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Sha Na Na 

A comedy variety show featuring the retro rock and roll group.
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1980   1979   1978   1977  
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Sha-Na-Na ...  Themselves 96 episodes, 1977-1980
Suze Lanier-Bramlett ...  Herself 24 episodes, 1978
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Storyline

A themed variety show, in which the skits and music centered around Sha Na Na (a '50s-style "greaser" rock band) and the neighborhood in which they lived (an unidentified inner city neighborhood reminiscent of the Bronx). Written by Afterburner <aburner@erols.com>

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Official Sites:

Shanana

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1977 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(97 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

When the group performed at the original Woodstock Music Festival in 1969, Jocko Marcellino was the youngest performer to appear onstage. See more »

Quotes

Jon 'Bowzer' Bauman: [Closing line for every show.] Good night, and grease for peace.
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Connections

Referenced in The Simpsons: D'oh-in' in the Wind (1998) See more »

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ROCK & ROLL IS HERE TO STAY (along with a little comedy thrown in)
22 June 2008 | by Little-MikeySee all my reviews

How odd it is that some people still think that Sha Na Na emerged and made their mark on the movie GREASE which later led to this short lived variety show.

Before GREASE (1978), HAPPY DAYS (1974) and American Graffiti (1973), there was Sha Na Na, who formed in 1968 and played in Woodstock in 1969. They also had a slew of singles and 3 albums to their credit before their label (Kama Sutra) released THE GOLDEN AGE OF ROCK 'N' ROLL on a 2-album set in 1973.

Flash Cadillac & the Continental Kids may had appeared on American Graffiti and in 1975 as Fish & the Fins on HAPPY DAYS. But they got there by pretty much copying the style of Sha Na Na! While I was not too wild about variety shows nor was I too wild about acts that would lipsinque, Sha Na Na were the exception to the rule. Their blend of comedy and music made their variety show a hit with their fan base, which also included us critics out there on the fringe, drawn to their brand of entertainment, like a moth to a light. Even my mother, whose teenage years were spent during the "big band era" (and not a fan of rock & roll) enjoyed this show.

One classic performance was a version of "A Lover's Question" (by Clyde McPhatter-1958/Atlantic Records). The setting looked like something out of THE WEST SIDE STORY. And each of the members was sitting on a window sill or on a fire escape! Classic rock 'n' roll as we like to remember it! Grease for peace!!!


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