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Remembering Lesley

February 11, 2020

We lost Lesley Gore on February 16, 2015.


This last Monday went by like any other day. The evening news was full of the same old stuff: terrorists, lying politicians and a terribly cold winter. Almost as a complete afterthought, some channels almost apologetically ran a small fly-by: Singer Lesley Gore had died at age 68.

While young people would hardly recognize the name, most of us who went to school in the 1960s clearly remember Lesley Gore and several of her iconic hit records. She was as much of the fabric of the times as cruising Bob’s Big Boy, calling someone “bitchin” as a compliment and sulking love sick through a history class. She was the very essence of the day.

Lesley Gore was born Lesley Sue Goldstein and lived with her parents in Tenafly, New Jersey when she first burst on the music scene. It’s safe to say that almost everyone, young and old, has heard…

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  1. Didn’t know her. Just watched/listened “you don’t own me.” Missed that one I think. I love the haircut (she was only 18!), the voice and the song… Thank you, amico mio.

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  2. The quintessential artist- thank you, Allen!

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