September 7, 2008

Peggy Santiglia of The Angels on Phlash Phelps!

September 7th, 2008

Check out Phlash Phelps’ interview with Peggy Santiglia, of The Angels, who sang lead on “My Boyfriend’s Back”! Peggy talks about The Angels’ success, the group’s friendship with The Four Seasons, Jersey Boys, and “Beggin’,” a song she co-wrote with Bob Gaudio!

The Angels are still touring and recording! Visit their website:


  1. Hi All,
    I’m thrilled that Danielle L. of Jersey Babys fame sent my interview with Phlash Phelps to this fabulous Jersey Boys Blog. The JB’s show and cast are the best. Our new CD will be released shortly and Beggin’, which I’m happy to say has made a bigger than ever comeback, is one of the most important songs in it. Please check out our site and come to one of our shows. Bibs, Jiggs and I send our best to all Jersey Boys/4Season and Angel fans. Love, Peg P.S. I grew up in Belleville N.J.too!

    Comment by peggy santiglia davison — September 13, 2008 @ 11:48 am

  2. Nice piece, Peggy. Also enjoyed the Angels’ website, referred by Jim Petrecca of “Yesterday’s Treasures”.

    My favorite Angels’ song was “Till” actually. Still hurting from the “Boyfriend” keeping my favorite camp song “Hello Mudduh, Hello Fadduh” outta the top spot. (I also never forgave the Association’s “Windy” for keeping Frankie’s CTMEOY from No. 1.) But in order to cheer me up, my father bought me the whole Allan Sherman album…I only have the single of MBB!!

    If I do come to one of your shows, will the “boyfriend be back”, or did you guys invent him to keep the fans at bay? Has anyone ever met the boyfriend? Is he really that tough? Rumor is he’s sort of a Bill Gates–type.

    Comment by Howard Tucker — September 13, 2008 @ 1:08 pm

  3. Thanks so much for checking in, Peggy. We’ve had a lot of nice things to say about you on the other “Beggin’” threads. That was very clever in “Rhapsody In The Rain” where you sang with Lou Christie, “ANGELS keep cryin’ for me”. We compared it to Ronnie Spector’s excerpt of “Be My Baby” in Eddie Money’s “Take Me Home Tonight”. I don’t know if that was the intent or not, but it seems obvious to us now that it was you on backup.

    And I think the Beatles stole your double handclaps from “My Boyfiend’s Back” in “I Wanna Hold Yor Hand”!

    You forgot David’s favorite Allan Sherman track, Howard, called “Pop Hates The Beatles” :) Actually, we were all still smarting from the circumstances that robbed “Dawn (Go Away)” from the top of the charts, including the British Invasion!

    Comment by Ted Hammond — September 13, 2008 @ 7:45 pm

  4. wow wow wee…. what a class act! Great to hear from Peggy… looking forward to more!

    Comment by Angels Fan — September 15, 2008 @ 6:29 pm

  5. Just read on the Internet where the Angels cut “My Boyfriend’s Back” as a demo to try to sell the song to the Shirelles. But the demo turned out to be so good that the powers that be decided to release it as a single! While the Angels already had a pretty big hit with ‘Til, they weren’t nearly as well-known as the Shirelles.

    What amazes me still is how many new artists had big hits in ’62-’63..not only the Seasons in ’62 and Angels in ’63, but Little Peggy March, Skeeter Davis, Rolf Harris, Soeur Sorreire (sp?), Kyu Sakamoto (sp.), Lou Christie, Marcie Blaine, Lesley Gore, the Cascades, Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs, Paul & Paula, Jimmy Soul, and the list goes on and on.

    Comment by Howard Tucker — January 31, 2009 @ 10:29 pm

  6. We also begrudgingly acknowledge that the Beach Boys were part of that ’62-’63 parade of new artists.

    I even like the Beach Boys’ 1963 album cut “Surfer’s Rule”, which ends with the lyric “Four Seasons, you better believe it”, along with imitating the vocals from “Walk Like A Man”. The B side of “Dawn (Go Away)”, “No Surfing Today”, was a much darker and more subtle return favor/dig. As they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

    And the Cascades’ “Rhythm Of The Rain” is a classic that immediately caught my attention back then, Howard. The John Gummoe penned song was #10 on the most performed songs of the 20th Century (CTMEOY was #5).

    Comment by Ted Hammond — January 31, 2009 @ 11:16 pm

  7. My time of the 6o’s was probably the growing up early years listening to Peggy. The song of the summer for me was trying to sing “My boyfriend Back ” hummmm and there gonna be trouble. more hummingggg. My dad was a musician ,police officer,and played the vibes with 6 mallets. I would drum, he would sing along with me.
    Back then, most dads would send there daughter to there room! But I grew up with a strick dad, but a real loving heart of a dad to sing along with Peggy on the radio. This is it he would say. Love what you do Joni. Its magic!
    Thanks Peg,
    Also, I will mention on June 6th. in DC Komen Race that your presence to recite “Wildflowers” written by the FAB! Tom Austin from the Royal Teens. which became the inspirational poem from my symbolic First Bloom Painting to presented to cancer survivor of the year. with the Talented Prodigy Bob Gaudio and Tom Austin co-wrote with “Who Wear Short Shorts” my music that I learned to shave my legs!!!! That you will be missed Peggy. Feel better soon! We love your sound. I applaud you and Tom Austin for the opportunity to share your talents with the world. J

    Comment by joni relyea — June 5, 2009 @ 3:47 pm

  8. Heard the song “My Boyfriend’s Back” when I was around 15. Much later met Peggy in person. She is awesome.

    Comment by Rob Peterson — February 4, 2014 @ 9:57 am

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