Lennie Baker (1946 - 2016)
By: Legacy Staff
2 years ago
Lennie Baker, lead vocalist on Sha Na Na’s hit, “Blue Moon,” died after a brief hospitalization on February 24, 2016, according to The Associated Press. He was 69.
Baker played saxophone and sang for the New York City doo-wop group Sha Na Na from 1970 to 1999. He was the lead vocalist on their version of “Blue Moon,” which was featured in the 1978 movie “Grease.”
He was a member of the group during their heyday as hosts of the “Sha Na Na” syndicated variety TV show. Their colorful costumes, comical and high-energy renditions of classic 1950s rock ‘n’ roll were at the forefront of a wave of 1950s nostalgia that swept the 1970s. The highly rated show ran from 1977 to 1981.
Baker continued to appear and tour with the group until his retirement in 2000, when he moved to Martha’s Vineyard.
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