Jocko, now in his fifth decade with Sha Na Na, was the first to walk onstage “greased and ready to rock ‘n’ roll” in 1969. That same year, at age nineteen he appeared with the group at Woodstock. He holds the distinction of performing in both the most successful music documentary ever (Woodstock) and the most successful rock ‘n’ roll film musical ever (Grease). Juggling his schedule around his touring, Jocko earned both a B.A. from Columbia and a Masters in Drama from New York University.
When not with Sha Na Na, Jocko is an actor, producer and a songwriter. His acting credits include TV’s Veronica Mars, NYPD Blue, Ally McBeal, The Tiger Woods Story, Herman’s Head, Good Advice, 18 Wheels of Justice, The Invisible Man, Amazing Stories, and The Garry Shandling Show, and the motion pictures Rainman, National Security, and Hot To Trot. He has written and performed songs for the films Rainman, That’s Life and The Night of the Comet and for the TV shows Castle, Kath and Kim, Parks and Recreation and The Vampire Diaries. He also performed and produced an arrangement of “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” for the 2006 comedy The Benchwarmers.
Jocko’s original rock & roll children’s collection: Kidsville, as well as his original holiday music, can be sampled and downloaded on iTunes. His rock ‘n’ roll/rhythm and blues band, Jocko and the Rockets, are always at the ready to rock you in the Southern California area.
Jocko was born in Quincy, Massachusetts in 1950 and toured New England with his high school bands, the Pilgrims and the Miltones. He now lives with his family in La Jolla, California.
Published on December 28, 2012