Leader Of The Pack - The Shangri-Las - Greatest Hits
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The Shangri-Las were an American pop girl group of the s. Between and they Leader Of The Pack - The Shangri-Las - Greatest Hits with teen melodramasand remain especially known for their hits " Leader of the Pack ", " Remember Walking in the Sand ", and " Give Him a Great Big Kiss ". They began playing school shows, talent shows, and teen hops, coming to the attention of Artie Rippwho arranged the group's first record deal with Kama Sutra.
Their first recording in December was "Simon Says", later issued on the Smash label, on which Betty Weiss sang lead. Initially, the girls performed without a name. But when they signed their first deal, they began calling themselves the Shangri-Las, after a Queens, New York restaurant. However, they are different groups.
In Aprilwhen the girls were still minors, their parents signed with Red Bird Records ; Mary was 15, Betty was 17, and the Ganser twins Having been hired by record producer George "Shadow" Mortonthey had their first success with the summer hit" Remember Walking in the Sand " U. Morton had hired the group to perform on the demo, but Red Bird released a re-recorded version. Morton faded the new version out around The recordings for Morton featured lavish production with heavy orchestration and sound effectsand their next and biggest hit, " Leader of the Pack " U.
UK re-issues peaked at 3 in and 7 in After the sudden success of "Remember Walking In The Sand ", all the girls were called upon to make personal appearances which required them to leave high school. Mary, however, stayed on for classes at a high school for young professionals in Manhattan.
By the end of the group was an established act. They also promoted Revlon cosmetics. She still is featured on the recording for "Leader Of The Pack" which was recorded prior to the release of "Remember". Many TV clips and photos of the group taken at this time just Mary Weiss and the twins circulated at the group's peak in popularity and beyond, which led many to recall the group being only a trio. Betty then rejoined the group in mid her first return appearance with the Shangri-las was listed as a June Hollywood A-Go-Go Show episode hosted by Cousin Brucie in NYCand the group appeared as a quartet once again until the start of when they permanently became a trio again Mary Ann and Marge left at different times replacing each other until the demise of the group.
The group alternated between touring with their own band and local bands. Among the latter were the Sonicsas well as the Iguanas, featuring a young Iggy Pop. The Shangri-Las' "tough girls" persona set them apart Try To Remember - The Ray Charles Singers - Young Lovers On-Broadway other girl groups.
Having grown up in a rough neighborhood of Queens, New Yorkthey were less demure than their contemporaries. Rumors about supposed escapades have since become legend, for example the story that Mary Weiss attracted the attention of the FBI Leader Of The Pack - The Shangri-Las - Greatest Hits transporting a firearm across state lines. In her defense, she said someone tried to break into her hotel room one night and for protection she bought a pistol.
Whatever truth these stories may have, they were believed by fans in the s, and they helped cement the group's bad-girl reputation. According to Weiss, that persona helped fend off advances from musicians on tours. The Shangri-Las continued to chart with fairly successful U. She has said it is about "teenage angst," heartbreak and "being hurt and angsty and not wanting anyone near you.
The group appeared on several TV shows and continued to tour the US, but in two of three releases on Red Bird failed to crack the U. Mary Ann Ganser left, but returned early in when Marge — the most Leader Of The Pack - The Shangri-Las - Greatest Hits member, sometimes considered the leader  — left.
Red Bird Records had folded. The group recorded more tracks with Shadow Morton producing some of which remain unreleased and signed with Mercury Records. During their Mercury stint, the Shangri-Las had no further hits, and in they disbanded, amid litigation. All the Shangri-Las withdrew from the spotlight. Morton said, "The Shangri-Las vacated, they vanished".
Reportedly, they were angry that they had received few royalties despite the millions of records they had sold. Returning to Manhattan a Per Me Lo So - CCCP - Fedeli Alla Linea - Socialismo E Barbarie years later and prevented from recording because of lawsuits, she worked as a secretary while taking college classes.
She then went into the architectural Cant Let You Go - Willy And The Whankers - Perpetual Desires, working in the accounting department of a New York architectural firm.
She moved up to be the chief purchasing agent and later ran the commercial furniture dealership. In the late eighties, she managed a furniture store and was an interior designer. Byshe was a furniture consultant to New York businesses.
Betty Weiss had a daughter innecessitating her absence from the group during this period. She was the only member of the group to have a child who was raised with the help of Betty's brother George Weiss, who died in She also married and held several jobs and now lives and works on Long Island. Mary Ann Ganser began having problems with drug and alcohol addiction in She died in Queens, New York on March 15,aged 22 of a drug overdose.
This may either have been a heroin overdose as mentioned in a contemporary newspaper report  and on her death certificate  Leader Of The Pack - The Shangri-Las - Greatest Hits , or a barbiturate overdose as related later by her mother to a journalist   Her death has been incorrectly reported as having been caused by encephalitis,  Leader Of The Pack - The Shangri-Las - Greatest Hits by a seizure disorder, .
Marge Ganser reportedly returned to school during the late s. The group declined offers to perform throughout the s, although they did a few live performances. Paley said the sessions went well, but they weren't satisfied with all the material and declined to release the record.
The tapes are now owned by the Warner Music Group. They did, however, give a live performance at CBGBs ; Paley put together a band, including Lenny Kayeand after two hours of rehearsal, the Shangri-Las returned to the stage for the first time in a decade.
Although the Sire sessions came to naught, the group toyed with signing to another label; however, they were put off by the insistence of record executives that they be a disco Leader Of The Pack - The Shangri-Las - Greatest Hits group, the musical trend of the day. Mary said she envisioned the Shangri-Las like punk singer Patti Smith.
Eventually, the Shangri-Las split up again. Since the s a trio has been performing under the name the Shangri-Las, although unconnected with the original group. The copy-cat act was put together by Dick Fox, who claimed to have bought the rights to the name, and resulted in legal action from both sides, largely due to a video tape of the new Shangri-Las claiming in public to be the original group.
She performed in the United States, Spain and France. The streetwise image of the Shangri-Las—initially a promotional device for "Leader of the Pack"  — contrasted with other "girl groups" of the s, and they were cited as an influence by s punk rock -era acts such as the New York Dolls and Blondie ; the latter covered "Out in the Streets" twice.
Great Big Kiss" on his first solo album So Alone. Give me a beer! The opening from "Leader of the Pack"—"Is she really going out with him? Aerosmith released a more rock-style version No. 20 In C Minor - Friedrich Gulda, Chopin* - Twenty-Four Preludes Opus 28 uncredited backing vocals by Mary Weiss of the Shangri-Las as a single in and can be found on both their Greatest Hits album and on their Night in the Ruts album.
This charted on the Hot at Australian artist Rowland S. Although most covers and remakes of the Shangri-Las material focus on the hit singles, some express the group's influence on them by recording songs from the Shangri-Las which were never released as singles by the group.
British singer Amy Winehouse cited the Shangri-Las as an influence and occasionally integrated the hook lyrics from " Remember Walkin' in the Sand " into the bridge of her song " Back to Black " during live performances. Kathleen Hanna of the electropunk group Le Tigre has mentioned that the "one girl calling another" motif and the opening sound of seagulls on the track "What's Yr Take on Cassavetes? Others included the Give It To You r_AW - Rude Awakening - Forward Observer and the Whyte Boots, who scored big with their single "Nightmare", originally intended for the Shangri-Las, and written, produced and performed by Lori Burton and Indo G - Angel Dust Sawyer.
The Goodees had a hit in early with "Condition Red", a "Leader of the Pack"-inspired tale about a girl who wants to be with her long-haired, bearded boyfriend despite her parents' objections. Alex Chilton often played it in concert. Brooklyn band Vivian Girls cite the Shangri-Las as one of their influences. In the documentary "Wider Horizons", David Gilmourguitarist for Pink Floydcited the Shangri-Las as an influences, saying their music "painted aural pictures".
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