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Sha Na Na

Sha Na Na is a rock and roll/comedy group from New York City, who perform covers of doo wop hits from the 1950s, simultaneously reviving and sending up the music, as well as 1950s New York street culture, in their performances. Their current touring group features original members Donny York, Jocko Marcellino, and Screamin' Scott Simon. Everyone else from the TV show days has left the group, and been replaced by bass singer Reggie Battise, bass player Jim Waldbillig, guitarist Gene Jaramillo, drummer Paul Kimbarow, and sax players Michael Brown and/or Jay Leslie. Their most notable work was on the 1978 film adaptation of the musical Grease. Image File history File links Sha_Na_Na. ... Image File history File links Sha_Na_Na. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... The word comedy has a classical meaning (comical theatre) and a popular one (the use of humor with an intent to provoke laughter in general). ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... In popular music, a cover version, or simply cover, is a new rendition (performance or recording) of a previously recorded song. ... For the Lauryn Hill single, see Doo Wop (That Thing). ... This does not cite any references or sources. ... This does not cite any references or sources. ... Jocko, now starting his fourth decade with Sha Na Na, was the first to walk onstage “greased and ready to rock n roll” in 1969. ... What may be Americas most common name crossing all races. ... Grease is a musical by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey. ...

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Career

The group began singing as part of the longstanding (and still-extant) Columbia University a capella group The Kingsmen but changed their name due to the Pacific Northwest group of the same name, famous for covering "Louie, Louie". The name comes from the refrain of the classic '50s hit "Get A Job" ("Sha-na-na-na, sha-na-na-na-na...") by The Silhouettes. Jon Bauman commented on a 1981 Password Plus episode that the singer could possibly have actually been saying "Sha-da-da-da...", which in reality would make the group's proper name Sha-Da-Da, presumably unaware that Rick Lewis of The Silhouettes named his own daughter Shana after the hook to his song. Columbia University is a private research university in the United States and a member of the prestigious Ivy League. ... The Pacific Northwest from space This page is about the region that includes parts of Canada and the United States. ... The Kingsmen were a rock band from Portland, Oregon who rose suddenly to fame with their recording of Richard Berrys Louie, Louie. ... Louie, Louie is an American rock n roll song written by Richard Berry in 1955. ... The Silhouettes The Silhouettes were an American doo wop/R&B group, best known for their single Get A Job, which was a #1 hit on the Billboard magazine R&B singles chart and pop singles chart in 1958. ... Although Password can be played without any equipment, commercial versions of the game have also been successful. ... The Silhouettes The Silhouettes were an American doo wop/R&B group, best known for their single Get A Job, which was a #1 hit on the Billboard magazine R&B singles chart and pop singles chart in 1958. ...


Conceived by George Leonard, then a graduate student in English Literature, Sha Na Na began performing in 1969, at the height of the hippie "counter-culture," and achieved national fame after playing at the Woodstock Festival. The group helped to spark a 1950s nostalgia craze, inspiring similar groups both in North America and in the United Kingdom, as well as the Broadway musical Grease, the movie Grease as Johnny Casino & The Gamblers, and the television show Happy Days.[citation needed] The group had its own hit syndicated television show Sha Na Na from 1977 to 1982, featuring guests such as James Brown, the popular 1970s punk band the Ramones, and musicians from rock & roll's golden era, such as Little Richard, Bo Diddley, and Chubby Checker. Also: 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... The Woodstock Music and Art Fair was a historic event held at Max Yasgurs 600 acre (2. ... North America North America is a continent[1] in the Earths northern hemisphere and (chiefly) western hemisphere. ... Musical theater (or theatre) is a form of theater combining music, songs, dance, and spoken dialogue. ... Grease is a musical by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey. ... Grease (1978) is a film directed by Randal Kleiser and based on Jim Jacobs and Warren Caseys musical, Grease. ... Happy Days is a popular American television sitcom that originally aired between 1974 and 1984 on the ABC television network. ... Sha Na Na was the name of a syndicated variety series that ran from 1977 to 1981. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... James Brown, known variously as: Soul Brother Number One, the Godfather of Soul, Mr. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Richard Wayne Penniman (born December 5, 1932), better known by the stage name Little Richard, is an American singer, songwriter, and pianist, who began performing in the 1940s and recording from 1951. ... Bo Diddleys emphasis on rhythm largely influenced popular music, especially that of rock and roll in the 1960s. ... Chubby Checker is the stage name of Ernest Evans (born October 3, 1941), an American singer best known for popularizing the dance The Twist with his 1960 song The Twist. He was born in Spring Gulley, South Carolina,[1] and raised in South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and attended South Philadelphia High...


One former Sha Na Na member from the television show lineup, Dave "Chico" Ryan, passed away in 1998. The group's first guitarist, Henry Gross, went on to become a solo artist, and had a hit single titled "Shannon" in 1976. Vinnie Taylor (1949 - 1974) (real name Chris Donald), who replaced Gross as the lead guitarist in 1970, died from a heroin overdose on April 17, 1974, after a concert at University Hall at the University of Virginia. He was found in a Holiday Inn hotel room in Charlottesville, Virginia. Another founding member of the band, Robert Leonard, is a professor of linguistics at Hofstra University. Founding member Alan Cooper, the lead singer in the group's performance of "At The Hop" in the Woodstock film, also went on to an academic career, and he is now professor of Bible at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. Bauman also continues to tour under his own banner. Elliot Cahn, the group's original rhythm guitar player and musical arranger, later became the first manager of Green Day. Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... Henry Gross (born April 1, 1951 in Brooklyn, New York), is a singer-songwriter best known for his 1976 top-10 hit Shannon. Gross began his career with Sha Na Na as a guitarist. ... Year 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Vinnie Taylor (1949 - 1974) (real name Chris Donald) was the lead guitarist of the band Sha Na Na. ... 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1949 calendar). ... A blonde haired, very skilled worker with a 70s look. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... is the 107th day of the year (108th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... A blonde haired, very skilled worker with a 70s look. ... University Hall is a 8,457-seat multi-purpose arena in Charlottesville, Virginia. ... The University of Virginia (also called U.Va. ... Holiday Inn is a brand name applied to hotels within the InterContinental Hotels Group. ... For other uses, see Hotel (disambiguation). ... Charlottesville is an independent city located within the confines of Albemarle County in the Commonwealth of Virginia, United States, and named after Princess Sophia Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, the wife of King George III of England. ... ... Linguistics is the scientific study of language, which can be theoretical or applied. ... Hofstra University is a private institution of higher learning located in Hempstead, Long Island, New York (USA) founded in 1935 on the basis of the estate of wealthy lumber magnate William Hofstra and widow Kate Davidson. ... The Jewish Theological Seminary of America The Jewish Theological Seminary of America, known in the Jewish community simply as JTS, is the academic and spiritual center of Conservative Judaism, and is the movements main rabbinical seminary. ... This article is about the band Green Day. ...


The band remains well-known for their tracks on the Grease soundtrack, including "Those Magic Changes", "Hound Dog", "Rock & Roll Is Here to Stay", "Blue Moon", "Born to Hand-Jive" and "Tears on My Pillow", the song "Sandy" sung by John Travolta for which Screamin' Scott Simon wrote the lyrics, and for their appearance in the Woodstock movie as well as the more recent Festival Express. Grease is 1978s original motion picture soundtrack. ... Hound Dog is a twelve-bar blues recorded in of two versions that demonstrate the transition from rhythm and blues to rock and roll. ... Cover of sheet music for Blue Moon arranged by Jeff Funk, scored by SATB choir, and published by Alfred Publishing Co. ... A different song entitled Tears on My Pillow was a #1 British hit for Johnny Nash in 1975. ... Woodstock (subtitled 3 Days of Peace & Music) is a 1970 documentary on the Woodstock Festival in 1969. ... Poster from the movie Festival Express The Festival Express was a 1970 tour of Canada by several musical acts, including The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, and The Band. ...


Members included

  • Rob Leonard
  • Lennie Baker
  • Jon "Bowzer" Bauman
  • Johnny Contardo
  • Frederick "Dennis" Greene
  • Jocko Marcellino
  • Screamin' Scott Simon
  • Donny York
  • 'Dirty Dan' McBride
  • Dave "Chico" Ryan
  • Scott Powell

Lennie Baker was born on April 18, 1946, in Whitman, Massachusetts. ... Jon Bowzer Bauman in 2000 Jon Bowzer Bauman (born September 14, 1947 in Brooklyn, New York) was a member of the band Sha Na Na and a one-time game show host. ... Johnny Contardo is best known as former lead singer with the musical group, Sha Na Na. ... Frederick Dennis Greene was born January 11, 1949, in New York, New York. ... Jocko, now starting his fourth decade with Sha Na Na, was the first to walk onstage “greased and ready to rock n roll” in 1969. ... Dave Chico Ryan was born David-Allen Ryan on April 9, 1948, in Arlington, Massachusetts. ... Scott Powell was born in Dallas, Texas, on August 13, 1948. ...

Gallery

The Bowzer.
The Bowzer, April 2000.


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Trivia

  • Two former members of Sha Na Na would go on to join Bill Haley and His Comets in the late 1970s: David "Chico" Ryan and Mal Gray.

The original members of Bill Haley and His Comets, c. ...

See also

  • List of artists who died of drug-related causes

The following is a list of notable people who have died from drug-related causes. ...

External links


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