Norman Greenbaum

Genres: Pop / Rock
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Decades: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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20 November 1942, Malden, Massachusetts, USA. Greenbaum first tasted minor US chart fame as the founder of Los Angeles jug band Dr. West’s Medicine Show And Junk Band, who achieved a minor hit with the novelty ‘The Eggplant That Ate Chicago’. After the break-up of the group in 1967, Greenbaum effectively retired from the music business to run a dairy farm in Petaluma, California (he later recorded ‘Milk Cow Blues’). In 1970, however, one of his recordings, ‘Spirit In The Sky’ (inspired by a Porter Wagoner song), unexpectedly scaled the US charts, finally reaching number 3 and later hitting the top in the UK. It was a startling single of its era, highlighted by a memorable fuzz guitar riff and some spirited backing vocals and handclaps. Although Greenbaum was teased out of retirement to record a couple of albums, he remained the quintessential one-hit-wonder chart-topper. Since 1981, he has worked as a short-order chef in Santa...

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