Late entrants in the early 60s school of girl groups, the Shangri-Las comprised two pairs of sisters, Mary-Ann and Margie Ganser (d. 28 July 1996) and Betty and Mary Weiss. During 1963 they were discovered by Shadow Morton and recorded two singles under the name Bon Bons before signing to the newly formed Red Bird Records. Relaunched as the Shangri-Las, they secured a worldwide hit with Remember (Walkin In The Sand), a delightful arrangement complete with the sound of crashing waves and crying seagulls. It was the sound-effect of a revving motorbike engine which opened their distinctive follow-up, Leader Of The Pack, which was even more successful and a prime candidate for the death disc genre with its narrative of teenage love cut short because of a motorcycle accident. By 1966, Margie Ganser had left the group, although this had little effect on their popularity or output. They had already found a perfect...
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