Johnny Contardo

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Johnny Contardo is best known as a former singer with the musical group, Sha Na Na which he left in 1983. In 1978, he appeared with Sha Na Na in the blockbuster hit movie musical Grease as Johnny Casino and the Gamblers. His performance of the song "Those Magic Changes" was featured in the movie and on the soundtrack for Grease. Johnny Contardo (born December 23, 1951) was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. His first singing experience was at the age of 6, in a Boston church choir. His mother took him into night clubs when he was a teen, to perform in front of an audience. She discovered that he had stage presence and personality, in addition to his singing talent. After graduating from Brookline High School in 1969, Johnny attended the Boston Conservatory of Music, studying voice, acting, and dance. At age 19, Johnny took a minor role in Boston production of the musical Hair. After six months, he played the lead role in the production. He then received an offer to be understudy for the lead role on Broadway, and an offer to join Sha Na Na. Johnny joined Sha Na Na in 1971. The television show Sha Na Na, aired from 1977 to 1981.
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