The song “Give Him a Great Big Kiss” was written by songwriter and record producer George “Shadow” Morton The Shangri-Las, a Sixties girl group from Queens, New York, with a tough-girl image, recorded it, and, in 1964, the song went to #18 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.
The Shangri-Las formed while at Andrew Jackson High School in 1963. They were two sets of sisters. Mary and Elizabeth “Betty” Weiss and identical twins Marguerite “Marge” and Mary Ann Ganser. Their first big success was in 1964 with “Remember (Walking in the Sand)” and then with “Leader of the Pack.” They were a group until 196, and during their heyday, they were out and about with some of the biggest groups of the time. They performed with The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Drifters, James Brown, Herman’s Hermits, and Del Shannon, just to name a few . The Shangri-Las had some successful records with themes regarding alienation, abandonment, loneliness, and death (well, it was the sixties). These included “Leader of the Pack,” “Out in the Streets,” “Give Us Your Blessings, “I Can Never Go Home Anymore,” “Past, Present and Future,” and a song dedicated to those fighting overseas in Vietnam titled “Long Live Our Love.”