These found photos are dated Febuary 3, 1964, and were taken at the Brooklyn Fox Theater during one of Murray The K’s package shows. Murray the K was a motor mouth DJ on New York’s WINS, then the biggest top 40 station in the city, Murray was known for his “Ah bey” howl and hyping himself as the fifth Beatle and sixth Rolling Stone (he turned the Stones’ onto the Valentinos’ It’s All Over Now which they soon recorded and had a hit with).
The Shangri-Las will always be best remembered for Leader Of The Pack, (Remember) Walking In The Sand and Give Him A Great Big Kiss, but their best record was Out In The Street. I remember seeing them sing it on Shindig as a kid (the clip is below), they made a huge impression on my pre-pubescent brain. Out In The Street still gives me the chills. It was, oddly enough the last song WINS played before switching to an all news format. Out In The Street wasn’t a hit because Red Bird records was in the process of going out of business when it was released, but in a better world it would have been #1. In case you’ve never heard them, here’s some funny vintage radio spots from lead singer Mary Weiss, the first is a Revlon endorsement, here’s one is about etiquette, and here’s a funny Dating tips spot.
In case you’ve been in the Khyber Pass for the last year and missed it, lead singer Mary Weiss cut her first record since the Shangs breakup, released last year on Norton Records— Dangerous Games, features tunes mostly from Greg Cartwright of the Reigning Sound/Oblivions, and a great album it is. I don’t like too many modern records, but I sure like Dangerous Games. Norton also issued a 45 from the LP– Don’t Come Back with a non-LP b-side (A Certain Guy, a re-write of Benny Spellman’s A Certain Girl), which is essential for any Shangri-Las fan.