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

Early years

Henry Gross's mother, Zelda’s, lifelong love of music, encouraged his pursuit of a performing career. It was such a strong force that by age 14 Henry was playing regularly in local clubs all over the New York area and spending his summers playing at Catskill Mountain resort hotels.

At age 18, while a student at Brooklyn College, Henry became a founding member of the world famous rock ‘n’ roll revival group Sha Na Na, playing guitar and wearing on-stage the greaser clothes he wore while a student at Midwood High School. The group’s popularity took a giant step after legendary performances at the Fillmore auditoriums in New York and California and the Woodstock Festival.

Going solo

Henry Gross broke from the band Sha Na Na to be a solo singer/song writer in 1970. He signed a record deal with ABC Dunhill Records in 1971. The album had very little commercial success. He continued to play at clubs and colleges until in 1973 he was signed with A&M Records.

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

"Shannon"

After that Gross went to Lifesong Records to make his new album. He produced a single, "Shannon", a song written about the death of Beach Boy Carl Wilson's Irish Setter dog of the same name. The single went gold and became a worldwide hit, reaching #6 on the USA charts in 1976. After this single's success, Gross released an album called "Release". His second single, "Springtime Mama", sold just short of gold and reached #37 in the USA. On his next album, "Show Me to the Stage", Gross mixed Rock & Roll songs with Phil Spector and Brian Wilson influences. While the album sold very well, it had no hit singles. He also recorded the Beatles song "Help!" for the documentary All This and World War II; both occurred in 1976. Gross's recording career slowed but he continued recording. With CBS Records he made " Love is the Stuff" and with Capitol Records, in 1981, along with The Bobby Colomby produced the, "What's in a Name" LP.

In the 1980s Gross performed in the road company production of "Pump Boys and Dinettes," with a cast featuring Jonathan Edwards, and Nicolette Larson. Gross moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 1986 and signed a publishing deal with Pic-A-Lic Music, a company owned by legendary songwriter Roger Cook and the multi talented Ralph Murphy.

Current

Henry Gross continued his song writing and recording career in Nashville, Tennessee. In 1993, he released a CD of twenty-two songs, called "Nothing But Dreams." For this album his record company was his own independent label, Zelda Records, named after his mother. He has had worldwide hits as an artist and writer including the two million plus seller "Shannon" in 1976 and most recently "Big Guitar", a top ten country hit for the Arista recording group, Blackhawk. Henry released "I'm Hearing Things" on his own Zelda Records in 2001. Gross has completed working on a one man show chronicling the highlights and funniest moments of his life in the entertainment business. The show is called "One Hit Wanderer" and he tells the story of his generation through his own exploits from second grade to the present. He has written what he considers the best collection of songs He has ever written mixed with some of his most popular oldies. He is currently spending a great deal of time working on a documentary of "One Hit Wanderer" with two brilliant young filmmakers, Ed Greenberg and Mick Perry, at their studio, M360, in Irvington, New York.

Albums

  • Henry Gross (1972) ABC Dunhill Records
  • Henry Gross (1973) A&M Records
  • Plug Me Into Something (1975) A&M Records
  • Release (1976) Lifesong Records
  • Show Me To The Stage (1977) Lifesong Records
  • Love Is The Stuff (1978) Lifesong Records
  • What's In A Name (1981) Capitol Records
  • I Keep On Rockin' (1987) Sonet Records
  • She's My Baby (1989) Capitol Records
  • Nothing But Dreams (1992) Zelda Records
  • One More Tomorrow (1996) Varese Sarabande Records
  • I'm Hearing Things (2000/2001) Zelda Records
  • One Hit Wanderer (2006) Zelda Records
  • Foreverland (2007) Zelda Records

References

  1. http://www.henrygross.com/bio.htm
  2. http://www.henrygross.com/pr_short.htm

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