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Norman Greenbaum

Best-known for his 1970 hit "Spirit in the Sky," singer/songwriter Norman Greenbaum was born November 20, 1942, in Malden, MA. He began his musical career while a student at Boston University, playing area coffeehouses before relocating to the West Coast during the mid-'60s and forming a kind of psychedelic jug band dubbed Dr. West's Medicine Show and Junk Band. After issuing the 1966 single "The Eggplant That Ate Chicago," which fell just shy of reaching the Top 50, the group disbanded, and Greenbaum subsequently formed a series of short-lived acts before finally returning to his solo career in 1968. A year later he issued his debut LP, Spirit in the Sky, releasing several unsuccessful singles before reaching the Top Three with the smash title track, which sold some two million copies. It proved to be Greenbaum's only hit, however, as follow-ups like 1970's "Canned Ham" and the next year's "California Earthquake" tanked; after the release of 1972's Petaluma, he retreated from music to focus on his California dairy farm, but returned to show business during the mid-'80s in a managerial capacity, also promoting a number of concerts. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Best Of Norman Greenbaum: Spirit In The Sky

1. Spirit In The Sky

2. Weird

3. Daddy I Know

4. Hook And Ladder

5. Skyline

6. Canned Ham

7. Marcy

8. California Earthquake

9. The Day The Well Went Dry

10. Damper

11. Petaluma

12. The Eggplant That Ate Chicago

13. Back Home Again

14. The Day They Sold Beer In Church

15. Gondoliers, Shakespeares, Overseers, Playboys, And Bums

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Track List: Spirit In The Sky

1. Junior Cadillac

2. Spirit In The Sky

3. Skyline

4. Jubilee

5. Alice Bodine

6. Tars Of India

7. The Power

8. Good Lookin' Woman

9. Milk Cow

10. Marcy

11. School For Sweet Talk

12. Children Of Paradise

13. Canned Ham

17. Norman Greenbaum Radio Promo

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geraldine.eh i n g e r
Love this song!,,!,,,! ! !
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ARhippychick check out my station
REMEMBERING THE GOOD TIMES
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Still FRESH !!
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Woke up hearing this song. Just made my day awesome!
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sifaka444
A very good friend of mine, Doug Kilmer (R.I.P.), played bass on this track. He later played with such greats as John Cippolina, Mike Bloomfield, Nick Gravenites . . . the list is seemingly endless. Marin County was/is a veritable gold mine of musical talent.
Thanks for the memories Dougie ! I'll never forget you . . . . . . . .
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Good Song Man
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Really it's awesome.
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I love this song. ������
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frankwiener
This song instantly sends me back to 1970. Hitched from Madison WI to NJ in a snowstorm, and this seemed to be playing on the truckers' radios all the time. It was the perfect road song. Love it.
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buzzme0
very good!!!
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good stuff!!
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Thank you for the song
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loissroka
Spirit In The Sky, Norman.
I love this song, really uplifting !
(Like Midnight Spec..., I get up and dance!)
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Have 2 many go 2 songs
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Spirit is my go to song��
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One of the GREATEST songs ever! Loved it the first time I ever heard it and today is no different. What memories of a great era! Thanks Norman!
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I am currently going through finals at college and will return when finished.
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Spirit in the Sky: Great song
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boblippelman
GREAT SONG … surprising he did not have a lot of later success with his later records. Perhaps it's the lyrics that add so much to have made this one so popular.
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I would like to see the lyrics!!#
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brobeo6
Cool song. Have always liked it.
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Yes it was the smurfs!! Happy Jesus snuff! Good song though!!
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Does anyone know who did the back up vocals on this song? They are anazing! I was 10 when this was out. Remember it well in NY. Number one hit!
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I was born to this song
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Is he on supernatural ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
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Go Norman, go!
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Guardians of the galaxy station...ho p e this makes it to the soundtrack to the sequel
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Norman's The Bomb.
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sandra5cents
I want my guests to be bopping to this down the aisle from my funeral mass to this song. Love!
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My Father's Spirit song when he knew he was dying of cancer. Also, my husband, born in 1948, digs this song. So.., now..always special to me! Glad they still play it on the radio-usuall y comes on and brings my father's spirit to me. Good stuff.
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This was also one of the best woman who lived funeral songs! Cheers to both of you.
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tmrwhalens
@dragonflysh a r d s ... anyone who snacks on Dragon Fly Poop doesn't deserve religion. Moron.
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Song with good words, makes one think about their self
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this song was one of the soundtracks to the movie this is the end
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if any song had a chance of converting me to the fantasy world of religion, it would be this one!
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I always love this song .
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tmcb2
Good words to consider. Nice work Norman
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audra7145
:) :)
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audra7145
This song is on the sandlot ����
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Takes me back love it
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This sucks
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digin this much
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AMEN TO YOUR COMMENT EAIGRAPHICS WHEN I LIVED IN NY I WOULD LISTEN TO THE CHRISTIAN STATION IN THE AM. AT NOON SID ROTH WAS ON, AND HE WAS A MESSIANIC JEW I EVEN GOT INVOLVED IN JEWS FOR JESUS. I WAS BAPTIZED IN THE SPIRIT WITHOUT ANYONE LAYING HANDS ON ME AND SINCE THEN I READ THE BIBLE NONSTOP FIRST THE NEW THEN THE OLD TESTAMENT. I LOVE THE OLD, KING DAVID, ESTHER, JUDITH, OF COURSE ISAIAH 53 BUT IM ASHAMED TO SAY I DO NOT READ THE BIBLE ANYMORE BECAUSEOF PANDORA,LAND DANIELLE STEELE NOVELS
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Thank you creedence clearwater station. for the last month i have been trying to get the name of the singer of SPIRIT IN THE SKY. ISNT IT TERRIFIC. THE WORDS AND THE MUSIC. AND I JUST MET A SWEET YOUNG MAN WHO PLAYS THE DRUMS AND NOW IM AWARE OF THE DRUM PLAYING. NOT ONLY THE WORDS.
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I played this at my funeral
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loissroka
Norman Greenbaum,
I Love Spirit In The Sky.
Gives me lots of energy!
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⚡️♣️⚡️❤️⚡️♠️
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One of the best one hit wonders every.Someti m e s all you need is one
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