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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Remembering Lesley Gore 1946 - 2015

Singer Lesley Gore, who died Monday at age 68, received two Grammy Award nominations - one for her 1963 #1 hit, "It's My Party", for Best Rock and Roll Recording and the other for the soundtrack of the 1980 film, Fame, for Best Album Of Original Score Written For A Motion Picture Or Television Special. The latter also earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song for "Out Here on My Own", which she co-wrote with her brother Michael Gore.

Gore, who came out as a lesbian in 2005, was with her partner, Lois Sasson, for 33 years, and below I've selected some videos to celebrate her life and career:

She had a #5 hit with "She's a Fool" in 1963.

She was the only female solo act to perform in the 1964 concert film, The T.A.M.I. Show, and she sang six songs - "Maybe I Know", "You Don't Own Me", "You Didn't Look Around", "Hey Now", "It's My Party" and "Judy's Turn to Cry".

She sang "Leave Me Alone" in the 1965 film, The Girls on the Beach.

She sang "Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows" (by composer Marvin Hamlisch) in the 1965 Frankie Avalon film, Ski Party.

On April 11, 1966, she sang "I Will Wait for You" from the film, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, on the NBC musical variety series, Hullabaloo (Paul Anka, Peter and Gordon and The Cyrkle also performed).

In January 1967, she appeared in two episodes of the ABC series, Batman, as Catwoman's singing sidekick, Pussycat, and performed "California Nights" and "Maybe Now".

She performed "The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)" on the ABC Saturday morning TV special, The Pied Piper of Astroworld, on December 28, 1968.

She performed on The Mike Douglas Show on November 10, 1969.

She performed on Hugh Hefner's syndicated series, Playboy After Dark, on January 8, 1970.


SortaTired said...


Thank you so much for these retrospectives you do. They must take a lot of work. Know that they are appreciated.

Always loved Lesley Gore. Nice to know that her music will live on forever.

My sister had the same hairdo as Lesley in the "It's My Party" days but with bangs. Love those little flips at the side!

Marc Harshbarger said...

Hey, SortaTired, thank you so much for the kind words - and for reading DEEP DISH.