He sang and played bass in one of the most popular novelty acts
this side ofthe Village People. He was an international television
star, and looked swellin a black motorcycle jacket and slicked-back
hair. He was David Allen "Chico"Ryan of the retro-rock act Sha Na
Na, and he passed away Sunday, July 26, inBoston of undisclosed
causes. He was fifty years-old.
Ryan joined the group in 1973, four years too late for their gig
at theoriginal Woodstock, but in plenty of time for their 1977-1981
hit televisionseries and appearance in 1978's Grease.
Prior to joining the Na, Ryanwas a member of New Jersey's the
Happenings, who had two Top 10 hits to theirname: "See You in
September" in 1966 and "I Got Rhythm" in 1967.