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The group began singing as part of the longstanding Columbia University a cappella group The Kingsmen, but changed their name due to the Pacific Northwest group of the same name, famous for covering “Louie, Louie”. Conceived by George Leonard, then a graduate student in Humanities, Sha Na Na began performing in 1969, at the height of the hippie counterculture, and achieved national fame after playing at the Woodstock Festival, where they preceded Jimi Hendrix. Their 90-second appearance in the Woodstock film brought the group national attention and helped spark a 1950s nostalgia craze, inspiring similar groups both in North America and in the United Kingdom, as well as the Broadway musical Grease and the TV show, Happy Days.[1]

The degree to which their act was truly nostalgic, as opposed to the degree to which it was “invented nostalgia”, has, however, been called into question.[2]

The group appeared in the movie Grease as Johnny Casino & The Gamblers. The group was also successful with its own hit syndicated television show Sha Na Na from 1977 to 1982, featuring guests such as James Brown, the popular 1970s punk rock band the Ramones and musicians from rock & roll’s golden era, such as Little Richard, Bo Diddley and Chubby Checker.

The original band line-up featured 12 performers: Alan Cooper (bass vocals), Rob Leonard (vocals), Frederick ‘Denny’ Greene (vocals), Henry Gross (guitar), John ‘Jocko’ Marcellino (drums)

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  • polisherci

    Those Magic Changes. ♥ [2]

    7 Nov 2013 Reply
  • bgk90

    yupyupyupyupbumbumbumbum get a job

    25 Apr 2013 Reply
  • StupidCupcake

    Those Magic Changes. ♥

    16 Feb 2013 Reply
  • juancarlos1993

    Qué salga sha na naaa! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-przmVe-rOc

    11 Sep 2012 Reply
  • galuhindi

    YAKETY YAK!

    3 Jul 2012 Reply
  • kellmsa

    Incriveis

    15 Apr 2012 Reply
  • pablo323

    im hippie and i love classic rock, but they were the weakest band on woodstock. i mean, they were shown in woodstock documentary but ccr, grateful dead, blind faith and other great bands were left out, not giving them a minute of performance. [3]

    14 Mar 2012 Reply
  • giarmstrong

    queria taaaanto no brasil. einh, einh? :(

    11 Aug 2011 Reply
  • linnguo

    im hippie and i love classic rock, but they were the weakest band on woodstock. i mean, they were shown in woodstock documentary but ccr, grateful dead, blind faith and other great bands were left out, not giving them a minute of performance. [2] it's fun to pretend

    16 Nov 2010 Reply
  • papua23

    pap pap pap pap parappappappappap

    10 Oct 2010 Reply
  • CCS_TOM

    Those Magic Changes <333333333

    24 Sep 2010 Reply
  • fanofchico

    If you're a fan of Chico's, check out www.chicoryan.com. It has videos, photos, and a lot of great information about him.

    27 Jul 2010 Reply
  • SilverPhial

    Credence and The Dead aren't in the Woodstock movie because they requested that their footage not appear in the film; Blind Faith did not appear at Woodstock. Sha Na Na were great.

    4 Jun 2010 Reply
  • RebeccaMA

    I had completely forgotten about this band until I heard it here. I used to watch the show as a kid, and I loved Bowser. Great show, and fun music!

    9 Feb 2010 Reply
  • le_dzedaj

    im hippie and i love classic rock, but they were the weakest band on woodstock. i mean, they were shown in woodstock documentary but ccr, grateful dead, blind faith and other great bands were left out, not giving them a minute of performance.

    9 Feb 2010 Reply
  • johnmicahrapp

    I'm making a theme song for every day of the year --- please check them out, and listen to each of them on the day for which they're written! http://www.last.fm/music/John+Micah+Rapp/Themes+by+John+Micah+Rapp

    18 Jan 2010 Reply
  • borntoitlejonet

    booorn to hand jive!

    23 Oct 2009 Reply
  • Reckless_Rebell

    I saw them live last month! :D

    5 May 2009 Reply
  • nicowave

    they were so rebels and funny

    4 Feb 2009 Reply
  • Wethand

    Pretty cool stuff! ^_^

    19 Jan 2009 Reply
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