Spearheading the US rock n roll revivalism that began in the late 60s, Sha Na Na evolved from the Columbia University vocal group the Columbia Kingsmen, formed by brothers George and Robert Leonard. Taking their new name from a line in the Silhouettes hit song Get A Job, the groups repertoire was derived exclusively from the 50s, with a choreographed stage act that embraced a jiving contest for audience participants. Looking the anachronistic part - gold lame, brilliantine cockades, drainpiped hosiery et al - the line-up in their early years included vocalists Robert Leonard, Alan Cooper, Scott Powell, Johnny Contardo, Frederick Denny Greene (11 January 1949, USA), Donny York and Richard Ritchie Joffe; guitarists Chris Donald aka Vinnie Taylor (d. 19 April 1974), Elliot Cahn and Henry Gross; pianists Joseph Witkin, Screamin Scott Simon and John Bauzer Bauman (b. 14 September 1947, Queens, New...
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