Gary DeCarlo, Who Sang ‘Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye,’ Is Dead

Released by Fontana Records under the band name Steam, the song reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Gary DeCarlo & Steam – Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye (Live) Video by Gary DeCarlo

But Mr. DeCarlo did not tour in support of the single, and the record company, with Mr. Leka’s help, built a traveling version of Steam using different studio musicians. Accounts differ as to why. Mr. Leka maintained that Mr. DeCarlo was embarrassed by the song and had refused to perform it. Mr. DeCarlo said that the record company and Mr. Leka had pushed him out.

Steam’s popularity soon waned, but the song’s second life had just begun. Mr. DeCarlo told The Washington City Paper in 2007 that Louisiana State University contacted him in 1970 about using the song at sporting events. Beginning in 1977, it was a staple of the Chicago White Sox organist Nancy Faust’s repertoire. Soon it was being roared at ballparks around the country.

“Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye” has since been covered by groups like Bananarama and the Supremes (after Diana Ross had left), and was sung mournfully in Jerry Bruckheimer’s football film “Remember the Titans” (2000).

The song has also boomed through the halls of Congress, most recently in May, when Democratic representatives jeered their Republican colleagues after they passed an unpopular bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Nah nah nah nah hey hey hey goodbye – Remember the Titans Video by TheRSPKer2005

Gary Richard DeCarlo was born on June 5, 1942, in Bridgeport, Conn. His father, Richard, was a musician who divorced Gary’s mother, the former Jean Albanese, when Gary was 2 years old. She worked as a seamstress, a trade that he learned; he supported himself by making slipcovers when his music career stalled.

As a young man Mr. DeCarlo recorded doo-wop songs with Mr. Frashuer and Mr. Leka, first as the Glenwoods, then as the Citations and the Chateaus. He was recording singles with Mr. Leka under the name Garrett Scott when they recorded “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye.”

He married Annette Kundert, with whom he lived in Shelton, Conn., 26 years ago. In addition to her, he is survived by their daughters, Leah and Jenna DeCarlo, and a stepsister, Delilah Lepone.

Mr. DeCarlo performed his hit song more frequently in recent years, including as part of “My Music: ’60s Pop, Rock and Soul,” a 2011 PBS concert special devoted to 1960s music. Fittingly, he was…

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