa Mesa along with his friend John Wickham.
Alex: "Mr. Graham spoke of 2nd Corinthians 5:17 'If any man be in Christ, he's a new creature. All things would become new. I said that's what I want because I was obese, and so I went down and accepted Christ down on the field and my life radically turned around - both in my weight and in my musical aspirations. That changed everything."
- Larry Norman's Upon This Rock is released on Capitol Records.
- Young Tim Chandler starts to learn bass guitar at the age of 10.
Tim: "My older brother had a band but no bass player. He showed me the bass fingerings to some Beatles songs. I learned them by rote, I had no idea what I was doing. After that, I didn't play again until junior high stage band. I think I learned "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head" by B.J. Thomas."
Tim"In terms of technical ability, I'm not a very good player. I purposely don't practice. I hear bass players who practice all the time and have flawless technique. They play every note perfectly and sound like a machine (which is wrong, which has the effect of sounding and feeling passionless) and they wear their basses up real high, right next to their Adam's Apple (which is REALLY wrong....Look: if you're gonna wear your bass up that high, don't even consider playing rock or especially, as the kids call it, punk rock. Neither one of them has anything to do with your Adam's Apple.) And they tend to play scale-like licks and riffs that they've practiced over and over instead of playing a true bass part. Of course, THEY actually get hired to do recording so maybe they're on to something. But I find that when I don't practice or even play for a period of time, the NEXT time I play, stuff just kinda comes out of nowhere and surprises me. Sort of like having the flu and suddenly throwing up. As far as the writing process, I don't know. I usually sit down with a guitar and start fiddling around until I hear something in my head or until my hands start to find something. The same with playing, actually. The less you think, the more you feel and listen, the better. After you've been playing for a few years, your hands sort of have their own process, their own way of listening. If you can get out of the way and not THINK about it, your hands will play something that's true to what you're feeling, hopefully something that's emotionally true to the music. I know that sounds strange but that's what happens."
- Singer/songwriter Mark Heard releases his first self-produced album with the band Infitiy Plus Three entitled Setting Yesterday Free.
(Marty Dieckmeyer, far left, with Joe Carducci and Dan Fields in an early band)
- Future DA bassist Marty Dieckmeyer begins his musical journey by playing in a number of bands while in High School, including Wall to Wall MeatLoaf, and Alan Webster's Chocolate Banana Mystery Band, as well as his High School Jazz Band. At one time, Marty was asked to play with a Jazz Pianist from LA. One of Marty's early bands, Mao and the Now Generation, rehearsed twice and performed one show in Santa Barbara opening for BB King.
Terry: "I had a friend in highschool (Timothy Warner) (and we) had gone through a lot of experiences together... some drugs, some religion. He had gotten into meditation and I had gotten into Scientology and we went our serparate ways. I hadn't seen him for a long time and he walked in one day and he had a 400 lbs. Bible under his arm and he sat down and laid it all on me and I thought it was a trip, ya know. That was the same time that I was becoming disillusioned with my own spiritual life and was searching. What he said made sense... I had heard about Jesus all my life and I didn't necessarily reject what I had heard but I didn't know how that had to do with me personally. That was the uniqueness of what he had to tell me. That it was a personal relationship and that was unique to me. That I could know God. So that stayed with me and eventually I gave in and asked the Lord into my life." (June 1985)
- Randy Stonehill moves to Los Angeles, CA. and becomes a Christian on the same day.
Randy: "I moved to Los Angeles right out of high school when I was 18 to seek my fame and fortune. I ended up having what you can only describe as your textbook-case lightning bolt experience with the Holy Spirit THE day I arrived. I was hanging out with the late, great Larry Norman, right there in his kitchen the Lord showed up. Then I realized that not only was this passion a career goal, but that it was a gift from Him and it was a calling."
- After Phil Terrell receives a draft notice, Terry and Phil visit the San Jose Armory to join the California National Guard for six years which put an end to Pecos Bill aka Down Home.(Source: Phil Terrell)
- Larry Norman is dropped from the roster at Capitol Records.
February 8, 1970
- Randy Stonehill performs at the Unitarian Fellowship of Las Gatos at the Lawrence Episcopal Church. Advertisements for the event describe Stonehill as a "student and composer and performer of modern music."
- Phil Keaggy writes his first song about his newfound faith entitled "Heaven is Home."
March 21, 1970
- Jerry attends a Chicago/Grand Funk Railroad concert at the Long Beach Arena with members of his current band, The Cars (not THE Cars) - a.k.a. Cosmo Topper & The Electric Dogs. Jerry is kicked out of the band shortly after.
Jerry: "They (GFR) were so loud, they blew out the PA system before Chicago even took the stage. My bandmates were so blown away by GFR that night that they decided they didn't need a lead singer anymore and would become a three-piece power trio."
April 6, 1970
- Mark Heard's band Infitiy Plus Three performs at the Heritage Motel Cotillion Club in Macon, Georgia.
- Terry and Phil Terrell attend boot camp at Fort Ord, Ca.
Phil: "When we got back from training, we served one weekend a month and spent two weeks each summer on active duty at Camp Roberts which is in central Ca. by Paso Robles off Hwy. 101"
August 15, 1970
- Randy Stonehill performs at a coffee house at the Saratoga Youth Center in Saratoga, CA.
September 24, 1970
- Gene Andrusco, future member of the Lost Dogs (Gene Eugene) and the Swirling Eddies (Prickly Disco), plays "Tommy Wilson" in an episode of Nancy ("Guess Who's Coming to the White House?").
- Terry and Timothy started a trio with Doug Montgomery on vocals & percussion, and another guy, and called themselves "Good Shepherd". They began to write and play Christian music all over the place -- Bible Studies, Park Concerts, Churches, Jesus Rally's, Sproul Hall at Berkeley, etc.
Terry: "After I became a Christian... it took me a while to assert my new Christian world view to all my tunes. When I first started out I was doing a little of everything." (June 1985)
- Terry writes his first song with a decidedly Christian message, "Walkin' With My Lord."
(Terry and Tim jamming at a snow retreat)
- Demos for the following songs were recorded by Terry, Tim and Doug, in Timothy Warner's bedroom: "Jesus, My Light And My Own" (Written Terry Taylor & Tim Warner, Sung Terry & Tim), "Jesus Saved my Soul" (Written by Terry Taylor, Sung by Terry), "Hold On" (Written by Tim Warner, Sung by Tim), "I've Got Glory, Never Gonna Find..." (Written by Terry Taylor, Sung by Terry, Tim & Doug), "Sinner Man" (Written by Terry Taylor, Sung by Terry), "Jesus Came To Set His People Free" (Written by Tim Warner, Sung by Tim), "That's What Jesus Can Do" (Written by Terry Taylor & Tim Warner, Sung by Tim), "We're Gonna Live Forever" (Written by Jeff Johnson, sung by Tim).
(Terry, Tim & Doug perform in the Sonworshipers Film)
- A film is released in late 1971, called The Son Worshipers, which includes music and footage of Terry, Tim and Doug, along with other artists such as Love Song and Larry Norman. Terry, Tim and Doug were on the verge of recording an album in the Bay Area when Timothy left the group in 1972 due to some personal problems.
January 2, 1971
- Randy Stonehill performs at the Rapping post in Modesto, CA.
March 25, 1971
(Little Gene as "Young Darren" on Bewitched)
- Gene Andrusco, future member of the Lost Dogs (Gene Eugene) and the Swirling Eddies (Prickly Disco), plays "(Young Darren) Marvin" in an episode of Bewitched ("Out Of The Mouths Of Babes").
- Little Gene Andrusco performs as "Little Davy" in Steve Allen's The Wake in Los Angeles, CA.
September 25, 1970
- Gene Andrusco, future member of the Lost Dogs (Gene Eugene) and the Swirling Eddies (Prickly Disco), plays "Billy" in an episode of Funny Face ("A Lesson In Courage").
December 10, 1971
- Marty Dieckmeyer performs with his early band Allen Webster Chocolate Banana Mystery Band at a Senior Teen Club Dance at the Bell Gardens Recreation Department.
(Left: Rebirth with David Diggs, Bill Batstone, Alex and Beau MacDougall. Right: Selah)
- Rebirth is formed with David Diggs, Bill Batstone and Alex and Beau MacDougall. Alex would later join Selah sometime this year as well.
- Ed McTaggart marries Janet Wilson.
- Steve Baxter, Kenny Paxton and Freddy Sakehama attended San Jose Bible College together. They all played solo at a youth group concert at Church and decided they should try to play together. They rented a house together and became a band.
- Gene Andrusco, future member of the Lost Dogs (Gene Eugene) and the Swirling Eddies (Prickly Disco), plays "David The Deputy" in the TV movie, The Screaming Woman. Also this year, Gene plays "Vince Blaine" in the TV movie Gidget Gets Married.
March 26, 1972
- An ABC Movie entitled Jigsaw airs on television. The story of a "tough cop" who goes on the run with a female obsession. The movie features a young Gene (Eugene) Andruso, future member of the Lost Dogs (Gene Eugene) and the Swirling Eddies (Prickly Disco), as "Timmy Cummings," the woman's "Asthmatic Son."
April 16, 1972
- "Spiritual Revolution Day II" takes place in Cincinnati, OH at UC's Nippert Stadium. Performers include Glass Harp, Larry Norman and Randy Stonehill.
July 13, 1972
- Engagement Announcements run in local newspapers for the upcoming August marriage of Debi Terrell and Terry Taylor.
July 15, 1972
- Steve Baxter, his roommate John Chaney and Jerry Keever perform at the Jesus House in Cincinnati, OH. The Jesus House was a home that was converted into a concert venue for early Jesus Music artists under the direction of Randy Matthews. Artists that would frequently perform there throughout the 1970's included Matthews, Gary Chapman, The Willoughby-Wilson Band, and Rich Mullins.
- Gene Andrusco, future member of the Lost Dogs (Gene Eugene) and the Swirling Eddies (Prickly Disco), supplies the voice of "Rogger Barkley" in the animated TV series, The Barkleys.
Also that year, Gene supplied the voice for "Flip" in the animated TV series The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan (1972-1974).
- Terry joined another band in San Jose called Judge Rainbow and the Prophetic Trumpets with his future wife Debi Terrell, Bob Fraidenburgh on lead guitar, Joan Tibbs and others.
- Demos of the following songs were recorded during this time by the Prophetic Trumpets, or Terry solo, (all of which were recorded in Katy Haselden's
"'Aint Gonna Fight It," "Calvary," "Calvary Road (version 1)," "Calvary Road (version 2),"
"Child of God," "Children Come To Me," "Come Along," "Daybreak," "Dusty Road,"
"Expect A Miracle Tonight," "Fallin Away," "For Me To Live is Christ,"
"Give It," "Glory Road," "He Touched Me," "Heaven's Gates Are Open Wide,"
"Heavenly Home," "Holy Rollin' Again," "I Had A Dream," "I'm Gonna Sing My Favorite Songs to You", "Jesus in Me - Jesus in You", "Jesus Is Still Crying For the World,"
"Jesus is the Way (You Can't Go Around the Cross)", "Jesus Jesus Jesus", "Jesus Saved My Soul," "The Joy of the Lord is Your Strength", "Knock Knock,"
"Let's Build People," "Life", "Light of the World,"
"Live Forever," "Love Has Open Arms," "Love Song (1st John),"
"Love Sings A Song In My Heart,"
"Love Won't Wait Forever," "Meal", "Sad Ole Song (Version 1),"
"Sad Ole Song (Version 2)," "Separate Ways," "Since Jesus Gave Me Sweet Salvation," "Sinner Man," "Sower and Seed," "Talk Together,"
"Take All My Fears Away," "Thank Him Everyday," "Wait Wait on the Master," "Wanna Be Ready," "We Have it in You Lord," "We're Gonna Live Forever," "What A Day," "William," and
"Nicodemus (You Must Be Born Again)"
Terry: "'William' is one of my earliest compositions. I believe it was written sometime in 1972. For the self-titled Daniel Amos album, our debut record, the decision was made to turn my original, fairly simple folkish arrangement, into something reminiscent of what The Band (Dylan's late 1960's backup band and a musical powerhouse in their own right during that era) would do. I sang the vocal an octave higher and with more intensity than originally envisioned, using The Band's bass guitarist Rick Danko's vocal style as my inspiration. The Garth Hudson-like organ part was played by the late Jonathan David Brown, our then engineer, to add further heft to the homage."
- Phil Keaggy leaves Glass Harp and begins to tour as a solo artist.
August 25, 1972
- Terry Scott Taylor marries Debi Lynn Terrell in Santa Clara, CA.
- At one point, Judge Ranbow's guitarist Bob Fraidenburgh visits Southern California and tells Terry about two musicians that he had met at Calvary Chapel. Bob had played some of Terry's songs for them and they were ready to put a band together with Bob and Terry. Terry did not make the trip for a variety of reasons, not least of which was that he was recently married. The two musicians were Kevin and Rick Thomson, who would go on to form the Sweet Comfort Band with Bryan Duncan the following year.
- Steve Baxter had announced to his band (Kenny Paxton and Freddy Sakehama) that they were going to fellowship with Terry Taylor who was working with a street ministry called the Open Door as their worship minister.
Kenny Paxton: "We sat down on the floor at a place called the Upper Room which is where Terry worked, pulled out our guitars and started working on some songs, Steve's "The Bible" and Terry's "Ain't Gonna Fight It" among others. We got some good harmonies going and the sound on "Ain't Gonna Fight It" was really moving - a tears in my eyes kind of thing."
- Jubal's Last Band is formed as Terry Taylor, Steve Baxter, and Kenny Paxton.
October 27, 1972
- Gene Andrusco, future member of the Lost Dogs (Gene Eugene) and the Swirling Eddies (Prickly Disco), plays "Davey" in an episode of Circle of Fear ("Alter-Ego").
November 1, 1972
- Gene Andrusco, future member of the Lost Dogs (Gene Eugene) and the Swirling Eddies (Prickly Disco), plays "Justin Stubber" in an episode of Cannon ("The Rip-Off").
December 2, 1972
- Gene Andrusco, future member of the Lost Dogs (Gene Eugene) and the Swirling Eddies (Prickly Disco), plays "Ernie" in an episode of The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie ("Tabitha and Adam and the Clown Family").
December 19, 1972
- Gene Andrusco, future member of the Lost Dogs (as Gene Eugene) and the Swirling Eddies (Prickly Disco), appears as "Marcus Dahms" in an eposide of The Bold ones.
(The Way was John Wickham, Gary Arthur, Alex MacDougall, Dana Angle, Bruce Herring)
- Alex MacDougall plays drums on the first self titled album by The Way, released on Maranatha Records. Shortly after, he joins the band.
- Ed McTaggart begins to play drums for Bill Sprouse, jr and his band The Road Home. Other band members included guitarist John Wytock, John Falcone on bass and Diane Hershey on vocals.
- John Chaney, roommate of Steve Baxter at San Jose Bible College, meets Terry while visiting his future wife. John would go on to play drums for Jubal's Last Band a few times over the summer and fall of 1973.
John: "As I was taking her to her apt one night, I heard someone playing the guitar and singing christian lyrics. I had to meet who it was, so I knocked and Terry came to the door. We started talking and we connected relationally fast. Within days Terry & Debbie and Susie & I were friends."
- Terry quits his Janitorial job at Sears and begins to work with the San Jose Hotline, with friend John Chaney, organizing concerts for the area.
- Terry meets Chuck Starnes, who was involved a Christian Youth outreach called the San Jose Rescue Mission. Starnes would become Jubal's Last band's new drummer. The Mission met in the old Governor Hayes Mansion in San Jose. It was a coffee house style outreach that reached many with music and teaching and retreats.
Kenny: "Our practice room on the third floor (or was it the attic?) was unfinished but we could lock it and leave our stuff up there. We played at youth events the Mission sponsored there in the Mansion."
Kenny: "We even took our acoustics to San Francisco and were street musicians for a day near Fisherman's Wharf. We collected about 25 cents and a Hershey bar in an open guitar case on the sidewalk. I think the guy who threw in the candy bar said something
like 'you guys need this more than I do.'"
Chuck: "There was also a drunk fisherman who came up and listened for a moment to our music. Feeling like he should give something, he walked up to the open case, reached in his pocket, and when he pulled his hand out a dead shrimp fell into the case.
We all laughed."
September 21, 1973
(Love Song on Tour in 1973)
- Love Song performs at the San Jose State Ballroom in San Jose, California. The band played two sets - one at 7:30 and one at 10:30. (Source: Love Song, "Bugs" Giglio)
The show was sponsored by the San Jose Hotline, where Terry had been working. Friends at the Hotline encouraged Terry to play a few songs for Love Song after their soundcheck. Terry also meets Tom Coomes at this show, who tells him that he might be interested in doing an album with him down the road.
Terry: "Before I was playin' any kind of music and I had written this song ("Aint Gonna Fight It"), I worked at the San Jose Hotline and we sponsored Love Song when they came into town. So everybody at the Hotline told me, 'Terry, you gotta play this song for the guys in Love Song.' and I said oh, I can't do that... ya'know they're gonna think I'm a weird kid or something. They said no you gotta do it, so I felt pressured so I went down and I followed Chuck Girard around like a lost dog... no pun intended... and Chuck said 'yeah, I'll listen to your song at some point. So why don't you come backstage about a half an hour before we go on'. I said ok, so I went back there with my little guitar case and I was shakin' like a leaf. He opens the door and he says come on in. 'Hey guys... Terry's gonna play you his song...' and it was the whole band sitting there... Phil Keaggy was over in the corner. So I played this song for them and they said that's a good song you ought to maybe do a record sometime... one thing led to another and I did a record..."
- Mark Cook records an album for Warner Brothers with his band Spring Canyon and producer Richard Podolor, best known for his work with Three Dog Night, Iron Butterfly, Alice Cooper and Steppenwolf . Although the album was never released, Spring Canyon played concerts with bands like Styx and Crazy Horse. Tracks include: (Side One) 1. Enbhomasha, 2. It's Alright, 3. All Night Girl, 4. This Could Never Be, 5. Marcella (Beach Boys Cover); (Side two) 1. Be My Friend, 2. Right For A Kite, 3. Still I Wonder Why, 4. As the Tide Passes and 5. I Can't See Tomorrow.
Bill Cooper, Studio Engineer for Spring Canyon: "We did the record deal directly with Joe Smith (president of Warner Bros Records). By the time the record was done Joe was no longer president and the new president, since he was not the one who "green lighted" the record, wouldn't release it. It was just scrapped. Sad.. because there was a lot of nice stuff on the album. It was fun to make. We even had the guys breathe helium on one song so the background voices would sound like munchkins ...it was after we had done 'Joy To The World' with Three Dog Night and had gotten a 24 trk tape machine."
December 30, 1973
- Gene Andrusco, future member of the Lost Dogs (as Gene Eugene) and the Swirling Eddies (Prickly Disco), appears as "Frank Kirby" in an eposide of Hec Ramsey ("The Detroit Connection").
- Jubal's Last Band (Terry Taylor, Steve Baxter, Kenny Paxton and Chuck Starnes) records a demo tape that included the following songs:
"Holy Rollin' Again", "Ain't Gonna Fight It", "What Kind Of Revolution" (written by Chuck Starnes), "William", "Freedom" (written by Steve baxter and later retitled 'Love In A Yielded Heart'), "The wrong side of the bed Blues" (written by Ken Paxton, featuring Terry on bass), "The Bible", "Dusty Road", "The Light Of The World" and "Calvary Road". The tape ended with Terry explaining Jubals last band's contact information and where to write to the Upper Room.
Kenny: "We took it (the demo) to an acquaintance of Terry's at Warner Bros. in Hollywood before we moved to Orange County - but no luck."
Kenny: "We also went by Maranatha! Music and Terry introduced us to Tom Coomes from Love Song."
(Jubal's Last Band - Left to Right: Steve Baxter, Chuck Starnes, Kenny Paxton and Terry Taylor. Photo courtesy of Terry Taylor)
- Ed McTaggart's first child, Rachel is born.
- Alex MacDougall quits playing drums for the band The Way.
- After graduating from college with a degree in horticulture, Marty Dieckmeyer moves from La Puente, CA to Costa Mesa and becomes the bassist for Captain Salvation.
Marty: "A friend of mine enrolled in the San Jose Bible College and needed a ride up there from La Puente. So I volunteered, since I was the only one with a truck at the time. I decided to hang out for a about 3 days and that's when I met Steve Baxter. He told me he was in a Christian band and that the band was going to move to So Cal and 'join' Marantha Music and that we should get together once their down there and jam. We didn't exchange numbers or anything, as a matter of fact that was the extent of our conversation.
I drove back to La Puente and started contemplating life after College. I wanted music to be my career, but I didn't know if one could play Rock 'n Roll as a Christian. Even if you could, I didn't know how to pursue it as a Christian. After a long conversation with a friend of mine named Jack Mayfield, he encouraged me to 'walk right into those Maranatha offices and tell them I was available'. We all thought you could just go right in and sign-up, like in the army. I was very intimidated by the whole thing, but Jack told me this was what God wanted me to do (I guess God told him what He wanted for me). So we drove down to the offices and I went in and told the secretary, Sally Withrow, that I could play bass or keyboards and wanted to know if anyone was looking for someone with my qualifications. Well it just so happened that Sally was talking to Don Abshur when I went in. Don was part of Maranatha Music and part of Calvary Chapels approved bible study leaders. She asked me for my phone number and said she'd ask around. Then, when I was starting to walk out the door, Don Abshur said he just formed a new band and they needed a bass player. So I jammed with them and after a couple of days of praying and thinking about it, I joined their band."
February 4, 1974
- Future DA Webmaster & jr Stuntman Eric Townsend is born.
February 23, 1974
- The Road Home performs at Calvary Chapel in Costa Mesa, CA.
March 9, 1974
(Early Terry Taylor Performance at San Jose Bible College.)
- Terry Taylor performs in the Student Center at San Jose Bible College.
March 23, 1974
- The Road Home performs at Calvary Chapel in Costa Mesa, CA.
April 14, 1974
- Ed McTaggart performs with The Road Home at the Japanese Village Maranatha Day in Santa Ana, CA. Also on the bill was Wing and a Prayer, a band made up of Al Perkins (formerly of the Burrito Brothers and Steven Still's Manassas), Tom Stipe (formerly with Country Faith), Tom Coomes (Love Song), John Mehler (Love Song) and Jay Truax (Love Song). Each band performs three times on this Easter Sunday event.
May 1, 1974
- Occasional Jubal's Last Band drummer John Chaney moves to Colorado.
May 10, 1974
- Jubal's Last Band performs with Skidmore and Adams at San Jose Bible College in San Jose, CA.
The concert was performed from a stage in the Gym, Terry played his Telecaster through some amp top through a homemade speaker box with unfinished plywood sides, Steve played his Ovation through Terry's Ovation PA, Kenny played his Fender Precision Bass w/Rotosound strings and a Peavey amp and Chuck was on drums. In addition to the familar songs that showed up on their early 1974 demo tape, this show also introduces a another songs that would eventually become a staple in DA's early live shows, and other track that would end up on their first album -"Takes A Heartache, and "Losers and Winners."
Chuck: "Before we went on stage, Terry said, 'Well guys -- This might be Jubal's
Last Stand!!' "
Set List: Takes A Heartache (Taylor), Sad Ole Song(Taylor), William (Taylor), Holy Rollin' Again (Taylor), Ain't Gonna Fight It (Taylor), What Kind of Revolution? (Chuck Starnes), Losers and Winners (Taylor), I'm Tired Lord (Ken Paxton), Farther Along (Traditional), Holy Ghost Shivers (Taylor), Freedom (Baxter, later known as Love In A Yielded Heart), Dear Captain/Build Your House (Taylor), Jesus In Me Jesus In You (Taylor)
May 26, 1974
- Mark Cook performs with his band Spring Canyon at actor John Wayne's 60th birthday party. As of 1974, the actor had starred in 17 of the 100 highest-grossing films in Hollywood history and gross earnings from all Wayne films have been estimated at considerably more than $700 million.
- Jubal's Last Band moves to Southern California to become a part of Maranatha Music. Drummer Chuck Starnes, who felt called in a different direction, left the band, moving to Canada to attend Prairie Bible College in Canada. The college, which had banned rock music, insisted that Starnes cut his hair. Later, Starnes went on to pastor his own Church.
- Terry, Steve, Ken Paxton on bass and Alan Young on drums meet Jerry Chamberlain at a musicians fellowship at Calvary Chapel. After some spotaneous jamming, Chamberlain is asked to join Jubal's Last Band about a week later. JLB worked on at least one future DA song at this time, "Don't Light Your Own Fire."
- One Sunday, after morning service at Calvary Chapel, Steve Baxter and Marty Dieckmeyer bumped into each other. Steve told Marty that his band, Jubal's Last Band, had just recently moved down from San Jose. Steve asked Marty if he wanted to jam with them the following night.
Marty: "They (Steve, Terry and Kenny Paxton) were rehearsing with an Electric Guitar player and a drummer, both of whom they had just met
at Maranatha Musicians fellowship. He asked me if I wanted to jam with them tomorrow night. Their Bass player played Piano as well as bass and
they wanted another person (me) who could play Bass and Piano so Kenny (Paxton) could go back and forth on each instrument as needed."
The next day, Marty arrived for the jam to discover that Kenny Paxton had quit the band after meeting his future wife. The jam lasted about 2 hours and afterwords the other band members asked Marty to join the band.
Having lost their previous drummers, Jubal's Last Band searches for a replacement. The band had difficulty finding a drummer that meshed musically with the band.
Terry: "We met this guy - kind of a flamboyant guy, and talked to him about playing drums. The added bonus to all of this is that he said that he had a rehearsal room. He was kind of a spoiled guy and his parents had money, and they had given him this whole entire room in the second floor of their house. He'd invite us over there to rehearse. ...we're this kind of acoustic, Americana kind of thing - at least that's our initial approach, because it was easier to learn songs and stuff. We walk in and this guys got a double kick drum set with massive toms and I think there was a gong. He starts joining in the songs and it's just ridiculous. Like this heavy metal drummer with this acoustic thing. I'm sure we all perceived that this was going to be a bit of a problem here to get him to tone it down and simplify. So I think about the third or forth time that we went over to rehearse, we walked into the rehearsal hall and he had set up a vocal mic for himself over the drums. I didn't even know the guy sang. I thought 'well that's ok - it's not bad to have an additional singer.' He goes, 'Hey Terry, you notice I've got a vocal mic over there for me?' I go 'Yeah, yeah I can see that.' He says, 'What I thought would be really cool is that if I did an octave lower to all of your lead vocals.' I thought at first he was joking - he was not joking. And I said, 'no.' He paused and he looks at me and goes, 'Well, I never!'"
The drummer in question did not stay in the band for long. A short time later after a couple more rehearsals, the drummer announced that he didn't think things were working out.
- Jubal's first gig as Terry Taylor, Steve Baxter, Jerry Chamberlain and Marty Dieckmeyer was at a Bible study at a friends house.
Marty: "We played about six songs. The whole time none of us looked up or played with our eyes open, we were soooo scared. There were only about nine people there."
- Marty: "I contacted a guy who booked groups at coffee shops and bible studies and he scheduled us to play (oops... I mean minister). We played at about 10 to 20 places over the course of about 6 mos. We played anywhere. Most places were small, the people were usually old, we had to drive long distances and we only got paid about $10 to $50 . We wanted to reach young unsaved people, so we ended that relationship hoping for better."
August 10, 1974
- The Road Home is featured in the Santa Ana Register in Santa Ana, CA.
November 14, 1974
- Spring Canyon (with Mark Cook on Keyboards) performs at the Santa Monica College Amphitheater in Santa Monica, CA.
The Corsair newspaper runs a short article on the show: "Spring Canyon, a fastblooming country rock group from Orange County, will perform in a free concert tomorrow at 11 a.m. in the Amphitheater. The group has just signed a contract with Warner Brothers and has an album scheduled to come out sometime in January. Their producer, Richard Podlor, who has produced 56 million-seller records including "Steppenwolf," "Three Dog Night," and "Souther, Hillman, and Furay," says this is the strongest group he has ever recorded.
- Maranatha! Four is released on Maranatha! Music. It includes two songs by the group Road Home, "Since I Met Jesus" and "Psalm 5." Ed McTaggart plays drums for the Road Home.