February 16, 2013

Farewell, George “Shadow” Morton

Shadow Morton, a guy you may confuse with Phil Spector, has died. Morton’s NYT obit will set you straight, if that’s the case.

I’m not positive Morton produced the Shangri-Las’ “Out in the Streets” (a Greenwich-Barry tune that I’ve loved for ages), but if he didn’t, close enough as makes no difference. What matters is this Shindig production of the song, which just flat out stunned me when I viewed it tonight for the first time.


  1. Derek White on February 16th, 2013 at 4:49 am

    i love how NY Times has to spell out the song for us (with no spoiler alert):
    As the melodrama unfolds to the sound of a revving motorcycle, Jimmy, banished by Betty on her parents’ orders, peels off on his bike, only to crash. “Look out!” the Shangri-Las’ lead singer, Mary Weiss, cries over and over, but it is too late. Jimmy is dead.

  2. Sheila Ryan on February 16th, 2013 at 5:35 am

    That’s rich indeed, Derek.

  3. Michael Grant Smith on February 16th, 2013 at 8:47 am

    Mary Weiss’s long blonde hair is curiously out of step with coiffure of that era (not that I notice these things). It seems suited to today’s fashion. Strangely, it is somehow a little jarring that Mary wears the same style today.

    This from a guy who is aware that wimmens have hair on top of their noggins, and that’s about the extent of it.

    Lovely song.

  4. Sheila Ryan on February 17th, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    I especially like the stylized direction. But then Shindig! was always cooler than Hullaballoo.