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Lesley Gore

The most commercially successful solo singer to be identified with the girl group sound, Lesley Gore hit the number one spot with her very first release, "It's My Party," in 1963. Produced by Quincy Jones, who fattened the teenager's sound with double-tracked vocals and intricate backup vocals and horns, she reeled off a few more big hits in 1963 and 1964, including "Judy's Turn to Cry," "She's a Fool," "You Don't Own Me," "That's the Way Boys Are," and "Maybe I Know." She wasn't the most soulful girl group singer by a long shot, but she projected an archetype of female adolescent yearning. Her best songs survive as classics, particularly the irresistibly melodic "Maybe I Know" and "Look of Love" (both written by Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry) and "You Don't Own Me," an anthem of independence with a feminist theme that was considerably advanced for early 1964.

So what was Quincy Jones doing producing a white suburban teenager who had never recorded before? A couple of demos she recorded with her vocal coach made their way to Mercury's president, who recommended her to Jones, the label's A&R head. For their first session, Gore and Jones picked "It's My Party" out of a pile of about 200 demos. The "It's My Party" single was rush-released when Jones found out that Phil Spector had plans to record the same song with the Crystals.

"It's My Party" and the weaker sequel, "Judy's Turn to Cry," have given Gore a somewhat unfair bratty image. Those are the hits that are remembered the most, but much of her subsequent material was both more mature (or, perhaps more accurately, less immature) and stronger. The singles were also very well produced, with orchestral arrangements (by Claus Ogerman) that hewed closer to mainstream pop than Phil Spector's Wall of Sound. Retrospectives of Jones' career usually downplay or omit his work with Gore, although it was among his most commercially successful; he's known now for recordings that are, well, funkier. But his success with Gore did a lot to build his already impressive résumé within the industry.

Gore appeared on the legendary T.A.M.I. Show alongside such heavyweights as the Rolling Stones, James Brown, and Smokey Robinson, but after 1964 her star plummeted rapidly. Mercury was still investing a lot of care in her sessions throughout the rest of the '60s, and her material and arrangements showed her capable of greater stylistic range than many acknowledged. But after the mid-'60s, Jones no longer worked with the singer on a regular basis. "Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows" (1965) and "California Nights" (1967), both of which were co-written by Marvin Hamlisch, would be her only Top 20 entries after 1964. She played the cabarets after her days as an active recording artist, and eventually had some success as a songwriter for other performers. Shortly after the turn of the century, Gore returned to recording, collaborating with multi-instrumentalist Blake Morgan. In 2005, she released the critically acclaimed Ever Since, which landed songs on CSI: Miami and Showtime's The L Word as well as Jeff Lipsky's film Flannel Pajamas, which debuted at Sundance in 2006. Lesley Gore died of lung cancer in New York City in February 2015; she was 68 years old. ~ Richie Unterberger, Rovi
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That was 50th reunion
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I went to Leslie's party in Tenafly in 8th grade. I kissed her. I asked if those songs were about me. She was in Palm Springs last year at the Follies. We went to lunch. I asked her to accompany me at our 5th reunion in Tenafly. She said she would if she didn't have a paying gig. something came up on a cruise ship. Couldn't make it. She was always friendly, approachable , warm. And a wonderful friend. We all miss her in Tenafly
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Always a Pleasure going down Memory Lane. Ms Leslie Gore Your music Lives On!
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marthahdzcha p a
Leslie Gore is still one of my favorite singer. Have her on my Pandora. And love to see her shows. Keep singing in heaven ��.
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Ms. Gore was one of the greats, without a doubt.
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It's LESLEY not LESLIE. Anyways, I love this lady to death. She's my idol, my icon, my whole world! I pretty much worship her xD. She was such a great human being! She's one of the few people in this world who I actually love and not just saying it. She means the world to me! I'm so upset I never got to meet her and I live a few hours from New York..
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Love you Leslie. She had a great voice.
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Part of the best music, 50,60
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I was so very heartbroken when i heard that this person passed away,I really dug her songs they were fantastic.
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Love them all.
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Thank you for such good memories
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tomason353
She will always be a good memory reminding me of the best times of my life. RIP Leslie...
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cwesp
Been listening for 50 years.... Hard to believe
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RIP Lesley...soo o glad I saw you play in Stamford, CT. at the Place Theater.... Many Years ago.
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Incredible voice. What a great talent.
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Loved listening to her songs growing up... Very easy to relate to.... Rest in peace .... You will surely be missed but never forgotten!!! !
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She exemplified an era with a timeless voice and spunk; saw her in an oldies show in Santa Barbara's Arlington Theater several years ago; regal and elegant. KAT
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another piece of 60 s is gone
rest in peace
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wnelsen103
Still have the 45 of it my party RIP Lesley I'm 75 still listen to the 50 and 60's
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It's My Party was my first 45. I played it so much I wore it out! Still love the song!
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Have a good rest, loved your songs as a teen and at age 63 still listen and love them
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Rest in peace, you wonderful woman. :)
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Quincy Jones is still proud of you.
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RIP Lesley..... my favorite song also, right behind Maybe I know
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rip lesley, this was my favorite song. :(
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RIP Leslie..... grew up with your music/songs in the sixties as a Kid.....
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t_heath
What an awesome lady.....she will be missed by many......bu t we still have her music with that awesome voice.....
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ccmusicmom
SUCH A SAD DAY, will miss your music-but know you are in a better place.....re s t in peace
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RIP Beautiful Lady, your music gave me so much joy in the 60's and even now i can sing almost every song word for word,,,,,,,♥
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sue129
I never tire of listening to her songs..evoke s so many wonderful memories. Thoughts and prayers to the family, friends and all those that love you. You will be missed.
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Will always love her music helen 1052
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johnaramos21
Leslie
Loved her music. Always reminds me of
The great old days when life was a bit more
Easy. My biggest and best memory of her will be the time I saw her at a concert. I got right up to the stage and they were trying to get
Off the stage and she dropped her towel she used on stage I asked for it and my wish was
Granted. My classmates made a running joke
About my souvenir, evev though they liked her Just as much as I did, regardless
It is my most prized possessions
Thanks leslie rip
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mlimler
This Classy Lady will be missed!
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My first crush.......
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Lamentableme n t e el día de hoy ha muerto Lesley Gore.
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so sorry to lose you Lesley
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rene94415
Great vocals and sound.
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Music by a lady who has a voice and did not need a machine to clean it up. What you heard was the real thing. Washkowtah
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phoenixmommy 5 4 8
My mistake in thinking Lesley died.I loved when she sang this on Batman.
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phoenixmommy 5 4 8
Gone to soon but not forgotten.
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Tremendous talent
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those eye's of her
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Great song!!!
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You Don't Own Me. the original feminist pop anthem, sends shivers up my spine. I was such a little teenage MCP, and didn't even know it.
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We were the same age
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matt.lesley
Love. It. My. Last. Name. Is. Lesley. Isint. That. Cool. :-)
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rose771
I best remember Leslie Gore from her appearances on the old Batman TV show. The most memorable one was she sings California Nights while seducing the Boy Wonder:

https://www. y o u t u b e . c o m / w a t c h ? v = s 1 d n d O c e K 2 M
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The Dick Panthers are better.
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From another Leslie
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Love her voice its like heaven she has a good beat too
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