|Origin||Fremont, New Hampshire|
|Genres||Rock, Pop, Outsider music|
|Years active||1968–1975, 1999|
|Labels||Third World, Red Rooster, Rounder, RCA Victor|
|Dorothy "Dot" Wiggin
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 were formed by Dot, Betty, and Helen in 1968 on the insistence of their father, Austin Wiggin, who believed that his mother foresaw the band's rise to stardom. The band's only studio album, Philosophy of the World, was released in 1969. The album failed to garner attention, though the band continued to exist as a locally popular live act. The Shaggs disbanded in 1975 after the death of Austin.
Helen Wiggin died in 2006. The widow of Austin Wiggin, Jr., Annie Wiggin, died in 2005.
- 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)
Studio albums [change]
- Philosophy of the World (1969)
- 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 [change]
- Better Than The Beatles - A Tribute to the Shaggs (2001)
V/A compilations [change]
- Songs In The Key of Z - The Curious Universe of Outsider Music (2000)
- 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.