There were girl vocal groups and then there were the Shangri-Las. Most groups projected a sweet or innocent persona but the Shangri-Las went for a tough edge.
The group was comprised of two sets of twins. Mary & Betty Weiss and Marge & Mary Ann Ganser met in high school. While signed to the Red Bird label, they placed 11 songs on the BILLBOARD Hot 100, 1964-1966.
Their greatest moment came in late 1964, when “Leader Of The Pack” reached number one on the Hot 100 for the week of November 28. It was the ultimate song of teen angst complete with motorcycle sounds, and one of the most famous crashes in rock history. Mary Weiss spoke the words and provided the lead vocal.
“Leader Of The Pack” remains one of the most recognizable songs of the 1960’s.