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Joe Middleton, Pittston native and radio DJ, music promoter and entertainment writer, recently shared a column he wrote in 1972 for The Wyoming Valley Observer about fellow Pittstonian Gerry Granahan. After performing locally with Frankie Reynolds, Granahan headed for New York City in the 1950s, where he became lead singer for Dicki Do and the Don’ts, who recorded “Click Clack” and “Ne Ne Na Na Na Na No Noo.” Granahan later found success as a solo artist with the hit song “No Chemise, Please.” Middleton notes the song followed the popular trend of the late 1950s of singing about fashion, ala “Short Shorts” by the Royal Teens, “Blue Suede Shoes” by Carl Perkins and “Black Socks” by the Srarkletones. He’s greatest hit was “Let the Rumors Fly.” He also found success as a record producer. Granahan returned to the area for a July 29, 1959 concert at Rocky Glen that drew 5,000 fans. On July 30, 1959, he received the key to the City of Scranton from then Mayor James T. Hanlon, at right. Also at the welcoming ceremony with Mayor Hanlon and Granahan, from left, are his brother, Harold Granahan, Len Woloson and Don Stevens of WARM.