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Birth: May 2, 1946
New York
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
Death: Feb. 16, 2015
Manhattan
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA

American Singer, Songwriter and Actress. Born Lesley Sue Goldstein, she was discovered by Quincy Jones as a teenager and signed to Mercury Records. In 1963 at age 16, she topped the charts with her song about teenage heartbreak, “It’s My Party” which raced to No. 1 on the charts, was nominated for a Grammy and sold more than 1 million copies. She followed that up with such hits as “Judy’s Turn to Cry”, “That’s the Way Boys Are”, “She’s a Fool”, “Maybe I Know”, “Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows” and “You Don’t Own Me”, which sold more than 1 million copies as well and landed her a No. 2 spot on the charts. Along with her brother, Michael, she co-wrote the Academy Award-nominated “Out Here On My Own” from the film “Fame” (1980). In the 1990s, Gore co-wrote “My Secret Love” for the film “Grace of My Heart” (1996) and a couple of years later, she appeared in “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” on Broadway. In 2005, she released “Ever Since,” her first album in 30 years. Gore, who graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with a degree in English/American literature, had been working on a stage version of her life when she died of lung cancer.First published on findagrave.com

 

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I saw Lesley Gore perform one. It was in the early 1980s and she was part of a package tour. Lou Christie and the Coasters were on the bill and Ricky Nelson was the headliner.

She was a star during the 1960s and can be considered a female teenage idol. She produced catchy songs that were pure 1960s pop. Her sound and commercial success did not continue in the 1970s but she leaves behind a strong catalogue of music and some wonderful memories.

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