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Frashuer and DeCarlo were members of a vocal group called the Glenwoods from Bridgeport, Connecticut, for which Leka played 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' numbers 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 Reno thought would do well issued as an A-side. DeCarlo's first single was to be "Workin On A Groovy Thing", but was beat by one week by the Fifth Dimension who put their version out. 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 "Kiss Him Goodbye".


Steam was a pop-rock music group best known for the 1969 number one hit song and perennial favorite "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" which was later used as a basis for Kristinia DeBarge's hit single Goodbye.
The song was written and recorded by studio musicians Garrett DeCarlo, 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. When "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" topped the pop charts,
Paul Leka quickly assembled a group to send out on tour as Steam. When the group broke up before the tour began, a second group was signed and they toured as Steam. Paul Leka and the studio group recorded the first album. The touring band recorded Steam’s final two-sided release and after a year-long national tour, disbanded in fall of 1970.

 

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Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye

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