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”Spirit within the Sky” Norman Greenbaum – America On Espresso


Norman Joel Greenbaum (born November 20, 1942) is an American singer-songwriter. He’s greatest identified for writing and performing the 1969 music “Spirit within the Sky“.

Greenbaum was born in Malden, Massachusetts. He was raised in an Orthodox Jewish family and attended Hebrew college at Congregation Beth Israel.

His preliminary curiosity in music was sparked by southern blues music and the folks music that was widespread within the late Fifties and early Sixties. He carried out with numerous bands in highschool and studied musicat Boston College for 2 years. In faculty he carried out at native coffeehouses however finally dropped out and moved to Los Angeles in 1965.

Greenbaum is greatest identified for his music “Spirit within the Sky”. The music, with its mixture of ‘heavy’ guitar, hand-clapping, and religious lyrics, was launched by Warner Bros. Data in 1969.

It offered two million copies in 1969 and 1970,[3] and obtained a gold disc from the R.I.A.A. It has subsequently been utilized in many movies, ads, and tv reveals.

Though “Spirit within the Sky” has a transparent Christian theme, Greenbaum was and stays an observant Jew. Greenbaum says he was impressed to put in writing the music after watching nation singers singing a music on tv. In an interview Greenbaum acknowledged that western films have been the actual inspiration for “Spirit within the Sky”:

Although Greenbaum is mostly considered a one-hit marvel, a number of of his data positioned prominently within the charts, together with “Canned Ham” in 1970, which reached quantity 46 on the Billboard pop chart.

In 1966, beneath the identify Dr. West’s Drugs Present and Junk Band, he recorded the novelty hit “The Eggplant That Ate Chicago”. Within the Sixties Greenbaum additionally carried out beneath the identify Bruno Wolf with the Jim Kweskin Jug Band.Supply

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