Nightly News | October 24, 2011
BRIAN WILLIAMS, anchor: As you may know, the official name of the song is " Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye ." And that trademark " Na na na" part was written by Paul Leka , who passed away a few days ago in Connecticut . Leka was an experienced writer-producer. He wrote the psychedelic song " Green Tambourine ." He produced "Cat's_in_the_Cradle." But while sitting around with another guy one day back in '69, he wrote down some dummy lyrics as placeholders and " na na na na " became cemented in music history. Later it became an anthemic sports arena farewell to the losing team. Paul Leka was 68 years old.