more than two dozen chart hits to her credit, Lesley Gore helped create
the soundtrack to the Sixties with hits like "Judy's Turn To Cry," "She's A
Fool," "That's The Way Boys Are," "You Don't Own Me" and her
classic smash hit, "It's My Party," the song that skyrocketed her to fame in
1963 at the age of 16.
Lesley still sings those songs "as if I first heard them
yesterday," but it's no exercise in nostalgia. Having expanded her career into
songwriting and acting, in addition to her concert performances, she is celebrating the
best years of her life and career.
"Yes, there is life after records," she says happily,
"and I'm a perfect example." Her songwriting has earned her an Oscar nomination
for co-writing (with her brother Michael Gore) the hit single "Out Here On My
Own" for the film "Fame." The song has been produced as "covers"
by some of the leading female vocalists, including Dusty Springfield, Bernadette Peters
and Patti Austin.
Lesley Gore has appeared as an actress on stage in
musicals and dramas, playing Catwoman's sidekick in the cult TV comedy "Batman,"
as well as playing herself on "The Donna Reed Show." She maintains a first-class
career as a concert attraction, and recorded a single on Manhattan Records with her friend
Lou Christie, "Since I Don't Have You"/"It's Only Make Believe."
A two-record album of her greatest hits was released on Rhino Records
and she knows "I can still make great records, because I approach the material now
just as I did back then. I'm still basically pop and basically rock. When I hear a great
song, I say to myself, I could have cut that in the Sixties, or I could have cut that
Having learned the things she didn't know when she was a young recording
star, Lesley finally returned to her native New York, working when she wants and where she
wants. When not on the road or on stage, she is constantly composing, which has become
somewhat of a passion for her.
The girl, who once wanted to cry at her own party, is today all smiles.
The teen trauma embodied in "It's My Party" is long a thing of the past, though
the song still creates an instant bond between Lesley and the millions of fans who grew up
with and maybe lived the story of the song. "I thought the sixties were great, but
for us teens they were also troublesome times. Since I was a teenager dealing with those
problems, I chose the songs I sang from a gut reaction something I could relate
For Lesley Gore, not only does she have the wonderful memories of her career
from the 1960's, but also the exciting, special times of her career today.
Lesley Gore is a composer, performer and recording artist, whose record sales have surpassed 25 million. Her
versatility made her a television and film star. She continues to write for film. Her talents have been recognized for decades through ticket sales, pop charts, and an Oscar nomination for composing.
Lesley Gore has been profiled by A&E's Biography series, featured in countless magazines and music publications, and credited with paving the way for the empowered female vocalists of the past few decades.
Hit songs include --
- It's My Party
- You Don't Own Me
- Judy's Turn To Cry
- She's A Fool
- That's The Way Boys Are
- Sunshine, Lollipops And Rainbows
- Maybe I Know
- California Nights
- Look Of Love
- My Town, My Guy And Me
- I Don't Wanna Be A Loser
- Young Love
- Summer And Sandy
- All of My Life
- Hey Now
- We Know We're In Love
- I Won't Love You Anymore (Sorry)
- Brink Of Disaster
- Sometimes I Wish I Were A Boy
Lesley Gore may be available for your next special event!
.Brill Building Pop.
Born: ..in New York
..in New York City
May 2, 1946