Henry Gross

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Henry Gross is an American singer-songwriter best known for his association with the group Sha Na Na and for his hit song, "Shannon".

At age 18, while a student at Brooklyn College, Gross became a founding member of 1950's Rock & Roll revival group, Sha Na Na, playing guitar and wearing the greaser clothes he wore while a student at Midwood High School. Gross left Sha Na Na to become a solo singer-songwriter in 1970. He signed a recording contract with ABC Dunhill Records in 1971. While there, he did some session work for producers Tommy West and Terry Cashman. He played electric lead guitar on the Jim Croce album, I Got a Name. His own debut album had little commercial success. He continued to play at clubs and colleges until 1973, when he signed with A&M Records.

His first self-titled A&M album sold well. It included several regional hits including "Simone", "Come On Say It", "Skin King", and a cover version of Lindisfarne's European hit, "Meet Me on the Corner". With Gross' second A&M album, Plug Me into Something, he began to achieve national recognition in Rolling Stone and The New York Times

Gross moved on to Lifesong Records to make his next album. He produced a single, "Shannon", a song written about the death of former Beach Boys member Carl Wilson's dog, who was named Shannon. The single went gold in the U.S. and became a worldwide hit, reaching No. 6 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and No. 5 on the Cash Box Top 100 in 1976. In Canada it reached No. 1 in May of the same year. "Shannon" also reached No. 1 in New Zealand, but peaked only at No. 32 in the UK. After this single's success, Gross released the album, Release. His second single, "Springtime Mama", reached No. 37 in the US, selling nearly a million copies, and reaching No. 18 in Canada.

 

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