Tenor Dave Garrett

Tenor Dave Garrett

Dave Garrett is not David Garrett (born David Bongartz, 1981 Sept 4 in Aachen, Germany),  a classical violinist and recording artist, though a Last FM link  for Sha Na Na article suggests that.

Woodstock Dave

This Dave Garrett was a vocalist with Sha Na Na and performed with them at Woodstock.

At the time, Rolling Stone magazine said that he was from Brooklyn and the “…first tenor…majoring in electrical engineering, due to a masochistic philosophy.” 

Tenor Dave Garrett

Bendix Mouldings

He also, according to his bio at the Sha Na Na dot com site, “owned Bendix Mouldings for 35 years and has recently retired splitting his time between New York and Florida.

Dave was with the band from its inception in 1969 and only through 1970.

On June 3, 2016 eleven of the dozen Woodstock performers were part of the Columbia University Alumni weekend celebration. Member Frederick “Dennis” Greene had died  in 2015.

A George Leonard site article described Dave Garrett as “…a mountainous figure with a pure tenor.”

Here he is doing “Little Darlin’.”

Tenor Dave Garrett

Earth Sound

Tenor Dave Garrett

A Revolvy site article states that Garrett, “ran Earth Sound Research, a Long Island-based musical instrument amplifier company, during the 1970s.” The Farmingdale company closed in the early ’80s.  It may have closed because of  its use of very similar design to Peavey amps.

Tenor Dave Garrett

2016 gig

Hofstra University celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2016 and Sha Na Na was there as part of that celebration.  The San Diego Tribune has a picture of members rehearsing for that gig


If anyone has anything more about Dave, please comment. He deserves more than a few links that all seem to end with that he is in business in New York City.

Methinks there’s more.

Tenor Dave Garrett

7 thoughts on “Tenor Dave Garrett”

  1. Dave and Mark were great guys to work for, Dave was more the businessman in the office and Mark was all over the factory.
    Manny was in charge of production and Walter ran the wood shop I cut vinyl that wrapped the cabnets and sprayed black stain to darken exposed areas. Eddie was the test gutarest and was an awesome dude. And then the Union 221 came in and made things better like a good spray mask gave us a $2.00 raise of which we got 10 cents but that was ok. I miss it, Dave was great!

  2. The singing man in gold-lame suit in the picture above, is not D. Garret: it’s Scott Powell (Sha Na Na original member and woodstock performer), a.k.a. (for a while) Captain Outrageous a.k.a. (specially) Tony Santini.

    And I think the picture it was taken from a video of the Sha Na Na TV show.

  3. Dave Garrett left Sha-Na-Na for a more stable career. He became an architect and retired to Florida. His featured number in Sha-Na-Na was “Alley Oop”

  4. I sold machines to Dave Garrett when he owned Bendix Mouldings. I also helped him set up a photo frame manufacturing within that business.
    Dave was a great customer to work with. He was a very good businessman also and had several successful businesses.

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