The One and Only Lesley Gore!

We've asked our dear friend TJB of the fabulous Stirred, Straight Up, With a Twist to executive produce this very special episode of The Redundant Variety Hour...

When legends collide: the late, great Lesley Gore with Dawn Davenport! 

Sunshine, lollipops, rainbows...and safety gays! 

A pop princess in a sensible suit and a Jackie Kennedy bouffant. Lesley Gore, we needed you then, and need you even more so now. Gone, but never forgotten.

Miss Lesley Gore
May 2, 1946 - February 16, 2015.


  1. I had no idea until the Sad Passing that Ms Gore was a snatch sister, and an equality fighter to boot. Although I suppose that explains that certain flinty-eyed look she produces on "You Don't Own Me."

  2. Leslie Gore and Totie Fields in one clip! I don't think I can take it!

    However... I feel like a piece of my childhood died when I heard this wonderful singer passed! ANYONE who thinks they are on top of their performance game (beyonce, Miss Perry, Miss Gaga all these other whatever you call thems who think they have it going on ) need to sit their asses down and watch the TAMI show and see what it takes to perform a song with the genuine gifts God gave them. Not what their stylists told them to wear, not with an army of dancers and stage and lighting directors and especially not overpriced sound engineers to distract the viewing public from their shortcomings. If Leslie Gore can come out with awkward flip hairdo and a Dr Joyce Brothers 2 piece suit and belt this shit out and get that reaction it has nothing to do with enhancements and everything to do with how she could put over a song.

    I'm sick of these low class bitches with their high end contracts.


  3. These three performances are magnificent!

    I had seen the TAMI segment before, but not the other two. What's so striking with all three of these clips is that she is singing live, with no background vocal track. Most (if not all) of Lesley's "hits" were double-tracked (the "Annette" sound as Ms. Funicello claims was invented for her thin voice), but Lesley proves here that she had more emotional dynamic in her voice when she wasn't required to sing exactly the same way twice so the two tracks would blend. Maybe should couldn't match the lung power of Brenda Lee or Connie Francis, but she sang out just fine!

    Let us hope that she is remembered in the Oscars "In Memoriam" tribute tonight, if not for immortal performance in "Ski Party" but for her Oscar nomination for the lyrics to "Out Here on My Own" from "Fame," with music by her brother, Michael.

    Thanks to Thombeau and to TJB for this tribute. I made a valiant effort several years ago to try to make it to the Palm Springs Follies to see Lesley, but it fell through. I always thought I would have another chance to see her live.

    1. So glad you enjoyed this post! She will definitely be missed.

    2. Not bloody likely that she'll be remembered at the Oscars, they have to make room for all of those annoying so-called musical numbers. Another talented singer I'm sorry that I never got to see perform in person. Sleep tight, Lesley.

  4. Heavens! Totie kept looking at her as if she wanted to EAT her, though I haven't quite determined which way yet...! Ha! But, yes, Lesley was just wondrous and the fans were going NUTS during that medley in the third clip.

  5. Superbly curated tribute, both of you... Jx