The Shaggs

American rock band

The Shaggs were an American all-female rock group formed in Fremont, New Hampshire in 1968. The band was composed of sisters Dorothy "Dot" Wiggin (vocals/lead guitar), Betty Wiggin (vocals/rhythm guitar), Helen Wiggin (drums), and later Rachel Wiggin (bass).

The Shaggs
OriginFremont, New Hampshire
GenresRock, Pop, Outsider music[1][2]
Years active1968–1975, 1999
LabelsThird World, Red Rooster, Rounder, RCA Victor
Past member(s)Dorothy "Dot" Wiggin
Helen Wiggin
Betty Wiggin
Rachel Wiggin

The sisters' father, Austin Wiggin, made Dot, Betty and Helen start a band. When Austin was young, his mother had predicted that Austin would have daughters who would be part of a famous music group.

The band's only studio album, Philosophy of the World, was released in 1969. The album was not very well-known, though the band's live performances were popular in their local area. The Shaggs disbanded in 1975 after the death of Austin.

Helen Wiggin died in 2006.[3] The widow of Austin Wiggin, Jr., Annie Wiggin, died in 2005.

Members Edit

  • Dorothy "Dot" Wiggin — vocals, guitar (1968-1975, 1999)
  • Betty Wiggin — guitar, vocals (1968-1975, 1999)
  • Helen Wiggin (deceased) — drums (1968-1975)
  • Rachel Wiggin — bass guitar (1969-1975)
  • Tom Ardolino — drums (1999)

Discography Edit

Studio albums Edit

Collections Edit

  • Shaggs' Own Thing (1982)
  • The Shaggs (1990 - includes all studio recordings)
  • Rev-ola (2004 - imported repackaging of The Shaggs with same track listing)

Tribute albums Edit

V/A compilations Edit

References Edit

  • Chusid, Irwin. Songs in the Key of Z: The Curious Universe of Outsider Music. (Chicago) A Cappella, 2000. ISBN 1556523726.
  • Guralnick, Peter. Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000. (New York) Da Capo Press, 2000. ISBN 0306809990.

Notes Edit

  1. "A New Philosophy: Revisiting the curious tale of The Shaggs". Archived from the original on 2011-05-21. Retrieved 2012-03-09.
  2. "A sweetly 'Shaggs'-adelic tribute to '60s girl group - New York Post". New York Post. 8 June 2011.
  3. "Obituaries for Fri. April 21, 2006". Archived from the original on June 22, 2011. Retrieved March 26, 2011.

Other websites Edit