Lesley Gore

Lesley Gore  (born Lesley Sue Goldstein; May 2, 1946 – February 16, 2015) was an American singer, songwriter, actress, and activist.  At the age of 16 (in 1963) she recorded the pop hit “It’s My Party”, and followed it up with other hits including “Judy’s Turn to Cry”, “You Don’t Own Me”, and “California Nights”.  Gore also worked as an actress and composed songs with her brother, Michael Gore, for the 1980 film Fame, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award.  She hosted an LGBT-oriented public television show, In the Life, on American TV in the 2000s, and was active until 2014.  (More from Wikipedia)
One of their finest and best known songs is the proto-feminist anthem by Lesley Gore called You Don’t Own Me, a #2 hit in December 1963 that was kept from the top of the charts only by the BeatlesI Want to Hold Your Hand. The song was written by David White and John Madara; Quincy Jones was the record producer, and Jones later produced a 2015 remake of “You Don’t Own Me by Australian artist Grace featuring G-Eazy.
(August 2015)
Last edited: March 22, 2021