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Norman Barratt Passes

NORMAN BARRATT

Though known primarily to only Christian music aficionados, Norman Barratt passed away earlier today. Barratt played with a great British rock band called Gravy Train before becoming a Christian and joining forces with Alwyn Wall to create the Alwyn Wall Band. They recorded one great record together, The Prize (which made this list), and then went on to release several solo projects.

One of his solo projects, 1981’s “Playin’ In the City,” will be discussed in a future “should have made the list” post. I highly recommend that album as Barratt shows why many consider him one of the best guitar players in CCM history. Phil Keaggy was a fan and had Barratt appear on some of his albums. Barratt also played with Andy Pratt, Cliff Richard, Debbie Boone and Larry Norman.

Known for being a “tonemeister” Barratt created very unique and original guitar sounds and many compared his work to the likes of Mark Knopfler. For those who own Sheila Walsh’s classic “Future Eyes” album, the interesting guitar tones and styling is Barratt’s.

Barratt struggled with eyesight issues for the majority of the last several years but continued to work. Norman Barratt was 62 years old.

  

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  1. Jacob
    July 31, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Sad to learn of his passing as well as Dan Peek’s. One other album that I know Barratt contributed to was Steve Camp’s 1983/84 release “It’s a Dying World”.

  2. Shawn McLaughlin
    August 1, 2011 at 1:39 am

    yeah…didn’t Norman play on a few Solid Rock releases? Seems he and Larry were compadres.

  3. August 1, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    Was sad to hear of his death at weekend. Met Norman afew times in church, a really nice guy as well as a great musician.

  4. August 5, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    Very sad to learn of Norman’s passing. I rated him extremely highly as a guitarist and I have always featured his music on various radio shows I’ve hosted here in South Africa since the early 80’s. Condolences to his family and friends.

  5. September 13, 2011 at 12:01 am

    Sad to here. loved this album!

  6. December 16, 2011 at 12:37 am

    When thinking of Norman, the words grossly underrated come to mind.

  7. J Hanson
    April 14, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    Played the first cut in my dorm room in fall of 1982 – everyone stick their head in to find out who it was!

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