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In the early days of the often-called "Jesus Movement"... Randy Stonehill collaborated with many of the most vital and important voices in the Christian music scene. Here's a brief run-down of the cast of characters and Randy's own ruminations on what they mean to him.
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If you were a fan of Christian music in the early seventies, specially in southern California, there was no band bigger than Love Song. Though their success centered out of the thriving Calvary Chapel in Costa Mesa, CA, their impact was felt around the US and the world. Songs like Love Song, Little Country Church and Sometimes Alleluia became anthems for the Jesus Movement, landing the band right smack at the forefront of a musical and spiritual revolution. Though lead singer Chuck Girard had tasted success with The Hondells years earlier, it did not compare to the scale of the Love Song phenomenon. Some theorize that there might not be a Christian music scene if not for Love Song and the vision, courage and talent of their members, Tommy Coomes, Chuck Girard, Jay Truax, Fred Field, and Bob Wall. (Incidentally, the Love Song legacy continues to this day. Chuck Girards daughter Alisa is a member of the hugely popular Christian pop group Zoe Girl.) I can remember opening concerts for Love Song at Calvary Chapel when it was just a big circus tent in an open field. Their great vocal harmonies were captivating. I truly feel honored that they would all assemble to perform on my song. (In return I will be going to each of their homes to do the yard work!) - RS