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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, Rovi
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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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I got to deliver an actual Norman Greenbaum autographed Canned Ham from No. Cal. to L.A. via plane and got detained by airport security! I had forgotten it was in my carry-on bag when it went thru Xray. When I explained how & why I had it and the guy saw that it had Greenbaum's signature on it, he had to go show it to the other security personnel in the area! They all got a kick out of it and I got a story to tell whenever his name comes up!
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patsfanwife
Instructions to play this as they're carrying me out of the church...go out like it counts! ;-)
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I remember this song in 1970. I was 10 years old. My older brother loved this. Vocals were on point.
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If you only score one hit make it count. Great job byNorman Greenbaum and Spirit In The Sky.
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maffam1
U go Norman ! Get to that spirit
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I love this song... Want it played at my funeral!!!
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Started the 70s in a good way
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Always liked this song☺
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Strange song to like, but I definitely do. :)
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jerisever
NICE!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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Let's grow weed in the front yard then to the spirit in the sky!
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anthony64702
good song to drive too!!!!!
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Love this song .. gotta have a friend in the sky
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Cool song
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Listen Linda!!!!!!
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Luv this song!!!
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gkendig9
The 2 guitar breaks are classic
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Great Song Great Best . Norman Greenbaum . Great Artist
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macher89
Love this song, I have it as ringtone for my son who's in 82nd Airborne!
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Ooorah
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This song was played everyday on the radio when it 1st came out
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Spirit in the sky
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BRINGS BACK ALOT OF GREAT TIMES!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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GREAT SONG!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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alawhoevervi l l i s 0 ; you need a life.No,appa r e n t l y that's the problem,YOU NEVER HAD A LIFE,wanna jump off a 40 ft.cliff with a bar of soap?Come on' most fun you more than likely will EVER have!!!!Noth i n g like hitting 68 degree water on a 97 degree day.Damn these IPhones.Noth i n g is fun in your generation.N o degree icon
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Amazing song about us going to wonderful place eventually.
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My mistake! He has not passed away. He was just in a very bad car accident. Haven't heard how he's doing though.
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I like this song.....mak e s sense....
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jacobtyler19 9 5 3
The Fuzz Baby!!!
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I believe he just passed away too, in the past week or so.
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One of my favorite to listen to and it brings back childhood memories
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He is some guy on a motorcycle or bicycle you guys pretty f'd up funny thing is is they use this old picture back in the sixties
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This guy got into an accident like about a month ago up here in the Bay Area the Santa Rosa area I think
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As a catholic married to a Jew and it being Passover and Easter... This is a good sign!!!
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i love dis soong yo itz got mad bass
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Makes me feel bouncy and happy
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Wow I've always enjoyed this song I guess that means I'm pretty old. :(
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He is a CHICKEN farmer. I know cuz I met him :-) at 5 foot nothin, he sure as he'll ain't no cow wrangler lol
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t_heath
Higher than a kite at the Swanderosa!! ! ! ! ! !
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This song came out when I was in 7th grade. One of the all time great popular tunes rock or otherwise.
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jrgillis63
Spirit in the sky
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This is my funeral music
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