Leader of the Pack (album)

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Leader of the Pack
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Studio album by The Shangri-Las
Released February 1965
Recorded 1964
Genre Pop, rhythm and blues
Length 28:18
Label Red Bird
Producer George "Shadow" Morton
The Shangri-Las chronology
Leader of the Pack
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Singles from Leader of the Pack
  1. "Remember (Walking in the Sand)"
    Released: August, 1964
  2. "Leader of the Pack"
    Released: September, 1964
  3. "Give Him a Great Big Kiss"
    Released: December, 1964
  4. "Maybe"
    Released: December, 1964

Leader of the Pack is the 1965 debut album by girl group The Shangri-Las. The album was produced to capitalize on the group's breakthrough hits "Remember (Walking in the Sand)" and "Leader of the Pack" which had been co-written by Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich. After the album's focal track went to number one, The Shangri-Las' style and image had evolved into something tougher and earthier.

Much of the material for Leader of the Pack such as "Bull Dog" and "It's Easier to Cry" emphasized their new style. Other songs on the album include cover versions of "Maybe" originally by The Chantels with Betty Weiss on lead vocals, along with "Shout" by The Isley Brothers and "Twist and Shout" by the Top Notes. Also on the album is "Give Him a Great Big Kiss" which The Shangri-Las would release as a single later in the year. Although the group had scored two major hits, the album only charted at 109 on the U.S. albums chart.

Track listing[edit]

Side one

  1. "Give Him a Great Big Kiss" (George Morton) – 2:12
  2. "Leader of the Pack" (Morton, Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich) – 2:48
  3. "Bull Dog" (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller) – 2:22
  4. "It's Easier to Cry" (J. J. Jackson, Joe De Angelis, Robert Steinberg) – 2:35
  5. "What Is Love?" (Morton, Tony Michaels) – 2:55
  6. "Remember (Walking in the Sand)" (Morton) – 2:18

Side two

  1. "Twist and Shout" (Phil Medley, Bert Russell) – 2:39
  2. "Maybe" (Arlene Smith, George Goldner) – 2:40
  3. "So Much in Love" (Billy Jackson, Roy Straigis) – 2:16
  4. "Shout" (Rudolph Isley, Ronald Isley, O'Kelly Isley, Jr.) – 2:10
  5. "Goodnight My Love (Pleasant Dreams)" (George Motola, John Marascalco) – 1:15
  6. "You Can't Sit Down" (Cornell Muldow, Dee Clark) – 2:18

Personnel[edit]

Shangri-Las

  • Mary Weiss – lead and backing vocals
  • Betty Weiss – lead and backing vocals
  • Marge Ganser – backing vocals
  • Mary Ann Ganser – backing vocals

Technical

Singles history[edit]

  • "Remember (Walking in the Sand)" b/w "It's Easier To Cry" (U.S. #5, UK #14)
  • "Leader of the Pack" b/w "What Is Love?" (U.S. #1, UK #11 (1965), UK #3 (1972), UK #7 (1976)
  • "Give Him a Great Big Kiss" b/w "Twist and Shout" (U.S. #18)
  • "Maybe" b/w "Shout" (U.S. #91)

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