Lesley Gore was born May 2, 1946 in New York City. Her father accumulated a fortune in the manufacture of children's clothes and swimwear. Her brother, Micahel Gore, won an Oscar for the best original theme song in the Movie "Fame".
Lesley had a string of hits in her career. Her best selling song was 1963's "It's My Party" which was produced by Quincy Jones. She had a follow-up hit, "It's Judy's Turn To Cry." It wasn't as big as it's predecessor but did very well on the charts. Leslie's first album, "I'll Cry If I Want To", was released in 1963 and reached #24 on the albums charts.
Other hits include "She's A Fool", "That's The Way Boys Are", "Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows" (one of my favorites), "You Don't Own Me" and "California Nights".
Lesley graduated college and went on to date, and even become engaged. In 2004 she released an album and in 2005 she revealed she was a lesbian and had been living with her partner for 23 years. Lesley is quoted as saying "I had boyfriends," she said. "I was scheduled to get married… All of that was part of the agenda at the time… Part of the problem that I had… was being out in the public. It was hard to even explore it. I wasn't even left that opportunity. When I talk to some of my gay women friends now who might just be a little bit older than me, they would come in from [Long] Island or New Jersey and they would put on their black Levis and black jackets and run to the bars. I wasn't quite able to do that."
Lesley did complete a concert tour in 2012, but there are no shows currently scheduled for this year. That's too bad, I'd love to hear her perform in concert.