Dave "Chico" Ryan

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Dave "Chico" Ryan (April 9, 1948 – July 26, 1998), also called Chico Bo-Wico was born David-Allen Ryan in Arlington, Massachusetts, United States, and an American bass guitarist and singer. He was a member of The Happenings and Sha Na Na.


He was in the 1960s band The Happenings, which had hits with "See You in September" and "I Got Rhythm".[1]

Following his departure from that band, Ryan became better known when he joined the musical group Sha Na Na in 1973, on bass and vocals. He appeared with the group on the television show Sha Na Na, which aired from 1977 to 1981, and in the movie Grease, in 1978. On the television show, Ryan often roller-skated and yo-yoed while singing.

Ryan went on to become a member of Bill Haley & His Comets in 1979, taking part in Haley's final tour of Europe that fall (including a command performance for Queen Elizabeth II in November). He died on July 26, 1998 in Boston, Massachusetts, of heart failure.

Movie appearances[edit]

  • 1972 - Dynamite Chicken (with Sha Na Na) - as himself
  • 1978 - Grease with Sha Na Na as Johnny Casino and the Gamblers


[2] [3]

  1. ^ Obituary, Chico Ryan, 10 August, 1998, The Independent. Retrieved 20 August, 2018.
  2. ^ "Dave 'Chico' Ryan : Biography". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2017-04-01.
  3. ^ Gordon Polatnick. "David Chico Ryan Page in Fuller Up, The Dead Musician Directory". Elvispelvis.com. Retrieved 2017-03-31.

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