ONE MAN’S MUSICAL JOURNEY
Heartache, triumph and love can be found in anyone’s life, but put it to music and then you have the makings of an artist. Henry Gross explores his fascinating history in this electrifying one man show. With music, jocularity and a great deal of nostalgia, Henry’s stories and songs will take you back. Join Henry at a performing arts theater near you and feel what it is like to have “a” hit.
The show is 90 minutes in length and the lyrics of the songs advance the story with video accompaniment.
ONE-HIT WANDERER is the one-man-show written and performed by veteran singer, songwriter, recording artist, actor and comedian Henry Gross.
The show is so much more than an autobiographical look at the ups an downs of his show business career. It recalls, in hysterically funny and heartfelt detail, the journey of a boy with Rock & Roll dreams who, through hope, perseverance and luck mixed with a great sense of humor, reaches the top of the music charts only to discover that the biggest hits he ever had were not on the radio but in an old box buried in a closet containing pictures of loved ones and memorabilia of a life well lived. Born on April Fools Day, 1951, in Brooklyn, New York, Henry soon became infatuated with the big guitar of his hero, Elvis Presley. Encouraged by his mom, a classically trained pianist and singer and Gil Hodges, the all- star first baseman of the Brooklyn Dodgers who lived in the neighborhood, by age thirteen he began playing dances and clubs with his first band, even performing at the 1964 World’s Fair while honing his musical and comedy skills at Catskill Mountain resorts.
In the spring of 1969, while in his first semester at Brooklyn College, he co- founded the 1950’s Rock & Roll revival band “Sha Na Na” and that summer became the youngest performer at the legendary “Woodstock Festival.” Leaving the band less than a year later he went on to tour the world and, in subsequent years, record over twenty albums for many of the most prestigious labels in the world including his 1975 classic LP “Plug Me Into Something” and the multi-platinum worldwide hit record, “Shannon”, inspired by the death of his dear friend, Beach Boy Carl Wilson’s, Irish Setter.
Over the years he’s shared stages with many of the greatest artists in Rock & Roll, Comedy and Country history including: Aerosmith, The Beach Boys, Ricky Nelson, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, The Byrds, Joe Cocker, Chicago, The Kinks, The Doobie Brothers, Fleetwood Mac, B.B. King, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Bill Haley and his Comets, Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals, Poco, Loggins and Messina, Mark Knopfler, Joe Brown, Huey Lewis and the News, Hall and Oats, Leslie Gore, Loretta Lynn, Charlie Daniels and Jay Leno.
Before writing and starring in “One Hit Wanderer” he was a principal actor in the road company of the Broadway hit, “Pump Boys and Dinettes” along with legendary singer Nicolette Larson (It’s Gonna Take A Lot Of Love) and Jonathan Edwards (Sunshine). His story will become your story as you follow his lifelong struggle to make sense of his relationship with his father, teachers, band-mates, Rock stars, agents, trials, tribulations and situations leading him to philosophize “In a world of give and take- I take what’s given!” His forty-year struggle to continue working tirelessly at his craft in the face of being derided as a “One Hit Wonder” have seen him mature into one of the most insightful and inspirational artists performing today. So come one, come all, and enjoy a show guaranteed to bring laughter and joy to your entire family.
Henry is also available in a solo show for private events and smaller stages.