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May 1, 2005

Rick Lewis, who wrote and sang on the Silhouettes' monster 1958 hit, "Get a Job," is dead at 71

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He died in Philadelphia, his home town, on April 19 of multiple organ failure.

"Get a Job" sold nearly 2 million copies and soared to the top of the pop and rhythm–and–blues charts.

Pretty heady stuff for a 24–year–old.

The rock group Sha Na Na took its name from the song's energetic refrain, "Sha na na na, sha na na na na."

The Silhouettes (above) signed with Junior Records and in 1958 recorded a 45 with "I Am Lonely" on the A side.

"Get a Job" was on the B side.

Doo–Wop Hall of Fame President Harvey Robbins said the Silhouettes were given a lifetime achievement award in 1993.

"'Get a Job' is the national anthem of doo–wop," Robbins told the Associated Press.

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