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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-03-21

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is Entertainment

On Her Own

Lesley Gore is more than a pop-music princess;
she's a serious advocate for women's rights.

Center on March 29. It will also be
her first Detroit-area appearance since
May 1998, when she performed a
concert date with Lou Christie, know-
he boo-hoo days are only a
ing that her father's prolonged battle
song away whenever Lesley
with cancer was nearing an end.
Gore sings her No. 1 debut
As he might have expected her to,
hit, "It's My Party."
And though she doesn't ponder what Leo Gore's daughter did her show and
only hinted at her situation to the
might have happened to the song's
audience, saying only that she was
topical couple of Judy and Johnny
dedicating her performance of "Out
through the years, Gore says that it's
Here on My Own," a song that she
"just kind of amazing" that she'll be
and her younger brother, Michael, had
commemorating the 40th anniversary
of recording that teary tune next week. written for the movie Fame, to "some-
one who is very much on my mind
Yes, it was on March 30, 1963, that
tonight."
the then-16-year-old took only one
Backstage, too, Gore
take to forever make "It's
kept
up her professional-
My Party" a classic pop
ism,
graciously
greeting
hit and bounce her from
physically challenged fans
a high-school unknown
in her dressing room and
to a pop-music princess.
granting backstage pho-
Gore still recalls the
tographs. Yet, for the girl
aftermath of one of her
who
defiantly sang "I'll
first TV appearances, after
cry
if
I want to," hiding
the record was rushed to
tears
behind
a smile was
-
radio stations, on
all
she
could
do.
WXYZ's Saturday-after-
"That was a very diffi-
noon dance program,
cult period for me," Gore
"Club 1270," hosted by
remembers. 'About a
local disc jockeys Lee
week
after that date with
Alan and Joel Sebastian.
Lesley Gore: "Women still
Lou,
my
father died,
"I was asked to go to
have a long way to go.
and
the
next
day I was
Detroit, to do some pro-
to get on a plane and go
motion for "It's My
to Las Vegas. I really didn't want to go,
Party," because the record was doing
but my mother and brother looked at
very well, and "Club 1270" was going
me and said, 'What's the point?' So I
to give me a 17th-birthday party on
went.
the air," remembers Gore, who came
"I miss being able to talk to my
from an upscale, Jewish family in
father
on a daily basis. He was always
Tenafly, N.J.
a reality check for me. He was a good
"They picked us up in a limo and
sounding board, and he just had a
drove us to the studio, and it turned
wonderful way of looking at life.
out to be an interesting weekend. _
Almost every time I sing 'Out Here on
"Subsequently, I found out that
My Own,' I think of him."
some teen magazine got a hold of
Had it not been for her father, Gore
some photos that were taken, saying
may
have gone through life as Brooklyn-
that the limo was my car and that the
born Lesley Sue Goldstein, the first child
driver was my chauffeur. They even
of Leo and Ronnie Goldstein.
went so far to say that the mansion
Gore explains that when her
with the long driveway, where
Russian-Jewish grandfather came to
[Channel 7's] TV studio was, was my
America, he adopted his sponsor's
house. I still have bittersweet memo-
ries about how that whole trip became name, Goldstein, instead of keeping
Gore, the family surname. After get-
manipulated."
ting married, her father decided to
Letting bygones stay long gone,
reverse the name change.
Gore is looking forward to headlining
Both of Gore's parents also were born
the "American Golden Music
in Brooklyn, but neither was particular-
Spectacular Concert" at the Ford
ly musical, she notes. Her father was a
Community and Performing Arts

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