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Norman Greenbaum
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    (November 20, 1942- )
    Recorded 'Spirit In The Sky'
    He is a one hit wonder.
    He missed making the Billboard Top 50 with a 1966 novelty song 'The Eggplant That Ate Chicago.'
    He is a Jew who recorded a song about Jesus Christ.
    His parents were taken aback by the song until it climbed the charts, then they asked 'Got any more?' (he didn't).
    Almost all the money he made for the song went to his wife when she divorced him, leaving him broke and embittered.
    His career never took off after the hit and he became a California dairy farmer.
    He still sometimes must explain to a misinformed journalist he remained a Jew and never became a born-again Christian.
    When writing the song he reckoned, much like Jewish writers of Christmas songs, there would be more market appeal for a song that mentioned Jesus than one for some Hebrew name for God.
    'Spirit In The Sky' was a Top 3 smash in 1970 and sold over 2 million singles.
    He stated the lyrics came quickly but the music took months to compose.
    He has a modest website he runs himself and replies to most e-mail queries.
    His song was featured in the movies 'Miami Blues,' 'Contact,' 'Apollo 13,' 'Wayne's World 2' and 'Remember The Titans' (receiving royalties for each).
    He is proud of the song's artistic merit and how it affected some people, some who have written him how the tune was important to them following a death or other tragic event.

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