They had attracted celebrity fans such as The Who's drummer, Keith Moon, and built a live following in the US and overseas.Their dance routines and comedy skits made them television naturals, and they followed Happy Days from 1977.
An investigating magistrate who opened a standard inquiry to determine the exact cause of death is now expected to close the probe and pave the way for an inquest in the UK where Moore was living.
The acclaimed Belfast-born musician, rated as one of the finest guitarists of his generation, was best known for his time in Thin Lizzy.
Billed as Johnny Casino and the Gamblers, Sha Na Na appeared in the Randal Kleiser film adaptation of the Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey musical, and contributed half a dozen songs to the soundtrack album, which topped charts around the world in 1978 at the height of the Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta fever.
Alongside their interpretations of the Casey and Jacobs compositions "Those Magic Changes" and "Born to Hand-Jive", tongue-in-cheek versions of doo-wop and rock 'n' roll standards such as "Blue Moon", "Rock'n'Roll Is Here to Stay", "Hound Dog" and "Tears on My Pillow" introduced a new generation to the Fifties' genres.
With guests ranging from Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley and Del Shannon to Paul Anka, Chubby Checker and Jan & Dean via Milton Berle, Ethel Merman and Zsa Zsa Gabor, the series proved a hit and went into syndication. Sha Na Na still tour the US with three of the mainstays, Marcellino, Simon and York, at the helm.
Mc Bride left in 1980, before taping on the fourth series began, and was replaced by "Guitar Glenn" Jordan. Pierre Perrone Daniel Hatton ("Dirty Dan" or Danny Mc Bride), guitarist, singer, songwriter, broadcaster and writer: born Somerville, Massachusetts 20 November 1945; married; died Los Angeles 23 July 2009.
The series starts on 9th November with a solo recital by Xuefei, and continues 25th January and 26th of April 2018 Julian Bream was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Gramophone Awards in London.
In tribute, Ian and Xuefei were invited to perform a selection from Britten's Songs from the Chinese, written for Bream and Peter Pears.
Over the next three decades, Mc Bride found a niche as a broadcaster and voice-over artist, as well as a writer of humorous, opinionated and music-related articles for magazines and websites in the US.
Around half an hour into my conversation with Johnny Marr, things take a distinctly awkward turn.
He played on their chart hits Waiting For An Alibi and Do Anything You Want To.