The Shangri-Las included 4 members; however, Betty Weiss rarely appeared in the group public performances. In the last years of the Shangri-Las, though, Betty started airing with the band while Mary Ann Ganser took a break from touring with the group. When Mary Ann came back, Margie Ganser, her twin sister, took a one year break from the vocal group's tours. It seems that the girls were quite tired as the Shangri-Las toured extensively during their short career!
"Past, Present And Future" was the last tune the Shangri-Las recorded for Red Bird Records and they signed with Mercury Records. Alas, success failed and, by the end of 1968, the Shangri-Las became part of the story and the girls went back to a normal life.
In 1970, Mary Ann Ganser had to deal with health problems and passed away. Betty and Mary Weiss each got married and soon divorced and got married once again and are still married nowadays. Betty is the only lady of the Shangri-Las who has a child, a daughter named Tracey.
Margie Ganser and the Weiss sisters performed together from time to time till the end of the 1980s. During this period, the Shangri-Las had to deal with a false Shangri-Las band that didn't just perform under their name but also pretended to be the original vocal group of the 60s.
The year 1994, Margie Ganser, who worked for a phone company, was diagnosed with breast cancer and, after a two-year fight against this horrible disease, passed away in 1996. Betty and Mary Weiss went back to normal life.
The Shangri-Las toured with the best artists of the time such as the Beatles, Chuck Berry or Dusty Springfield and influenced some of the most popular artists such as Debbie Harris of Blondie, Aerosmith or Amy Winehouse. They have also promoted Revlon cosmetics and recorded dating etiquette annoucements.