Thursday, October 6, 2016

1977-1981 Sha Na Na

Sha Na Na is an American rock and roll group. The name is taken from a part of the long series of nonsense syllables in the doo-wop hit song "Get a Job", originally recorded in 1957 by the Silhouettes. Billing themselves as "from the streets of New York" and outfitted in gold lamé, leather jackets, pompadour and ducktail hairdos, Sha Na Na performs a song and dance repertoire of classic fifties rock and roll, simultaneously reviving and parodying the music and 1950s New York street culture.

Sha Na Na hosted the Sha Na Na syndicated variety series that ran from 1977 to 1981. It was among the most watched programs in syndication during its run. The members of Sha Na Na during the TV series were Jon 'Bowzer' Bauman (vocals), Lennie Baker (sax), Johnny Contardo (vocals), Frederick 'Dennis' Greene (vocals), 'Dirty Dan' McBride (guitar) (left after third season), Jocko Marcellino (drums), Dave Ryan ('chico') (bass), 'Screamin' Scott Simon (piano), Scott 'Santini' Powell (vocals), Donald 'Donny' York (vocals). Each was introduced only by his nickname or his first name in a voice-over by Myers at the beginning of each show.

Their current touring group features original members Donny York and Jocko Marcellino, and long-time member Screamin' Scott Simon. Everyone else from the original band and TV show has since departed. Current band members include bassist Tim Butler, guitarist Gene Jaramillo, drummer Paul Kimbarow, and sax player Michael Brown.

Here are Halloween related skits and music from the series. I used to watch this when I was a kid, I don't remember it being so awful. You can watch a lot more skits at Foofsmom's YouTube account.

Monster Mash skit with classic monsters:

Green Door skit with aliens in a bar:

Purple People Eater skit:

Jocko, Scott, Bowzer and Santini singing Silvery Moon:

Bowzer and Jocko in the graveyard skit:

Monster Mash Olympics from their back to the 50's party video:

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