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Sunday, July 30, 2006


Fans will certainly recognize the three talented ladies in the above picture. They are, of course, Mary Weiss, Mary Ann Ganser, and Margie Ganser; better known as the “Shangri-Las.” Who could ever forget … (sing along while I lip-sync)

“I met him at the candy store
He turned around and smiled at me
You get the picture? (yes, we see)
That's when I fell for (the leader of the pack)”

I’ll get back to the follow-up on this story right after these words from the sponsor (me).

Last night (Saturday July 29, 2006) I was a guest at the Canoga Park High School class of 1966 reunion. I don’t usually do personal appearances but this one I couldn’t resist. One, this group was having their affair at a location just ten minutes from where I live and second, of the about 100 or so who were there, almost three quarters of them actually danced and performed on the show. It was exciting to see the “kids” after 40 years. I have to say that the Baby Boomers of today sure look great. I can see why the new “middle-age” is now the 50s.

The wonderful part was that they were as glad to see me, as I was to see them. It was a reunion in a reunion.

While I was driving home from the event, I had an epiphany (I love the word “epiphany”). I suddenly realized how thrilled this Class of ’66 would have been if I had brought along a couple of their favorite artists from the show. Dynamite!

But, of course, there are a lot of hurdles. Too many of the 60s recording artists I would want to present are no longer together. The Beach Boys, Jan and Dean, The Righteous Brothers, Sonny and Cher, The Birds, etc. Come to think of it though, I suppose a lot of the couples, who were high school sweethearts, are most likely not together anymore either. And, sadly, they most likely have no idea where some of their high school friends are today. It’s hard to keep in touch for forty years.

That’s why I’m always elated whenever I hear from one of my famous show guests. They were friends and one never wants to lose contact with friends.

To punctuate that statement, here is a delightful email that completely caught me by surprise:

“Dear Lloyd:

This is Mary Weiss, the original lead singer of the Shangri-Las. I just wanted to say hello. I have been hiding from the music business for many years. You are not going to believe it, but I decided to make a new CD. What a kick. I am going into the studio near the end of July – early August. It’s time to have some fun. What better than music?

I just wanted to check in and see how you are and what you are doing these days.
You always had such a great sense of humor. You always made me laugh. I have always remembered you fondly.

Best regards,


Mary Weiss, the leader of this pack, is the one in the picture with her hand on my shoulder. It appears she was laughing so hard at the time; she had to hang on to me for support. You will notice SHE is also making ME laugh. I think it was all that laughter that helped make the show a hit. As someone once said, we were in the business of making rock and roll fun.

I promise I will keep all of you Mouse Cliquers informed as to when Mary’s new CD is available. You can help give her a leg up as she begins her second career. She is a Baby Boomer just like you. And just like you, it is never too late.

But wait, as the commercial huckster on TV would say, “There’s more!” How about this comment that was posted on one of my recent blogs:

“Hey Lloyd:

I still sing lead with the Turtles and we do between thirty and sixty concerts a year. The first TV show that we ever did was yours and believe me, we were and still are the students. You were the best teacher I ever had and I truly believe that you were in large part responsible for the sense of humor that has kept me going in this business, lo these forty-odd years.

Howard Kaylan-The Turtles”

Well, you heard it here folks. The Turtles are still out there doing concerts.

Why am I bringing all this up? What would you think about getting it all together for all the middle-agers out there? We present your favorite groups or whoever is still left and do a big concert. It would be held in Monterey, California and then we could call it “The Baby Monterey Boomer Festival?” Then it goes on the road.

It is said that if you build it, they will come. If someone were able to build this baby, would you come?

Let me know by posting a comment on this blog … and …

Stay tuned.


Blogger Gary said...

As Gary Lewis says, COUNT ME IN!
I would definitely take vacation time to come out to California for this, HANDS DOWN! In fact, Uncle Lloyd, I would volunteer my services to help you contact some of the acts. Never mind going through their agents, contact the acts directly thru their emails and mention Lloyd Thaxton, and I can guarantee they won't turn you/us down! That would be a GREAT show, just like the old Dick Clark Caravan of Stars. Have each act do a handful of songs, perhaps have some audience participation, have Uncle Lloyd lip-synch along thru cardboard cut-out album covers.....GREAT STUFF!!!!
I feel pretty good, too, knowing that I may have had a part in getting Mary Weiss in touch with you and I am looking forward to her new CD. I understand why she has gone so long without recording, but it's about time she came back to do so! I don't think anybody will be disappointed with the results.

4:47 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Lloyd, you know that I would be there in a heartbeat. Just this past weekend, I ventured up to Las Vegas for a Doo Wop Festival, featuring 11 assorted groups from that genre. Folks came from as far away as Japan, Canada, England and Henderson for the festivities.

By the way, be sure to check out today's LA Radio website - there is a nice photo of you, Dee Dee (Phelps from Dick & Dee Dee) and some funny looking guy.


12:22 PM

Blogger Geno said...


You come to Kansas City, I'm there!

-- Geno

12:34 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lloyd! Give the show date and time... I'll be there...

Robert V

12:53 PM

Blogger Gaylel said...

Hey, count me in too--since on the the subject of Mary Weiss, whatever happened to Jackie De Shannon?

I know she still writes but could you include her too? If it was not for her and a few others, there would be no women--the intellegent ones like a Natalie Merchant, or a Pat Benetar.

Oh, and btw, there are many baby boomers now who are re-inventing themeselves and are playing to sold-out crowds. I was suprized to see all 4 members of CSNY (Crosby, Stills Nash and Young) are touring together.

The old folks are back!!

2:47 PM

Blogger Gary said...

To Lane....what is the url to the website for LA Radio? I'd LOVE to see the picture of Dee Dee and those other two guys!
To Gaylel....Jackie DeShannon just did a show or two (don't know if it was a tour, though) out in the U.K. to rave reviews! People there said she's still "got it". Hopefully she'll do some shows here in the U.S. as well. Check out Jackie's website at
and check out Dee Dee's website at
Dee Dee has a book out that is a great read, if you haven't seen it yet. Tell her I sent ya!!

2:55 PM

Blogger Lloyd Thaxton said...

Freddy Cannon just wrote me about The Baby Monterey Boomer Festival. He said keep the prices down and they will come. Cool.

Freddy was a many time guest on my show and he was always great. I wrote this back to him:

"Freddy, thanks for chiming in. YOU would be PERFECT. Freddy "Boom Boom" Cannon, doing the Baby Monterey BOOMer Festival. Let's see how this all plays out. Maybe we should have it at "Palisades Park."


3:47 PM

Blogger Gaylel said...

For Gary who was asking for Don Barrett's LA Radio's website, the address is:

Lane, heard your recent intallment of the Memory Lane show--awesome..

Gary, I'm happy to hear that Jackie is still performing.

7:10 PM

Blogger Lloyd Thaxton said...

Jackie DeShannon fans check this out:

8:27 PM

Blogger Lloyd Thaxton said...

Sorry about that. I couldn't squeeze the entire address for Jackie DeShannon on to the comment.

I'll try it again.

11:15 AM

Blogger Chuck Hinson said...

Hey ... how 'bout counting an old ROCK Relic in on the gig?!? You bet your sweet BIPPY I'd be there, WHEREVER it is!! But it wouldn't be a REunion of Cliquers, et al ... but a UNION ... meaning, a front UNITED!!
Lloyd, it's a stroke of GENIUS, my friend ... not uncommon for the Master of Mousedom.
Oh ... and with Mike, Bruce, Al and Brian supposedly mending fences, maybe we'll see the Beach Boys again AFTER all!
Naturally, we'd HAVE to get Howard and Mark's TURTLES there ... who knows how to party BETTER than those two?
Lloyd, count to ten. Still that many fingers? Bring 'em ... and their wardrobes and 45s. WE NEED THE FINGER, PEOPLE ... er, THE FINGER PEOPLE!!
And the album-cover lip-synch (re Gary's post) is a boss idea (WARNING: Do NOT try that with CDs! It takes FOREVER to pry your lips outta that little hole in the middle ...)
As Mary Hopkin sang, "Those Were The Days" ...
btw, she's cut a track on Dolly's new CD, and still sounds fantastic!

11:35 PM

Blogger Chuck Hinson said...

one more quick thought: CLEVELAND!
What better place to get the in-crowd back together than at the ROCK-AND-ROLL HALL OF FAME (or as close to it as we can)? It'd be AUTOMATIC PR!
Either way, LET'S DO IT!!

11:41 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was one of the "kids" at the Canoga Park High School Reunion July 29. The surprise visit from Lloyd Thaxton definitely made it an evening to remember ... and since you took a picture of us laughing at your jokes, Lloyd, you'll remember us no matter how many years go by!

I say YES to the Baby Monterey Boomer Festival, but if it has anything to do with Lloyd Thaxton it should open somewhere in the LA area. Could boomers fill the Hollywood Bowl, or the Greek? Or maybe it should be a giant Beach Party?

There was a great turnout for the Turtles, Herman's Hermits/Peter Noone and Peter and Gordon a few weeks ago at Humphrey's in San Diego - including an expanded audience viewing from their yachts in the harbor. Add a few more of those familiar names you mentioned and it's bound to be a sell out!

I'll be watching the blog for more about the anticipated event! Thanks for keeping us "young at heart," Lloyd!

2:53 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds good to me,Lloyd. We had the Shangri-Las at an oldies reunion concert here in Toms River, NJ a few years ago. Also on the bill that night was Johnny Maestro and the Brooklyn Bridge, and Lou Christie. When you mentioned Freddy"Boom Boom" Cannon, you brought to mind one of your shows where you lip-synched "The Dedication Song."

3:19 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Lloyd:
It was so great talking reuniting with you at Lane Quigley's Rocket Radio event on the 4th of July weekend. I just discovered your blog comments about a reunion. I hope this happens. It would be great to have a t.v. show with you as host and many of the acts you helped launch (wasn't that just about everyone?). Dick and I were always happy to appear on your show. Let's hope this idea works out. I'd love to join in.
Best Wishes,
Dee Dee Phelps

6:07 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The so-called "Shangri-Las" who did a the oldies reunion concert are just a cover band and have no original members. The Weiss sisters have not performed on stage since a single reunion concert with the late Marge Ganser in 1989. There was a lot of controversy over groups that are using the Shangri-Las name without their permission.

5:22 AM

Blogger Davey said...

Oh God Lloyd would I ever come! I worked locally doing golden oldies show over the past 8 years and it would be so much fun! I would gladly hop a plane to Monterrey to attend this event! Go for it!

6:41 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Lloyd:
I wanted to invite you to the Dick and Dee Dee Sixties review we're doing at Theatre Palisades oin June 22nd, 2008. It would be so great if you could come to the show. We'd be happy to save you some "comp" tickets.
Remember when we talked at Lane Quigleys party about how great it would be to package shows?
Hope all is well with you.
Best Wishes,
Dee Dee Phelps

9:17 PM


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