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Monday, 14 March 2016

Let The Day Begin...Let The Day Start!: Day 74 - The Shangri-Las

As today is the anniversary of the passing of Mary Ann Ganser I thought I'd turn the spotlight upon one of the greatest Girl groups of the sixties - The Shangri-Las.


I won't go too much into their history because there's a brilliant Website dedicated to them that's worth checking out and you can read their history on there under the Bio section. There's a number of links throughout this post where you can get more information about the group, don't forget to give 'em a click.


The group were two sets of sisters and although there were four of them at different points throughout their recording and touring career there were sometimes only three of them. The constant one was Mary Weiss.


The video below basically contains everything they released in their brief time together.


Their influence extended to bands and artists like New York Dolls, The Ramones, Bruce Springsteen, Jesus and Mary Chain, Amy Winehouse, Johnny Thunders solo career (and his band The Heartbreakers), Aerosmith, The Shop Assistants, Neko Case, The Horrors, The Slits and Sonic Youth to name but a few.


Mary Weiss still performs  (though it's been awhile I think since she's done any live shows). She released a brilliant solo album back in 2007 called Dangerous Game, here's the title track.


From Left to Right: Betty Weiss, Mary Ann Ganser Margie Ganser and Mary Weiss

 
- Tracklist -
(1963) Simon Says / Simon Speaks
A. Simon Says - [Tony Michaels]
B. Simon Speaks - [Philip Steinberg/Hy Mizrahi]
Producer: Kama-Sutra Productions
Label: Smash

(1964) Wishing Well / Hate to Say I Told You So
A. Wishing Well - [Tony Michaels/Joseph Monaco]
B. Hate to Say I Told You So - [Jerome Louis Jackson/Marc Steinberg/Robert Steinberg]
Producer: Kame-Sutra Productions & Tony Michaels
Label: Spokane

(1965) Leader of the Pack
A1. Give Him a Great Big Kiss - [George "Shadow" Morton]
A2. Leader of the Pack - [Elle Greenwich/George "Shadow" Morton/Jeff Berry]
A3. Bull Dog - [Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller]
A4. It's Easier to Cry - [Jerome Louis Jackson/Joe De Angelis/Robert Steinberg]
A5. What Is Love? - [George "Shadow" Morton/Tony Michaels]
A6. Remember (Walkin' in the Sand) - [George "Shadow" Morton]
B1. Twist and Shout (Live) - [Bert Russell/Phil Medley]
B2. Maybe - [Richard Barrett]
B3. So Much in Love - [Billy Jackson/Roy Straigis]
B4. Shout (Live) - [O'Kelly Isley/Ronald Isley/Rudolph Isley]
B5. Goodnight My Love (Pleasant Dreams) - [George Motola/John Marascalco]
B6. You Can't Sit Down - [Cornell Muldrow/Dee Clark]
Producer: George "Shadow" Morton
Label: Red Bird

(1965) I Can Never Go Home Anymore / Bull Dog
A. I Can Never Go Home Anymore - [George "Shadow" Morton]
Producer: George "Shadow" Morton
Label: Red Bird

(1965) Shangri-Las-65!
A1. Right Now and Not Later - [Robert Bateman/Kenneth Hollon/Robert Mosely]
A2. Never Again - [Vinny Gormann/Tony Michaels/Robert Racano]
A3. Give Us Your Blessings - [Jeff Berry/Elle Greewich]
A4. Sophisticated Boom Boom - [George "Shadow" Morton]
A5. I'm Blue - [Ike Turner]
A6. Heaven Only Knows - [Jeff Berry/Elle Greenwich]
B1. The Train from Kansas City - [Jeff Berry/Elle Greenwich]
B2. Out in the Streets - [Jeff Berry/Elle Greenwich]
B3. What's a Girl Supposed to Do - [Jeff Berry/Elle Greenwich]
B4. The Dum Dum Ditty - [Tommy Boyce/Bobby Hart/Larry Martire/Steve Venet]
B5. You Cheated, You Lied - [Don Burch/Levon Helm]
B6. The Boy - [George "Shadow" Morton]
Producer: George "Shadow" Morton, Jeff Barry & Robert Bateman
Label: Red Bird

(1966) Long Live Our Love / Sophisticated Boom Boom
A. Long Live Our Love - [Jerome Louis Jackson/Sidney Barnes]
Producer: George "Shadow" Morton
Label: Red Bird

(1966) He Cried / Dressed in Black
A. He Cried - [Ted Daryll/Greg Richards]
B. Dressed in Black - [Tony Michaels/Vinny Gormann/George "Shadow" Morton]
Producer: George "Shadow" Morton
Label: Red Bird

(1966) Past, Present and Future / Paradise
A. Past, Present and Future - [Artie Butler/George "Shadow" Morton/Jerry Leiber]
B. Paradise - [Harry Nilsson]
Producer: George "Shadow" Morton
Label: Red Bird

(1966) Past, Present and Future / Love You More Than Yesterday
B. Love You More Than Yesterday - [George "Shadow" Morton/Tony Michaels/Vinny Gormann]
Producer: George "Shadow" Morton
Label: Red Bird

(1966) The Sweet Sounds of Summer / I'll Never Learn
A. The Sweet Sounds of Summer - [Larry Martire]
B. I'll Never Learn - [Sandy Hurvitz]
Producer: A Phantom Production by Shadow
Label: Mercury

(1967) Take the Time / Footsteps on the Roof
A. Take the Time - [Ritchie Cordell/Sal Trimachi]
B. Footsteps on the Roof - [Ritchie Cordell/Sal Trimachi]
Producer: A Phantom Production by Shadow
Label: Mercury


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