Norman Greenbaum - Spirit In The Sky (1969)

Norman Greenbaum - Spirit In The Sky (1969)

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Spirit in the Sky is a song written and originally recorded by Norman Greenbaum and released in late 1969. The single sold two million copies in from 1969 to 1970 and reached number three in the U.S. Billboard chart (April 18, 1970) where it listed for 15 weeks in the Top 100. Billboard ranked the record as the No. 22 song of 1970. It also climbed to number one on the UK, Australian and Canadian charts in 1970. Rolling Stone ranked "Spirit in the Sky" #333 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. The song was featured on the 1969 album of the same name. Cover versions by Doctor and the Medics and Gareth Gates have also made the number 1 spot in the UK.

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  1. Norman Greenbaum, best known for his much-played 1969 hit "Spirit in the Sky," was in critical condition after a crash that killed a motorcycle driver Saturday afternoon, the California Highway Patrol said.

    Greenbaum, 72, was in the front passenger seat in a 2002 Subaru Outback when the driver, Bonita Kay Perea, made a left turn onto a road near Santa Rosa, California. The right side of the car was hit by a motorcycle that was "evidently unable to slow or stop in time to avoid a collision with the Subaru," the highway patrol said in its report.

    The driver of the motorcycle, Ihab Usama Halaweh, was killed. His passenger, Nhmia Mekonnen Kahsay, was being treated for critical injuries, the CHP said.

  2. On his Twitter page, Greenbaum describes himself as a "one-hit wonder," but what a hit: "Spirit in the Sky," with its distinctive fuzz-toned guitar, spacey effects and gospel-tinged harmonies, has been featured in more than 40 movies and TV shows, including "Apollo 13" and "Ocean's Eleven," according to the Internet Movie Database. It was used to score one of the trailers for last year's "Guardians of the Galaxy."