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June 6, 2021 4 min
Lesley Gore topped the C-FUNtastic Fifty for the third straight week on this day in 1963 with “It’s My Party,” produced by the legendary Quincy Jones! The song sold more than 1 million copies. Lesley followed up with "Judy's Turn to Cry", “That’s the Way Boys Are,” “She’s a Fool,” “Maybe I Know,” “Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows” and another million seller, “You Don’t Own Me.” Lesley was part of the lineup for the Legends Of Rock’n’Roll at Expo ’86. She was a guest on Timmy’s Christmas Telethon in 1989 and that's where we recorded this interview. In the early 2000’s Lesley played the Silver Reef Casino south of the border. She called me from her home in New York and asked if I would introduce her at the Silver Reef. I agreed and said it would be an honour. Her credentials speak volumes. Lesley Gore died of cancer at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan in February, 2015. She was 68. One of the great ladies of rock and roll.
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