Nightly News   |  October 24, 2011

‘Na Na Hey Hey’ composer dead at 68

Paul Leka, the man who produced “Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)” -- perhaps one of the world’s most notorious sports arena songs – died October 12th at the age of 68.

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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.