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Friday 6 July 2018
The Leaders of the Pack?
When it comes to early 60's Girl Bands the Shangri-Las were perhaps candidates to be Leaders of the Pack
Named after a restaurant in their native Queens district of New York they recorded and toured both as a foursome (sisters Mary and Betty Weis and twins Marge and Mary Ann Ganser) and as a trio when Betty dropped out after giving birth before subsequently re-joining the Group.
They were aged between 15 and 17 when they started out and quickly courted a streetwise tough girl image particularly after the success of Leader of the Pack.
Their songs were like articles from Jackie magazine set to music
Like many good pop bands they shone brightly but briefly with the best of their work having taken place between 1964 and 66
The Shangri-Las - Leader of the Pack
The Shrangri-Las - Give Him a Great Big Kiss