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Lesley Gore

She may not have had the Soulful sound of the girl groups that populated the airwaves during her run, but Lesley Gore didn’t need to have it. What she did do was speak for a generation of young suburban white girls with her Quincy Jones produced sleek Pop songs. It may not have been Rock with attitude, but her place in Rock and Roll history is undeniable.




The Bullet Points:

Eligible Since:



Country of Origin:

U.S.A. (New York City)


Nominated In:



NIHOF’s Favorite Album:

I’ll Cry If I Want To (1963)


NIHOF’s Favorite Song:

You Don’t Own Me (From Lesley Gore Sings of Mixed Up Hearts, 1964)

Should Lesley Gore be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put her in! - 83.3%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 2.1%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 4.2%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 10.4%
Last modified on Thursday, 08 March 2018 21:39
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+2 #4 Gary Presto 2016-09-13 02:07
Hmmmm...don't know about that! ;o
+3 #3 Darryl Tahirali 2016-06-28 21:36
I'm tempted for her self-empowermen t anthem "You Don't Own Me" alone, which repudiated all the girl-group swooning (cf. Joanie Soames's "Johnny Get Angry") while giving Joan Jett a raison d'etre later on.
+5 #2 Dan Russo 2014-04-26 23:57
She was the epitome of Rock and Roll in her time. They didn't give her six songs in the T.A.M.I. Show for no reason. Many of the fifties and early sixties artists will never get in, as today's media is not that familiar with their work and they do not get judged within the context of their era.
+5 #1 Rod Evers 2013-03-28 02:16
Lesley Gore is one of the great singers of her time and her times not up yet. It's a shame she's not in the hall of fame. She can sing a number of stiles of music, and all in tune with a beautiful voice.

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