Whatever Happened To Leslie Gore

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Leslie Gore Then

Lesley Gore was born Lesley Sue Goldstein on May 2,1946 in New York City, New York. Raised in Tenafly, New Jersey she had a very strong Jewish upbringing. Her father was a very affluent gentleman who manufactured children's clothes and swimwear. Her brother Michael Gore became a very famous composer, he along with Dean Pitchford won the 1980 Oscar for the very familiar and famous song " Fame" from the movie with the same title. Two of his most recent songs with lyrics by Lynn Ahrens were featured in the 2003 movie titled, " Camp".

Lesley had been attending Dwight School For Girls when her first hit song titled, " It's My Party" became a number one hit. Lesley continued on hitting the records charts with her second hit , " Judy's Turn to Cry" which was # 5 on the record charts , "She's A Fool" which also stayed at # 5, " You Don't Own Me" at #2, " That's the way boys are" at # 12, continuing on with " Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows at #13, " Maybe I Know You" at # 14, and "The Look Of Love" which came in at # 27. Continuing on with her education Lesley chose to attend Sarah Lawrence College In New York, this effected her public career because she was limited to only weekends and summer vacations, but regardless of this very tight schedule which eventually hurt her career she was still one of the most popular female singers througout the United States and Canada through the 1960s. By the end of the 1960s her popularity slowed down due to a new type of music that hit the music world which was called psychadelic music, this was a type of music that was a mix between rock, electronic music not limited to Eastern influences giving way to also the usage of mine altering drugs.

During an interview Leslie Gore had explained that she was dropped from Mercury Records in 1969 she owed them $175,000.00 and did not receive a nickel from them until 1989. by that time Mercury Records had recouped all of there money from Leslie's royalties.


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Leslie Gore "It's My Party"

Leslie Gore " Judy's Turn To Cry"

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Leslie Gore (Now)

Throughout the 1980s through the 90's Leslie Gore appeared in concerts and played on television. In 2005 Leslie Gore made a comeback and recorded her first album with completely new songs and music since 1976. The CD was called "Ever Since" correlated with producer/songwriter Blake Morgan for Engine Company Records which is a small independent label. Through extensive marketing via National Radio and critical acclaim from Rolling Stone, The New York Times and Billboard magazine including other national press, three songs have been used in multi shows and films such as " The L Word, CSI: Miami's fourth season, Better Angels and the latest box office hit Flannel Pajamas.

Leslie also announced in 2005 that she was lesbian and explained that she did not know her own sexual orientation until her late teens, at Sarah Lawrence College, Leslie is a very private person who has been with her partner of more then 23 years. In 2004 Leslie had hosted a series on PBS called 'In The Life' which focused on LGBT issues. Leslie Gore struggled for years over her sexual orientation in 1996 she provided musical aid for the file 'Grace Of My Heart' in which the character experienced the same struggles she had as a young woman.

Leslie Gore " Sunshine Lollipops"

This will be the first of a 15-20 part  series of whatever happened to ..... It is always exciting when you can finally find out what happened to someone who was or is famous. If you are wondering what happened to someone from long ago, who knows I just may have found them.

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"Quill" 7 years ago

Nicely written and very interesting as I have on occasion wondered myself what ever became of her...


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Jayne Lancer 7 years ago from West London, UK

I thought I'd never heard of Lesley Gore, but of course I have; everybody knows 'It's My Party', although way, way before my time.

'Whatever happened to' stories always arouse curiosity. I love them.

Just to see who's next on your list, I'm going to become a follower.

Look forward to your next Hub!

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AEvans 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

"Quill" : I am glad I brought her to people's attention I have always loved people from the past, mom asked I wrote. :)

Jayne Lancer: They arouse my curiosity to and she was also before my time but I love old music we were brought up with it. Next hub is around the corner. :)

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Denizee 7 years ago

I could remember every song and the words....my age is showing...starting listening to this style of music when I was a very little girl. Another great Hub.

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RevLady 7 years ago from Lantana, Florida

For me this is a nice nostalgic hub sharing info about Leslie Gore. I always enjoyed listening to "Judy's Turn To Cry" Much appreciated.

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Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

Thank you for bring back my youth and a lovely hub to find out how she got on.

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Peter Dickinson 7 years ago from South East Asia

Thanks for the memories.

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AEvans 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Denizee: You were in an Era like many when the music was simple, clean and supreme! The music of today if you listen to it, is about intimacy, beatings, gangs it is depressing. It isn't the fun type of music that you were honored to listen to. We were brought up on this music and I love listening to it. :)

RevLady: You were so blessed to be in or close to that Nostalgic era. :)

Hello,hello: I am glad that you now have closure about where she has been. :)

Peter Dickinson: You are so welcome and I can bet with you that they are so great memories. :)

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Springboard 7 years ago from Wisconsin

Looking forward to reading more. It's terrible when I hear of some of these singers or actors who get bilked by their producers, managers, or labels.

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Angela Blair 7 years ago from Central Texas

Loved the Hub and looking forward to more -- lots of great singers/musicians disappeared from the scene and we never knew why or where? I'll be watching and thanks! Best, Sis

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AEvans 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Springboard: It is so sad I could not agree with you more. :(

Angela Blair: You are so welcome! I am glad that are looking forward to reading more of them. :)

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cojaqmarketing 7 years ago from Carmel, Indiana

Great bio on Ms. Gore...thanks for taking the time to put this together.


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AEvans 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

cojaqmarketing: Jeremy you are so welcome! Mom played her all of the time so I really enjoyed writing about her.:)

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Mike Lickteig 7 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

Leslie Gore guest-starred on the Batman television show in the 60s once as "Pussycat"--a sidekick for Catwoman. She even sang a song, although I can't remember which one. I do remember Robin was drugged and had the hots for her, and thinking how silly it was to need to be drugged to like this beautiful young lady.

Well, I guess I showed my age with that memory, huh?

Thanks for the nice post.

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AEvans 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Mike Lickteig: Now that is a great memory and thank you for adding and sharing. It is o.k. to show your age and it is always nice to take a trip down memory lane. :)

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Harvey Stelman 7 years ago from Illinois


I'm in shock! You know I'm Jewish; but I always thought Gore was Italian.

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Springboard 7 years ago from Wisconsin

Yeah, it's like a few heroes of mine...The Three Stooges. They never really got their due, but they are and forever will be icons in American comedy.

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AEvans 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Harvey: We learn something new everyday! :)

Springboard: I love the three stooges and they certainly are icons. :)

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Rose West 7 years ago from Michigan

Thanks for all the interesting facts! I didn't know really anything about Leslie Gore.

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Harvey Stelman 7 years ago from Illinois


That was the first thing I learned since 1987.

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AEvans 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Rose West: I am glad that now you do! :)

Harvey: Well that is simply a great thing, but I do find it hard to believe. lololo :D

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bat115 7 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

That clip of her singing Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows" was from Ski Party which also featured a cameo from Annette Funicello playing against type.

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AEvans 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

bat115: That is wonderful information I never knew that , thanks bunches! :)

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zzron 7 years ago from Houston, TX.

I have wondered what happended to her.

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AEvans 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

zzron: Now you know what happened to her, she still loks great for her age too! :)

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JOE BARNETT 7 years ago

boy does it take you back! great hub!

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AEvans 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Joe Barnett: I am glad that you enjoyed sometimes people need to take the time to travel back to there place and space just for a moment. :)

Lois 6 years ago

Lesley Gore was a great fav of mine bac in the 60's......I didn't realize she lived in New Jersey, same as me...Enjoyed her music and loved her, thanks for the memories...

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AEvans 6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Lois: You are welcome and I am glad that you enjoyed her music. :)

Anthony d 2 years ago

I feel leslie gore never really received the recognition she deserved,she ranked right up there beside janis joplin and tina turner!

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AEvans 2 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Anthony, I agree and although it wasn't my era mom adored her music!

Dorothy 24 months ago

I knew Lesley when we both were students at Dwight School for Girls. She was from Tenafly and I from Teaneck. Great person

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AEvans 24 months ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

What a blessing Dorothy that you actually knew her when you were in school. My own mother just admired her music and I knew it well, when growing up as a little girl.

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