Press Coverage

Here you will find press coverage of Norman Greenbaum and his song, Spirit In The Sky. He has been interviewed by many mainstream publications such as: The New York Times and Rolling Stone Magazine. Be sure and check back for updates and additional stories. If you have a press story to share, send it to for consideration.

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Professor of Rock

New York Times

A ‘Spirit’ From the ’60s That Won’t Die

THE last time Norman Greenbaum had a hit record, Richard Nixon was in his first term as president. It was back in 1969 when Mr. Greenbaum released his most popular song, a guitar-drenched rock anthem called “Spirit in the Sky.” The tune climbed to No. 3 on the Billboard pop chart that year and went on to sell more than two million copies.


Tom McNichol

Rolling Stone

Norman Greenbaum on ‘Spirit in the Sky’ at 50: ‘The Interest in It Just Doesn’t Wane’
The singer-songwriter on the inspiration behind his immortal fuzz-rock anthem, and why it was so hard to follow up


Angie Martoccio 

MaldenArts ARTLine

Malden Arts ARTLine Spirit in the Sky Mural by Jesse Melanson
Corner Exchange St and Washington St, Malden MA

Sonoma County Gazette

The local story behind ’Spirit in the Sky’
One of the most famous quotes describing the ’60s is “If you can remember the ’60s, you weren’t really there.” Regardless if you were there or not, the world-famous song “Spirit in the Sky” written in 1969 by Norman Greenbaum will never be forgotten.


Marilyn Lane

Classic Rock Here And Now

Exclusive Interview: Norman Greenbaum Reveals The True Origin Of “Spirit In The Sky”

Norman Greenbaum is considered by many music experts to be a one-hit wonder.  But when the lyrics to that particular hit meant so much to so many and with eternal impact… then who cares?


Ray Shasho

Argus Courier

Former Petaluman Norman Greenbaum on 50 years of ‘Spirit in the Sky

Fifty years after it was released, “Spirit in the Sky” continues to be one of the most recognizable and enduring songs in rock ’n’ roll history.


Chris Samson

Neighborhood View

Malden native still has that Spirit in the Sky

Fifty years ago in 1969, a song was released that has become a quintessential guitar track for movies, TV, and advertising; it still receives radio play today.  “Spirit in the Sky” was composed and performed by Malden-born artist Norman Greenbaum, who is one of a handful of musicians who has made a lifetime of earnings from one song.

Sharon Santillo

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