Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Jango Song Of The Day-The Angels
The 1963 number one smash My Boyfriend's Back typifies the girl group sound of the early 60s. It's sort of a one hit wonder. The Angels had some previous chart success with a different lead singer. They were from Orange, NJ and if the two backup singers look alike to you, that's because they are sisters Barbara & Phyllis Allbut. Linda Jansen was the original lead singer. In 1961, they had a top 20 hit with Till and then a top 40 hit with The Beatles song Cry Baby Cry. Jansen left in late 1962 and was replaced by Peggy Santiglia from The Delicates. Peggy would give them a much tougher sound. In 1963, they got together with the production team of Richard Gottehrer, Jerry Goldstein and Bob Feldman. The original plan was to do a demo of My Boyfriend's Back and pitch it to The Shirelles. But The Angels demo turned out so well that they were signed to Smash Records. My Boyfriend's Back topped the charts. It's still very memorable today and you can get it on this Rhino various artists comp. The Angels tried but never had another hit and actually recorded as The Halos in the mid-60s. They became session singers most notably on the 1966 Lou Christie hit Lightning Strikes. The Angels reformed in the 70s and have toured the oldies circuit for years. Here's The Angels performing My Boyfriend's Back on The Ed Sullivan Show 1963.