Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Ooh la la

Two more acts for the nominating committee to think about:

The Shangri-Las were the most rocking and toughest of any of the girl groups. The group had a great string of singles from 1964 to 1966, some of which were actual smash hits. Cashbox magazine picked the Shangri-Las as the top new R&B group of 1964. When they toured with James Brown, he was surprised to find out they were white.

The group was an influence on The New York Dolls, Blondie, and Aerosmith as well as the first wave of punk bands. The Shangri-Las were influenced by punk (and a hit 1976 re-issue of “Leader of The Pack”) too. In 91977 the Shangri-Las reunited for some recording and a show at CBGB’s. The group wanted to sound like Patti Smith. Sadly, the sessions were never completed and have never been available.

Mary Weiss has a terrific new LP out on Norton Records.

Faces were one of the best rock & roll of the early seventies. All four of their LPs are worth owning. The Sex Pistols, The Replacements, The Black Crowes, The Georgia Satellites and many other bands took a lot from these guys. The band collapsed when Ron Wood started playing with the Rolling Stones. Faces’ singer Rod Stewart got in as a solo act years ago. So why hasn’t the band that played on some of his best records been voted in?


Blogger Dgrador said...

Man, I'd love to hear that session, or a boot of the CBGB show.

3/10/07 3:38 PM  
Blogger theoldroadhog said...

hey, I saw Mary Weiss on Sunday...pretty rocking!

4/10/07 10:11 AM  

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