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#142 – Norman Greenbaum – Spirit in the Sky

Norman Greenbaum is known for the 1970 smash hit “Spirit in the Sky.” The song’s unique paring of gospel-inspired lyrics with psychedelic rock backing helped it sell a whopping two million records in its first year of release.  But, it’s the song’s universal message that continues to make it one of the most-played oldies on the radio.  It’s also been included in almost 50 different movies, in numerous commercials, and even in the hugely-successful Rock Band 2 video game.  Icon Fetch talks with Greenbaum about the strange origins of his one big hit, his new, specially-designed website, and how he feels about being called a “one hit wonder.”