She’s A Fool 45 by Lesley Gore

July 1, 2011

Few artists had the initial success as did teenager Lesley Gore. Her first five singles all reached the American top five beginning with her number one hit, “It’s My Party.”

“She’s A Fool” was released September 28, 1963 and was her fourth release. It reached number five on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart.

It was another song of teen angst and love gone awry. This mid-tempo tune contained one of Gore’s better vocal perfromances. She would issue all 17 of her chart hits during the 1960s, 1963-1967. This was one of her best.

I Didn’t Wanna Be A Loser/It’s Gotta Be You 45 by Lesley Gore

June 30, 2011

The first seven singles of of Lesley Gore’s career all made the top 40. Songs such as “Judy’s Turn To Cry,” “It’s My Party,” “She’s A Fool,” and “You Don’t Own Me,” all reached the top five and were the commercial highlights of her career.

The lowest charting of her first group of singles was “I Don’t Wanna Be A Loser/It’s Gotta Be You.” Released May 23, 1964, it topped out at number 37 on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart.

While not one of her memorable performances, they remain a fine listen 45 years after their release.

That’s The Way Boys Are 45 by Lesley Gore

May 23, 2011

Lesley Gore had fourteen songs reach the American singles charts, 1963-1965, seven of which reached the top twenty.

“That’s The Way Boys Are” was her fifth single and was released March 28, 1964. It reached number 12 on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart. It continued her series of early career singles about male-female relationships and teen angst. These singles are still catchy, but very dated today.

“That’s The Way Boys Are” came with another cheesy Mercury Label picture sleeve.

My Town, My Guy and Me 45 by Lesley Gore

May 14, 2011

Lesley Gore placed 19 singles on the American charts between 1963 and 1967. She was a teenager when her career began and a college student when the releases dried up.

“My Town, My Guy and Me” was released during September of 1965. It was her 13th and last single to be produced by Quincy Jones. It was another catchy pop tune and would reach number 32 on the American Singles Chart.

Many of her single releases in The United States came with a picture sleeve. For some reason the Mercury Label always issued them in black and white. which gave them a cheesy feel.

“My Town, My Guy and Me” remains a nice pop creation 45 years after its release.

Judy’s Turn To Cry 45 by Lesley Gore

April 13, 2011

Lesley Gore hit the number one position on the American singles chart with her first release, “It’s My Party.” It was about a teenager who lost her boyfriend to another girl at a party. It topped the American charts for two weeks during mid-1963.

Several months later she released the follow-up, “Judy’s Turn To Cry.” The tables were now turned and the girl had her boyfriend back and it was “Judy’s Turn To Cry.”

It was a great early 1960’s up-tempo pop tune. The bulk of her hits were released before she turned 20 and they remain some of the most radio friendly of their era.

It’s My Party: The Mercury Anthology by Lesley Gore

March 8, 2010

Lesley Gore was a typical high school student during the early sixties until she walked into a recording studio with producer Quincy Jones and cut a single called “It’s My Party.” The song would top the American pop charts during March of 1963 and before the year was finished she would produce three more top-five singles, making her a very unique teenager.

Today Lesley Gore is best remembered for her series of singles issued between 1963 and 1967. She had all-American looks and appeal and was a female teen idol in her day, appearing on such programs as The Ed Sullivan Show, American Bandstand, The Tonight Show, Hullabaloo, and Shindig. While her career was never as commercially successful as during the sixties, she has continued to tour regularly and has issued four studio albums since 1972 including 2005’s Ever Since.

The best introduction to her music is It’s My Party: The Mercury Anthology. 52 tracks, contained on two discs, span her career with the Mercury label. It includes all of her singles for the label, including seventeen which reached the charts, plus some B-sides and a few album tracks.

Much of her material was from a much simpler time and reflects as such. “It’s My Party” and the follow up, “Judy’s Turn To Cry,” dealt with teen angst. “Sunshine, Lollipops, and Rainbows,” “California Nights,” “Summer and Sandy,” and “My Town, My Guy, and Me” were all catchy pop tunes which were perfect radio fare. “She’s A Fool” was a rare release with bite as it was an early pro-feminist commentary.

Her final material for the label was recorded in 1969 and was an attempt to adapt to a changing music industry. “98.6/Lazy Day” and her last single, “Wedding Bell Blues,” which became a huge hit for the Fifth Dimension, failed to chart and she moved on to other labels and projects.

On a personal note, I saw Lesley Gore in concert sometime during the early eighties on one of those oldies packages. I remember Lou Christie and Rick Nelson were also on the bill. I’m sure that performance thirty years ago is similar to what would be presented by her today.

Lesley Gore may not have issued any material that changed the musical landscape but her songs were well crafted and they still enable the aging baby boom generation to return to that simpler time and remember. Sometimes that is legacy enough.

It’s My Party 45 by Lesley Gore

January 24, 2010

“It’s My Party and I’LL Cry If I Want Too” are the words which launched the career of then teenager Lesley Gore.

Lesley Gore was sixteen when “It’s My Party” was released and was close to her seventeenth birthday when it reached the number one position on The American singles charts for two weeks in May of 1963.

It was an upbeat and catchy tune which told the eternal high school story of love lost. She would get her revenge with the song “Judy’s Turn To Cry.”

She would go on to place 19 songs on The American charts between 1963 and 1967. She would continue to release albums and tour but never regained the popularity of her youth. I remember seeing her in concert during the early 1980’s

The odd note is the Mercury Label always issued her picture sleeves in black and white.