Daniel Amos

9 Dec

Daniel Amos0001Terry Taylor and Daniel Amos at Cornerstone July 2001, in Bushnell, Illinois. Photography copyright: Bob Gersztyn

Daniel Amos

By: Bob Gersztyn

Jesus is Jehovah to Me https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTNJ3_wxPtU

Daniel Amos was one of the early pioneers of Jesus Rock that first began recording on the Maranatha! label after they were signed to the label in 1975. In 1976. Their song “Ain’t Gonna Fight It,” first appeared on the Maranatha! 5 compilation.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=intea3oCcDk&index=4&list=RDiTNJ3_wxPtU

All the band members had been members of other Jesus rock bands since 1971, with names like “Good Shepherd,” “Jubals Last Band and the Prophetic Trumpets.” Daniel Amos was initially comprised of Steve Baxter (vocals and acoustic guitar), Jerry Chamberlain (vocals and electric guitar), Marty Dieckmeyer (vocals and electric lead guitar), and Terry Taylor (vocals, 6 and 12 string guitars). Their early influences were secular bands like America, the Byrds, Crosby, Stills and Nash, the Eagles and Poco to name some.

Their first 2 albums released on the Maranatha label were very popular in the Jesus rock world, that thousands of converted hippies were now part of. The albums were “country rock” with some steel guitar and twangy singing along with other creative compositions. By the time that they cut their 3rd album they were released from the Maranatha! label and joined Larry Norman’s “Solid Rock” label. The release of their 3rd album “Horrendous Disc,” which was more of a straight ahead rock & roll album, was held up for 3 years, because of some internal problems with “Solid Rock” and Larry Norman. It was released shortly before their 4th album “Alarma!” was released in 1981.

Horrendous Disc https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eO6gIrfw67Q

By the time that “Alarma!” was released the band went through some changes and expanded to 6 members. Steve Baxter left and was replaced by Ed McTaggart (drums), Mark Cook (keyboards) and finally Alex MacDougall (percussion). After the release of “Alarma!” they began playing at the underground secular clubs in L.A., like Madam Wong’s and began to become known as DA and part of the New Wave scene.

Big Time/Big Deal https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyn_OJXUG6Y&index=3&list=PLxUfsQGrwX4uVQl9qnXCnNnJ1O8QUbYd9

After that the band recorded a little more and then broke up to form bands like The Swirling Eddies and The Lost Dogs. Over the decades Daniel Amos members have reunited and played reunion concerts.

Swirling Eddies – With The Tired Eyes of Faith https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRJ4J5ovt1A&list=PLiLYTmy3PkQIOGW2RrSOAnjSAnhJeO2Q1&index=6

 

Daniel Amos reunion https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=480AAOsalx8

 

 

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