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SHA NA NA

I freakin' hated the Sha Na Na syndicated series (1977-1981) that ran in the 1970s, I think it was the overbearing fake laugh track that bugged me most, that and the over acting. It seemed at a glance to be too contrived so I never gave it a chance. Fifties music wasn't real high on my Hit Parade either.

I realize now that, like Hee Haw, this production hosted an amazing array of musical guest stars, especially singers from the neglected era of fifties pop and doo wop. Thankfully the shows look like they exist somewhere, clips are on You Tube. Here are some examples of the great retro-tunes the series had to offer.

An incredibly versatile group, each member could sing the lead vocals, here it's Johnny Contaro doing 'Just Like Romeo and Juliet'.


With guest Teresa Brewer singing 'New Orleans'.

 

A good portion of an entire episode of Sha Na Na with do wop artist Little Anthony.

 

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