<TimeLine 1978>

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The Horrendous Disc Years

    1978

  • Bob Kilpatrick's You Are Invited is released on Maranatha! Music. Members of DA play various instruments on the album.

  • Ken Gaub & Eternity Express release Good News, Good Music! on Skylite Records. The album features covers of Randy Stonehill's "Good News" and DA's "Losers and Winners."

    Early 1978

  • Demos for the following songs were recorded during this time on four track in 'the old Rebel Base Rehearsal Studio': "Man In The Moon," "Fairy Tale," "Sky King," "Tidal Wave," and "I Believe In You."


  • Songs begin to come together for what was intended to be DA's third album, which at this time was going to be called 3D. Songs written during this time that were planned for the next record included "Mary Baker Eddy," (Taylor) "Secret Scripts & 3-D Glasses," (Taylor) "Elron" (Cook), "Yosef Schmidt and the Angel Macaroni (A suite, in multiple parts)" (Taylor/Chamberlain/Cook/Dieckmeyer), and "Man In The Moon" (Chamberlain).
    Jerry: "We were going to do an all 'cult' songs album and 'Man In The Moon' was originally supposed to be part of that. So was 'Mary Baker Eddy'. But it never materialized. MBE just never got recorded in the studio. We have a few live versions of it, though."

  • The following songs were also written during this time: "Tonight" (Cook), "Fairy Tale" (Cook), "Only One" (Taylor).

  • Alex MacDougall (percussion) officially joins DA. Alex had also previously played percussion on DA's first two albums.

  • Daniel Amos performs in Sacramento, California at the Arcade Baptist Church. The band had their plug pulled by the deacons of the church for being too "radical". (source: Karl Swenson)

    January 1, 1978

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

    January 6, 1978

  • Daniel Amos performs at the Civic Auditorium in San Jose, CA. with Erick Nelson and Karen Lafferty.

    January 13, 1978

  • Daniel Amos performs at the Civic Auditorium in San Gabriel, CA with Chuck Smith.

    January 14, 1978

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

    January 20, 1978

  • Daniel Amos performs at the Calvary Conference Center with Greg Laurie.

    January 21, 1978

  • Daniel Amos performs at Biola College in La Mirada, CA.

    January 25-26, 1978

  • Daniel Amos performs at Garden Grove Community Church in Garden Grove, CA.

    January 27, 1978

  • Daniel Amos rehearses with Gwen Murray to back her up the following night.

    January 28, 1978

  • Daniel Amos performs at Calvary Chapel in Costa Mesa, CA with Gwen Murray and Chuck Smith. One song from this performance, a very early version of "On the Line," showed up on The Deluxe Horrendous Disc Box Set.

    Set List: Hound of Heaven, Abidin', Meal, Horrendous Disc, On The Line, Happily Married Man, Days and Nights, 'Aint Gonna Fight It, Posse in the Sky, Skeptic's Song, Walkin On the Water

  • The Desert Sun runs the following article about the band's upcoming February 3rd concert in Palm Springs:
    Norman, Amos to star in Christian Concert. The Larry Norman and "Daniel Amos" concert will be held Friday, Feb.3, at 7:30 p.m. in the Palm Springs High School Auditorium. The theme for the concert is an evangelistic outreach for Christ. Many Christian churches throughout the Coachella Valley are working together to present the concert.

    In three years, the group "Daniel Amos" grew from a pair of guitar players ministering in California Bay Area churches to a six-member country rock band spreading the hospel to audiences in major cities through the United States. "Daniel Amos" is more than merely a group of talented musicians. "Daniel Amos" has a purpose. Because of their mellow instrumentation and rich blend of vocal harmonies, the group appeals to a wide variety of musical tastes. Versatility and humor are trademarks that make "Daniel Amos" concerts adaptable to any locale. They keep their wits under pressure, having appeared in such Southern California's amusement empires as Disneyland, Magic Mountain and Knott's Berry Farm, along witha number of college and high school campuses.

    "We thank God for the gift of music and the ability to be musically creative within the limits of sound doctrinal truth. It is one means which God, himself, has ordained to spread his gospel (good news), and to build his church until the blessed day of Christ's return. The calling of "Daniel Amos" into the Lord's ministry is a serious calling and we do not take lightly the task and goals the Lord has laid before us to be ministers of his word and servants of others in an attitude of loving sacrifice and obedience."

    January 30, 1978

  • Daniel Amos performs at a Presbyterian Church in San Diego, CA. for Youth for Christ.

    January 31, 1978

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

    February 1, 1978

  • Photo session in Beverly Hills with Sam Emerson.

    February 2, 1978

  • DA and Terry Sheppard meet with Skip Konte of IAM Studios at IAM Studios, Irvine, CA.

    February 3, 1978

  • Daniel Amos performs at the Palm Springs High School Auditorium in Palm Springs, CA. with Larry Norman & Rob Mehl.

    February 10, 1978

  • Daniel Amos performs at the wedding of Terry's brother Randy.

    February 11, 1978

  • Daniel Amos performs at Harvest Temple in San Diego, CA.

    February 12, 1978

  • Daniel Amos performs at Encinitas Center in San Diego, CA.

    February 14, 1978

  • Daniel Amos visits the studio to hear "Fathers Arms" as it was recently covered by the Boone Girls.

    February 16, 1978

  • Daniel Amos performs at Anaheim High School in Anaheim, CA. with Jeff Jones.

    February 17, 1978

  • Daniel Amos performs in Long Beach, CA. with Bill Sullivan.

    February 18, 1978

  • Daniel Amos performs in Chula Vista, CA.

    February 24, 1978

  • Daniel Amos spends part of the day rehearsing in Sacramento, CA.

    February 25, 1978

  • Daniel Amos performs at The Warehouse in Sacramento, CA.

    February 27, 1978

  • Daniel Amos performs at Ft Irwin in Barstow, CA.

    February 28, 1978

  • Daniel Amos performs at The Fleetwood in Redondo Beach, CA.

    March 4, 1978

  • Daniel Amos performs at Brethren Church in Long Beach, CA.

    March 6, 1978

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

  • Daniel Amos performs at Azusa Pacific College in Azusa, CA.

    March 9, 1978

  • Daniel Amos performs at Colton High School in Riverside, CA.

    March 11, 1978

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

    March 12, 1978

  • Daniel Amos performs at Escondido Praise Center in Escondido, CA.

    March 13, 1978

  • Daniel Amos performs at University of California in Riverside, CA.

    March 15, 1978

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


    Terry Scott Taylor of Daniel Amos

    March 16, 1978

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

    March 17, 1978

  • Daniel Amos performs at the Swing Auditorium in San Bernardino, CA. with a string ensemble

    March 19, 1978

  • Daniel Amos performs at Calvary Chapel in Riverside, CA. with a string ensemble.

    March 21, 1978

  • Daniel Amos performs at Forest Home (Camp) in Forest Falls, CA.

    March 23, 1978

  • Daniel Amos performs at a prison in Chino, CA.


    March 25 1978


    Daniel Amos Anaheim Convention Center 1978
  • DA performs at the Anaheim Convention Center for Calvary Chapel's "Easter Celebration". Terry, Jerry, Mark, Marty and Ed were joined by 'Bethlehem' band member Dom Franco on Steel Guitar. It was recorded by Rich Houston and Johnathan David Brown and would eventually be released on CD in 1994, entitled Preachers From Outer Space. Leon Patillo and Isaac Air Freight also perform.

    March 29, 1978

  • Daniel Amos performs at Santa Ana City College in Santa Ana, CA.

    April 3, 1978

  • Daniel Amos performs at California State College in Long Beach, CA.

    April 6, 1978

  • Karen Lafferty's Sweet Communion is released on Maranatha! Music. Terry Taylor & Jerry Chamberlain sing background vocals on "Peace through the Day". Alex MacDougall plays percussion.

    April 10, 1978

  • Daniel Amos meets with Mike Stone at the Record Plant.

    April 12, 1978

  • Daniel Amos performs at Paramount High School in Paramount, CA. ("First performance of several new songs.")

    April 13, 1978

  • Daniel Amos performs at First Baptist High School Rally in Lakewood, CA.

    April 14, 1978

    Daniel Amos Knotts Berry Farm 1978
  • Daniel Amos performs two shows (one on Friday and one on Saturday) at Knotts Berry Farm in Buena Park, CA. Other performers include Darrell Mansfield, Aslan, Sweet Comfort, Erick Nelson, Isaac Air Freight and others. A second show was scheduled for the 15th but was cancelled due to rain.

    April 21, 1978

  • Daniel Amos performs at Four Square Church in Pomona, CA.

    April 22, 1978

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

    April 25, 1978

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

    April 29, 1978

  • Daniel Amos performs at Four Square Church in Ventura, CA.

    May 1, 1978

  • Daniel Amos performs at Calvary Chapel with Tom Stipe.

    May 5, 1978

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

    May 10, 1978

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

    May 11, 1978

  • Daniel Amos performs at Claremont College in Claremont, CA.

    May 13, 1978

  • Daniel Amos performs at the Chabat Theatre in Castro Valley, CA.

    May 17, 1978

  • Word Reception for the Boone Girls.

  • Daniel Amos performs at Los Amigos High School in Fountain Valley, CA.

    May 19, 1978

  • Daniel Amos performs at Villa Park High School in Villa Park, CA.

    May 25, 1978

  • The Boone's "First Class" is released on Lion & Lamb Records. The album features the Boone Girls' cover of the Daniel Amos song "Father's Arms."

    May 27, 1978

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

    May 28, 1978

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

    May 29, 1978

  • Daniel Amos performs at the San Clemente Pier.

    June 3, 1978

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

    June 9, 1978

  • Daniel Amos performs at Trinity Christian Center in Artesia, CA.

    Daniel Amos, Larry Norman, Randy Stonehill and Tom Howard 1978
    (Left to Right: Alex MacDougall, Larry Norman, Beau MacDougall, Tom Howard, Randy Stonehill & Marty Dieckmeyer. Photo courtesy of Marty Dieckmeyer)
  • Terry: "We had a pajama party one night at Alex MacDougall's and we all wore our costumes, which was hilarious. Randy was there, Larry, Tom Howard, all of us. We had our pajamas on and went to 7-11's and things like that, and had sort of a weird, strange night. Well, Larry lost it, he thought it was the funniest thing he'd ever seen." (Source: Brian Quincy Newcomb in "The HRS-Terry Taylor Interview Part One")

    Daniel Amos, Larry Norman, Randy Stonehill and Tom Howard, 1978
    (Left to Right - back row: Ed McTaggart, Marty Dieckmeyer, Mark Cook, Terry Taylor, Roadie Dennis Baxter.
    Middle Row: Kip, Jerry Chamberlain, Bill Batstone, Beau MacDougall, Randy Stonehill, Larry Norman, Tom Howard
    Front Row: Alex MacDougall. Photo courtesy of Marty Dieckmeyer

    June 10, 1978

    Daniel Amos Horrendous Disc Sessions 1978
    (DA at Whitefield Studios. Left to Right: Alex MacDougall, Terry, Beau MacDougall, Jerry Chamberlain. Roadie Dennis Baxter is seated in front. Photo courtesy of Marty Dieckmeyer)
  • The band began working on it's third album in what was then known as Maranatha Studios (now Whitefield Studios) in Santa Ana. The project was quickly finished by the summer and, one bright summer day not long after, the CCM Magazine Publisher, John Styll sat in that very same studio and actually heard the Horrendous Disc in it's entirety. In fact, the band recorded more than enough for an album... and later made their final choices for the Horrendous Disc tracks. Mike Stone, nephew of Chris Stone (co-founder of The Record Plant recording studios), coproduced most of the songs with the band.
    On this date, basic tracks were recorded for "On The Line."
    "On The Line" was recorded with 24 tracks - the first six tracks being bass, drums and saxophone. There are two tracks of electric guitar, two lead guitar tracks, two tracks for the "intro" percussion and BGVs, one track for electric piano, two tracks for organ (which also includes some additional piano and lead guitar), one track for ride cymbol, one track for horns, two additional tracks for BGVs, and two lead vocal tracks.

    Alex: "We recorded the basic tracks for Horrendous in our pajamas (seems to be a theme), and locked all visitors out (how very rock and roll!). We even had a sign on the studio door claiming the sessions to be locked and that wewere xenophobic!"
    Marty: "I don't remember much but I do remember recording 'I love You #19' and 'Tidal Wave' at Whitefield Studios with Thom Roy engineering, not Mike Stone."

    Daniel Amos Horrendous Disc Sessions 1978
    (Marty Dieckmeyer and Mark Cook at Whitefield Studios. Photo courtesy of Marty Dieckmeyer)

    June 11, 1978

  • Daniel Amos continues work on their third album at Maranatha Studios. On this date, basic tracks for "I Believe In You" and "Never Leave You" were recorded.
    "I Believe In You" was recorded with 24 tracks - the first five tracks being bass, and drums. There are then four tracks of electric guitar, two tracks of electric piano, four tracks of strings, one track of bongos, two tracks of percussion, four tracks of BGVs, and two tracks for lead vocal.
    "Never Leave You" was recorded with 24 tracks - the first six tracks being bass, and drums. There are then three tracks of electric guitar, two tracks of piano, five tracks of lead guitar, three tracks of percussion, two tracks of BGVs and two tracks of lead vocals.

    June 12, 1978

  • Daniel Amos continues work on their third album at Maranatha Studios. On this date, basic tracks for "Fairy Tale" were recorded.
    "Fairy Tale" was recorded with 24 tracks - the first six tracks being bass, and drums. There are then two tracks of electric piano, two tracks of piano, four tracks of electric guitar, two tracks of percussion, five tracks of BGVs (one of which also includes tambourine), and two tracks of lead vocals.

    June 13, 1978

  • Daniel Amos continues work on their third album at Maranatha Studios. On this date, vocal tracks were recorded.

    June 14, 1978

  • Daniel Amos continues work on their third album at Maranatha Studios. On this date, vocal tracks were recorded.

    June 15, 1978

  • Daniel Amos continues work on their third album at Maranatha Studios. On this date, vocal tracks were recorded.

    June 16, 1978

  • Daniel Amos continues work on their third album at Maranatha Studios.

    June 17, 1978

  • Daniel Amos performs at Gazebo Christian Center in Boulder, CO.

    June 18, 1978

  • Daniel Amos continues work on their third album at Maranatha Studios.

    June 19, 1978

  • Daniel Amos continues work on their third album at Maranatha Studios. On this date, basic tracks for "Man In The Moon" and "Sky King" were recorded.
    "Man In The Moon" was recorded with 24 tracks - the first six tracks being bass, and drums. There are then three tracks of piano, three tracks of electric guitar, two tracks of lead guitar, one track of synthesizer, one track of strings, one track of tambourine, two tracks of BGVs, and two tracks of lead vocals.
    "Sky King (Out Across the Sky)" was recorded with 24 tracks - the first six tracks being bass, and drums. There are then three tracks of piano, one track of acoustic guitar, three tracks of synthesizer, two tracks of organ, two tracks of electric guitar, one track of lead guitar, two tracks of a choir, one track of strings, and three tracks of lead vocals.

    June 20, 1978

  • Daniel Amos continues work on their third album at Maranatha Studios. On this date, overdubs on "Fairy Tale" and Vocal tracks for "Man In The Moon" were recorded.

    June 21, 1978

  • Daniel Amos continues work on their third album at Maranatha Studios. On this date, overdubs for "On The Line" and "Man In The Moon" were recorded.

    June 22, 1978

  • Daniel Amos continues work on their third album at Maranatha Studios. On this date, basic tracks for "Tidal Wave" and overdubs for "Man In The Moon" were recorded.
    "(Near Sighted Girl with Approaching) Tidal Wave" was recorded with 24 tracks - the first nine tracks being bass, and drums. There are then three tracks of acoustic and electric guitars, one track of electric piano, one track of piano, one track of cowbell, two tracks of percussion, five tracks of BGVs and crashes, with two tracks for lead vocals.

    June 23, 1978

  • Daniel Amos continues work on their third album at Maranatha Studios. On this date, overdubs for "Man In The Moon" and "Sky King" were recorded.

    June 24, 1978

  • Daniel Amos continues work on their third album at Maranatha Studios. On this date, basic tracks for "Horrendous Disc" and "After All These Years" were recorded.
    "Horrendous Disc" was recorded with 24 tracks - the first six tracks being bass, and drums. There are then two tracks of electric guitar, two tracks of piano and vocals, two tracks of electric pianos, two tracks of lead guitars - one of which also contains sound effects, one track of bass overdubs, one track of synthesizer and vocals, one track of horns and percussion, one track of strings and vocals, two tracks of BGVs, and three tracks of lead vocals.
    "After All These Years" was recorded with 24 tracks - the first six tracks being bass, and drums. There are then two tracks of electric piano, two tracks of electric guitar, two tracks of electric guitar, one track of piano, four tracks of strings, two tracks of lead guitar, one track of synthesizer, four tracks of BGVs, and two tracks of lead vocals.

    June 25, 1978

  • Daniel Amos performs at Emmanuel Faith Christian Church in Escondido, CA.

    June 26, 1978

  • Daniel Amos continues work on their third album at Maranatha Studios. On this date, overdubs for "Horrendous Disc" and "Sky King" were recorded.

    June 27, 1978

  • Daniel Amos continues work on their third album at Maranatha Studios. On this date, overdubs for "Tidal Wave" and "Horrendous Disc" were recorded.

  • The band takes photos for the album artwork with Scott Lockwood.

    June 28, 1978

  • Daniel Amos continues work on their third album at Maranatha Studios. On this date, overdubs for "On The Line," "Horrendous Disc" and "Sky King" were recorded.

    June 29, 1978

  • Daniel Amos continues work on their third album at Maranatha Studios. On this date, various guitar, percussion and vocal overdubs were recorded.

    June 30, 1978

  • Daniel Amos continues work on their third album at Maranatha Studios. On this date, various guitar, percussion and vocal overdubs were recorded.

  • Daniel Amos tapes a television interview.

    July 1, 1978

  • Daniel Amos continues work on their third album at Maranatha Studios. On this date, various overdubs were recorded.

    July 2, 1978

  • Daniel Amos continues work on their third album at Maranatha Studios. On this date, various overdubs were recorded.

    July 3, 1978

  • Daniel Amos continues work on their third album at Maranatha Studios. On this date, various overdubs were recorded.

    July 4, 1978

  • Daniel Amos performs at Riverside's Narrows Day Use Park in Riverside, CA. with Greg Laurie. Fireworks followed the performance. Advertisements appearing in the San Bernardino Sun described the show as "a mixture of country, soft rock and humor that appeals to the entire family."

    July 5, 1978

  • Daniel Amos continues work on their third album at Maranatha Studios. On this date, various overdubs were recorded.

    July 6, 1978

  • Daniel Amos continues work on their third album at Maranatha Studios. On this date, various overdubs were recorded.

    July 7, 1978

  • Daniel Amos continues work on their third album at Maranatha Studios. On this date, various overdubs were recorded.

    July 8, 1978

  • Daniel Amos performs in Escondido, CA.

    July 9, 1978

  • Daniel Amos continues work on their third album at Maranatha Studios. On this date, various overdubs were recorded.

    July 10, 1978

  • Daniel Amos continues work on their third album at Maranatha Studios. On this date, string overdubs were recorded.

    July 11, 1978

  • A rough mix of Daniel Amos' third album is created by Mike Stone at Maranatha! Studios. It is from this early rough mix that a couple of "rarities" had been pulled in the years the follow - the alternate version of "Horrendous Disc," which did not include ending vocals, and "On The Line," with an extended fade out. The alternate version of "Horrendous" would end up on the UK release, and the alternate version of "Line" would end up on the Canadian version of the album. "After All These Years," which also ended up on the UK release also came from this 7/11 mix. Both the UK and Canadian versions of the final album included a "UFO" Swoop sound effect just before "On The Line," which can also be found on this mix.

    Daniel Amos Horrendous Disc Sessions 1978
    (Mark Cook & Jerry Chamberlain in Whitefield Studios, recording Horrendous Disc. Photo Courtesy of Marty Dieckmeyer)
  • While the band was recording Horrendous Disc for Maranatha!, Chuck Fromm set it up for DA to take the album to another label. Maranatha! was going through a time of adjustment, they were getting more into the Praise and childrens records. Daniel Amos left on good terms and with Maranatha!'s blessing.
    Alex: "They just didn't have the people or money to do it, and because Maranatha! was owned by a church (Calvary Chapel) at that time, they did not want to play that game (so to speak). Being located in Southern California, Maranatha! was not geographically suited to compete. The industry was primarily promoted from Waco, TX, and Nashville, TN, in distribution, early radio, touring, etc. Maranatha! did however, find incredible favor in the recording and sales of early praise music, and with a whole lot less hassle!"
    Terry: "I looked around at my peers, all the people that I was involved with, in the Maranatha! family. But the problem was that a lot of that first wave, sort of during that Love Song era, those people were all becoming youth pastors or leading music in a church full time. But I had no intention of going in that way. I didn't feel that that was my lot in life. I wanted DA to exist, I wanted it to go on and become something musical, and there was this conflict because up until that time, I don't think the people at Maranatha! had run into the kind of an animal that I was. That wasn't what I - if you want to put it in these terms - was called to do. There was a sense on my part of being off center because at times I was forced into playing that game. There was a sincerity there, and a desire to please, a desire to minister. But I really didn't know how to do it, in a way that I felt God was 'calling' me to do it. It became increasingly uncomfortable for me, for the band, and the churches that had us in. When we moved out of the idea that we were supposed to be increasingly evangelical, and even instructional, and then break up and become youth ministers - when we were into being a band, and staying a creative entity - then the flak came down. That's when the stuff hit the fan."
    Marty: "We had already recorded everything on HD. The only thing left to do was mix it and do the art work. After we finished all the work in the studio, we started meeting with all the different labels that showed interest in us."
    Ed: "Hopefully, in the long run, what we do will be a real fruitful thing, but we don't really know until we try it. There's never been a strictly Christian band crossing over into the secular market. It'll be interesting to see what happens, but impossible to predict." (1978)
    Terry: ""We feel like we're going to get a major deal this year with a secular label. That way our dependence won't be on the Church for a living." (1978)

  • There have been rumors over the years that the band nearly called it quits at this time. In reality, this was just gossip. While the delays and trials and endless delays with their next record were just beginning, and times would get very difficult on the road, DA still hung together and wanted to make music.
    Terry: "There was never any consideration of disbanding. While true that we had left Maranatha! Music, we were actively seeking a new recording contract, and we were always on the road. Obviously, even having an album unreleased for several years didn't break up the band, which attests to the bands commitment..."

    July 13, 1978

  • Daniel Amos performs in Newark, CA. and then flies to San Jose, CA.

    July 14, 1978

  • Daniel Amos performs in Santa Cruz, CA. with Pam Mark Hall.

    July 15, 1978

    Daniel Amos Newsorama

  • Daniel Amos performs at "The Warehouse" in Sacramento, CA. Copies of the first and only DA "News-O-Rama" were available to attendees.
    View DA News-O-Rama

    July 16, 1978

  • Daniel Amos drives to Eureka, CA.

    July 17, 1978

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

    July 18, 1978

  • Daniel Amos performs in Jacksonville, OR.

    July 19, 1978

  • Daniel Amos performs at a stadium in Portland, OR. with Pam Mark Hall.

    July 20, 1978

  • Daniel Amos performs at the Convention Center in Seaside, OR.

    July 21, 1978

  • Daniel Amos performs at Jesus Northwest in Salem, OR. with Mike Warnke, BJ Thomas, Honeytree and others.

    July 22, 1978

  • Daniel Amos performs at a Highschool Auditorium in Seattle, WA.

    July 23, 1978

  • Daniel Amos performs at a College in Seattle, WA.

    July 24, 1978

  • Daniel Amos performs at an Elementary School in Bremerton, WA.

    July 25, 1978

  • Daniel Amos performs at the Broadway Tabernacle Church in Vancouver, Canada.

  • Terry is interviewed by Geoff Cooper after the concert. At one point during the interview, Terry is asked about the band's next album.
    Terry: "It's been recorded, and it's entiled Horrendous Disc, which is a reference to God keeping a record of each person. And it's kind of a symbol of God's judgement. It's ready to go, it's almost ready to go, we're going to get back and do some final touch-ups, things like that. But we hope sometime around October, if all goes according to plan..."

    July 26, 1978

  • Daniel Amos spends the day in Vancouver, Canada before flying home.

    August 1978

  • John Styll, publisher for CCM Magazine, received a photograph, along with an announcement of the upcoming release of the Horrendous Disc, pending negotiations. And having already heard the album, he passed the information on to his readers.

    August 5, 1978

    Daniel Amos Santa Ana 1978
  • Daniel Amos performs at the Omega Center in Santa Ana, CA.

    August 7, 1978

  • Daniel Amos performs at Calvary Chapel with Greg Laurie.

    August 12, 1978

  • Daniel Amos heads out on the road on their way to Texas in a van.

    August 15, 1978

  • Daniel Amos performs in Lindale, TX.

    August 16, 1978

  • Daniel Amos performs in Lindale, TX.

    August 17, 1978

  • Daniel Amos performs in Bryan, TX.

    August 18, 1978

  • Daniel Amos performs in Dallas, TX.

    August 19, 1978

  • Daniel Amos performs in Houston, TX.

    August 20, 1978

  • Daniel Amos returns home.

    August 24, 1978

  • After previously meeting the Boone Girls and Pat Boone through their love of the song "Fathers Arms," DA gets connected with the Curb/Warner record label who is interested in signing the band.

    Daniel Amos, Randy Stonehill, Mark Heard, Larry Norman and Tom Howard
  • The band was soon signed to a booking agreement with Street Level Productions. Larry Norman knew the people at Curb/Warner and offered to help negotiate the band's contract with the company.
    Terry: "Al (Alex MacDougall) had toured with Randy Stonehill and knew Larry Norman. Al said we were getting a lot more serious about touring, what we ought to do is approach Street Level and see if they would book us. We talked to the people and they said they wanted to book us, but about a week later we were told that it had been their policy only to book Solid Rock artists. To us, that was a switch, they'd changed it. So it was decided, Larry would put us on Solid Rock, and he'd go ahead and get us the secular deal, and Street Level would book us. It looked like a beautiful package, and we bought into it. We signed all the contracts, and then came the delays."

  • A short time later, Larry tells the band that the contracted offered by Curb/Warner was not a good deal and advises them to turn it down.

    Daniel Amos, Randy Stonehill, Mark Heard, Larry Norman and Tom Howard
    (Left to Right: Ron Salsbury , Jon Pantano, Larry Norman, Mark Heard, Tom Howard (seated),
    Randy Stonehill, Mark Cook, Ed McTaggart (back row), Terry Taylor, Alex MacDougal (seated),
    Jerry Chamberlain, and Marty Dieckmeyer.)

    September 1978


    Daniel Amos on the cover of Sounds Of Triumph
  • Daniel Amos appears on the cover of Sounds of Triumph Magazine. (scan courtesy of Bim Ingersoll)

    September 2, 1978

  • Daniel Amos performs at Saturday Night Concerts at Calvary Chapel with Tom Coomes. ("Preachers from Outer Space")

    September 9, 1978

  • The Oregonian reports that a recent DA show in the area had to be moved from the Clackamas High School to the football field to accomodate the unexpectedly large crowd.

    September 10, 1978

  • Daniel Amos performs at Calvary Riverside in Riverside, CA. ("Preachers from Outer Space")

    September 16, 1978

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

    September 21, 1978

  • Daniel Amos performs in Oklahoma City, OK

    Fall 1978

  • Demos for the following songs were recorded during this time on 4 track in 'the old Rebel Base Rehearsal Studio'. The tape, labelled as "the Garage Tapes," included "I Need You" (later retitled "So Certain" - Taylor), "I get around" (Beach Boys Cover by Brian Wilson & Mike Love), "You always run away from love" (Cook), "As long As I live" (Taylor), "I'm On Your Team" (Taylor), "I love you" (later retitled "I Love You #19" - Taylor).
    Jerry: "We gave ILY the #19 designation because Terry and I took a trip down to our local record shop and perused the yellow-paged directory of recorded music that used to perch atop the counters of major record stores in America. I remember counting the number of songs listed with the title, "I Love You". There were 18 listed at that time..."

    Terry: "I'm On Your Team" was a song that was really kept alive by fan requests. It was one of those songs that was written during the Horrendous Disc sessions, and for some reason it didn't go on the record. It was written in response to some of the criticism that got heaped on the band in that Horrendous Disc era when we began to shed the country clothes of the first two albums. I remember the first time we performed that song, it was in Hawaii and we were there with the Calvary Chapel pastor. We were getting a little flak for what we were doing, so we included that song in every set as kind of an answer back. (Source: Brian Quincy Newcomb in "The HRS-Terry Taylor Interview Part One")

    October 5, 1978

    Daniel Amos Ontario CA 1978
  • Daniel Amos performs at the Saunders Auditorium in London, Ontario, Canada

    October 6, 1978

  • Daniel Amos performs at the Minkler Auditorium in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    October 9, 1978


    Daniel Amos Lakewood OH 1978
  • Daniel Amos performs at the Lakewood Civic Auditorium in Lakewood, OH. (Above note from the September 29, 1978 edition of the Plain Dealer)

    October 12, 1978

  • Daniel Amos performs in at Cathedral High School in Indianapolis, IN.

    October 13, 1978

  • Daniel Amos performs in Peoria, Il.

    October 14, 1978

  • Daniel Amos performs in Chicago, Il.

    October 19, 1978

  • Daniel Amos performs at Marineland.

    October 20-22, 1978

  • Daniel Amos performs at the Fairgrounds Auditorium in Bishop, CA.

    October 24, 1978

  • Ed McTaggart's third child, Nathaniel, is born.

    October 29, 1978

  • Daniel Amos performsat Sea World.

    October 30, 1978

  • Daniel Amos performs at a Baptist Church in Modesto, CA.

    November 2, 1978

  • Daniel Amos performs at Emmanuel Assembly in ?????. ("The ceiling fell in.")

    November 4, 1978

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

    November 7, 1978

  • Masters for Horrendous Disc are assembled from the 7/11/78 mix. The track list at the time, which was likely created by Mike Stone, was "I Believe In You," "Man In The Moon," "Never Leave You," "Tidal Wave," "Sky King (Out Across the Sky)" on side one; "Fairy Tale," "On The Line," "After All These Years," and "Horrendous Disc" on Side two.

    November 11, 1978

  • Daniel Amos performs at a Camp in Boulder City, CA.

    November 16, 1978

  • Daniel Amos performs at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, CA.

    November 18, 1978

  • Daniel Amos performs at the Ventura College Theatre in Ventura, CA. Tom Howard attends.

    November 29, 1978

  • Daniel Amos heads out on the road to begin a tour.

    November 30, 1978

  • Jerry and Alex fly to Sacramento, CA. and then on to Oregon.

    December 1, 1978

  • Daniel Amos performs at a Church in Newport, OR. The church passed out cotton for the attendees to use in their ears.

    December 2, 1978

  • Daniel Amos performs at the Smith Auditorium at Willamette University in Salem, OR.

    December 4, 1978

  • Daniel Amos performs at a Highschool Auditorium in Eugene, OR.

    December 6, 1978

  • Daniel Amos performs in Grant's Pass, OR.

  • Terry and Alex had to see a doctor.

    December 7, 1978

  • Daniel Amos travels to Sacramento, CA.

    December 8, 1978

  • Daniel Amos travels to San Jose, CA.

    December 9, 1978

  • Daniel Amos performs at a Church in San Jose, CA.

    December 10, 1978

  • Daniel Amos performs at Studio 54 West in Visalia, CA. The show is broadcast live on the radio.


  • A Various Artists compliation, entitled Come Back Soon, is released on Sangre Records.
    Alex MacDougall played drums on Steve Scott's "Come Back Soon", Panacea's (Jimmy Abegg) "Mountain Climber" and Sharon McCall's "Too Many Reasons". Alex played percussion on The Stratton Band's "The Athiest Lament", Matthew Brown's "Trapped in the Game", Panacea's "Love is Waiting", and John Reitz's "Fighting on the Mountain". Beau MacDougall played guitar on Steve Scott's "Come Back Soon". Sharon McCall performs "Too Many Reasons", and sings BGV's on Matthew Brown's "Trapped in the Game", Wind's "Because of your Love", Panacea's "Mountain Climber", and Shelter's "Bridge Builder". Marty played bass on Steve Scott's "Come Back Soon", Wind's "When There Was You", Matthew Brown's "Trapped in the Game", Panacea's "Mountain Climber", and Sharon McCall's "Too Many Reasons". Terry and Jerry sang BGV's on Sharon's "Too Many Reasons". Sharon McCall also performs "Too Many Reasons".

    December 16, 1978

  • Daniel Amos performs in La Mesa, CA.

    December 23, 1978

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

    December 31, 1978

  • Daniel Amos performs at the Swing Auditorium, National Orange Show Grounds in San Bernardino, CA. with The Sweet Comfort Band.

    1978-79



  • While waiting for HD to come out, DA went back into the studio a number of times and recorded a bunch of new songs as demos on 4-track, including the collection known as "10 Biggies": "Hello Aloha" (Chamberlain/Taylor/Cook), "The Wonder Is You" (Taylor), "Talk" (Taylor), "I'll Be Right Here Waiting" (Taylor), "Cinema Girl" (Chamberlain), "Twilight Love" (Taylor), "She Gets To Me" (Taylor), "Noelle" (Taylor), "Taking A Fall" (Taylor), "Weather Girl" (Cook/Taylor/Chamberlain) and other songs including "So Certain", "Laisez-Faire", "UFO", and "Tonight." Daniel Amos shopped these demos around to mainstream record companies.

    (Note: "Happily Married Man" was NOT recorded at this time, as was reported in Karen Marie Platt's March 1981 CCM Article, "Whatever Happened to Horrendous Disc." The sessions for that track can be found in the DA Timeline for 1977)

  • Tim Chandler and Derri Daugherty play in Dwight Thompson's band every Wednesday night on Paul & Jan Crouch's program on TBN.



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