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Norman Greenbaum (born November 20, 1942, Malden, Massachusetts, United States) is an American singer-songwriter
. He is best known for writing and performing his hit song Spirit in the Sky
, which sold two million copies in 1969 and 1970. Speaking with Songfacts
about the song, Greenbaum said he set out to write a religious rock song, and he is Jewish. Instead of using a Jewish word for God, he used "Jesus" because he thought it would be more marketable. It took months for Greenbaum to finish the music, but the lyrics came really quickly.
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