Every Billboard Hot 100 Single 1970: #93: “Spirit In The Sky”- Norman Greenbaum. Highest debuting single week of February 28, 1970.
- Single: ‘Spirit In The Sky”- Norman Greenbaum
- Record Company- Reprise
- Genre: Rock
- Written by Norman Greenbaum
- Time: 3:57
- B-side:” Milk Cow”
- Album- Spirit In The Sky
- Grade: A
- Peaked at #3 spent 15 weeks in the Billboard Hot 100.
Norman Greenbaum was a one -hit wonder. While he did have 3 Hot 100 singles this was the only one to make the Top 40. Greenbaum a pop-rock singer-songwriter was born in Malden, Massachusetts. Greenbaum has said that “Spirit In The Sky”- was inspired by watching western movies. At age 77 Greenbaum is still out there performing.
Norman Greenbaum: If you ask me what I based “Spirit In The Sky” on … 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, they wanted to die with their boots on.
Ray Shasho: So that was the trigger that got you to write the song?
Norman Greenbaum: Yes. The song itself was simple, when you’re writing a song you keep it simple of course. 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. Funny enough … I wanted to die with my boots on.