Psychedelic Pop Stunner ‘SPIRIT IN THE SKY’ By NORMAN GREENBAUM Released 50 Years Ago…

6 April 2020

Artist: Norman Greenbaum (Malden, Massachusetts)
Active: 1969-present
Single:  Spirit In The Sky  
B-side: Milk Cow 
Released: January 1970 in the US – 50 years ago
In the UK the single came out a couple of months earlier
Score: The single reached #3 in the US and No 1 in the UK, Canada
and Australia. Cover versions by British band Doctor And The Medics
and singer Gareth Gates topped the UK Charts

When I die and they lay me to rest
Gonna go to the place that’s the best
When I lay me down to die
Goin’ up to the spirit in the sky

The original

Doctor and The Medics cover (1986)…

Gareth Gates cover (2003)…