Norman Greenbaum

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 1994 (The 1995 Induction Ceremony)

Previously Considered? No  what's this?


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Spirit In The Sky (1969)

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Will Norman Greenbaum be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."
   

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He did "Spirit In the Sky." Reason enough to induct him.

Posted by Rolf on Friday, 10.24.08 @ 18:56pm


In addition to "Spirit In the Sky" Greenbaum also had the hits "The Eggplant That Ate Chicago" and "Canned Ham"

Posted by Keebord on Friday, 10.24.08 @ 19:01pm




He did "Spirit In the Sky." Reason enough to induct him.

Posted by Rolf on Friday, 10.24.08 @ 18:56pm

True first Christian mainstream rock HIT!!!!All it takes is 1 good one to move things in a new direction..!!! YES!

Posted by mrxzy on Friday, 10.24.08 @ 22:32pm


Maybe not HoF worthy, but "Spirit in the Sky" is a classic and it was one of the first big hits of Christian rock(which is a tad bit weird because Norman is Jewish.)

Posted by Dude Man on Monday, 07.27.09 @ 21:28pm


Dude Man, is Jesus specifically mentioned in song 'Spirit in the Sky'? Because, it could mean Wotan or Illuvatar or (insert favorite deity).

Posted by Paul in KY on Tuesday, 07.28.09 @ 07:00am


Well, according to Rolling Stone this is what Norman said about the song, "I'm just some Jewish musician who really dug gospel music," Greenbaum said. "I decided there was a larger Jesus gospel market out there than a Jehovah one."

Posted by Dude Man on Tuesday, 07.28.09 @ 10:40am


Dude Man, thank's for the answer.

Posted by Paul in KY on Tuesday, 07.28.09 @ 13:24pm


No problem Paul.

Posted by Dude Man on Tuesday, 07.28.09 @ 13:42pm


Speaking of Greenbaum, "Spirit in the Sky" has been described as "an innovative and compelling combination of gospel and psychedelic rock music, with loud drums, distorted electric guitar, clapping hands, and tambourines." As well as "a precursor to the sound of early-70s British glam rock pioneers in numerous respects."

I'm not saying Greenbaum should be inducted, just saying one song can carry a lot of weight so to speak.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Saturday, 08.28.10 @ 02:01am


Perhaps the beginning of Christian Rock If that is so He should be IN

Posted by mrxyxomg on Monday, 09.20.10 @ 21:37pm


Dude Man, is Jesus specifically mentioned in song 'Spirit in the Sky'? Because, it could mean Wotan or Illuvatar or (insert favorite deity).

Posted by Paul in KY on Tuesday, 07.28.09 @ 07:00am

"Never been a sinner, I never sinned
I got a friend in Jesus
So you know that when I die
He's gonna set me up with
The spirit in the sky"

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Wednesday, 02.2.11 @ 12:56pm


I think Norman should be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Besides being a remarkable individual who wrote and sang a remarkable song that is still a favorite today, he had other songs that were quite good.

It amazes me that some folks would prefer to pick apart the words in Norman's song, Normans beliefs and what Norman meant in his song, rather than to just enjoy it for what it is....
Norman has my vote!

Posted by Tricia on Saturday, 02.25.12 @ 22:34pm


Gee I could see him get in There is nobody like him!

Posted by Happy on Sunday, 02.26.12 @ 06:52am


one song isn't enough.

Posted by GFW on Sunday, 02.26.12 @ 10:01am


One song IS enough when that song pays tribute to the Lord Jesus Christ, the savior of mankind who sacrificed His life for your sins. Do as Norman Greenbaum says:

Prepare yourself you know it's a must
Gotta have a friend in Jesus

Posted by Evangelist on Saturday, 07.21.12 @ 16:56pm


So we can induct Neutral Milk Hotel based of King Of Carrot Flowers part 2? Sweet!

Posted by GFW on Saturday, 07.21.12 @ 17:10pm


Forget all other Kings. Only follow the King of Kings, Jesus Christ, for it is only His kingdom that will last for all eternity.

"Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near." - Matthew 4:17

All He asks is that you willingly follow his simple commandments which are for your own good and the good of humanity.

Don't steal, don't lie, don't covet. Don't commit adultery or worship idols or any other Gods. Don't take anyone's life or the Lord's name in vain. Honor the Sabbath and your parents.

You will will find the quality of your life will improve dramatically and most importantly you will find peace.

Posted by Evangelist on Saturday, 07.21.12 @ 17:45pm


But as the lyrics say "Never been a sinner, I never sinnned." But if we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. Sounds like Greenbaum's song isn't totally in tune with the gospel message.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 07.21.12 @ 18:08pm


I'll be sure to follow the wonderful example of the old testament and kill everyone who isn't christian.

Posted by GFW on Saturday, 07.21.12 @ 18:33pm


well I don't know all about that religious stuff

I like his music I am sure most would agree. If God before you Who would be against you?

Posted by Happy on Saturday, 07.21.12 @ 21:46pm


Fab song! Also a great way to stump folks as to who the artist is!

Posted by P. Hill on Saturday, 02.22.14 @ 20:42pm


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