Mary-Weiss

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The Shangri-Las, 1977 © Roberta Bayley

In late spring or early summer of 1977, the three surviving Shangri-Las - Mary Weiss, Liz Weiss and Margie Ganser - contacted Seymour Stein, president of Sire Records, about returning to the studio to work on a record for his label. […] The girls never did articulate their exact reason for wanting to return to making music, but it may have had something to do with their apparent distaste for their old material. […] Stein, for his part, was more disappointed than angry with the collapse of the sessions. “I think he wanted to make a Shangri-Las record more than they did,” [Andy] Paley says. Upon hearing the tapes, “he felt everything was great,” yet the sessions were never completed. Paley is at a loss to explain why things dissipated the way they did. “I can’t even describe to you what happened, but at the end of the summer, it just seemed like it was over. It was almost like we were just doing it for the fun of it. I don’t think they really cared that much about making a record.”