Taking Steps....

Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Friday, September 07, 2007

Posting early morning which is not our normal routine, but last night sort of got away from us....

Was out last night doing the business thing and half listening to a conversation at the table next to us (we have that ability to hear other conversations and also stay within the one we are having - we blame it on our radio days...but it is just a "talent/curse" we have), it ends up one of the women has a son who is a Marine recruit...we begin talking and ....yup you got it! Her son is in the same recruit platoon as our SugarBaby Dixie's Matt is!

So we got them on the phone together to talk....we were so excited for both of them.

The other day in an email conversation, this line of words came up:

"Leader Of The Pack..."

And, of course that got us thinking ...so going into the weekend, THE SHANGRI-LAS

The THE SHANGRI-LAS were an American pop group of the 1960s. Between 1964 and 1966 they charted with a string of often heartbreaking teen melodramas, and remain best known for "Leader of the Pack" and "Remember (Walking in the Sand)". The later was used in the movie "The Goodfellas" and also used in the TV program "Cold Case".

The group was formed at Andrew Jackson High School in Queens, New York in 1963. They consisted of two sets of sisters: Mary Weiss (lead singer) (born 1948) and Elizabeth "Betty" Weiss (born 1946), and identical twins Marguerite "Marge" (1947-1996) and Mary Ann Ganser (1947-1970). More often than not the girls appeared in public as a trio, because Betty Weiss rarely appeared on stage with the other group members until 1966.

George "Shadow" Morton

George "Shadow" Morton with Jeff Barry & Ellie Greenwich

Enjoy your weekend...Stay safe and happy....

Studio albums

* 1964: Leader of the Pack (U.S. #109)
* 1965: Shangri-Las-65!

Compilation albums

* 1966: Golden Hits of the Shangri-Las
* 1975: The Shangri-Las Sing
* 1994: Myrmidons of Melodrama
* 1996: The Best of the Shangri-Las


All released on Red Bird label except where stated.

* 1964: "Wishing Well"/"Hate To Say I Told You So" (Spokane label, later reissued on Scepter)
* 1964: "Remember (Walking in the Sand)"/"It's Easier To Cry" (U.S. #5, UK #14)
* 1964: "Leader of the Pack"/"What Is Love?" (U.S. #1, UK #11 (1965), UK #3 (1972), UK #7 (1976))
* 1965: "Simon Says"/"Simon Speaks" (recorded in 1963/64, issued on Smash label)
* 1965: "Give Him a Great Big Kiss"/"Twist And Shout" (U.S. #18)
* 1965: "Maybe"/"Shout" (U.S. #91)
* 1965: "Out in the Streets"/"The Boy" (U.S. #53)
* 1965: "Give Us Your Blessings"/"Heaven Only Knows" (U.S. #29)
* 1965: "Right Now and Not Later"/"The Train From Kansas City" (U.S. #99)
* 1965: "I Can Never Go Home Anymore"/"Bull Dog" (U.S. #6)
* 1966: "Long Live Our Love"/"Sophisticated Boom Boom" (U.S. #33)
* 1966: "He Cried"/"Dressed In Black" (U.S. #65)
* 1966: "Past, Present and Future"/"Paradise" (U.S. #59)
* 1966: "The Sweet Sounds of Summer"/"I'll Never Learn" (U.S. #123) (Mercury label)
* 1967: "Take the Time"/"Footsteps On The Roof" (Mercury label)

18 Of Your Sparks

  1. Wow, great music to start the weekend

  2. Mags Says:
  3. Wow, Bond...that's really fantastic that you got the 2 of them talking!!!

  4. Dixiechick Says:
  5. I'm still in a state of shock...

    Like I told you on the phone... God works in mysterious ways.

    And like I have always said too... we were brought together for a reason... we may never know why...but there is a reason.


  6. Matt-Man Says:
  7. That's too cool. Love the Shangri-Las, but more of a fan of The Shirelles (sp)....Cheers Vin-Man!!

  8. Twyla Says:
  9. It's a small world! It's amazing how everyone seems to be connected.

  10. You're a good man, Charlie Brown. What a wonderful thing you did, sweetie.

    Big kiss - MWAH!

  11. the108 Says:
  12. How fantastic for Dixie!

  13. Mimi Lenox Says:
  14. Thanks Bond. What a wonderful thing you did for those two. Have a great weekenfd!

  15. katherine. Says:
  16. one degree of separation...

    (and that talent/curse is called evesdropping...I know...I have it....laughing...)

  17. Anonymous Says:
  18. Oooh, entertaining song list! Thanks for sharing!

  19. Starrlight Says:
  20. Loved the Shangri La's. They were always a bit more hard core than the Supremes or the Vandellas

  21. But did you like "Leader of the Laundromat"? Great traveling in time with you, as always, my friend...

  22. Travis Says:
  23. Small world and all that eh?

    Ahh the girl groups of the 1960's...love em!

    Thanks for the support during my little hiatus.

  24. Bond Says:
  25. SARGE: Thanks - enjoy yours...

    MAGS: A greater power put me there...I was just a conduit...

    DIXIE: I am thrilled I was sitting there....

    MATT-MAN: You spelled it perfectly dude...

    TWYLA: This strange world of ours spins and we just ride along..LOL

    SONGBIRD: All I did was sit at a table and hear a conversation...the rest was natural thanks darlin

    108: Kyra...yes it is and for the other woman also

    MIMI: Everyone would have done the same if given the opportunity...thanks

    KATHERINE: HEY, stop giving away my secrets...eavesdropping...heheheh

    JESSICA: Glad you enjoyed it

    STARRLIGHT: Yes they were... I also enjoy them greatly

    BUD: OF course... Great reply song....

    TRAVIS: And getting smaller all the time...You have my support always my friend...always

  26. BeckEye Says:
  27. What a wild coincidence with the two moms. It's great that you were able to bring them together!

  28. Tug Says:
  29. You are so awesome...continue to 'overhear'...too too cool.

  30. Turnbaby Says:
  31. Ah--yet another 'talent' we share sugar.

    You know our Sugarbaby really needed that connection and call. How wonderful.

    And such awesome music for the weekend.

    Hope your steps get lighter as you go ;-)


  32. Julie Says:
  33. Yup....you really lifted Dixie out of her funk. She was fit to be tied...or maybe she wanted to be tied...I dunno....


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