Lesley Gore is one of my favorite singers of all time and today is her birthday. Maybe you’re sick of hearing “It’s My Party,” but the dame’s got skillz. When she performs, there’s never even the slightest hint of insecurity or shyness. She’s all eye contact, confidence, and swagger. Even at 16, she seems like it’s all old hat and she’s been in the biz for decades. She may have started out as a teen singer, meant to appeal to younger kids, but she always seemed like an old soul to me. In my mind I’ve always put her on level with the likes of Dusty Springfield. Happy birthday, Lesley!
Now enjoy some tunes: