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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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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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Don't read this. You will kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life! Don't stop reading this is freaky! But if you read this and ignore it you will have bad luck. Put this on 15 songs in 143 minutes. When your done press the space bar be your crushes name will appear in big letters on the screen. This is so creepy because it actually works.
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come up to the spirit I the sky Mike bring your friends too
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Depending on what time of day it is, when you point to the sky, you're pointing in a different direction. Just saying
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sandymcleod1 7 5
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MLF !
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I love this song!
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kjnjj8
Love��������
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This song is on the sandlot :)
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Here's to you Wally! I hope you're having a good old time with the Spirit. We miss you.
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I don't know bcz I ABSOLUTELY agree with you!!!! Some people don't get it bcz they don't appreciate GREAT music.. I'm saying that either that they never grew up on this type of MUSIC.. Also it's a money making world..I guess..Tammy Lee...( southern Bell).. I love a person that appreciatets the past ,present an future music to come an also every 10 Yrs music ALWAYS changes!! So people PLEASE GET with the times...LIFE ' S WAY TO SHORT
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aircooledhea d 0
Why doesn't some church choir cover this? it's a great song!
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Spirit in the sky :-) :-) :-) Awesome tune.
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Awesome d"....
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I wouldn't mind if they played this when I get " boxed out"...��
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great songs here all the ones i grew up with
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Spirit in the sky for LIFEEEEE
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Used to play this 45 and get hyped up for my Pop Warner and HS football games back in the day. Now I play it for my HS volleyball team for warmups... The kids dig it... ;)
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❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤it Amen.

Woooooooo
Yes I do Man.
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wojo...me too. It's a great song.
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I always liked this song from the beginning, and up to my grave!
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He was not thinking good theology!
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I think even a non-Christia n should recognize that these lines:
Never been a sinner I never sinned
I got a friend in Jesus
are completely contradictor y .
What on earth was he thinking?
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I Love this song... but what a creepy religious song it is.... I can picture a cult singing this in the middle of the desert lol
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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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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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