Norman Greenbaum might be visiting the Spirit in the Sky

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  1. MutteringJohn

    MutteringJohn Well-Known Member

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    The singer-songwriter behind the rock anthem Spirit in the Sky is in critical condition in a California hospital after a car accident that left a motorcyclist dead.

    Norman Greenbaum, 72, was the passenger of a Subaru Outback driving near the city of Santa Rosa on Saturday around 3.30pm.

    A motorcycle crashed into the Outback at an intersection after the driver, Bonita Perea, 63, failed to yield to the motorcycle when turning.

    Ihab Usama Halaweh, 20, crashed into the sedan after he was unable to stop his 2004 Suzuki GSX-R600,and died at the scene, the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat reported.

    California Highway Patrol Officer Matt Pinheiro said: 'There's no stop [at the intersection], but the Subaru driver was supposed to yield to oncoming traffic and they didn't.'

    His passenger, Nhmia Mekonnen Kahsay, 20, was seriously injured.

    Kahsay and Greenbaum were both brought to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital and were listed in critical condition on Sunday afternoon.

    The hospital is not releasing any further updates about the musician's condition and said his family has requested privacy.

    Greeenbaum's hit song sold two million singles for Warner Brother in 1969 and 1970.

    The tune, which has an iconic opening guitar riff, has been featured in almost 50 films like Apollo 13 and in ads for Gatorade, Nike and American Express.

    It was also included in Rock Band 2.

    Greenbaum, who was born in Malden, Massachusetts, said he based the song's spiritual lyrics on Western films.
    He said: 'These mean and nasty varmints get shot and they wanted to die with their boots on.

    'So to me that was spiritual, they wanted to die with their boots on.'

    Hospital spokeswoman Vanessa DeGier said Kahsay was being treated in the intensive care unit and that his vital signs were unstable.

    She said: 'Critical condition means the patient may also be unconscious.

    'Indicators are unfavorable at the moment.'

    Perea was not injured during the accident, but she was upset after the crash.

    Santa Rosa Fire Battalion Chief Jack Piccinini said: 'She's very shaken by the whole incident.'

    Investigators do not believe that alcohol or drugs were factors in the accident.

    The investigation into the crash could take weeks.

    It is unclear how fast the motorcycle was going at the time of the accident.
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  2. Mulletude

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    California Highway Patrol Officer Matt Pinheiro said: 'There's no stop [at the intersection], but the Subaru driver was supposed to yield to oncoming traffic and they didn't.'

    What did they expect? Ya just gotta know it by osmosis?
     
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    smelly hippie
     
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    That hideous song has the worst backing vocals known to mankind. I have a visual of 3 skanky 85 lb women that look like a cross between Gilda Randner and Lorraine Newman screeching those vocals out between cigarettes and blow.
     
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    He was a guest on The Howard Stern Show years ago. He kept both song writing and publishing rights to Spirt in the Sky. Said that song got him though some tough economic times.
     
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    I thought only lesbians drove Subarus. :dontknow:
     
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    I always get confused with him & Warren Zevon for some reason.
    Warren has been up in the sky for awhile now.
     
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    I love the song. By the Norman Greenbaum grew up an Orthodox Jew and he doesn't have a friend in Jesus.
     
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    Tree huggers do too.
     
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    SouthernListen I don't follow the crowd. Sorry about that. VIP

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    I see a stop sign where I'd expect one in the photo above. But maybe they were on the same road and she turned in front of the motorcycle. You always have to yield to oncoming traffic. I assume she was coming toward the camera on the road and turned left and the passenger side caught it.
     
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    Ihab Usama Halaweh, 20, crashed into the sedan
     
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    They lived? :bigthink
     
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    Been through Santa Rosa many a time on business. Horrible traffic with an even more dreadful infrastructure that was built for farm conditions, not semi-urban commuting. Seriously, it is awful.
     
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    Sooo two Muslims on a motorcycle crash into a Jew Subaru. There's gotta be a punchline somewhere.