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The Angels (60s)

The Angels' 1963 number one hit, "My Boyfriend's Back," is one of the half-dozen or so archetypal girl group classics. Hand clap beats, sassy vocals, slightly campy lyrics, and an arrangement paced by wailing horns and streetcorner harmonies; it was a surefire hit and one that the group could never live up to, although they continued to record for some time.

The Angels had actually been around for a while before "My Boyfriend's Back," making the Top 20 in 1961 with the ballad "'Till," and the Top 40 with a follow-up, "Cry Baby Cry." Featuring sisters Barbara and Phyllis Allbut, along with lead singer Linda Jansen, the group was at this time much more inclined toward lush doo-wop, somewhat in the mold of Little Anthony & the Imperials. Jansen left near the end of 1962, to be replaced by Peggy Santiglia, who gave the trio a tougher sound. In 1963, they hooked up with the songwriting/production team of Feldman-Goldstein-Gottehrer (later to oversee the McCoys and the Strangeloves), who penned and produced material more in line with the Spectorian Wall of Sound gracing the airwaves at the peak of the girl group era.

"My Boyfriend's Back" was originally cut as a demo that music publishers hoped to shop to the Shirelles, but it turned out so well that it was released as an Angels single, after they had been freed from their prior contract to sign with Smash. Surprisingly, they would never make the Top 20 again, although they had minor hits with "Thank You and Goodnight," "I Adore Him," and "Wow Wow Wee (He's the Boy for Me)." They were decent, ebullient singers, the best of their efforts standing up well to other New York-produced groups like the Shirelles, but could never latch on to a tune as surefire as "My Boyfriend's Back" again, despite (or maybe because of) a steady supply of material from the Feldman-Goldstein-Gottehrer consortium. They worked often as session vocalists in the '60s, most notably on Lou Christie's "Lightnin' Strikes," and continued to record, unsuccessfully, throughout the '60s. ~ Richie Unterberger
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Selected Discography

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Track List: '60s Gold

Disc 1

2. Please Mr. Postman

3. Hey! Baby

4. Sealed With A Kiss

5. It's My Party

7. Dancing In The Street

8. Leader Of The Pack

9. Baby Love

10. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'

11. Game Of Love

12. Wooly Bully

13. I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)

14. Eve Of Destruction

15. Rescue Me

16. 1-2-3

17. I Got You (I Feel Good)

18. Lightnin' Strikes

20. Sunny

Disc 2

1. Wild Thing

2. (We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet

3. 98.6

4. Come On Down To My Boat

5. Sunday Will Never Be The Same

6. Let's Live For Today

7. A Whiter Shade Of Pale

8. Reflections

9. Incense And Peppermints

10. The Rain, The Park & Other Things

12. Bend Me, Shape Me

13. Love Is Blue

14. Summertime Blues

16. Love Child

17. I Heard It Through The Grapevine

18. Only The Strong Survive

19. Rock Me

20. Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye

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Track List: Hey Beach Girls! Female Surf 'n' Drag 1961 -1966

1. Pray For Surf

2. Cycle Set

3. Dance With The Surfin' Band

4. Draggin' Wagon

5. Shoot The Curl

6. He's My Surfin' Guy

9. Sammy The Sidewalk Surfer

10. Don't Drag No More

12. Riding The Waves

13. Hey Beach Boy

14. Surfer's Playmate

16. Beach Blanket Bingo

17. We're Goin' Surfin'

19. Surfin'

21. Lonely Little Beach Girl

22. Surfer Boy

23. Rod Hot Rod

24. Your Baby's Gone Surfin'

25. Red Corvette

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Track List: Malt Shop Memories

Disc 1

1. Big Girls Don't Cry

2. Stand By Me

3. Dream Lover

4. Save The Last Dance For Me

5. You Belong To Me

6. Chapel Of Love

7. Lover's Question

8. This Magic Moment

9. Sherry

10. Leader Of The Pack

11. Hello Stranger

12. On Broadway

13. Why Do Fools Fall In Love

14. Since I Met You Baby

15. Just One Look

16. There Goes My Baby

17. 16 Candles

18. Tears On My Pillow

Disc 2

1. It's My Party

3. Come See About Me

4. Girl's Alright With Me

5. Twilight Time

6. Will You Love Me Tomorrow

7. Please Mr. Postman

8. Two Lovers

9. You've Really Got A Hold On Me

10. Dancing In The Street

11. Baby Love

12. Where The Boys Are

13. Don't Mess With Bill

14. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'

15. My Guy

17. 1-2-3

18. Little Darlin'

Disc 3

1. I Get Around

2. One Fine Day

3. Teenager In Love

4. Our Day Will Come

5. Come Softly To Me

6. Take Good Care Of My Baby

7. Runaround Sue

8. Little Old Lady (From Pasadena)

9. Help Me, Rhonda

10. Since I Don't Have You

11. Little Bit Of Soap

12. He's So Fine

13. G.T.O.

14. California Girls

15. Surf City

16. Bobby's Girl

18. I Wonder Why

Disc 4

1. Lover's Concerto

2. Boy From New York City

3. Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

4. It's All In The Game

5. Are You Lonesome Tonight?

6. Lion Sleeps Tonight (Wimoweh)

7. I Will Follow Him

8. Hey Little Cobra

9. Thousand Stars

10. Stay

11. Love Is Strange

12. Come A Little Bit Closer

13. Personality

14. For Your Precious Love

15. Downtown

16. I'm Sorry

17. Baby, It's You

18. Love Me Tender

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Track List: One Kiss Can Lead To Another: Girl Group Sounds, Lost & Found

Disc 1

1. Needle In A Haystack

2. He's Got The Power

4. I'd Much Rather Be With The Girls

5. Keep Your Hands Off My Baby

7. You Don't Know

8. Boys

9. Big Bad World

10. Out In The Streets

11. Is It True

13. I'll Keep Holding On

14. Oh No Not My Baby

15. May My Heart Be Cast Into Stone

17. I Never Dreamed

18. He's A Bad Boy

20. Dream Boy

21. Try The Worryin' Way

22. I Can't Let Go

23. Go Now

24. You're No Good

26. Life And Soul Of The Party

28. What Am I Gonna Do With You

29. He Did It

Disc 2

2. The Train From Kansas City

4. Let Me Get Close To You

5. I Have A Boyfriend

6. I'm Into Something Good

8. If There's Anything Else You Want (Let Me Know)

9. When The Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes

10. It Comes And Goes

11. Baby, Baby (I Still Love You)

12. Girl Don't Come

13. That's When The Tears Start

15. Don't Drop Out

16. The One You Can't Have

17. I'm Nobody's Baby Now

18. You're So Fine

19. When You're Young And In Love

20. My One And Only Jimmy Boy

22. Chico's Girl

23. Cause I Love Him

24. Bye Bye Baby

25. The First Cut Is The Deepest

27. Egyptian Shumba

28. I Sold My Heart To The Junkman

29. Walking In Different Circles

30. The Hideaway

Disc 3

1. The Trouble With Boys

3. Dream Baby

5. Should I Cry (Alternate Take)

6. I'm Blue (The Gong Gong Song)

7. I've Been Wrong Before

8. Love's Gone Bad

9. Nightmare

11. Will You Be My Love

12. Take Me For A Little While

13. Funnel Of Love

15. Terry

17. Sophisticated Boom Boom

19. Don't Ever Leave Me

20. Don't Forget About Me

22. Only To Other People

26. How Can I Tell My Mom & Dad

29. When I Think Of You

30. Good, Good Lovin'

Disc 4

1. When The Boy's Happy (The Girl's Happy Too)

2. Don't Drag No More

4. That's How It Goes

8. Steady Boyfriend

9. He Was Really Sayin' Somethin'

10. I Know You Love Me Not

11. Whatever Happened To Our Love

15. I Can't Wait Until I See My Baby's Face

16. Crying In The Rain

19. Hey, Tell Me Boy

20. Brink Of Disaster

21. Who Do You Love

23. They Never Taught That In School

24. Dressed In Black

25. Ain't Gonna Kiss Ya

27. Mister Loveman

28. Make The Night A Little Longer

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Before the 80's this was the soundtrack of our wild times before Vietnam and Marriage, kids etc. We did have fun in those days, a 250Honda and lots of time to get it our systems before we grew up Yikes
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A la if your listen how are
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Still great to dance to.
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Great music I was 18 but remember the words and them like it was only a few years back it was special times in world of music and to never be repeated
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midnight2.ar
When my son was in his early 20s and some of this music was popular again. When i found out he was listening to it we used to listen to it together.
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midnight2.ar
my cousins and i used to pretend like we were a singing group whenever we went to aunt janes. She had a huge cedar chest in kim and marciss room we used to stand on when we did this.
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I've been listening to this music for over 50 years. Alex 63
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Loved this song everytime they played it and liked it more when i saw my crush..when i was in JR. High School ;)
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Omg grew up on these songs
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You better hit the road with those lies my boyfriend back.
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arnetiah87
My boyfriend back ❤️❤️❤️❤️
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I love 60's music
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Not all or the original 45 single release recording!!! I collect records , I have most of the originals that period. It's a shame that later generations can't enjoy the true sound of an original!!! Pandora does this to a high percentage of their plays, through to the 1990's. The only exception I've heard is if the artist died early, and wasn't available for a remake!!
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eolson63
Im pretty sure spelling and grammar were around in the 60's, too.....good n e s s people! Try it sometime.... . . . .
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Do U hv new beach shag sounds that are still beach, r&b rythum.
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My boyfriends back❤️❤️❤️❤️
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Iove their music
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seth.hawken
60ssssssss
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Hey BOB.... ur an IDIOT!! LMFAO
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lucydrew
Song
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lucydrew
Fave somg
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lucydrew
My boyfriends back I LOVE IT
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Just love these music.
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Damn there jersey girl not only looked good, but sang good! cry baby cry is still my best!
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powerswj6
Best time for music
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Oldies put Goodies best music in the world Love it from the BRONX N.Y.C.
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this music back them meant something
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The 50s and 60s were the best time
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Ooooooooh no she didnt
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the girl singing MY BOYFRIEND'S BACK threatens guy by saying You're going to get a beatin' - that sounds like domestic violence
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I love the oldies :) lol
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eblovescats
Im 14 and i love the 60s music
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Luv it
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gmood614
Villa- create a station 60's girl groups. You will get all the great girl groups
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I also like Johnny Rivers
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hb20837
Like the more recent version better
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Pop
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Well, most people call them Motown.
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What genre in general would this music be considered? I wanna find a good station of all this type of music!!
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Great music
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I love this music
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The original Tough Girl band..see also The Crystals He's a rebel, The Shangri-Las, Nancy Sinatra These Boots..., Sue Thompson's Paper Tiger
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The oldies will never go out of style
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I just love the 60ies! Especially Bobby Vinton!!
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I love the 60's
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Love the 50's and 60's music!!!! Mostly, I just love music!!
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Agh..... The Memories, makes me young agin
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I love this song
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love the oldies
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