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December 30th, 1969: Norman Greenbaum releases "Spirit In The Sky" from his debut album: Listen

Greenbaum's sings the gospel on his new single

Norman Greenbaum releases 'Spirit In The Sky' from his debut album: Listen

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American singer, Norman Greenbaum apparently wrote his debut single "Spirit In The Sky" after watching Porter Wagoner singing a gospel song on TV.

Greenbaum says: "I thought, 'Yeah, I could do that,' knowing nothing about gospel music, so I sat down and wrote my own gospel song. It came easy. I wrote the words in 15 minutes."

"Spirit In The Sky" was released this Christmas following the release of Greenbaum's debut album of the same name earlier this year.

Spirit In The Sky:

Junior Cadillac
Spirit in the Sky
Skyline
Jubilee
Alice Bodine

Side Two

Tars of India
The Power
Good Lookin' Woman
Milk Cow
Marcy

Watch the promo video for "Spirit In The Sky" below.

Listen to the Spirit In The Sky below via Spotify or Apple Music.

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