Chuck Girard, singer, composer, and keyboard artist, is mainly responsible for the legacy of music left behind by Love Song, the folk-rock group that revolutionized modern Christian songwriting. Often compared with the Beatles for the quality and influence of its music, Love Song disbanded in 1974, and Chuck started a solo career; he has released three albums so far. Although most of the tunes on Love Song’s two albums, Love Song (1973) and Final Touch (1974), bear his name, Girard’s influence on the group and on the contemporary Christian music scene can only be fully understood in retrospect, and through his solo recordings.

The members of Love Song, all new Christians, met and launched their short, fast-rising career at Calvary Chapel in Southern California in 1970. The songs weave powerful melodies with sensitively balanced keyboard, guitar, percussion, and background vocals—the style of the Beatles that is imitated primarily by groups from the East and the Midwest. Rarely does the California sound associated with the Beach Boys show itself; “Don’t You Know” is an exception. Chuck’s rambling yet controlled combination of piano and solo voice was already cropping up in songs like “Little Pilgrim.” And they balanced biblical truths and experiences of young people, the blend of which has seldom been surpassed in Christian music. Scripture references were printed on the record sleeves next to the lyrics of each song.

Although Love Song was similar in style to the Beatles, the career and break-up of the group stands as a strong witness of the members’ commitment to Jesus Christ. They felt that God wanted them to press on. They pursued separate careers, devoted time to establishing families, and sought spiritual growth and fellowship. ...

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