HOMETOWN | Pittston, PA [1939]

BIO | Granahan started his music career as an announcer and disc jockey in his hometown in the mid-'50s. But his vocal prowess and songwriting talent soon led to him making records for other DJs to spin. "No Chemise, Please" reached No. 23 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1958; "Click-Clack" and the immortal "Nee Nee Na Na Na Na Nu Nu," credited to Dicky Doo & the Dont's, were also minor hits in '58. In the '60s, Granahan produced discs by the Fireflies, the Angels, Patty Duke, and Jay & the Americans, plus comedy albums by Pat Cooper, then formed his own label [Caprice Records] and worked as an exec at Dot and Paramount Records.

SO WHAT'S THE RHODE ISLAND CONNECTION? | Granahan has lived here for the last 50 years. He's ours now!

FUN FACT | In 1965, Granahan produced the first recording of "Wild Thing" for a New York band, the Wild Ones. It became a worldwide smash when it was redone by the Troggs in 1966.

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