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Posts Tagged ‘Lesley Gore’

Died On This Date (February 16, 2015) Lesley Gore / Had Iconic Hit with “It’s My Party”

Posted by themusicsover on February 16, 2015

Lesley Gore (Born Lesley Goldstein)
May 2, 1946 – February 16, 2015

lesley-goreBorn in New York City, Lesley Gore was just 16 years old when she recorded her first, and biggest hit, “It’s My Party,” a song that helped define her generation.  Several major hits followed including, “You Don’t Own Me,” “Judy’s Turn To Cry,” and “She’s A Fool.”  In 1965, Gore received a Grammy nomination for “Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows,” and another nominations came 1981, but this time as a co-writer for “Out Here On My Own,” from the immensely popular Fame soundtrack.  Gore acted in several television shows throughout her career as well, most notably, portraying Pussycat, one of Catwoman’s cohorts, in two episodes of Batman.  Gore continued to tour well into the ’90s and released what would become her final album, the critically acclaimed Ever Since, in 2005.  Lesley Gore lost her battle with cancer on February 16, 2015.  She was 68.

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Died On This Date (August 6, 2012) Marvin Hamlisch / American Composer

Posted by themusicsover on August 6, 2012

Marvin Hamlisch
June 2, 1944 – August 6, 2012

Marvin Hamlisch was a New York City born composer who is one of just two people (the other being Richard Rodgers) to have won an Emmy, an Oscar, a Tony, a Grammy, and a Pulitzer Prize.  His total count was four Emmys, three Oscars, one Tony, four Grammys, one Pulitzer Prize, plus two Golden Globes.  A child prodigy, Hamlisch was just seven when he was accepted to Julliard’s pre-college division.  Years later, his first job was as Barbra Streisand’s rehearsal pianist for Funny Girl.   His movie score credits include The Way We Were, The Sting, Ordinary People, The Spy Who Loved Me, and Sophie’s Choice.   For Broadway, he composed the award-winning score for A Chorus Line among others.  A songwriter as well, Hamlisch wrote hits for Lesley Gore and Carly Simon.   Marvin Hamlisch was 68 when, on August 6, 2012,  he died following a brief illness. Cause of death was not immediately released.

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