Hello,  The Angels are a female pop trio from Orange, New Jersey.  The formed as The Starlets with sisters Phyllis “Jiggs” Allbut, Barbara Allbut and Linda Jansen.  She was replaced by Peggy Santiglia.  Bernadette Carroll and Linda Malzone were also early members.  When Linda left she was replaced by Linda Jansen.  The groups manager, Tom DeCillis, turned his focus to Bernadette Carroll and dropped the rest of the group.  Carroll would go on and find solo success in 1964 with her recording of  PARTY GIRL  on Laurie Records.

The group turned their focus to education, Phyllis was in college, Barbara was accepted into the Julliard School of Music.  Gerry Granahan who had earlier rejected the group, saw the hit potential in their version of  TILL.  The record became their first single under their new name, The Angels.  TILL  on Caprice Records, made its Billboard Hot 100 debut on October 16, 1961.  The record became a Top 20 hit, charting at #14.  That single was followed by  CRY BABY CRY,  in February of 1962.  Although the single did not chart as high as  TILL,  it did become a Top 40 hit, charting at #38.

Linda Jansen left the group in late 1962 to go solo, she was replaced by Peggy Santiglia, formerly of The Delicates (with Denise Ferri and Arleen Lanzotti).  In 1963 The Angels signed a recording contract with Mercury Records’ subsidiary, Smash Records.  The Angels recorded a demo of  MY BOYFRIEND’S BACK  that was intended for The Shirelles, but the label decided to release the demo just the way it was…the rest is history.  On August 3, 1963 The Angels recording of  MY BOYFRIEND’S BACK  made its Billboard Hot 100 debut.  The record remained on the Hot 100 for 14 weeks and became the #1 record in the US and held the #1 spot for 3 weeks.  The single sold over 1 million record and was awarded a “Gold Record”.  The groups follow-up charted in October of 1963.  I ADORE HIM  charted at #25, and remained on the Hot 100 for 7 weeks.

The Angels last Hot 100 hit charted in January of 1964.  This great rock and roll record should have been a Top 10 smash, but charted at #41.  WOW WOW WEE (He’s The Boy For Me) became The Angels last hit on Smash Records.  The single was one of those songs that you just asked Why?…when it did not go to the top of the charts…its that good….The group left Smash Records in 1964 and signed with Congress Records.  After that the group went through some changes throughout the 1960s in personal…Peggy Santiglia left for awhile, Toni Mason joined, Debra Swisher replaced Mason in 1967.  Bernadette Carroll was back in the group and became the new lead singer.  The Angels disbanded in 1968.  In 1970 Santiglia and Phyllis and Barbara Allbut regrouped to release a new single on Polydor Records, it did not chart.

Phyllis Allbut and Peggy Santiglia still perform as The Angels and are joined occasionally by Barbara Allbut.  The #1 hit recording of  MY BOYFRIEND’S BACK  is still a very popular tune on oldies radio and is one of the great hits from the ‘GOLDEN ERA OF ROCK AND ROLL”.  Check out their website at:


Till the next time—Joe


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