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Greaser’s Passing: “Chico” Ryan Dead

Sha Na Na’s “Chico” Ryan dead at 50

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.


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