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Sha Na Na may not have invented rock nostalgia, but Sha Na Na has successfully – very successfully – celebrated the music and the memories for the past three decades...in clubs and in concert, in the movies and on TV, and on record.
Sha Na Na's story is an all-encompassing one: they were in the original Woodstock Festival lineup, starred in "Grease" (the most successful movie musical), hosted the "Sha Na Na" TV series for four years, and still play more than 100 concerts a year, from state fairs, performing art centers, casino showrooms to mega corporate functions world wide.
Sha Na Na really know how to Sha Na Na. And through it all – flower power, hard rock, metal music, disco, hip hop, rap and more – Sha Na Na remains true to the original concept: rock'n'roll is here to stay!
Sha Na Na means Sha Na Na. The Sha Na Na story begins oddly for a group that, in appearance, runs the gamut from greaser to gold lame. Attired in turtleneck and blue blazers, the nucleus of Sha Na Na were undergraduate members of The Kingsmen, a glee club ensemble at New York's Columbia University that used to perform a cappella versions of 50s rock songs as part of the performances.
These proved very popular and eventually rock'n'roll took over, instruments were added and Sha Na Na – the name comes from the 50s Silhouettes' hit, "Get A Job" – was born.
Sha Na Na and the hippies...Heard of Woodstock?
Sha Na Na partying with dirty hippies, who woulda thunk it?!?! If the original 1969 Woodstock Festival was a defining moment in rock history, it was also a defining moment in the history of Sha Na Na. The group's appearance – only the seventh in Sha Na Na's career, followed by the Woodstock album and movie, cemented their reputation and style. "We went on second to last, at sunrise on the final day, but, importantly, just before Jimi Hendrix," recalls co-founder, drummer Jocko Marcellino. "We did 40 minutes and were paid $300...and the check bounced!"
Sha Na Na was the only group at Woodstock without a record deal. Immediately afterwards, they had one and today the group has released more than 25 albums in total, with worldwide sales of more than 20 million.
TV was another important step for the group...
Sha Na Na taped 97 episodes of the Sha Na Na music variety shows from 1977 to 1981 that were seen – and still can be – in worldwide syndication. The shows, which featured Sha Na Na's music, plus the group in comedy skits with special guests, further established the group's credentials as a part of the landscape of rock'n'roll America.
Sha Na Na were always greasers. "Grease: The Movie" became another significant building block in the Sha Na Na story. The group appeared in the 1979 musical, as Johnny Casino and the Gamblers, and contributed to the original music score with six Sha Na Na versions of rock classics and one original song, "Sandy," co-written by Screamin' Scott Simon for John Travolta to sing. (Between takes, Travolta also sang a little doo-wop with the group.)
The accompanying "Grease" soundtrack album was a major hit, Grammy-nominated and certified eight times platinum.
And it still makes an impact for Sha Na Na...
Sha Na Na have has wprked non-stop for the past three decades throughout the world – from Carnegie Hall to the Grand Ole Opry, in Asia and in Africa, Paris to London to Tokyo – Sha Na Na has had some interesting unknown performers opening for their shows. Such as: Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Billy Crystal, Steve Martin and Jay Leno!
Sha Na Na have always been a "live" band. Live performances remain at the heart of Sha Na Na. Whether it is those girl scouts or their baby boomer parents, the reaction to the group is the same – the discovery of a common joy in the music from a time when part of the world was "greased and ready to rock."
Sha Na Na 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", and for their appearance in the Woodstock movie.
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