It was intended to be a "throwaway" song, the seldom-played B-side of a 45-rpm record produced in a New York recording studio in 1969.
Instead, it became an A-side No. 1 hit single for a band called Steam, a song whose simple but catchy chorus became an enduring sports anthem chanted by sports fans around the world to taunt an opposing team:
"Na Na Na Na. Na Na Na Na. Hey Hey Hey. Goodbye."
Paul Leka, 68, a composer who co-wrote and produced "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye," died of lung cancer Oct. 12 in a hospice near his home in Sharon, Conn., said his sister,...