Screamin’ Scott Simon
Screamin’ Scott Simon has played keyboards for the band Sha Na Na for 50 years and penned the song “Sandy” from the 1978 film Grease with Louis St. Louis. After graduating from Columbia University in 1970, the Kansas City, Missouri native joined the doo-wop icons playing keyboards and piano. Despite Sha Na Na’s revolving door of band mates, Screamin; Scott Simon is considered one of he “original members”, with Donny York and Jocko Marcellino, having remained with the band the longest. Simon has written many of the group’s songs and landed “Top Forty” and “Only One Song” on Billboard’s Hot 100 in 1971. As was commonplace during the 1970s, Sha Na Na also hosted a variety show from 1977 to 1981 that often featured the musical acts of the era including the Ramones, Fabian, Danny and the Juniors and more. The success of the show allowed for more opportunities for he group and in 1978 Screamin’ Scott and Louis St. Louis wrote “Sandy” for the hit film Grease, sung by the star John Travolta. He released Boomer Humor with his own side band, Eddie “Hong Kong” Tailor and the Prom Kings in the early 2000s, but has written little since as the musical genres changed over the years.