Whatever Happened To Leslie Gore
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"
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"
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