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Norman Greenbaum (born 20th November 1942, Malden, Massachusetts) is a U.S. .

He is best known for writing and performing his hit song “Spirit in the Sky”, which sold two million copies in 1969 and 1970. Though Greenbaum is generally regarded as a one-hit wonder; several of his records placed prominently in the charts. In 1968, under the name Dr. West’s Medicine Show and Junk Band, he recorded the novelty hit “The Eggplant That Ate Chicago”.

Greenbaum’s initial interest in music was sparked by southern blues music and the folk music that was popular in the late 1950s and early 1960s. He performed with various bands in high school and studied music at Boston University for two years. In college he performed at local coffeehouses but eventually dropped out and moved to Los Angeles in 1965.

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  • saltyknuckles

    Featured on SaltyKnuckles ~ Oldies №82 - oldies.saltyknuckles.net/2014-25/

    26 Jul 5:05pm Reply
  • Anti-Monitor

    oh, and the whole song is about jesus and heaven, you fucking retards

    26 Jul 12:37pm Reply
  • Anti-Monitor

    'Spirit In The Sky' was a good song until it got to that part about Jesus, that's because I'm wearing a fedora. [4]

    25 Jul 4:11pm Reply
  • SmyQ23

    Being unable to ignore one line in a song because it has Jesus in it is the same kind of bigotry you don't like in some religious people. [4]

    16 Jun 2:05pm Reply
  • karendees

    Played at my sisters funeral in 98 , and is the reason I got this app ,but thought I could download the song, am I not able to? Or is free not really free here either lol

    22 Feb 2:41am Reply
  • Langungon

    'Spirit In The Sky' was a good song until it got to that part about Jesus, that's because I'm Atheist. [3]

    4 Feb 2:35am Reply
  • evanisreallyok

    'Spirit In The Sky' was a good song until it got to that part about Jesus, that's because I'm Atheist. [2]

    7 Sep 2013 Reply
  • mistermeatbone

    Being unable to ignore one line in a song because it has Jesus in it is the same kind of bigotry you don't like in some religious people [4] I'm going to admit it was a little weird for me the first time I heard it, though.

    11 Jul 2013 Reply
  • jazzthieve

    Being unable to ignore one line in a song because it has Jesus in it is the same kind of bigotry you don't like in some religious people. [3] Yes Indeed

    21 Jun 2013 Reply
  • gombost

    Being unable to ignore one line in a song because it has Jesus in it is the same kind of bigotry you don't like in some religious people.

    29 Jan 2013 Reply
  • NihilisticRobot

    'Spirit In The Sky' was a good song until it got to that part about Jesus, that's because I'm Atheist.

    4 Dec 2012 Reply
  • cody_saoyrn

    the album "spirit in the sky" - not talking about the song, though that's on there - is pretty frigging solid. give his discog a chance, folks!

    14 Dec 2011 Reply
  • malecool

    Only one hit ............... but what a it ! Top man.

    11 May 2011 Reply
  • zealotape

    I prefer "Marcy"...

    1 Apr 2011 Reply
  • nisma

    has to be one of the best one-hit wonders ever.

    5 Feb 2011 Reply
  • FlauschiHasi

    well I guess that's what I call a one hit wonder

    28 Jan 2011 Reply
  • Gibiruei

    When I Die

    6 Jul 2010 Reply
  • Ton87

    haha no not really :p but I really like the song. on the road again-style groove, positive 60s vibe and epic industrial fuzz distortion, i love the way it freaks out on the low notes.

    2 Jul 2010 Reply
  • freelance-fiend

    Ton87 - wrong shoutbox, maann....maybe you should've been a Christian

    11 Mar 2010 Reply
  • Ton87

    christian lyrics and truly satanic fuzz, this should've been an instrumental

    18 Nov 2009 Reply
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