The Shangri-Las – “I’m Blue (The Gong-Gong Song)”

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The Shangri-Las were an all-girl group composed of two sets of Sisters from Queens, New York. Mary Weiss, Betty Weiss and identical twins Marge and Mary Ann Ganser had their first hit in 1964 with “Remember (Walking in the Sand)” at the ages of 15, 17 and 16 respectively. They had a tough girl persona and have been cited as influences by a variety of artists including Blondie, the New York Dolls and Bette Midler. “Leader of the Pack” is their most well-known hit, but my personal favorite is their version of The Ikette’s 1961 track “I’m Blue (The Gong-Gong Song)”.


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