Sha Na Na John Jocko Marcellino

Sha Na Na John Jocko Marcellino

Sha Na Na John Jocko Marcellino

Happy birthday
May 12, 1950

Sha Na Na

Sha Na Na John Jocko Marcellino

Most Boomers have heard of Sha Na Na and remember their successful late 70's TV show, but young visitors to the Museum at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts not only don't recognize the name, they don't associate the band with Woodstock. Hendrix, of course. Sha Na Na? Never heard of them.

Not many had heard of the band made up of Columbia University undergrads before that famous August 1969 weekend in Bethel, NY either. And most weren't there to hear the band on Monday morning.

Sha Na Na was there, though. They "opened" for Jimi Hendrix, an acquaintance and apparently the person who punched their ticket to Woodstock.

Sha Na Na John Jocko Marcellino

You can win some bar bets by asking who the youngest person to play at Woodstock was? Those who have an answer will often reply, "Santana's drummer, Michael Shrieve. Country Joe McDonald boost that belief dozens of times each day during the repeating movie in the entrance to the Main Gallery at Bethel Wood's Museum.

McDonald is wrong. It's John Jocko Marcellino, Sha Na Na's drummer. Born May 12, 1950.

Post Woodstock

Sha Na Na John Jocko Marcellino

For five years after Woodstock, the band toured and then landed the aforementioned TV show. It had an eight-year run. 

In 1978 they appeared in Grease, the wildly popular film adaptation of the rock’n’roll revival musical.

In addition to that movie, Marcellino has appeared in many others, including Rain Man. Check out his IMDB page.

Lately

Sha Na Na John Jocko Marcellino

Jocko continues to be in music and perform with his own band that departs from doo wop and believes in the blues. He released an album (“Funky Chicken” heard above) called Make It Simple.

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