Johnny Contardo - Biography

Johnny Contardo, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, on the 23 of December, 1951. His first singing experience was at the age of 6, in a Boston church choir.

Johnny's mother discovered that he had stage presence and personality in addition to his singing talent. She took him into night clubs when he was a teen to perform in front of audiences. His natural talent was the foundation for a career in music and entertainment.

After graduating from Brookline High School in 1969, Johnny attended the Boston Conservatory of Music, studying voice, acting, and dance.

At age 19, Johnny took a minor role in a Boston production of the musical Hair. It took only six months before the production revised its cast, allowing Johnny to play the lead role. He then received an offer to be understudy for the lead role on Broadway, and an offer to join Sha Na Na.

Johnny joined Sha Na Na in 1971. The television show - "Sha Na Na" - aired from 1977 to 1981. The show was comprised primarily of 1950s song covers, and featured musical and non-musical guests, and comedy sketches. Johnny performed many ballads, doo-wop, and rock and roll songs on the program, showcasing his vocal range with his rich tenor and titillating falsetto notes.

Sha Na Na appeared in the movie "Grease," in 1978, with Johnny portraying the lead vocalist of the band, "Johnny Casino and The Gamblers." For the song, "Those Magic Moments," featured in the movie, he received a Grammy nomination as well as a Platinum Album for the soundtrack from the movie. He also received a Gold album for The Golden Age of Rock n Roll.

In 1983, he left the group and began a solo career. He appeared in a minor role in the movie Scarface, released two albums and did live performances.

In June 2007, Johnny did a reunion performance with Jon "Bowzer" Bauman, also from Sha Na Na. He sang a few songs and a duet with Bowzer at "Bowzer's Rock 'N' Roll Party Volume VI," held in Connecticut.

You may know already that Johnny has been riding motorcylces for years. He recently went down to his friends shop, Johhny Pag and took pictures with Johnny and his son. The bike in this picture (click here to view) was being shipped the next day to the New York Yankees for Yankee catcher Jorge Pasada's benefit for his foundation. Ride on and ride safe!

Today, Johnny Contardo is still in the entertainment industry as he entertains live audiences, and records classic oldies and jazz tunes with a new and original flair. His devoted fans have compelled him to repeat performances across the nation, and they patiently await his next concerts and music releases. Johnny also has a select group of students for whom he teaches voice lessons.

Rock And Roll Gourmet - Johnny's latest passions include cooking and catering. His recipes are becoming famous, and his technique and style of cooking simple and easy. Watch the preview of his cooking show here, and see how you can get all his recipes!

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