Norman Greenbaum (born November 20, 1942, Malden, Massachusetts, United States) is a singer-songwriter. He studied music at Boston University. Greenbaum is best known for his song "Spirit in the Sky", which sold two million copies across 1969 and 1970. This disc sold over one million by May 1970 alone, and received a gold disc awarded by the R.I.A.A.. The song, with its combination of 'heavy' guitar, hand-clapping, and spiritual lyrics, was a one-hit wonder. The song has been used in many films, advertisements, and television shows.
Greenbaum is notable for the rare achievement of having recorded two one-hit wonders. In 1968, under the name Dr. West's Medicine Show and Junk Band, he recorded the novelty hit "The Eggplant That Ate Chicago". Greenbaum had a second song in the charts in 1970. "Canned Ham" reached #26 in Canada and #46 in the USA. His last chart hit in America was "California Earthquake", which reached #93 in 1971. Greenbaum used Crossfire as a backing band in '73/'74, which included Mitchell Froom and Gary Pihl.
Another group, Doctor and the Medics, became a one-hit wonder of sorts with their version of "Spirit in the Sky" in.