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Lesley Gore

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(1946 – 2015)

Lesley Sue Gore (born Lesley Sue Goldstein; May 2, 1946 – February 16, 2015) was an American singer, songwriter, actress and activist. At the age of 16, in 1963, she recorded the pop hit “It’s My Party”, and followed it up with other hits including “Judy’s Turn to Cry” and “You Don’t Own Me”.

Gore also worked as an actress and composed songs with her brother Michael Gore for the 1980 film Fame, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award. She was active until 2014, and hosted an LGBT-oriented public television show, In the Life, on American TV in the 2000s.

Raised in Tenafly, New Jersey to Jewish parents, Gore was discovered as a teenager. Her first single in 1963 at age 16 was the #1 hit It’s My Party still perhaps her best known recording, which also made #9 in Britain. It was followed by others, including Judy’s Turn To Cry (the sequel to “It’s My Party”), She’s A Fool, the proto-feminist You Don’t Own Me, and Maybe I Know. Her record producer was Quincy Jones, who would later become one of the most famous producers in American music.

Instead of accepting the television and movie contracts that came her way, Gore chose to attend Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York. This limited her public career to weekends and summer vacations and undoubtedly hurt her career. Nevertheless, throughout the mid-1960’s, Gore continued to be the one of the most popular female singers in the United States and Canada.

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  • superwormjim

    Just found out Lesley passed away -- at just 68, that's at LEAST 50 years too soon for this legendary, beautiful muse :( Rest in peace!

    13 May 6:55pm Reply
  • solar_bridge

    Hey, baby

    4 Apr 3:10am Reply
  • dumdun

    +_+

    2 Apr 3:29am Reply
  • Bastard1

    Grating voice I'm afraid, but she gave "different" girls someone to relate to and somehow, I think that's what's most important.

    3 Mar 6:38am Reply
  • ChristFollower3

    Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. –Romans 1:32

    22 Feb 10:24pm Reply
  • Albert-The-Duke

    RIP. :-(

    19 Feb 11:37pm Reply
  • hydra_fm

    R.I.P.

    19 Feb 7:52pm Reply
  • m5p6n3

    era uma cantora genial com um pop critico em defesa das mulheres

    17 Feb 10:39pm Reply
  • mythofsisyphus

    RIP. Sleep tight, Lesley.

    17 Feb 3:29pm Reply
  • glietzsche

    good night sweet princess

    17 Feb 2:15pm Reply
  • BJBooth

    Lung cancer and a non smoker. Either an odd cancer growth or near a second hand smoker too long. Sorry to see you go. It was your party, for the mid sixties, people my age remember the radio plays that number got back then. Sleep well, girl.

    17 Feb 12:18pm Reply
  • rainy-dog

    http://popcultureaddict.com/lesleygore-2/ a good article about why she was important.

    17 Feb 10:27am Reply
  • thundernoob1337

    rip

    17 Feb 9:43am Reply
  • lemonogram

    What a great song "You don't own me" is! It's definitely an anthem. Also, it's my party and I cry if I want to. Rest in peace, Leslie.

    17 Feb 7:52am Reply
  • Irlandese64

    Rest in Peace, Lesley. 'You Don't Own Me' will always be one of my anthems.

    17 Feb 5:26am Reply
  • prttyvisitors

    r.i.p. to the queen of teenage heartbreak.

    17 Feb 3:33am Reply
  • mtthwdyr

    Better Angels

    17 Feb 2:33am Reply
  • jrs1991

    WOW R.I.P. Great singer

    17 Feb 1:06am Reply
  • catsinspace

    It always bothers me to see people writing 'RIP' when a person dies. It just feels so insincere and like a cop-out. To me, 'RIP' is the microwave dinner of posthumous honors.

    17 Feb 1:00am Reply
  • foxforce5

    Rest in peace. You've left an indelible mark on my life.

    17 Feb 12:31am Reply
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