Steam – “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye” LIVE – 1969

Steam – “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye” LIVE – 1969 | Society Of Rock Videos

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This iconic one-hit-wonder was written by artists DeCarlo, Dale Frashuer, and producer/writer Paul Leka in Mercury studio, who are not the only faces you see in this video. Ironically, the name of the group had not yet been created and they decided on Steam last minute when “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye” became a hit. These faces are Jay Babina (guitar), Ray Corriea (drums), Mike Daniels (bass), Hank Schorz (keyboard), Bill Steer (vocals), and Tom Zuke (guitar), all good friends of Leka.

“Na na na na, hey hey, goodbye. Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey, goodbye.

The story told most often is that DeCarlo was upset when he was not invited to tour with steam as lead vocals, so Leka improvised and created the illusion of the band you see in this video. You can see that none of the guitars are even plugged in and that the men are not actually playing the song live, nor is the singer actually performing the vocals for the song, but rather lip- syncing to the already recorded version.

Fun Fact: The name Steam wasn’t invented until the album was being done. 

This single became the Number 1 Hit on the Billboard charts in 1969 and it safe to say these guys did not predict or anticipate this level of fame when they hadn’t even formally created an actual band at the time they came up with this internationally known ballad.

Despite the drama amongst this time and this song, this will always be a favorite and an easy song to play on repeat all day!

+ Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye Lyrics +

Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey, goodbye

He’ll never love you, the way that I love you
‘Cause if he did, no no, he wouldn’t make you cry
He might be thrillin’ baby but a-my love
(My love, my love)

So dog-gone willin’, so kiss him
(I wanna see you kiss him, wanna see you kiss him)
Go on and kiss him goodbye, now

Na na na na, hey hey, goodbye
Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey, goodbye

Listen to me now

He’s never near you to comfort and cheer you
When all those sad tears are fallin’ baby from your eyes
He might be thrillin’ baby but a-my love
(My love, my love)

So dog-gone willin’, so kiss him
(I wanna see you kiss him, I wanna see you kiss him)
Go on and kiss him goodbye, na na na na, na na na

Na na na na, hey hey, goodbye

Hey hey, goodbye
Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey, goodbye
Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey, goodbye
Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey, goodbye

Hey hey, goodbye
Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey, goodbye
Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey, goodbye
Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey, goodbye

Hey hey, goodbye
Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey, goodbye
Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey, goodbye
Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey, goodbye

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