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Mo' Music Monday: It's My Party ... Leslie Gore!

Posted on June 22, 2020 at 10:30 AM

Hello Ginchers,

Are you ready for some more music talk?  It's Mo' Music Monday  ... "It's My Party ... the lovely Ms. Leslie Gore!"  If you were  a teen in the early 60's you definately had to love Leslie Gore, she was cute, she was sassy and her voice was innocent and pure.  In 1963 Leslie Gore was only 17 and she recorded one of the great songs of that year ... "It's My Party" produced by the great Quincy Jones.  Imagine being a junior in high school and having the number one song in the country that sold over a million copies ... and a gold record to hang on your wall to boot.  Leslie didn't stop there with hit after hit, the likes of: "Judy's Turn To Cry", "She's A Fool", "You Don't Own Me", "That's The Way Boys ARe" and "Maybe I Know" to name a few.  You could catch her on TV performing on the teen shows and at night on the variety shows, hell she was even in two episodes of "Batman" and the last episode of the Donna Reed Show.   I had the honor and pleasure of working with Leslie a few times and even got to interview her while working with 3WS.  The first time I/we met Leslie was a crazy day.  We were scheduled to be on a Rock & Roll show that started in the Morning around 11:00 and went til almost midnight at the Boyce Park Music Festival.  We were to open the show and then back up several acts through out the day.  One act was Leslie Gore.  The problem was we had just come off of a three nighter and finished playing a club the night before in Conneaut Lake.  We had to be at Boyce Park at 6:00 AM to begin rehearsals that had to be finsihed by 9:30 so the concert could begin at 11.  We finished our club gig at 2:00 AM, went back to the hotel after backing up to take a shower and jump in the car to be at Boyce by 6.  Needless to say, no sleep and exhausted but full of adreneline.  When we reached Boyce we received the line up and the artists we would be backing ... Leslie Gore ... I couldn't wait to see her, but didn't realize that we were also backing her vocally.  Try singing "It's My Party" and "Judy's Turn To Cry" with no sleep ... well as I said earlier, the adreneline kicked in and it was a gas!  Fast forward to last year, I was performing with Mary Ann Mangini and she said she would like to do "Judy's Turn To Cry" ... you can only imagine the flash backs and memories singing this again.  Leslie Gore was a true gem and beautiful lady ... it seems like only yesterday seeing her great smile and twinkling eyes.  Till tomorrow, stay safe, stay healthy, help a neighbor when you can ... and, GOD Bless!

Johnny


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