The Shangri-Las

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 1990 (The 1991 Induction Ceremony)

Previously Considered? Yes  what's this?

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Leader Of The Pack (1964)
Remember (Walking In The Sand) (1964)

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Will The Shangri-Las be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."


28 comments so far (post your own)

In a world dominated by black female singing
groups, the Shangri-Las exploded and devoured
an entire generation of American males with
their look, their songs, and their stage
shows. They were an incredible recording
group with great harmony. These girls could
SING!!! Mary Weiss's only vocal competition
was Ronnie of the Ronettes and La La of the
Mary Weiss is back and has a new recording
And that's called...GOOD!!!!

Posted by Randy Russi on Friday, 11.3.06 @ 07:05am

The Shangrilas rock big time. Time for rock and roll history lessons for all the "historians" on the committee !

Posted by Ed on Monday, 01.8.07 @ 19:07pm

The Shangri-Las featuring the inimitable Mary Weiss
and with a trainful of incredible songs are not in
the "R&R Hall-of-Fame"?! "That's called sad!" (By the way, it's also shameful.) Remember... The Shangri-Las!!!!

And a special "Shout"-out to the musical return of Mary and her new 'Dangerous Game' c/d!

Posted by Williamson! on Sunday, 03.18.07 @ 01:26am

The Shangri-Las were the quintessential girl group. The fact that the Ronettes were recently inducted to me bodes well for The Shangri-Las. They were the spokeswomen for a generation.

Posted by Frankito on Thursday, 03.22.07 @ 11:40am

Why are the Shangri-Las not already in???

Posted by bob on Thursday, 04.12.07 @ 10:15am

The Shangri-Las were unique and unlike any other girl group of their time.
They had a style which many stars say influenced them, like Blondie, Joan Jett etc.
They should be in.
Mary still rocks and her new album 'Dangerous Game'is brilliant!

Posted by Dave on Saturday, 04.21.07 @ 06:16am

Yes, The Shangri-Las should and will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. In many ways, Mary Weiss & The Shangs set rock 'n' roll standards and surely made break-throughs. All of their incredible recordings showcase great music and effective singing. Every Red Bird single released by The Shangri-Las has stood the tough test of time!

Long live The Shangri-las!!!
Here's a toast to their deserved induction.

Dre Christie

Posted by Dre Christie on Friday, 06.1.07 @ 13:41pm

Was this only white girl group of the 50s-60s?

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 05.31.08 @ 14:21pm

The first white girl group to hit No. 1 was The Angels with "My Boyfriend's Back" in August of '63, FIFTEEN months before the Shangri-Las' "Leader of The Pack"

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Saturday, 05.31.08 @ 22:34pm

Very important link /influence in the history of punk and rock music.
Yes punk (which is really just garage rock with angrier lyrics,subject matter imo),before it was called punk The New York Dolls/Johnny Thunders among others were very influenced by The Shangi-La's.
Record their "Give Him A Great Big Kiss" and cited them often.

Posted by Gary James on Saturday, 09.27.08 @ 10:20am

They had the nerve to have Mary announce Ronnie Spector's induction.
Like the lady she is, she did it with grace.
The Shangri-las should have been inducted a long time ago.
You people up there who decide, get your head out of where the sun don't shine and induct these great Rockers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Linda 12-03-08.

Posted by Linda on Wednesday, 12.3.08 @ 15:22pm

Nothing against the Shangri-Las, Linda, but check your facts. Keith Richards announced/presented them.

Posted by Philip on Wednesday, 12.3.08 @ 16:14pm

I think it is a disgrace for Rock & Roll that the original Shangri-Las have not yet been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Shame, Shame!!

Posted by Juan Casiano on Sunday, 12.14.08 @ 17:47pm

Aside from digging their sound when i was 11 or 12 years old, i think the Shangri-las should be in the Hall of Fame because they were an important transitional group between the sweet sentimentality of wanting to be Bobby's Girl and the harder edged punk and rock sounds that were to follow. Blondie, Pat Benatar and the others owe a mountain of gratitude to the Shangri-las for helping to pave the way. Jann Wenner and company, wake up!

Posted by Karl Worth on Sunday, 05.31.09 @ 18:41pm

first riot grrrrls ever??

Posted by kkikk on Sunday, 03.7.10 @ 22:57pm

"first riot grrrrls ever??"

Not hardly. Nice try though.

Posted by Axl Foley on Monday, 03.8.10 @ 08:00am

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Posted by Jan Richard Gorlin on Wednesday, 04.7.10 @ 21:18pm

The Hall can comfortably do without a Jewish carnival troupe from Brooklyn, but they could sure use a Jewish girl group from Queens. Shangri-Las rule!

Posted by denyo on Friday, 08.27.10 @ 11:57am

The McGuire Sisters

Posted by Roy on Friday, 08.27.10 @ 12:40pm

Hello to all the groovy hip cats and kittens out there who understand just how important the Shangri-las are. I just soft launched a new social networking side to my site and recently wrote a blog about the Shangs, and started a new group called The Shangri-Las Fan Club. Join our free "community" and lets work together to get the girls in the HOF where they belong. Thanks Joe.

Posted by Joe Miller on Sunday, 12.26.10 @ 15:21pm

****OK, HERE'S THE DEAL:****

You CAN'T induct the Shangri-Las unless you consider THE DETERGENTS TOO.

Here's proof. click on the above link.

Posted by Bill G. on Tuesday, 03.27.12 @ 23:14pm

THE DETERGENTS- Leader of The Laundromat

Posted by Bill G. on Tuesday, 03.27.12 @ 23:17pm

The Shangri-Las would be the first all white female group inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Posted by Roy on Sunday, 09.30.12 @ 21:57pm

The Shangri-Las

01. Mary Weiss
02. Elizabeth "Betty" Weiss
03. Marguerite "Marge" Ganser
04. Mary Ann Ganser

Posted by Roy on Sunday, 09.30.12 @ 22:06pm

RIP, George "Shadow" Morton

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Saturday, 02.16.13 @ 11:48am

The Shangri-Las kicked ass and then some...

"Walking in the Sand" and " I could Never Go Home" should be enough to get The Shangri-Las into the Hall of Fame.

Posted by El_Jesus on Friday, 05.9.14 @ 05:13am

The Leader Of The Pack

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 07.2.16 @ 20:37pm

Whoever gives the induction speech for the Shangri-Las better mention the fact that they are the first all-white female group to be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 08.24.16 @ 21:43pm

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