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There are at least two bands and a DJ known as “Steam”:

1. Steam (band) was a pop-rock music group best known for the 1969 number one hit song and perennial favorite “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye”. The song was written and recorded by studio musicians Garrett Scott, Dale Frashuer, and producer/writer Paul Leka at Mercury studios in New York City. The single was attributed to the band “Steam,” although at the time there was actually no group of that name. When “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye” topped the pop charts, Paul Leka quickly assembled a band to send out on tour as “Steam. ” When that band broke up almost immediately, a second group was signed and toured as “Steam.” Paul Leka and the studio group recorded the first album and two additional singles. The second Steam group recorded the band’s final two-sided release and, after a year-long national tour, disbanded in 1970.

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DeCarlo, Frashuer and Leka were members of a Bridgeport, Connecticut band called the Chateaus. As the Chateaus, they recorded some failed 45s in the early 1960s for Coral and Warner Bros. The trio separated but kept in touch. Leka became a tunesmith with Circle Five Productions and, in 1967, he wrote and produced the Lemon Pipers’ “Green Tambourine” and other Pipers’ numbers with Shelley Pinz.

In 1969, Leka, who was working at Mercury Records, convinced the label’s A & R man, Bob Reno, to sign on his old Chateaus’ bandmate and solo artist, Gary DeCarlo. With Leka producing, DeCarlo recorded four singles, all of which Reno thought would do well issued as an A-side. To fill up the B-side of the first single, DeCarlo and Leka were asked to cut a throwaway flip side.

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