Steam (band)

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OriginNew York City
GenresPop, psychedelic pop, pop rock
Years active1969–1970
LabelsFontana, Mercury

Steam was an American pop-rock music group, best known for the 1969 number one single, "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye". The song was written and recorded by studio musicians Gary DeCarlo (aka Garrett Scott), Dale Frashuer, and producer/writer Paul Leka at Mercury Records studios in New York City. The single was attributed to the band "Steam" although at the time there was actually no band with that name. Leka and the studio group recorded the first album.

Band history[edit]

Frashuer and DeCarlo were members of a vocal group called the Glenwoods from Bridgeport, Connecticut, for which Leka played the piano. The duo separated but kept in touch. Leka became a songwriter with Circle Five Productions and in 1967, he wrote and produced the Lemon Pipers' "Green Tambourine" and other Pipers songs with Shelley Pinz. In 1969, Leka was working at Mercury Records and he convinced the label's A&R to record DeCarlo (aka Garrett Scott). With Leka producing, DeCarlo recorded four singles, all of which Bob Reno, the label's head, thought would do well issued as an A-side. DeCarlo's first single was to be "Workin' On A Groovy Thing", but it was beaten by the 5th Dimension version released a week earlier. Then the company and Leka decided on "Sweet Laura Lee" as the next single and a B-side was needed. DeCarlo and Leka were asked to cut a B-side along with Frashuer. The song was "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye".


A DJ in Georgia played "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" on the radio. Requests to replay the song began to pour in by phone. Then the radio station put the song on its tight play list and other radio stations picked it up. When Mercury Records' promotional department heard that radio stations in the South were playing "Na Na", they authorized the purchase of 100,000 copies in order to put it on the Billboard popular hit chart. When radio stations in other states saw the record appear on the Billboard popular hit chart, they picked it up and airplay of the song snowballed. The investment of approximately $50,000 in promotional funds to buy their own records worked for Mercury and "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" reached number one in the United States for two weeks in December 1969. Frashuer stepped out of the public eye. Leka became a successful songwriter and producer before his death in 2011. DeCarlo began performing again in 2012. By the beginning of the 21st century, sales of "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" had exceeded 6.5 million records.[1] In 1977, Nancy Faust, the organist for the Chicago White Sox began playing the song to taunt the visiting team. Since then it has been used across the worlds of sport (particularly in relation to player ejections and strutting post-victory celebrations) and politics (at rallies to mock political opponents). [2]

Their second single, "I've Gotta Make You Love Me", reached number 46 in the U.S. on Billboard and 44 in Canada in February 1970.[3]

In 2014, DeCarlo released the album Long Time Comin, which included a new version of his hit.[4]

DeCarlo (born Gary Richard DeCarlo in Bridgeport, Connecticut on June 5, 1942)[5] died on June 28, 2017, after a battle with lung cancer,[6] twenty-three days after his 75th birthday.


Key musicians on the record, "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye"
  • Paul Leka: Producer, co-writer, keyboards
  • Dale Frashuer: co-writer
  • Gary DeCarlo: (as *"Garrett Scott") co-writer, lead vocalist and percussion [*Lead singer on "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye"]
  • David Chester: Guitar
  • Paul Plancon: Lead singer



  • Steam (Mercury SR 61254) 1969, Billboard 200 # 84
    • Side 1
      1. "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye"
      2. "I've Gotta Make You Love Me"
      3. "It's The Magic in You Girl"
      4. "Come on Home Girl"
      5. "Love And Affection"
    • Side 2
      1. "Come on Back And Love Me"
      2. "I've Cried A Million Tears"
      3. "I'm The One Who Loves You"
      4. "One Good Woman"
      5. "New Breed, Now Generation"


  • (Fontana F-1667) 1969
  1. "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye", Billboard Hot 100 # 1
  2. "It's The Magic in You Girl"
  • (Mercury 73020) 1970
  1. "One Good Woman"
  2. "I've Gotta Make You Love Me", Billboard Hot 100 # 46
  • (Mercury 73053) 1970
  1. "I'm The One Who Loves You"
  2. "What I'm Saying Is True", Cashbox Singles # 117

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hinckley, David. "Na Na Hey Hey was an unexpected winner". The Seattle Times. Retrieved September 8, 2014.
  2. ^ "Na na, hey hey: How a throwaway song became anthem of taunt". June 29, 2017. Retrieved March 1, 2020.
  3. ^ "RPM100" (PDF). February 21, 1970. Retrieved July 1, 2017.
  4. ^ "Gary DeCarlo - Kiss Him Goodbye". YouTube. January 20, 2014. Retrieved August 25, 2015.
  5. ^ Daniel E. Slotnik (June 29, 2017). "Gary DeCarlo, Who Sang 'Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye,' Is Dead". The New York Times. Retrieved December 8, 2017.
  6. ^ "Steam's 'Hey Hey Hey Goodbye' Singer Gary DeCarlo Dead at 75 from Cancer". May 4, 2017. Retrieved July 1, 2017.

Gary DeCarlo, Who Sang 'Na Na Hey Hey Kiss him Goodbye,' Is Dead. New York Times, June 29, 2017.

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