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Be sure to check out "Lesley's Appearances" for news of upcoming concerts.

25 October 2005
Read an interview of Lesley in the New York Times.

7 June 2005
Lesley's new CD, "Ever Since", is now available for pre-order here! There is a special edition of 1000 copies available signed by Lesley.

25 March 2005
Lesley's new CD, to be titled "Ever Since", will be released on June 28, 2005. Be sure to keep watching the Engine company website for information on advanced sales.

8 March 2005
Lesley has joined Engine Company Records, and is currently working on a new album. Here is the release from Engine Company:
This chart topping artist known for such hits as "It's My Party," "You Don't Own Me," "Out Here On My Own," and many others, joins Engine Company with her first studio album in nearly thirty years. The album, currently in production, features songs from Mike Errico, Shimmerplanet's John Fischer, Blake Morgan, and of course, Lesley herself. The band -- Jonathan Ellinghaus (drums), John Turner (bass), Mike Errico (guitars) and Blake Morgan (piano) -- features Engine Company's core, and displays a lush, smoky vision behind Lesley's astonishing vocals. Stay tuned for more news as this historic album comes together.

15 January 2003
Dates to watch for!
March 30 will be the 40th anniversary of the release of "It's My Party".
May 2 is Lesley's birthday.

Lesley, along with other stars including Lou Christie, will be on CBS-TV's "Hollywood Squares" the week of January 7th. The show, taped on November 7th, will benefit the Helen Keller Worldwide Charity Foundation. Lesley is also to appear on a PBS special, "Let's Do It Again". The air time for this is not known.

Check out the progress on Lesley's official site. It's looking pretty good!

The following is from Jack Natoli, Lesley's fan club president:
"Hi, Spoke to the A&E producers today. The biography will air at 8 PM Eastern and Pacific Time (December 7) and will be repeated again that same evening at midnight. The Teen Idols Week includes Buddy Holly (Monday), Brenda Lee (Tuesday), Bobby Vinton (Wednesday), Bobby Rydell (Thursday) and Lesley (Friday). The bio will be available on home video for sale after the airing. It should be available for $14.95 from 1-888-423-1212.Will keep you posted of any further news."

Lesley's biography on the A&E Cable network is scheduled to air on Decmeber 7. She will be part of "teen idols" week, so you may want to tape all of the shows for that week.

March 30 is the anniversary of the release of "It's My Party".
May 2 will be Lesley's birthday. If you want to send a birthday card to her, address it to:
Lesley Gore
PO Box 305
Pompton Plains, NJ 07444-0305
Mark the envelope "personal -- please forward".

Lesley's A&E biography will most likely air sometime between Novenber and January 2002 (see item below).

Lesley will be the subject of the biography series on the A&E cable channel when they present "Teen Idols Week". This is still in production, and the air date is not yet known. I will post it here when I know it.

Award winning impressionist artist Lorell Butler has sent me four pictures of her artwork. To see them, click on Lesley's Picture Gallery, then on Visitors Pictures and Fan Artwork, part 2, or click here.

New CD's by Lesley? Word is that she has been working on a Chistmas CD, and on a CD of "her songs", including the new "millennium" version of "You Don't Own Me", which she has been doing in concerts lately. It has gotten raves from fans who have heard it.

An official site for Lesley Gore? Yep, it's coming! The domain (www.lesleygore.com) has already been established, as has the service provider (planetnet.com). So it's only a matter of time!

Lesley's birthday is May 2. If you would like to send her a birthday card, address it to:
  Lesley Gore
  PO Box 305
  Pompton Plains, NJ 07444-0305
Mark the envelope "Personal -- please forward." This is the fan club address, and Jack Natoli, fan club president, will deliver your cards to Lesley.

Lesley's Place was named Fan Club Site of the Month by US Fan Clubs for the month of April.

Lesley fulfills a childhood wish tonight as she opens on Broadway. See Lesley's Appearances for more info. The NY Post had this to say about it:
The hottest tickets on Broadway right now are for the two weeks, beginning tomorrow night, when dynamite Lesley Gore guest stars in the long-running "Smokey Joe's Cafe". Gore is riding the '60s pop revival and draws huge crowds across the nation. The little girl with the big voice recently wowed them in Nashville, where she appeared on a bill with the likes of Graham Nash, Mac Davis, Paul Williams, and Jackson Brown. The Tennessean newspaper's review called Gore's performance "one of the night's biggest surprises", and compared her to Judy Garland.
See the Tennessean review they mentioned here.

Sorry, folks, Lesley will NOT be going on the cruise to Mexico and Honduras as reported previously. Watch the "Lesley's Appearances" section for more appearance info, though.

Today is Lesley's birthday. Happy birthday, Lesley!

I've added the cover and an interesting article from the September 1963 issue of "Song Hits" Magazine to the Picture Gallery.

Today is the anniversary of the release of "It's My Party".
May 2 will be Lesley's birthday. If you want to send a birthday card to her, address it to:
  Lesley Gore
  PO Box 305
  Pompton Plains, NJ 07444-0305
Mark the envelope "personal -- please forward".
Here is a brief review from Jack about Lesley's appearance at Queens Theater in the Park.
Lesley started at 3 pm and sang for 45 minutes. Then there was a 15 minute intermission, Lesley changed outfits, and returned to do another 50 minutes! She sang almost every song she did at all the Rainbow and Stars shows. She looked and sounded fantastic and the show was sold out! Despite the horrible weather, it was a real treat! -- Jack

I have added a "Lesley's Appearances" section to the site. Go to this section to see when and where Lesley will be performing.

Lesley will be at the "Rock and Roll Revival" at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, Santa Cruz, CA, on March 6 at 7 pm, along with with Lou Christie, Brian Hiland, Sam the Sham, and Little Eva. Ticket prices range from $25.75 to $51. For tickets, call 831-420-5260 or fax 831-420-5261.

Lesley will be at the American Music Theater in Lancaster, PA, on April 24, at 8 pm, with the Happenings. Tickets are $25. Reservations & Information: 1-800-648-4102 or (717) 397-7700. Fax Orders: 1-800-648-3996 or (717) 397-7850. There is a $3 service charge added to phone orders.

Lesley will be at the Resorts Casino in Atlantic City from March 30 through April 5, with Lou Christie.

VCR Alert! The AMC cable channel will show the movie "The Girls On The Beach" on Saturday February 6th at 10:30 pm Eastern time, and on Sunday the 7th at 4:30 am. Lesley sings three songs in this movie. A rare Beach Boys concert video will be shown after the movie.

Lesley Gore will appear at the Grand Festival, which is to be held at the Sun City Grand retirement community in Surprise, Arizona on the 6th and 7th of February, along with Fabian, Joey Dee, and some others. This is in the Phoenix area. Lesley will be on at 1 pm each day, and the event is free.

Lesley is on a new CD!
Lesley Gore sings "All One Family" on a new CD called "Sounds for the Soul". This CD was released by the New Jersey Benefit Project, to raise funds for some Northern New Jersey charities. There are several other artists on the CD, including Bruce Springsteen and Gloria Gaynor. You can read an article about the CD here, and you will find info on how to order one here.

Here are a couple of Lesley's upcoming appearances. Thanks to Jim Alio for this info.
April 24, 1999, at the American Music Theatre, Lancaster, PA, with The Happenings.
August 8-15, 1999, Texaribbean Cruise to Mexico & Honduras, with The Marvelettes and The Shirelles on board as well. Go to acecruises.com for more info. Prices start at $986.00 for the cruise, which leaves out of Houston.

Thanks to diligent voting by her fans, Lesley Gore was the Top Woman of the Month on the Women Celebrities site for December, 1998.

VCR Alert! The AMC cable channel will be showing the movie "The Girls On The Beach" at 10:30 pm Eastern Daylight Time on Saturday January 2, and 4:30 am Sunday January 3. Consult your listings for time and channel in your area.

Another Lesley Gore site! See the Memory Go-Round's site here. They have a lot of 50's and 60's memorabilia for sale, including two audio tape collections of songs from live TV appearances by various stars. Both sets have Lesley Gore on them. For track listings and ordering instructions, click here. To see Memory Go-Rounds main page, go here.

Vote for Lesley Gore as the Women Celebrities' Favorite Famous Woman of the Month for December. To vote, go here.

There's another Lesley Gore site on the web. Check out Craig's Lesley Gore Page. Craig is 13, and has done a fine job.

Lesley will appear in "The Last Blast of 1998" at the Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu, Hawaii at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5. Besides Lesley Gore, the show will feature Little Anthony & The Imperials, Freddie "Boom Boom" Cannon, The Angels, Eddie Holman, and Mark Lindsay, the former lead singer of Paul Revere and the Raiders. Tickets are on sale at the Blaisdell box office and all Connection outlets at $35 for dance level and loges, and $25 for upper level seats. Tickets also may be charged 24 hours a day by calling 545-4000 from Oahu or 1-800-333-3388 from the neighbor islands. (From the mainland -- I'm not sure what to call.)

I have removed the chat room from this site (which wasn't being used), and replaced it with an email discussion list. Just click on "Lesley's Discussion List" on the main page to join, or click here.

VCR Alert! The AMC cable channel will show the movie "Ski Party" at 12 am Eastern time on Saturday the 17th (that's Friday midnight). That's 11pm Friday the 16th, Central time, and 9 pm Pacific time. Lesley is in this movie, and sings "Sunshine, Lollipops, and Rainbows".

This site has been selected by Women Celebrities and is now in their database.

Lesley will be at the Landmark Theater in Syracuse, NY on November 21 at 7:30 pm, with Lou Christie, Freddy "Boom Boom" Cannon, The Outsiders and some other rock legends. Tickets are $26.50 or $24.50.

Jack Natoli, president of the Lesley Gore Fan Club, now has email! His email address is jacknatoli@prodigy.net.

Looking for a track listing for a particular CD? There is a new web service called the CD Database, which is attempting to have track listings for every CD ever published. I put a link to them on the main page, at "Lesley's Discography".

There's a new Lesley Gore site on the web! Check out Gary Koonz's new site here.

We won! This site won "Out of the Shadows" site of the week! Thanks to all who voted. The award was given late due to the illness of Danielle's grandmother. Danielle operates the Shadows ring, and if you would like to email her a message of sympathy, click here.

Pollstar is now reporting Lesley's tour dates. According to them, she will be at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines on the 15th of August, and at the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville on the 25th of August.
I have added the Ultimate Band List's Lesley Gore pages to my links. They have the same biography as the All-Music Guide, but a different picture. They also have a link to Pollstar and other links.

This page has a new easy-to-remember URL: http://listen.to/lesley. The old URL still works, and must be used if you want to access one of the sub-pages. For example, if you wanted to access the discography directly, you would use http://www.flash.net/~pswayne/lesdisc.htm. The new URL points only to the Flash Net site, not the Xoom mirror site.
I have the mysterious missing lyrics to "Just Let Me Cry". These are some additional lyrics that were written, but not used in the recorded song.

This site has been nominated for "Out of the Shadows" site of the week. Now it's time to vote! To do this, go here and vote for "A Tribute to Lesley Gore". And while you are there, please nominate my Melanie Safka site for next week's contest. Just put this in the Nomination blank: "A Tribute to Melanie Safka (http://www.flash.net/~pswayne/melanie.htm)".

A fan found this page while surfing around. There are two stories about Lesley here.

Help this site become the "Out of the Shadows" site of the week. The first step is to nominate it. To do this, go here, vote for one of the sites in the current nominations, and put the following in the Nomination blank: "A Tribute to Lesley Gore (http://www.flash.net/~pswayne/lgore.htm)". Note: you must vote for one of the current nominations in order for your nomination to count.

VH1 is going to show "The Girls On The Beach" again this friday night, at 8 pm Eastern time.

The Rhino anthology, "Sunshine, Lollypops and Rainbows" is now scheduled to be released on the 14th of July.

I have modified my page to make it more user friendly for vision impared persons. The various pages are now accessable via text links as well as the original graphic buttons.
For confirmation that Lesley will be in "A Capitol Fourth", go here and click on images. The PBS satellite will feed this show at 8 pm and 10:30 pm Eastern time on the Fourth. Be sure to check your listings to see when your PBS station will show it (they may tape-delay it to any time, such as 9 pm).

Lesley will perform in concert for the annual "A Capitol Fourth" July 4th celebration in Washington. The show will be nationally televised by PBS on the evening of July 4, 1998. Check your listings. Not all PBS stations will carry this show at the same time, and some will precede it with last year's special. (Frank Dixon gave me the original news of this, and I looked up the show to try to get the time. PBS's own site does not list Lesley on the show, but they don't list everybody on it.

Lesley's upcoming appearances:

I have added an article on how to care for and preserve phonograph records. Link to it here or in Lesley's Music.

Word is that the new Rhino anthology has been delayed due to legal problems. The lawyers are at it again, folks.

My guestbook filled up (250 entry limit), so I started a new one. You can still read the old one.
Rhino Records new anthology, "Sunshine, Lollypops and Rainbows" came out yesterday. If there are any noteworthy tracks on it, I'll put an update here.

I have added some captured images from the Quincy Jones special that was on TV in April, and from the movie "The Girls on the Beach". Sorry about the poor quality. Someday I will get a better capture device and do them again.

I received word today from Jack Natoli, Lesley's Fan Club President, that Lesley's Father has passed away. I had heard a rumor concerning this previously, but didn't want to say anything until I had official word. If you want to send a card or message of condolence, send it to

and mark it "Personal -- Please forward". This is the fan club address, but Jack will see that everything gets to Lesley.

The VH1 cable network will show the move "Girls On The Beach" on Friday May 29 at 9 pm Eastern (6 pm Pacific). Lesley is in this movie, along with some other rock and roll stars.

Lesley's Place makes the newspapers! This site was mentioned in Svenska Dagbladet, a major Swedish daily newspaper.

The server this page is on was down from early Wednesday morning until Thursday evening. To keep the site available if that happens again, I have mirrored it at two locations. They are http://www.flash.net/~pswayne/lgore.htm and http://members.xoom.com/pswayne/lgore.htm.

From Frank Dixon: Lesley will be appearing July 11th at Foxwoods Resort & Casino in Ledford, Conn., with Martha Reeves and Ronnie Spector, in a show called "Legendary Ladies."  The tickets go on sale May 22nd and are $35 and $25.

Lesley will be the featured artist on the May 17 broadcast of Dick Clark's radio program, "Rock, Roll and Remember." Stations broadcast this program at different times, so check your local listings for time and station.

Threre'a a new addition to the links section. It's an interview with Lesley from People Online magazine.

Just picked up a copy of "Grease Is The Word". Words can't describe how good this is! You GOTTA get one! Congrats to Rhino on doing a SUPURB job! Our Lesley sounds like she's 16 again, and everyone else also sounds great!

Happy Birthday Lesley!
From Jim Allio: Just a reminder that this Tuesday, May 5, 1998, Rhino Records' "Grease Is the Word" is released, featuring Lesley singing four of that classic show's songs in new recordings done in L.A. in March...PLUS! June 16, Rhino issues "Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows: The Best of Lesley Gore," a new, 20-track compilation featuring recordings culled from her stint with Mercury. Rhino promises an excellent essay, rare archival photos, remastered sound, and the track listing includes most of the hits from "Party" through "Brink of Disaster," but no singles after "Brink." A couple of b-sides and a couple of LP-only cuts are thrown in for good measure...and the hits just keep on comin'!(Track info courtesy of Lesley's fan club president, Jack Natoli)

Saturday, May 2, is Lesley's birthday. I don't know if she surfs the web, but it might be a nice touch anyway to leave a birthday wish in the guest book (click here to do it now). Also, we kind of let it slip by, but this month was the 35 anniversary of the release of "It's My Party".

Several more new pictures added.

I have added two new sections to Lesley's Discography. The first is called "Collections featuring Lesley Gore (new recordings)", and has one entry: the new Grease CD due to be released on May 5th. The complete track listing is there -- Lesley has 4 solos and is in the ensemble that sings "We Go Together". The other section is called "Collections featuring Lesley Gore (pre-released material)", and has several entries.

New pictures! See the Visitors Pictures section of Lesley's Picture Gallery, bottom 3 rows.

Lesley will be one of the performers in Richard Naderís Doo Wop Spectacular IX at the Continental Airlines Arena at the Meadowlands Sports Complex in New Jersey at 8 pm on June 20th. For more information, see the Meadowlands web page.

Lesley will be at the Sunset Station Hotel and Casino Outdoor Ampitheater in Las Vegas (Henderson) on May 23, 1998 at 8 pm.
I have added a link to a new Lesley Gore page (Vince's page) in Lesley's Links.

Lesley will be a guest on "Quincy Jones...The First 50 Years" on ABC-TV on Saturday, April 11 at 8pm Eastern time.

I have added a chat room to Lesley's Place. If you would like to set up a regularly scheduled chat time, please let me know.
Lesley will be at the Contintal Airlines Arena at the Meadowlands in New Jersey on June 20th. It will be a big 60's show, with a number of 60's stars. Tickets are $29.50.

I found more info on Lesley's upcoming Detroit concert on May 16. It will be at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts in Clinton Township.

More on the Murphy Brown show.
In this show, Murphy is turning 50, so Frank (Joe Regalbuto) takes her to a 50's party. At the party are Dick Clark, Chubby Checker, Lesley Gore and Fabian (playing themselves). Pat Swayne's prediction: Murphy will break into tears at the party, and then say "It's my party and I'll cry if I want to." Still no clue as to whether Lesley will sing on the show or not.

Lesley will be on the Murphy Brown show on April 6 on CBS. I don't know if she will sing, or how long she will be on. I plan to tape it and try to capture a picture for the Picture Gallery.

Click here to see a special report from Jim Allio about the coming "Grease Is the Word" CD from Rhino Records!

From Jim Allio: Lesley sings "Look at Me, I'm Sandra Dee" and "It's Raining on Prom Night" on the "Grease Is the Word" CD due May 5th from Rhino Records. (I guess you'll have to get the "Canvas" album if you want to hear her sing "You're the One That I Want".)

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