Mary Weiss Death – Mary Weiss, the original lead singer of the Shangri-Las, has passed away, just weeks after her 75th birthday. In the 1960s, Mary Weiss was the lead singer of the band Shangri-Las, which brought her the most fame as a pop music vocalist in the United States. She subsequently disappeared from the music world for a number of decades, and she did not return until 2007, when she signed with Norton Records to make her debut solo album.
Frequently unsuccessfully coaxed by her peers to return to the stage, Mary preferred not to re-visit the Shangri-Las catalog, despite the continued popularity of songs such as “Leader of the Pack,” “Give Him a Great Big Kiss” and “Remember (Walking in the Sand.)” Billboard named the latter song #26 on its list of 100 Greatest Girl Group Songs of All Time and an oft-miscredited sped-up sample is ubiquitous on Tik Tok. Mary and the group were a tremendous influence on countless artists that followed including Blondie and Amy Winehouse. Mark Ronson recently acknowledged that the groove for Winehouse’s “Rehab” came from “Leader of the Pack.”
Weiss went to work for an architectural office in Manhattan, New York City, where she was employed as a purchasing agent. She remembered, “I went to work for an architectural firm, and I was seriously into it.” After that, I began working on commercial interiors, large-scale projects, and buildings.(1)  After some time, she was promoted to the position of chief purchasing agent and assumed management of the commercial furniture business. During the latter part of the 1980s, she worked as an interior designer and managed a furniture store. As of the year 2001, she was working as a furniture consultant for companies in New York.
Mary Weiss Obituary and funeral plans will be released by the family at a later date.
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