Henry Gross

Henry Gross

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Henry Gross (born April 1, 1951, Brooklyn, New York), is an American singer-songwriter best known for his association with the group, Sha Na Na, and for his hit song, "Shannon".

Early years

Henry Gross's mother, Zelda's, love of music, encouraged his pursuit of a performing career. By the age of fourteen Gross was playing regularly in local clubs in the New York area, and spending his summers playing at Catskill Mountains resort hotels.

At age 18, while a student at Brooklyn College, Gross became a founding member of Sha Na Na, playing guitar and wearing on-stage the greaser clothes he wore while a student at Midwood High School.

Going solo

Gross broke from Sha Na Na to become a solo singer-songwriter in 1970. He signed a recording contract with ABC Dunhill Records in 1971. His debut album had little commercial success. He continued to play at clubs and colleges until, in 1973, he was signed with A&M Records.

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

"Shannon"

Gross moved on to Lifesong Records to make his next album. He produced a single, "Shannon", a song written about the death of Beach Boy Carl Wilson's......
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