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Gospel rock is a subgenre of gospel, that combines rock and roll, and rock music with the atmosphere of gospel music. Johnny Cash, Elvis Presely, and Jerry Lee Lewis were amongst the earliest to fuse gospel with rock or rock and roll in the 1950s.
Gospel rock is believed to have it's roots in 50's rock and roll artists such as Johnny Cash, Elvis Presely, and Jerry Lee Lewis just to name a few. The Beatles late 1960's albums, especially their Let It Be album and it's title track would also further aid in bringing this sub-genre to the mainstream by using gospel style arrangements on a couple tracks here and there. In 1969, a solo album “Upon This Rock” by Larry Norman was produced. Norman Greenbaum would also have a gospel rock hit with his song Spirit in the Sky, which combined psychedelic rock, and hard rock with gospel arrangements such as a female quior. This arrangement of psychedelic rock, hard rock, and gospel music was cited as oddly compelling. the Stovall Sisters provided the female gospel quior on the track as well. the Rolling Stones have also combined rock music with gospel, doing so on their track You Can't Always Get What You Want.
- McNichol, Tom (24 December 2006). "A 'Spirit' From the '60s That Won't Die". Retrieved 24 April 2018 – via NYTimes.com.
- "Spirit in the Sky - Norman Greenbaum - Song Info - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
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