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Lennie Baker (1946 - 2016)

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Lennie Baker (1946 - 2016)

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.

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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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