Here are some messages from some of Johnny's devoted fans in honor of him, I hope you will enjoy reading them! Please note that at this time, I am no longer adding any new messages to the page...

Hi Johnny!
Aside from my message on the main page, I also just want to thank you so much for your e-mail, thanking me for the site. It's a lot of fun and absolutely my pleasure, believe me, and your kind words mean more to me than I can say. I hope that life is treating you well, and I know I speak for everyone here when I say that we'd love to hear your glorious voice again sometime very soon, and most importantly, wish you much happiness.

Lots of love, Cheryl

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Johnny,
If you read this message, I would appreciate if you contacted me re: Greg and Jody Varey.
Thank you, Lisa LaGrega Laird * (e-mail Lisa)

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I have been a fan for over 15 years. The first time I had the chance to see you in person was at the Stanley Theater in Pittsburgh in 1983. I was a 13 year old at that time and you held my hand (and I still haven't washed it (ha ha)). Thanks for the wonderful memories. I am still a Sha Na Na fan, but it's definitely not the same without you.
Take Care, Carol

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Hi!! For years I have wondered where you were since you and Sha Na Na parted ways. I would LOVE you to resume your singing career. Your voice is so much more melodic and you are far more talented than the 'stars' on the music scene today. Your 2 solo albums are so wonderful, I still listen to them.

I met you (at age 11) at the South Shore Music Circus in Cohasset, MA in 1981. When I told you that I loved you, you thanked me and leaned down and kissed my cheek. Well, I fainted dead away and my dear Dad had to carry me back to the car! I always wondered what your reaction must have been! At an rate, that August night, you made a girl's deam come true. Thank you :) (PS- If there is any chance that you could, please e- mail me)

Till next time - stay well and keep smiling,
Rachel * (e-mail Rachel)

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Johnny -
Drop me a line and let's catch up on what we've been up to. Hope you're well. Miss you dude!
Tony Scutari

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Dear Johnny,
I cherish your music and listen to your voice whenever I need a lift.  I once grabbed your arm in 1983, as you ran past me through the crowd, just after the concert.  I was 14 years old, and I saw the chance to touch you, so I jumped at it.  You shook me off, but now I apologize and I hope I didn't scare you.  I would love to hear you sing again, anytime, anywhere (and I promise to behave!).
A devoted fan, Mary * (e-mail Mary)

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Hi, just was doing a search on SNN and found this website. Sure you dont remember me but I'm Connie, the celebrity photographer with the dogs and horses. Saw Denny a few years ago at a movie premiere I was shooting and he saw me first and remembered me from my photography and the horses. Would love to hear from ya. I married in 85 and have been married ever since. My husband has taken over the photography part, I do all the behind the scenes work, still have the dogs and horses. Still live in SO CA, also a home in Laughlin and Vegas, NV. Keeping so busy these days but would love to hear what you've been up to. Hope life is treating you well!!! You will always have a VERY special place in my heart.
(e-mail Connie)

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I can't think of anything original to write that you haven't heard or read elsewhere so i will write this, I have adored you from the first time i heard your voice and saw you on the Sha Na Na tv show some 26 years ago.You are a beautiful gift from God. You have the voice and looks of an angel and I think of you as a little piece of heaven on earth. I hope you are well. I still wish you a happy birthday every Dec. 23, and i still listen to both your albums. I transfered them to CD's but i still love to look at the album covers. You will forever have a special place in my heart. I hope to see and hear from you again. Your true #1 fan now and always.
Kim Furchill (Brankline) * (e-mail Kim)

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Dear Johnny -
Suzy from Australia just saying hi, hope every thing is going well with you. So take care, hope to get a reply.
PS: I was listening to your version of "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" and began to cry. I thought of my Nana Ruth (grandmother), it was her favorite song. She pased away some time ago, and I know if she had heard your version she would have loved it just as much as I do. I miss her, I wish I could have shared your music with her...

Suzy * (e-mail Suzy)

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Hi Johnny... I'm not sure if you'll ever read this, but I just want to tell you that I hope you are fine, and I miss the original Sha-Na-Na group. I have been a fan for 27 years now. Thanks for the memories... Whatever you are doing these days, lots of success. Take care and God bless you always. Also feel free to e-mail me anytime if you'd like to, I would be happy to hear from you.

Your fan and friend, Jessica * (e-mail Jessica)

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Dear Johnny,
I became a fan of yours back in '77, when I was 12. Even though I wasn't around in the 50's, I grew up on the music, courtesy of my parents. Later, because of you and the rest of Sha Na Na, my sister (Cindy), a friend (Tracy), and I formed an a cappella group, singing oldies. We sang locally for 10 years, even for Sha Na Na, after a concert, one night. It was such a thrill! Some people thought it was cool to hear a female doo-wop group. I used to dream that you and I could do a duet one day. I just wanted to let you know what an inspiration you, and the guys, were to us.

Thank you, Denise * (e- mail Denise)

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Dear Johnny
I dont think there is a way to express my gratitude to you for all that you have brought into my life, especially from they way you have done it, from your singing to your complete silliness...When things got tough, I would play Shanana music for a simple escape...When things were good, and i played Shanana music, things were great! Your voice especially is so hypnotic, it always puts me in a complete happy state of mind. There has never been another voice that was able to have this effect on me, you are truly my all time favorite singer/performer!
The only thing I knew to do to to show my gratitude was to name my first born child after you (who turns 18yrs old today 4-22). When asked how he got his name he describes you best to his knowledge, then adds..."Thank heaven he wasn't named Engelbert or Liberace!"  :)
Take care of yourself, I hope life brings to you all that you deserve and desire! With Much Love, Respect, and Admiration!

Tina aka: Ti-Na-Na (cute huh) * (e-mail Tina)

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I often wondered if you were still performing, you have such a great talent. Thanks to Cheryl for answering this burning question that plays in my mind!
Don't recall the year I saw you perform solo...sometime in the 80's in Rhode Island, I believe.  But I wondered after all these years, if you still had the 18k necklace with the medallion of Mary I gave you upon meeting you after the show?  Just some history behind that necklace, my aunt sent it to me from Italy sometime in the 60's-it was cherished, so who better to give it to. Hope all is well with you and you are enjoying life.
Anna * (e-mail Anna)

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Hi, my name is Donna, and I've been a devoted fan since 1980. I was thrilled when I got third row seats at the Valley Forge Music Fair in Valley Forge, Pa to see Sha-Na-Na in March of 1983.  I have both of your solo albums and letters from your fan club.  One letter said that you would have more solo work out but I haven't found anything.  Did you release anything after Ballads For Lovers? Please email me (if possible) with any new album info or merchandise info.

Thanks for everything Donna * (e-mail Donna)

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Dear Johnny, thank you for making gold Lame so dang hot. Thank you for giving the disco ball a new Name in our house. The Johnny ball. Thank you for helping make me and my cousin the best of friends and inspiring us all to wear converse. Thanks for making a red and black tank top something to fantasize about and thank you for a life time of memories and late nights of girlish giggling that you inspired. And most off all thank you for inspiring one of my favorite sentences of all time "Johnny sang that on Sha-na-na." Oh and Connie whom I share all these memories with I found your Sha-na-na records :)

Christi

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Johnny, as a lover of vocal group harmony, I am a huge Sha Na Na fan. I found your lead vocals and voice to be one of the best leads around, bar none. I loved your version of Romeo and Juliet. Thank you for your time. Would love to know if you any new recordings out.

Barry * (e-mail Barry)

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I'm guessing I'm probably Johnny's first fan, and probably his oldest, too (other than his mother and sisters) and surely one of his most intense, considering how young I was sat the time...In 1969, when I was nine years old, my father took our family to see "Hair" while it was playing at the Wilbur Theatre in Boston. The manager was one of my father's patients, and he expressed his appreciation by periodically giving my father tickets to various shows. During intermission, Johnny came through the audience shaking people's hands. He said "Hi, you are so cute" to me, and tousled my hair. He was probably eighteen years old at the time. I was awestruck. I was only nine, but I was already boy-crazy. He had a head of black curls, corkscrew, from what I remember. And perfume. Those were in the days when everyone wore patchouli.
I managed to see "Hair" three more times during a six-month period. Sometime during that period, he was promoted from a minor part to the part of Claude Hooper Bukowski (I probably have the name wrong, but I remember watching Johnny in the role).
Somehow I learned that Johnny Contardo lived on Babcock Street, in Brookline, and I talked my older brother (who was 10) into taking a long bike ride with me. I had a blue Chopper two wheeler with sissy high bars and a white basket. I packed a lunch and put it in the basket. We rode over to Babcock Street and began checking every single address on Babcock, from Coolidge Corner out to Commonwealth Avenue. It was 35 years ago, but memory tells me that we were about to quit when we found the name plate "Contardo", and rang the doorbell.
I think it's a real testament to what a nice man he was, and I'm sure continues to be, that he came downstairs, opened the door, and said with (what sounded like) real enthusiasm, "I remember you! From the show the other night!" My brother and I spent the afternoon with him and his mother, as I recall. He fed us. We watched television. He let me smoke his cigarettes and laughed at my atrociously unfunny jokes. He was such a sweet celebrity, and he left me with a feeling that lasted for years and years. I was not even ten years old, and he made me feel as if I had made an impression on him. I was a fat and unhappy little girl, but he was so gracious and kind that I have never forgotten him. Wherever you are, Johnny, hello!

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Dear Johnny, When I was a little girl I absolutely loved Sha Na Na.... My mom loved it because she always knew where I was when the show was on.  I was asked to be in a wedding when I was 5 and said no, however they tried to trick me and tell me that the group would be there so of course I said YES!  I used to think that you were singing to me whenever you sang and mostly when you sang "you are my special angel"  I'm only 28 and I am the only one of all of my friends who has any clue about Sha Na Na, except for from Grease, they all think i'm crazy...I just ordered a Sha Na Na t-shirt from ebay but what I really really want is a Johnny T-shirt!  Any idea where I can find one?

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Hello my name is Audrey Richards I have been a fan of yours since 1980. I once did an oil painting of you, which I no longer have, but I did have a lot of fun painting it and cherished it for as long as I had it. I'm glad that they invented something called the internet, I don't have posters, memnetoes, cassettes or any Johnny memorabilia but I did (oh... god.. this is SO embarassing...) I did have a black t shirt printed (back when that was popular..in the early eighties...) that said "Johnny Contardo belongs to me." At the age of twenty five I was sure I was too old to be a fan, I sometimes even made myself a little uneasy when I wore the shirt... I guess as we get older some of us feel a little embarassed about gushing over someone. I see that you have chosen journalism and writing, a noble trade if I do say so myself. I am a published poet. If you care to read it it's at poetry.com. I'll dispense with telling you how attractive you are and how melodic and sensual your voice is, I am sure that you already know that. I've run out of cute things to say. Gotta go.

Love, Audrey * E-mail Audrey

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Dear Johnny: It has been such a long time since I got in touch with you for your 30th birthday. I have tried after that, but to no avail. Even when I went overseas, I tried sending you roses for your birthday, but they never got to you. I hope life is treating you well, and I am sure you don't look a day older than thirty! To me you seemed to be beautiful outside, but more so inside. Just wish I could have had more info about your life in the time that has passed, just to be happy for you, and know you remember me. Wish to be able to send you roses for your next birthday. SHSSSSSSH, I won't say how many, okay

Love, Xionara Ruiz * E-mail Xionara

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Hey Johnny, I've been trying to find you forever.  Thanks to Cheryl I'm a little closer.  I use to correspond with your Mom, but over the years have lost touch.  Just wanted you to know I think of you often.  Hope all is well.

Take Care, LeeAnn

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I am a Chef/Owner in Minneapolis.  If ever you are near, my husband and I would be honored to cook for you.  It would be a simple gift of appreciation for the entertainment you provided a 10 year-old girl.

Desiree * e-mail Desiree

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Dear Johnny -
I have been a fan since the first time I saw you on Television, I was only about ten years old!!!  When I was 19 I heard that Sha Na Na was going to be performing at the Santa Monica Pier, only I had no idea that you were no longer a member.  I waited for five hours to get a front row spot to see you......as you know, you were not there :(  Anyway, I hope that you are enjoying all that life has to offer.  I just wanted you to know that you really touched my heart at a young age and I still remember your beautiful voice fondly.  PS, I am now a teacher in LA and my students like your voice too!!!! Take Care, Buffy

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Dear Johnny, I was a fan since I was 13 years old when all my other friends were listening to punk rock. You touched my heart, every time you came to buffalo. My family would buy tickets to every performance and I would give you a pink carnation. I came across several old pictures of you and I, and you on stage with the flower. Thank you for all my special childhood memories. As an adult and mom,I look forward to sharing your solo albums on CD any other music you are planning to produce with my family.

All my love, Cynthia Winnie * E-mail Cynthia

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Dear Johnny, I have been a fan since  before the show was aired and will always be. My niece and i would watch the show and she would sing along with you all. I wanted her to know what music should sound like. Johnny, could I have an autographed color picture of you, that would truly make my day. Thanks for making so many people happy and for singing songs that kids of all ages could listen to.

Mary

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Dear Johnny: First of all, let me thank Cheryl for creating this Sha Na Na web site. I "discovered" you while watching your television program in the eighties, and continued to follow the show each week - and all of those ridiculous sketches on them - just hoping you would sing the closing solo. You have the voice of an angel!! I am thrilled to learn that you have solo material available. I plan on finding my own copies immediately - I bought too many Sha Na Na albums in the past only to hear you solo on a couple of the songs. My very best wishes to you - I am one of your many loyal fans across this country.

Ciao, Joan Giannetta

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