GOOD NEWS FOR A CHANGE…THE LATEST UPDATE FROM THE STORY THAT NEVER ENDS

Usually, when I post the latest news from Shangri-La World, it involves some Voice of Eminence having gotten yet another fact wrong or added some dubious twist to the tale. This time around it’s all good news.

There’s been a post on YouTube for years (it’s still there) which has a snippet of the Shangs performing “Remember (Walkin’ in the Sand)” looped through the entire song and therefore unsynched after the first thirty seconds or so. The clip–always tantalizing enough to make me long to see more–was obviously from a TV performance but nobody seemed to know from where.

I still don’t know from where but somebody has come up with the whole thing, which reveals, among other things, that it’s great for slow dancing. (I suppose the WTAI stamp could stand for Where the Action Is, but it could stand for a lot of other things, too–one thing I do know is that “TAMI Show” logo that shows up in the first second or so and then disappears is a mystery, because this sure ain’t The T.A.M.I. Show). Then again the Shangri-Las always invite mystery and confusion so who can be surprised?

One thing that isn’t surprising is Mary Weiss’ enigmatic smile, which still doesn’t tell me whether she’s getting ready to walk into the ocean or head back up the beach. To quote Shadow Morton: “I was asking her to be an actress.” And, as she said: “I had enough pain in me at the time to make anything believable.” Even when she was smiling and lip-synching:

 

2 thoughts on “GOOD NEWS FOR A CHANGE…THE LATEST UPDATE FROM THE STORY THAT NEVER ENDS

  1. Hello. It was me who first started uploading Shangri-las clips to YouTube nine years ago. The only three which didn’t originate from my collection are ‘Leader of the Pack’ from ‘The Clark Race Show’ and also the performances of ‘Long Live our Love’ (Hullabaloo) and ‘Give Him A Great Big Kiss’ (Shindig) which were easily available on compilation videos.

    The ‘Remember (Walkin’ in the Sand)’ snippet you referred to was compiled by someone using two separate sources from my uploads; namely a 2001 interview with Mary and Shadow, et al., and a 1989 episode of ‘Entertainment Tonight’.
    I can confirm that this aforementioned performance is from an episode of ‘Where the Action Is’. It was broadcast on 1st July 1965, and ‘Give Us Your Blessings’ was also performed.

    Regarding the “new” performance of ‘Give Him A Great Big Kiss’ which also appeared last year – It is from the November 5th 1965 episode of ‘Where the Action Is’, which was The Shangri-las third and last appearance on the show. It was the only song they performed despite the fact that they should actually have been promoting ‘I Can Never Go Home Anymore’!

    Incidentally, regarding ‘Remember (Walkin’ in the Sand)’ – Their earliest TV performances of it were all on British TV: Top of the Pops, Scene at 6.30, Thank Your Lucky Stars, Ready, Steady Go!, and The Eamonn Andrews Show.

    • Hi Dazza B! I’m definitely familiar with that moniker from YouTube and very much appreciate all the good work you’ve done over the years. Thanks for all the info. As you can probably tell from browsing this site, all Shangs’ nuggets are deeply appreciated!

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