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(WBJB)   Members of Sha-Na-Na lobby NJ to pass Anti-Imposter Law. In other news members of Sha-Na-Na are still alive   (wbjb.org) divider line 68
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2007-01-09 09:40:51 AM
www.doctorgrooveband.com
 
2007-01-09 10:33:51 AM
You know what really kills me every time I hear about Sha Na Na (not often, admittedly)?

They performed at Woodstock.

WTF? Were they on between Sonny & Cher and the Mongolian plate-spinners?
 
2007-01-09 10:53:12 AM
One of the former members is a professor at Texas Tech. My singular claim to fame is that I have performed in a band in public with a person who was on the stage at Woodstock...(The Woodstock not that 1999 crap)

It wasn't pretty, but it was fun. I can do a mean LA Woman...
 
2007-01-09 11:06:43 AM
Little known fact: a man by the name of Bill Brasky named the band Sha Na Na. They did not want to be called that.

/Bowzer for President!
 
2007-01-09 11:06:46 AM
So what one hit wonder song was done by Sha Na Na again?
 
2007-01-09 11:08:21 AM
Sha Na Na were the kings of Woodstock. Deep in your heart you know it's true.
 
2007-01-09 11:08:45 AM
Sha Na Na were the kings of Woodstock
You know it's true deep in your heart
Greasy guys in gold lamae
If only Hendrix had been so smart
Pete Townshend wouldn't be so deaf
If he had followed Sha Na Na's advice
and played some fifties do-wop songs
That even your mom would think are nice

Keith and Janis went away
But Sha Na Na are here to stay
I don't care about Joan Baez
But Sha Na Na can wear my fez

Sha Na Na were the kings of the sixties
Deep in your heart you know it's true
All those lids are Berkley dressed like Bowser
They didn't like the Stones or the Who
Sha Na Na didn't need no flower power
They didn't drive a yellow submarine
But they were the ones who called the shots
Yeah, Sha Na na really made the scene

Sha Na Na..killed Kennedy
Sha Na Na..stabbed that guy at Altamont
Sha Na Na..started the Peace Corps
Sha Na Na..were the first astronauts
Sha Na Na..grew organic food
Sha Na Na..led student sit-ins
Sha Na Na..joined the Black Panthers
Sha Na Na..never seemed to fit in

You can move to Montana and listen to Santana
But you still won't be as cool as Sha Na Na
 
2007-01-09 11:09:07 AM
Damn you thesilverone damn you!

/beat me to it
 
2007-01-09 11:09:09 AM
no more elvis impersonators in NJ? what are they thinking?
 
2007-01-09 11:09:42 AM
Didn't they have a TV variety show back in the 70's?
 
2007-01-09 11:10:38 AM
"Brasky named the group Sha-Na-Na. They did NOT want to be called that."
 
2007-01-09 11:12:37 AM
First live show I ever saw:
Sha Na Na at the Auditorium in Chicago.
1974 or '75
 
2007-01-09 11:12:38 AM
In other news, the Beatles quietly leave Pennsylvania.
 
2007-01-09 11:13:14 AM
m0ondoggy: is your name a reference to Eureka SeveN, or just a coincidence?
 
2007-01-09 11:13:51 AM
New Jersey's Senate has passed a bill to prohibit imposter bands. Members of Sha Na Na and The Drifters had lobbied lawmakers to pass the law.

Ironic because most of the members of those bands are now imposters. Bowzer left Sha Na Na in the 80's btw.
 
2007-01-09 11:15:01 AM
New Jersey, eh?

So that's where the NYC Mystery Stank came from - Eau d' Sha Na Na.
 
2007-01-09 11:16:29 AM
Please. This thread are stop
 
2007-01-09 11:16:43 AM
Is this really necessary? Are people really pretending to be members of Sha-Na-Na so often that a law must be passed? What the hell is going on?
 
2007-01-09 11:16:48 AM
 
2007-01-09 11:17:00 AM
So it WASN'T the brown acid...
 
2007-01-09 11:17:10 AM
FoWayHo

New Jersey, eh?

So that's where the NYC Mystery Stank came from - Eau d' Sha Na Na.


Nah it came from Secaucus. I blame old Steamboat Alley contestants who died over there.

/why did they put Mario Cantone in charge of that show?
 
2007-01-09 11:17:12 AM
TIS FARKED!
 
2007-01-09 11:18:35 AM
PLAY SOME SHA-NA-NA
static.flickr.com
wheres the drarft booth?
 
2007-01-09 11:19:38 AM
I could support an Anti-Bloated-White-Jumpsuit-Elvis law. Leather-Jacket-Young-Elvis impersonators are far too rare.
 
2007-01-09 11:20:08 AM
AgentOrangeDrink

Oddly enough there are a lot of DooWop bands in Jersey. I just think cuz there's a lot of Wops there.

/zing!!!!!!
//thank you, I'll be here all week.
 
2007-01-09 11:20:40 AM
The law's a good idea. There's a lot of oldies musicians whose bands got screwed by record companies back in the day, and nowadays they get undercut by these knockoff acts.

/tell your folks that drifters show they're going to next weekend is probably bullshiat
 
2007-01-09 11:21:29 AM
And "Dennie" is now Professor Dennis Greene of the University of Dayton School of Law. The school is known for a concentration on intellectual property law.

Sha Na Na was the only group performing at Woodstock who were not signed to a record contract. They performed just before Hendrix.
 
2007-01-09 11:21:56 AM
What does GOD need with a starship?

/Oh... Sha-NA-NA... I thought you said Sha-Ka-Ree. %)
 
2007-01-09 11:23:23 AM
I think these guys are imposters, there is no way members of Sha-na-na are still alive.
 
2007-01-09 11:24:24 AM
Another little known fact, Bowzer attended The Juilliard School of music at age 12 and became an accomplished classical pianist. He also graduated Magna Cum Laude from Columbia College in New York.

...and he played the dumb one in the band.
 
2007-01-09 11:25:30 AM
Sean-na-na?
www.dotshop.se
 
2007-01-09 11:26:33 AM
AgentOrangeDrink: Is this really necessary? Are people really pretending to be members of Sha-Na-Na so often that a law must be passed? What the hell is going on?

Not just Sha Na Na...all the original groups from the 50's, like the Coasters, the Platters, the Drifters, etc. When you see these groups roll through your town, there is a fair chance that there is not a single original member in the group. Often, the only claim to the name is that one guy was hired as a replacement in the 60's or 70's, and he left and formed his own group, using the name.

It actually harms the original guys in that many of them have no secure retirement, and they're still performing, and competing against imposters.
 
2007-01-09 11:27:58 AM
Here's a snapshot of the '70s.
Sha-na-na meet the Unknown Comic.

www.shanana.com

/could use Willie Tyler and Lester.
 
2007-01-09 11:28:09 AM
You should read the Wikipedia entry for The Drifters. It will be one of the most confusing things you'll ever read. There have been about 23 different versions of The Drifters (low estimate).

This is just from 1983 to 1996:

Fredricks, Lewis, and Price left in 1983 and were replaced by the returning Johnny Moore, Joe Blunt, and Clyde Brown. In 1986, the group changed all of its members- the new lineup was made up of three former members, Ray Lewis, Billy Lewis, Louis Price, and new member Jonah Ellis. The next year more former members came in as replacements, making the group Moore, Billy and Ray Lewis, and Gene Jenkins (replaced shortly after by George Chandler, then John Thurston). Ray Lewis was out in 1988, and was replaced by Joe Cofie. In 1989, Billy Lewis left, and replaced by the returning George Chandler, then Tony Jackson, Keith John, and finally Peter Lamaar in 1990.

Thurston was out at the end of the year and was replaced by Roy Hemmings. Patrick Alan was in for Lamaar briefly. Lamaar left completely in 1991 and was replaced by Rohan Delano Turney. This lineup lasted until 1996, when Cofie was out and Jason Leigh was in. Leigh was replaced after two years by the returning Peter Lamaar.
 
2007-01-09 11:28:21 AM
Sha na na, that was the first concert I went to. 1979, i was 3 years old. saw them at circle star in redwood city, ca (no longer there, i think its now a bestbuy / REI).

::sigh::

(get a job)
 
2007-01-09 11:28:58 AM
On a semi related note, I sat around this past Wednesday and played board games with Corey Wells from Three Dog Night.
 
2007-01-09 11:30:00 AM
AgentOrangeDrink: Are people really pretending to be members of Sha-Na-Na so often that a law must be passed?

Some sex offender was claiming to be Bowzer from Sha-Na-Na to take part in a fund raiser for abused children, hence the headline.
 
2007-01-09 11:32:10 AM
Oh and about "Bowzer"....he was performing on a cruise I took two years ago. A friend met him on the elevator, and my friend wasn't American. Bowzer, in regular clothes, not stage leathers, pulled a "don't you know who I am?"

Then he did the open-mouth bicep flex pose, right in the elevator.

www.doctorgrooveband.com

My friend thought that he was nuts. Later he saw that Bowzer was performing on the ship.

"Hey, I met that guy, what a tool!"
 
2007-01-09 11:32:18 AM
Verdelak: On a semi related note, I sat around this past Wednesday and played board games with Corey Wells from Three Dog Night.

So, when he rolled a one, did you...?
 
2007-01-09 11:37:20 AM
 
2007-01-09 11:38:37 AM
rocinante721: You Win.


Earguy: Non-americans are tools for not knowing the glory of Bowzer. ALL HAIL!


/that guy was my hero when I was 5.
 
2007-01-09 11:39:54 AM
laebshade: m0ondoggy: is your name a reference to Eureka SeveN, or just a coincidence?

My friends in high school named me that because I would always moon the monitors out the back window of my friends cherokee as we were leaving school grounds. The monitors didn't know my face, but they knew my ass.
 
2007-01-09 11:43:16 AM
Bowser was in Memphis a couple of months ago when he was playing the casino's in Tunica. He shocked everybody by playing classical piano on one of the morning programs. He's showing a some of the years but seems to have fun doing his act.
A lot of the "rip-off" acts play the gambling venues so I have about given up getting excited when I hear one of the old groups is touring through.
Reading this story brings to mind the whole deal with John Fogerty and what the record companies and such did to him for so many years.
 
2007-01-09 11:47:11 AM
Guess who eats together at the Carnegie Deli?
Bowser from Sha Na Na and Arthur Fonzerelli!
 
2007-01-09 11:49:07 AM
bobsuncle: He shocked everybody by playing classical piano on one of the morning programs.

Did he do it in the middle of his Bowzer schtick? 'Cause that would be hilarious.
 
2007-01-09 11:51:30 AM
I saw Sha na na back in the 70's. I thought it was a pretty good show. I liked do wop music and used to own the Hot Socks 8 track and play in in my 69 Judge.

/am old
/old nerd
/get off my lawn
 
2007-01-09 12:04:06 PM
I just came here to see how many posts before someone posted the Dead Milkmen song and made my day. Thanks m0ondoggy.
 
2007-01-09 12:11:19 PM
In 1989 I went to a kinda large wharehouse club in Chicago called Erics North. They were having a Naughty Nighty contest. One of the judges there was Bowzer. It seemed like an alcohol fueled nightmare but it's true......

//Slashys
**Bowzers
 
2007-01-09 12:14:52 PM
Although Bowzer is the most recognizable member of Sha-na-na, he was not one of the original members.
 
2007-01-09 12:18:47 PM
Hawk24

Although Bowzer is the most recognizable member of Sha-na-na, he was not one of the original members.

The more you know!
Do-do-do-do
 
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