Lesley Gore

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 1988 (The 1989 Induction Ceremony)

Previously Considered? Yes  what's this?


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You Don't Own Me (1963)
It's My Party (1963)

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Will Lesley Gore be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
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Lesley Gore should already be IN the HOF !!!
She was one of the first single women entertainers AND was knocked off the charts by a band called the Beatles.
You Don't Own Me is and was an anthem for women.
A 10 % chance of being inducted is an a crime.

Posted by BONNIE J. TRIMBLE on Wednesday, 10.15.08 @ 13:09pm


One tough real rocker..gal YES
"You don't own me"
Its my party

Wow 2 tell it like it is songs! among the many she sang... This lady is a real musical woman....
She has live the life to tell about it..
YES

Posted by mrxyz on Tuesday, 09.22.09 @ 22:48pm


Lesley Gore's anthem "You Don't Own Me" inspired teen-age girls of the mid-sixties to question traditional roles in male-female relationships. It is an important song, a catalyst in the women's liberation movement of the 1960's.
Lesley sings it with great passion and conviction. Most people have only ever heard her on the recorded single version of this song since lip-synching was the practice of the day for television performances. Fortunately for us, footage of the 1964 T.A.M.I. show exists and can be viewed on YouTube. The T.A.M.I. show is a concert film of such historical significance that it has been named to the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress. Lesley Gore, along with other top rock and roll acts of the day(James Brown, The Beach Boys, Jan & Dean, The Supremes, The Rolling Stones, Marvin Gaye, Gerry & the Pacemakers, etc.) performs live at the Santa Monica Civic Center for an audience of local high school students. Watch Lesley's live performance here of "You Don't Own Me" to get a true rendering of this song by a great vocalist.
NOTE: You can find footage of the Beach Boys at T.A.M.I. on YouTube listed under Beach Boys lost concert,

Posted by CB on Wednesday, 11.11.09 @ 17:42pm


She should have inducted years ago.

She passed up some career opportunities to focus on her education at Sarah Lawrence College. In a way, that heightened her image as an independent, free-thinker as expressed in "You Don't Own Me."

Check out her live versions of "You Don't Own Me" and "Maybe I Know" that are available on YouTube. Gore was a much stronger singer outside of the studio overdubs of the day.

Posted by randy on Saturday, 03.20.10 @ 23:06pm


I agree with Randy.. She was and is a strong singer
My guess is she was a head of her time.

Posted by mrxyz on Sunday, 03.21.10 @ 08:55am


Absolutely agree with you guys. Lesley Gore should be in. "She's A Fool," "Look Of Love," "My Town, My Guy, And Me", "That's The Way Boys Are," etc. So many good songs that have gotten forgotten. And the original Teen Queen.

Posted by Philip on Sunday, 03.21.10 @ 11:57am


Why Lesley isn't in the rock and roll hall of fame is beyond me...keep me informed if possible

Posted by Mike on Wednesday, 08.18.10 @ 23:57pm


Lesley Gore's anthem "You Don't Own Me" inspired teen-age girls of the mid-sixties to question traditional roles in male-female relationships. It is an important song, a catalyst in the women's liberation movement of the 1960's.
Lesley sings it with great passion and conviction. Most people have only ever heard her on the recorded single version of this song since lip-synching was the practice of the day for television performances. Fortunately for us, footage of the 1964 T.A.M.I. show exists and can be viewed on YouTube. The T.A.M.I. show is a concert film of such historical significance that it has been named to the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress. Lesley Gore, along with other top rock and roll acts of the day(James Brown, The Beach Boys, Jan & Dean, The Supremes, The Rolling Stones, Marvin Gaye, Gerry & the Pacemakers, etc.) performs live at the Santa Monica Civic Center for an audience of local high school students. Watch Lesley's live performance here of "You Don't Own Me" to get a true rendering of this song by a great vocalist.

Posted by CB on Thursday, 08.19.10 @ 08:20am


wow . . . there's omissions, there's snubs, there's oversights -- and then there's travesties! . . .

Lesley Gore should have been inducted years ago . . . if only just on the basis of "Downtown" and "It's My Party" . . . and "You Don't Own Me" is a classic song of liberation that precedes "I Am Woman" and "I Will Survive" by several years . . .

yes, yes, a thousand times YES!!!

Posted by Michael on Tuesday, 02.15.11 @ 17:06pm


Totally agree....LESLEY GORE should have been inducted into the rock and roll hall of fame years ago. She had a string of 19 chart hits. Her recording of YOU DON'T OWN ME reached number 2 on the chart, kept out of the number 1 spot by the Beatles. That song has stood the test of time..relevant today as it was when she recorded it. A new version of it is included on EVER SINCE, a 2005 release. A few years ago, I wrote to the hall of fame about Lesley and was informed that induction into the hall is (basically) at the whim of the panel, not based on the performer's past accomplishments. So sad.

Posted by John on Thursday, 10.6.11 @ 16:14pm


Connection to 2012 Nominees

Joan Jett recorded a cover of "You Don't Own Me"

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Friday, 10.7.11 @ 19:53pm


Lesley Gore not being in the RRHOF completely discredits their whole organization. I was born in '73 after her run on the top 40 and her significance is far underlooked. She played a major role in shifting musical styles, transitioning female performers from the 50's to the 60's. Without her, there would have been no path for the likes of Dusty Springfield, Petula Clark and other such dominate female artists who took her cue and stepped into the spotlight. Without Gore, Quincy Jones might not have become as recognized and in turn, Michael Jackson not molded into the star he was.

It is a shame when I see some of the people in the RRHOF and then realize those who are not yet credited. I do not want her being inducted after she has passed on, like some obligation. I want her recognized now. She needs to be praised while she is still here. Plus, they could do some awesome tribute covers of her songs.

Posted by Mike on Tuesday, 10.9.12 @ 16:08pm


Lesley Gore SHOULD have been inducted way back in 1988 when she first became eligible. The fact that she wasn't and STILL isn't is a crime against R&R and female artists!

"You Don't Own Me" was the first women's lib anthem long before the term was coined. She did it first, she did it best!!!!

Posted by Avenger280 on Wednesday, 10.24.12 @ 00:23am


...
Have you SEEN who else was eligible in 1988?

Posted by GFW on Thursday, 10.25.12 @ 14:27pm


@GFW.... Yeah I have. SO WHAT???? A lot of those ladies should have already been inducted, including Lesley. Your point???

Posted by Avenger280 on Tuesday, 05.13.14 @ 04:52am


What I'm saying is, considering who she was up against, it's fairly understandable she didn't get in first ballot.

Posted by GFW on Tuesday, 05.13.14 @ 11:43am


Yeah, first ballot would have been a miracle for Lesley. Against the Beach Boys, Beatles, Dylan... not happening. Would've been nice if she'd gotten in in '88 instead of the Supremes, imo. But that's just me. Still I can't see Little Steven forgetting about this woman. She'll get nominated someday, unless he retires before then.

Posted by Philip on Tuesday, 05.13.14 @ 12:35pm


RIP Lesley Gore. Age 68. Cancer. Truly deserving of induction. Hoping she'll get it posthumously now.

Posted by Philip on Monday, 02.16.15 @ 15:58pm


RIP... I agree with Philip ...

Posted by happy on Monday, 02.16.15 @ 15:59pm


R.I.P. I also agree with you both.

Posted by Steve Z on Monday, 02.16.15 @ 22:53pm


Leslie Gore. Now?

Connie Francis. Now?

Posted by Huck McShane on Tuesday, 02.17.15 @ 06:24am


Lesley deserved induction years ago...deserves induction still today...and will continue to deserve induction until it happens, at which point it will be way, way overdue. It's time to do the right and honorable thing.

Posted by debbie t on Friday, 08.7.15 @ 19:50pm


LESLEY GORE SHOULD BE INDUCTED IN THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME. SHE WAS A STRONG SINGER AND A VERY BEAUTIFUL PERSON. SHE DEFINITELY DESERVE A RECOGNITION!!R.I.P LESLEY. YOU AND YOUR MUSIC WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.

Posted by CHRISTIAN on Thursday, 11.26.15 @ 23:23pm


CHRISTIAN
I agree I would be wonderful and the right thing to do
lets hope

Posted by Happy on Friday, 11.27.15 @ 13:42pm


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