Greatest Songs, #447: “Leader of the Pack” by The Shangri-Las

Year: 1964
Written by: George “Shadow” Morton, Jeff Barry, & Ellie Greenwich
Billboard Hot 100: #1

 From Rolling Stone:

Morton found the inspiration for this song in a gang at a diner in Hicksville, New York. “Bikers, hot rodders, gum-smacking ladies,” Morton said. “Not careful at all about their language and what they had to say.” The Shangri-Las were the perfect girl group for Morton’s song — drama queens in leather jackets, fitting for a story of a teenage girl who falls for a motorcycle dude. The other ingredients: pretty harmonies, spoken interludes, motorcycle sounds (recorded from a bike in the studio) and horrified shouts of “Look out!”