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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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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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alabastervil l i s 0
hippies are the worst kind of dirty scum beings in this world and their music is just noise. use some soap
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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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follow for follow
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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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Don't read this because it actually works, you will be kissed in the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this to 5 songs in 143 minutes you will die in 2 days when youre don press f6 on your keyboard and your loves name will come up in big letters
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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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This is when music was music!
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Spirit in the sky !!!
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I want this played at my funeral!! Or memorial!!
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yeah I am like so going to use this at my funnel!!!!
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Wow
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I remember this in 1970. My cousin was a session back up up singer, and she sang back up vocals on thus song! Great song!
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See ya on the outer ocean.
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Let's grow weed in the back yard .
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Sock it to me Norman Greenbaum .
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Norman Greenbaum born 9 days before me! He had one big hit I'm hitless. Guess that's life..
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speaks the word
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Good song by Norman greenbaum spirit in the sky
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I have instructed my kids to play this at the end of my funeral someday as LOUD as they can stand! Even if I am 95 when I go! Lol! Love it.
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For the naysayers below…MESSIA N I C Jews DO believe in Jesus…and if most jews would stop listening to the baloney that most secular jews spout and actually read the old testament, they would see that there are over 300 prophecies that were fulfilled in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.
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Excellent
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I love this song
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hi
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I love the fact he wrote Spirit in the Sky all about going to heaven and s**t, but was actually jewish XD

(Jews dont really believe in the jesus concept)
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THATS THE STUFF LEGENDS ARE MADE OF!
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When I die and they lay me to rest
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All I can Say is God Bless The Hard Working People Bringing All thie Great Music & and Pandora Radio knows How to pick the Good Stuff All The Time .
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He had to get alot of royalties from Apollo 13
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One ofmy all time favorite tunes!
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The very best one hit wonder...eve r .
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desiree.whee l e r
RIP Melvin....Ro d d y Hog Farm, good times
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Funeral music? People have their own choice. .I desire Comfortably Numb by my fave; THE Floyd
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The Eggplant that Ate Chicago cracked me up. Great sense of humor, Norman.
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jen9fisher
Amen
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alexnatal26
going to place that's the best.
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