Wednesday, February 18, 2015
LESLEY GORE (1946 - 2015)
One of the most popular teenage pop stars of the rock & roll era, Lesley Gore passed away on February 16th after a battle with lung cancer. Born Lesley Goldstein in Brooklyn, New York, she had explored several creative expressions as a child but it was during a demo recording of her singing that led to an audition and later being signed to Mercury Records.
Her first single, "It's My Party" (produced by Quincy Jones) became a number one smash in 1963 when she was seventeen. Other hits followed including "Judy's Turn To Cry" (a sort of sequel to "Party"), "She's a Fool", "That's The Way Boys Are" and "You Don't Own Me", a song that would later be seen as a feminist anthem. During the height of her fame, Gore appeared on the popular show, "Batman" in 1967 as the Catwoman's cohort, Pussycat and performed a couple of new songs.
Out Here On My Own", my favorite song from the film, "Fame" in 1980. She also co-wrote the song, "My Secret Love" for the 1996 film, "Grace of My Heart" which was performed by a closeted 60's pop singer (played by Bridget Fonda) loosely based upon herself. Gore released her last studio album, "Ever Since" in 2005 which had ended an over twenty-year gap since her previous recording.
Lesley Gore came out as a lesbian later in life and is survived by her partner of thirty-three years, Lois Sasson.
"You Don't Own Me" - Lesley Gore (1964)
This clip features Lesley Gore performing her first hit, "It's My Party" live:
Just as much as audiences love new music, they also enjoy looking back at their old-school favorites. Those concert packages that puts to...
I must admit I have been very impatient waiting for some new music from Lorde , the New Zealand artist who came on the scene in 2013 wi...
TLC , one of the biggest girl groups of all time that ruled the charts back in the 1990's, has just returned with new music after ta...
Americans probably know Rita Ora more for her fashion-forward looks on a red carpet (including her recent appearance at the Met Ball),...