Baker was born in Whitman, Massachusetts. He went on to become a member of the musical group Sha Na Na, doing vocals and playing sax. He toured with the group, and appeared with them on the television series, Sha Na Na, which aired from 1978 to 1981. He was also in the movie Grease with them, singing lead on the song "Blue Moon". He appeared in several other movies with the group, as well.
Later life and death
Baker retired in 2000 to Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts. In January 2014, Lennie returned to support his alma mater, Whitman Hanson Regional High School and its drama club's production of Grease, singing Blue Moon as he did in the motion picture to a capacity crowd. He died on February 24, 2016 in Weymouth, Massachusetts, at the age of 69. He had been hospitalized with an infection. He was survived by his former wife Laura Campbell (1980-1989), 3 brothers, nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.
- 1972 - Dynamite Chicken - as himself with Sha Na Na
- 1978 - Grease - with Sha Na Na as Johnny Casino and the Gamblers
- 1994 - Woodstock Diary - as himself with Sha Na Na
- 2003 - Festival Express - as himself with Sha Na Na
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