SHA NA NA COLUMBIA GRADS RETURN FOR
CONCERT AFTER 47 YEARS 11 OF
THE WOODSTOCK PERFORMERS REUNITE
As part of the Columbia University Alumni weekend celebration, SHA
NA NA returns for a performance on campus forty –seven years after
their debut there in 1969.
Sha Na Na, a spin-off of the Columbia Kingsmen singing group, went on
to worldwide acclaim performing at the original WOODSTOCK FESTIVAL, in
the mega hit film: GREASE, and their own TV series: THE SHA NA NA
On June 3rd, the current show brings Ivy League doo-woppers back to
where it all began: Donny York (class of ’71), Jocko Marcellino (class
of ’72) and Screamin’ Scott Simon (class of ’70).
SHA NA NA ALUMNI- WHAT THEY DID
AFTER LEAVING SNN
Robert A. Leonard Ph.
D., is Professor of Linguistics, Director of the Graduate
Program in Forensic Linguistics, and Director of the Institute for
Forensic Linguistics, Threat Assessment and Strategic Analysis at
Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.
Scott Powell (aka “Santini”) is a
Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon, and founded Stetson Powell
Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in Los Angeles. Powell is Team
Physician for the United States Soccer Federation Women’s National
Team, and is on the medical staffs of both the U.S. Soccer National
Elliot Cahn was the group’s original
rhythm guitar player and musical arranger. Later he became the first
manager of GREEN DAY. He is an entertainment attorney in Berkeley, CA.
Alan Cooper, SNN’s original bass
singer, is now the provost of the Jewish Theological Seminary of
America (JTS), an academic institution that teaches Jewish Studies and
one of the centers for Conservative Judaism.
Dave Garrett - Original Sha Na Na vocalist owned Bendix Mouldings for
35 years and has recently retired splitting his time between New York
is currently a class-action litigator for a law firm in New York City.
Joe Witkin was the original keyboard
player and singer of “Teenager in Love” on their first album. Dr.
Witkin was an ER physician (now retired) who did his internship and
residency at UCSD. He worked at Scripps Hospital East County and at
Sharp Grossmont Hospital in the San Diego area.
Bruce "Bruno" Clarke is Paul
Whitfield Horn Professor of Literature and Science and Chair of the
Department of English at Texas Tech University.
lead guitar, moved to Nashville. Wrote, sang and had a hit: “Shannon”
CURRENT SHA NA NA MEMBERS WHO
ARE COLUMBIA GRADS
founding member, appeared with the group at the WOODSTOCK FESTIVAL, in
the movie GREASE and the SHA NA NA TV SHOW. Jocko earned both a B.A.
from Columbia and a Masters in Drama from New York University.
His acting credits include television’s “Veronica Mars”, “NYPD Blue”,
“Alley McBeal”, “The Tiger Woods Story”, “Herman’s Head”, “Good
Advice”, ”18 Wheels of Justice”, “The Invisible Man”, “Amazing
Stories” and the “Gary Shandling Show”. His film credits include: "Rainman",
"National Security" and "Hot To Trot". Jocko has also written and
performed songs for the films "Rainman", "That's Life" and "The Night
Of The Comet"; and television shows “Law & Order: Special Victims
Unit”, "The Office", "Terriers", "Castle", "Kath & Kim", "Parks and
Recreation” Jocko has produced Sha Na Na's last five CDs.
Screamin’ Scott Simon has been an
integral part of Sha Na Na’s popularity since 1970 as a
multi-instrumentalist musician (from keyboards to guitar and bass) and
prolific songwriter. His best-known composition, “Sandy” was sung by
John Travolta in the hit movie Grease. Two other songs of his have
made the billboard Hot 100, “Top Forty” and “Only One Song” both on
the group’s “ Sha Na Na” (Gold Boots) album. Scott composed “Wrestling
Tonight” performed by Sha Na Na for the 1985 film Grunt The Wrestling
Movie, and recorded a solo album on Rolling Rock Records,
“Transmissions from Space.” He also self-produced the original “Boomer
Humor” CD by his side-band, Hong Kong Tailor and the Prom Kings.
Raised in Kansas City, Missouri, Scott lives in Los Angeles, He is
married and has two fabulous daughters.
Donny York is a native of Idaho and a 1971 graduate of
Columbia, where he co-founded Sha Na Na. He is a veteran of Woodstock,
the movie Grease and The Sha Na Na TV Show. Donny penned a song on an
early road tour, urging establishment of a “Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.”
He later performed the song on Sha Na Na’s hit TV series. Finally, his
prophecy came true with the opening of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
in Cleveland in 1995. He also worked with Pat Boone on the latter’s
memoir Pat Boone’s America, 50 Years. Says Donny, "Rock 'n' roll has
nothing to do with a generation gap any more. Today, it's really a