Last week I skipped posting on the death of a pop-singer-songwriter from a long time ago - when I was really, really little - for reasons I can't recall now.
Lesley Gore 68, died last week, February 16. I wasn't a huge fan really - I just remember her on Bandstand and knew she was in High School when she came to fame for "It's My Party" and "You Don't Own Me" - and I kind of had a crush on her. (I sort of dumped Annette Funicello for her.) I also thought she was Catholic - but found out now that she wasn't. I lost interest in her when Motown got big, and as the saying goes, once you go black ... you never go back.
Which means I actually under rated Gore. Why do I say that? Because she wrote the very great, albeit under appreciated song: "Love Me By Name". Patti Austin covered it best - song here.
Lesley Gore was a fine singer, songwriter and actress - under appreciated by many, I'm sure. RIP.