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Norman Greenbaum

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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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Albums by
Norman Greenbaum

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    17 songs

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    Spirit in the Sky [Varese]

    35 songs

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    Spirit in the Sky: The Definitive Anthology

    10 songs

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    Petaluma

    10 songs

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    Norman Greenbaum

    10 songs

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    Spirit in the Sky

    15 songs

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    Spirit in the Sky


Top Songs by
Norman Greenbaum

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   Spirit in the Sky
  3.   Country Lad
  4.   Spirit in the Sky (1st Verse)
  5.   Good Lookin' Woman
  6.   Daddy I Know
  7.   Gondoliers, Shakespeares
  8.   Chocolate Milk
  9.   Save Me for a Rainy Day
  10.   Titfield Thunder
  11.   The Day They Sold Beer in Church
  12.   Back Home Again
  13.   California Earthquake
  14.   Canned Ham
  15.   Japanese Silky
  16.   Crazy Over You
  17.   New Dead Shrimp Blues
  18.   The Day the Well Went Dry
  19.   Petaluma
  20.   Campin'
  21.   Dairy Queen
  22.   5 Pennies
  23.   The Power
  24.   Alice Bodine
  25.   Junior Cadillac
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Stations & Shows Featuring
Norman Greenbaum

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    Slacker 20: Guardians of the Galaxy

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    Oldies

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    Classic Hits

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    Classic Rock

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    Party Hits

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    Pink Floyd: DNA

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    '70s Rock

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    '70s Hits

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    '70s Deep Dive


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