Sha Na Na - Group of musicians and singers who
specialize in the Rock and Roll classics of the 1950s and early 1960s.
Sha Na Na (formerly "The Kingsmen") was formed in 1969 by 12
students from Columbia University. Taking their act on the road they
parlayed their love for the 1950s into a professional act and
finally into the successful syndicated musical variety program SHA
NA NA/SYN/1977-81. The backdrop of the show was a New York Street
filled with brownstone row homes.
Members of the rock troupe included:
- Jon "Bowzer" Bauman
- Lennie Baker
- Johnny Contardo
- Frederick "Dennis" Greene (the group's only black member)
- "Dirty Dan" McBride
- John "Jocko" Marcellino
- Dave "Chico" Ryan
- "Screamin' Scott" Simon
- Tony Santini (Scott Powell)
- Donald "Donny" York
Sha Na Na derived their name from the background chorus of the classic
1958 song "Get a Job" by the Silhouettes where the repetitive words "Sha Na
Na" are heard.
This group of happy-go-lucky street toughs closed each show with the
words "Grease for Peace."
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