|Genres:||Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||rock oldies 60s jazz pop classic rock improvisation pop rock american soul experimental soundtrack funk swing one hit wonder psychedelic|
|Decades:||1960s 1970s 2000s|
Formed in 1969 in Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA, Steam recorded a single, Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye, that went to number 1 in the US during 1969. The group had roots in an early 60s band called the Chateaus, which recorded a number of singles for Coral Records and Warner Brothers Records which were unsuccessful. Two of the members of that band, pianist Paul Leka and drummer Gary DeCarlo, met up again in 1969, the year after Leka had co-written the hit Green Tambourine for the Lemon Pipers. Leka then went to work for Mercury Records; he and DeCarlo teamed up with another ex-Chateau, Dale Frashuer, to update the song that became Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye, which they had written in 1961. They had not intended to let the finished version with the na na hey hey chorus go out as a finished product, but Mercury released it on its Fontana subsidiary. The group quickly adapted the name Steam and watched as the single...