THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
116-Norman Greenbaum-Spirit in the Sky.
1970-Number 1 single.
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Norman Greenbaum was born in Maiden,Massachusetts,United States in 1942.He was raised in an Orthodox Jewish household and attended Hebrew school at the local synagogue.He is one of only a handful of artists who are truly one hit wonders(a one hit wonder is someone who has had a Number 1 single,but has never again reached the top 75 with any other song.)
Greenbaum has explained the songs meaning,’What did we grow up watching? Westerns! These mean and nasty varmints get shot and they wanted to die with their boots on.So to me that was spiritual.It wasn’t like a Christian song of praise it was just a simple song.I had to use Christianity because I had to use something.But more important it wasn’t the Jesus part,it was the spirit in the sky.’
The song has been a UK Number 1 on three separate occasions.In 1986 Doctor and the Medics took their version to the top of the chart and in 2003 Gareth Gates with The Kumars hit Number 1 with the official Comic Relief charity single for that year.
‘When I die and they lay me to rest,gonna go to the place that’s the best.’
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