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[Lesley Sue Gore (born Lesley Sue Goldstein; May 2, 1946 – February 16, 2015):] Source: LYBIO.net
I was discovered by Quincy Jones. I had been interested in singing, so I was about to 15, 16 and I went to the trouble of finding a vocal coach in New York City. And I started studying with a wonderful vocal coach by the name of Mirren Earnhardt and one day we did some piano voice demos in his – in a little studio right in the building where I would take lessons. And those piano voice demos got the Quincy Jones by literally two degrees of separation.
Quincy heard the demos, called me up and – basically asked me if I’d like to work with him. He then went out and found the sound called “It’s my party / And I’ll cry if I want to” and we recorded that, he released it and about a week later I heard it on radio in a big New York station – like WABC, one of the really big radio stations at that time and about six weeks later, it was the number one song in the nation. When people asked me that I really like to say, it really wasn’t overnight, it took almost a week.
Quincy was my greatest mentor in terms of people, who actually took me, showed me how to read a score, got me my first music box, was there to help me record – rehearse the band on my first tour in England. So he was really a tremendous help to me. I had other people that I loved a lot, but I couldn’t call them mentors like they are a string of incredible women singers at that time and I’m thinking I of course was Sarah Yvonne and there was Ella Fitzgerald who – were god to me. But I also loved a number of women who were just slightly under the popularity of some of these women. I’m speaking of like June Christy and Anita O’Day. And these were women frankly who were not – you couldn’t look up to them as heros, they really had very difficult lives. They were girl singers. They we’re on the bus with the band and they were drinking and smoking and carrying on and they had to be kind of one of the boys. So it wasn’t a really easy life for women singers then. So why I chose to do what they are doing, I’m not sure except that I love to sing.
So I just continued through and it was really good decision, I did a lot of television at that time and there were a number of television shows I could do like Hullabaloo and Shindig and of course there was Ed Sullivan and the Tonight Shows and all those. But there were a plenty of music shows, so I could actually sort of keep a career alive even though I wasn’t out doing live concerts. I love acting, but I love acting live on the stage in a musical part of the company. I discovered long ago that doing a film is just a little too boring for me. I love the energy of the live audience and needing to – you know – reach the bar every time and – you can’t sluff off when you’re working live. You’re in a studio, you can try things, they may not work, everyone points fingers and laughs at you, but you can do it again.
[Lesley Gore:] Source: LYBIO.net
I’m sure most people don’t realize that in the 60’s we were recording four track, that was the state-of-the-art then and that really meant that you didn’t – you didn’t layer your tracks, you didn’t bring in the rhythm section and put the rhythm section down first. You have the whole band in that studio. And I remember when we did ‘Party’; we had probably about 23 musicians in the room. There were two microphones hung in the studio over the band. There was probably about 15 musicians and there was eight or nine singers all around one microphone to the left and I was in the booth and that was the four tracks, was the singers, the two microphones and Lesley.
And so when we went into the studio for three hours, we came out with four songs completely done practically mixed and that was the difference between then and now, big difference. I’ll tell you, I’ve often thought that if I were trying to break into the business, at this point in my career, I would be completely [indiscernible] because I would never have had the nerve to audition for American Idol. So I mean I’d be just standing on the street corner trying to make change. I couldn’t have done that. What I would tell young people today is that – there is so much that musicians know and they get better and better and better, every ten years. It’s like a new slew of incredible musicians come in, I say study and know your instrument or know your voice or know what aspect you want to do in the theater or in a concert and really study it, talk to best, work with the best, find mentors because there is a lot of competition out there, it wasn’t like when I started, you know, a couple of girls out there kind of Connie Francis and Brenda Lee, you know – trying to make it, but today you really got to know what you’re doing.
[Lesley Gore:] Source: L Y B I O . N E T
New York is just – you know – it’s just the best place to play. There are a lot of great clubs around the country and a lot of wonderful venues and theaters, uh…but New York is just the best place to be. I have some of my fans that have been in my fans club now for 45 years, 44 years. They come to many gigs, they see all the new stuff, they critique me, they send e-mails, I like the new song, take the third one, put it in the fifth spot, I mean they’re all – they’re very much involved in my career and they’ve been amazing fans for the last bunch of years. I know most of them by name. I know when they are coming for – to a gig and they’re so supportive, I can’t begin tell you how wonderful it is to be in their presence. They’re like – it’s like family. It’s the energy that the audience gives you that so exciting. And I mean – they’re easily a third of the show. So that’s the exciting part for me, after all these years, that’s why I do it to work with an audience.
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