Countless sporting events and popular shows have used the timeless song “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye.” Now, the singer behind that tune has died at age 75.
Gary DeCarlo, who provide vocals and co-wrote the legendary song for his band Steam, died after a tragic struggle with lung cancer. His passing was confirmed by friends, and he died with his wife by his side in a Connecticut hospital. He was in a hospice as the disease had spread too far throughout his body.
Steam disbanded in 1970s but DeCarlo continued to produce popular songs. His most recent album was released in 2014.
What a sad loss:
DeCarlo and his bandmates — songwriter Dale Frashuer, guitarist David Chester and producer Paul Leka — only kept Steam active for two years, but their smash hit single has stood the test of time.
“Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye” rose to the top of the charts in 1969 shortly after its release and has remained a staple at sporting events, with the home fans often taunting the opposing team by singing its chorus “na na na na, hey hey hey, goodbye!”
Here is the classic tune:
And here are shameless anti-Trump Congressional Democrats singing it to Republicans after they passed the most recent Obamacare repeal legislation.:
And it was also used in a classic scene from “Remember the Titans”.
— David Longoria (@davidlongoria7) June 29, 2017
Let us pray for Decarlo’s family during this difficult time. Rest in peace.