Lesley Gore

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Lesley Gore
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Gore as a Batman guest star, 1967
Born
Lesley Sue Goldstein

(1946-05-02)May 2, 1946
Brooklyn, New York, US
DiedFebruary 16, 2015(2015-02-16) (aged 68)
Manhattan, New York, US
Education Sarah Lawrence College
Occupation
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • actress
  • activist
Years active1963–2014
Notable work
  • "It's My Party"
  • "Judy's Turn to Cry"
  • "You Don't Own Me"
Partner(s)
  • Lois Sasson
  • (1982–2015; Gore's death)
Relatives
Musical career
Genres
InstrumentsVocals
Labels

Lesley Sue Goldstein (May 2, 1946 – February 16, 2015), known professionally as Lesley Gore, was an American singer, songwriter, actress, and activist. At the age of 16 (in 1963) she recorded the pop hit "It's My Party" (a US number one), and followed it up with other hits including "Judy's Turn to Cry", "She's a Fool", "You Don't Own Me", "Maybe I Know" and "California Nights".

Pop music is a genre of popular music that originated in its modern form in the United States and United Kingdom during the mid-1950s. The terms "popular music" and "pop music" are often used interchangeably, although the former describes all music that is popular and includes many diverse styles. "Pop" and "rock" were roughly synonymous terms until the late 1960s, when they became increasingly differentiated from each other.

Its My Party (Lesley Gore song) 1963 single by Lesley Gore

"It's My Party" is a pop song recorded by multiple artists since the 1960s. In 1963, American singer Lesley Gore's version hit number one on the pop and rhythm and blues charts in the United States. It was the first hit single for producer Quincy Jones.

Judys Turn to Cry 1963 single by Lesley Gore

"Judy's Turn to Cry" is a song written by Beverly Ross and Edna Lewis that was originally released by Lesley Gore in 1963. The song was produced by Quincy Jones, who also produced Gore's prior hit "It's My Party". It was released on Gore's first album I'll Cry If I Want To and also as a single which reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and #10 on the Billboard R&B singles chart. The single earned a gold record.

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Gore also worked as an actress and composed songs with her brother, Michael Gore, for the 1980 film Fame , for which she was nominated for an Academy Award. She hosted an LGBT-oriented public television show, In the Life , on American TV in the 2000s, and was active until 2014.

Michael Gore is an American composer. Gore is the younger brother of the late singer/songwriter Lesley Gore.

<i>Fame</i> (1980 film) 1980 film by Alan Parker

Fame is a 1980 American teen musical drama film directed by Alan Parker. Set in New York City, it chronicles the lives and hardships of students attending the High School of Performing Arts, from their auditions to their freshman, sophomore, junior and senior years.

LGBT Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons

LGBT, or GLBT, is an initialism that stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. In use since the 1990s, the term is an adaptation of the initialism LGB, which was used to replace the term gay in reference to the LGBT community beginning in the mid-to-late 1980s. Activists believed that the term gay community did not accurately represent all those to whom it referred.

Early life

She was born Lesley Sue Goldstein [1] in Brooklyn, New York City, [2] into a middle-class Jewish family, the daughter of Leo Goldstein and Ronny Gore. Her father was the owner of Peter Pan, a children's swimwear and underwear manufacturer, [3] and later became a leading brand licensing agent in the apparel industry. [4] She was raised in Tenafly, New Jersey, [5] and attended the Dwight School for Girls in nearby Englewood.

Brooklyn Borough in New York City and county in New York state, United States

Brooklyn is the most populous borough of New York City, with an estimated 2,648,771 residents in 2017. Named after the Dutch village of Breukelen, it borders the borough of Queens at the western end of Long Island. Brooklyn has several bridge and tunnel connections to the borough of Manhattan across the East River, and the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge connects it with Staten Island. Since 1896, Brooklyn has been coterminous with Kings County, the most populous county in the U.S. state of New York and the second-most densely populated county in the United States, after New York County.

New York City Largest city in the United States

The City of New York, usually called either New York City (NYC) or simply New York (NY), is the most populous city in the United States. With an estimated 2018 population of 8,398,748 distributed over a land area of about 302.6 square miles (784 km2), New York is also the most densely populated major city in the United States. Located at the southern tip of the state of New York, the city is the center of the New York metropolitan area, the largest metropolitan area in the world by urban landmass and one of the world's most populous megacities, with an estimated 19,979,477 people in its 2018 Metropolitan Statistical Area and 22,679,948 residents in its Combined Statistical Area. A global power city, New York City has been described as the cultural, financial, and media capital of the world, and exerts a significant impact upon commerce, entertainment, research, technology, education, politics, tourism, art, fashion, and sports. The city's fast pace has inspired the term New York minute. Home to the headquarters of the United Nations, New York is an important center for international diplomacy.

Licensing means renting or leasing of an intangible asset. It is a process of creating and managing contracts between the owner of a brand and a company or individual who wants to use the brand in association with a product, for an agreed period of time, within an agreed territory. Licensing is used by brand owners to extend a trademark or character onto products of a completely different nature.

Career

1963–1979: Commercial success

When she recorded her version of "It's My Party" with Quincy Jones in 1963, she was a junior in high school. It became a number-one, nationwide hit. Gore's version sold over one million copies and was certified as a gold record. [6] It also marked the beginning of a time when fans would show up on her front lawn. [2]

Quincy Jones American record producer, conductor, arranger, composer, television producer, and trumpeter

Quincy Delight Jones Jr. is an American record producer, multi-instrumentalist, singer, and film producer. His career spans six decades in the entertainment industry with a record 80 Grammy Award nominations, 28 Grammys, and a Grammy Legend Award in 1992.

"It's My Party" was followed by many other hits for Gore, including the sequel, "Judy's Turn to Cry" (US No. 5); "She's a Fool" (US No. 5); the feminist-themed million-selling "You Don't Own Me", [6] which held at No. 2 for three weeks behind the Beatles' "I Want To Hold Your Hand"; "That's the Way Boys Are" (US No. 12); "Maybe I Know" (US No. 14/UK No. 20); "Look of Love" (US No. 27); and the Grammy-nominated "Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows" (US No. 13), from the 1965 movie, Ski Party. [7] In 1965 she appeared in the beach party film The Girls on the Beach in which she performed three songs: "Leave Me Alone", "It's Gotta Be You", and "I Don't Want to Be a Loser".

Shes a Fool 1963 song performed by Lesley Gore

"She's a Fool" is a song written by Mark Barkan and Ben Raleigh that was originally recorded by Lesley Gore in 1963. The song appeared as a single and on the album Lesley Gore Sings of Mixed-Up Hearts. The song was produced by Quincy Jones. The single reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #26 on Billboard's R&B singles chart. It was Gore's second straight single to reach #5, following "Judy's Turn to Cry." It was also her third of four consecutive singles to reach the Top 5 to start her career, "It's My Party" reaching #1 before "Judy's Turn to Cry" and "You Don't Own Me" following "She's a Fool" and going to #2.

Second-wave feminism is a period of feminist activity and thought that began in the United States in the early 1960s and lasted roughly two decades. It quickly spread across the Western world, with an aim to increase equality for women by gaining more than just enfranchisement.

You Dont Own Me 1963 single by Lesley Gore

"You Don't Own Me" is a popular song written by Philadelphia songwriters John Madara and David White and recorded by Lesley Gore in 1963, when Gore was 17 years old. The song was Gore's second most successful recording and her last top-ten single. On November 27, 2016, the Grammy Hall of Fame announced its induction, along with that of another 24 songs.

Gore was given first shot at recording "A Groovy Kind of Love" by songwriters Carole Bayer and Toni Wine with a melody borrowed from a sonatina by Muzio Clementi, [8] but Shelby Singleton, a producer for Mercury subsidiary Smash Records, refused to let Gore record a song with the word "groovy" in its lyrics. [7] The Mindbenders went on to record it, and it reached No. 2 on the Billboard charts. [9]

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Muzio Clementi Italian-born English composer, pianist, pedagogue, conductor, music publisher, editor, and piano manufacturer

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Gore recorded composer Marvin Hamlisch's first hit composition, "Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows", on May 21, 1963, while "It's My Party" was climbing the charts. [7] Her record producer from 1963 to 1965 was Quincy Jones. Jones' dentist was Marvin Hamlisch's uncle, and Hamlisch asked his uncle to convey several songs to Jones. [7] "Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows" was released on the LP Lesley Gore Sings of Mixed-Up Hearts , but did not surface as a single until June 1965. [7] Hamlisch composed three other Gore associated songs: "California Nights", [10] "That's the Way the Ball Bounces" and "One by One". "That's the Way the Ball Bounces" was recorded September 21, 1963, at A&R Studios in New York; it was released as the B-side of "That's the Way Boys Are" and appeared on the LP Boys Boys Boys. "One by One" was an unreleased track recorded on July 31, 1969, in New York and produced by Paul Leka; it first appeared on the Bear Family five-CD anthology of Gore's Mercury work entitled It's My Party (1994). [2] [7]

Gore was one of the featured performers in the T.A.M.I. Show concert film, which was recorded and released in 1964 by American International Pictures, and placed in the National Film Registry in 2006. Gore had one of the longest sets in the film, performing six songs including "It's My Party", "You Don't Own Me", and "Judy's Turn to Cry". [11]

Gore performed on two consecutive episodes of the Batman television series (January 19 and 25, 1967), in which she guest-starred as Pussycat, one of Catwoman's minions. [2] In the January 19 episode "That Darn Catwoman", she lip-synched to the Bob Crewe-produced "California Nights", and in the January 25 episode "Scat! Darn Catwoman" she lip-synched to "Maybe Now". [9] "California Nights", which Gore recorded for her 1967 album of the same name, returned her to the upper reaches of the Hot 100. [7] The single peaked at No.16 in March 1967 (14 weeks on the chart). It was her first top 40 hit since "My Town, My Guy and Me" in late 1965 and her first top 20 since "Sunshine, Lollipops, and Rainbows". [2] Gore also performed the single "We Know We're in Love" ten months earlier on the final episode of The Donna Reed Show , which aired on March 19, 1966. [7]

After high school, while continuing to make appearances as a singer, Gore attended Sarah Lawrence College, studying British and American English literature. At college folk music was popularly lauded as 'chic', whereas pop music was often derided as 'uncool.' [2] "Had I been tall with blonde hair, had I been Mary Travers, I would have gotten along fine." [12] She graduated in 1968. [13] [14]

Gore signed a contract with Mercury Records for five years, which carried her obligations to the company through the spring of 1968. Her last big hit had been twelve months prior to this time, but Mercury still saw promise in her as an artist, and believed that one of her singles would make it, like they had in the past. They offered a one-year extension on the initial contract, and Gore was formally contracted to Mercury for a sixth year. During this time, "He Gives Me Love (La La La)", a single release based on a Eurovision Song Contest winner, rose to #96 on the Music Business charts, while bubbling under the hot 100 in Billboard. Mercury took out a full page ad in the trades to support the single, but its airplay was spotty, becoming a hit in only a few major markets. [15] She was then paired with the successful soul producers Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff and Thom Bell for two singles that took her into the "soul" genre: "I'll Be Standing By" and "Take Good Care (Of My Heart)." These songs did not fit the image Mercury had crafted for her, and the singles were not played. Her contract with Mercury ended after the release of "98.6/Lazy Day" and "Wedding Bell Blues" failed to make headway on the charts. [16]

In 1970, she signed with Crewe Records and was reunited with producer Bob Crewe, who had produced her album California Nights. None of the Crewe releases charted.

1980–2015: As composer

Gore composed songs for the soundtrack of the 1980 film Fame , for which she received an Academy Award nomination for "Out Here on My Own", written with her brother Michael. [17] Michael won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for the theme song of the same film. Gore played concerts and appeared on television throughout the 1980s and 1990s. [7]

Gore co-wrote a song, "My Secret Love", for the 1996 film Grace of My Heart . The film includes a subplot about a young singer named Kelly Porter, who is based in part on Gore and is played by Bridget Fonda. The character, who is a closeted lesbian, performs "My Secret Love" in the film. [18] [19]

In 2005, Gore recorded Ever Since (her first album of new material since Love Me By Name in 1976), with producer/songwriter Blake Morgan, with the label Engine Company Records. The album received favorable reviews from The New York Times , Rolling Stone , Billboard Magazine and other national press. [7] The album also included a revised version of "You Don't Own Me", about which the New York Daily News wrote: "In Lesley Gore's new version of 'You Don't Own Me'—cut more than 40 years after its initial recording—she lends a pop classic new life." [20] Gore commented: "Without the loud backing track, I could wring more meaning from the lyric". And: "It's a song that takes on new meaning every time you sing it." [20]

Personal life

Beginning in 2004, Gore hosted the PBS television series In the Life , which focused on LGBT issues. [21] In a 2005 interview with After Ellen , she stated she was a lesbian and had been in a relationship with luxury jewelry designer Lois Sasson since 1982. [21] She had known since she was 20 and stated that although the music business was "totally homophobic," she never felt she had to pretend she was straight. "I just kind of lived my life naturally and did what I wanted to do," she said. "I didn't avoid anything, I didn't put it in anybody's face." [2]

On June 25, 2019, The New York Times Magazine listed Lesley Gore among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire. [22]

Death

Gore had been working on a memoir and a Broadway show based on her life [23] when she died of lung cancer on February 16, 2015, at the NYU Langone Medical Center in Manhattan, New York City, at the age of 68. [24] [25] At the time of her death, Gore and her partner, Lois Sasson, had been together for 33 years. [26]

Her New York Times obituary stated that "with songs like “It’s My Party,” “Judy’s Turn to Cry” and the indelibly defiant 1964 single “You Don’t Own Me” — all recorded before she was 18 — Ms. Gore made herself the voice of teenage girls aggrieved by fickle boyfriends, moving quickly from tearful self-pity to fierce self-assertion." [23]

Her funeral was held on February 19, 2015, in Manhattan.

Awards and recognition

In 1964, "It's My Party" was nominated for a Grammy Award for rock and roll recording. [27]

National Public Radio (NPR) named Lesley Gore Sings of Mixed-Up Hearts, Gore's second album, as forebearer of one of the top 150 albums recorded by women. The album missed the official list (1964–present) because it was released in 1963. "She is a forebear for her assertion of feminine power in pop, and her validation of a female perspective." [28]

Discography

Filmography

Film

YearFilmRoleNotes
1964 The T.A.M.I Show HerselfDocumentary
1965 The Girls on the Beach HerselfSings "Leave Me Alone" and "It's Gotta Be You"
1965 Ski Party HerselfSings Sunshine, Lollipops, and Rainbows"
1968The Pied Piper of Astroworld Bo Peep Television film
1977 Good Old Days HerselfTelevision film
1985Good Time Rock 'n' RollHerselfTelevision documentary
1986 Deja View Herself
1988Legendary Ladies of Rock & RollHerselfTelevision special
1990Listen Up: The Lives of Quincy JonesHerselfDocumentary
1991Golden Age of Rock 'n' RollHerselfTelevision documentary
1992In the LifeHerselfTelevision documentary
1998Quincy Jones... The First 50 YearsHerselfTelevision documentary
2000Hollywood Rocks the Movies: The Early Years (1955-1970HerselfTelevision documentary
2003Rock at FiftyHerselfTelevision documentary
2008An Evening with Quincy JonesHerselfTelevision documentary
2008Airplay: The Rise and Fall of Rock RadioHerselfDocumentary

Television

YearNameRoleNotes
1963Club 1270HerselfA teen-oriented dance-party television show on WXYZ-TV in Detroit ("1270" was a reference to the frequency of WXYZ-AM radio, a leading Top 40 station in the Detroit area at the time, now WXYT). [29]
1963The Keefe Brasselle ShowHerself
1963 American Bandstand HerselfSeason 6, Episode 194, AB-1528: Lesley Gore - aired 5/30/63. [30]
1963–
64
Thank Your Lucky Stars HerselfRecurring guest; 2 episodes
1963–
70
The Ed Sullivan Show HerselfRecurring guest; 4 episodes: Season 16, Episode 3 – Other guests: Tony Bennett, Frank Gorshin, Bob & Ray – aired 10/13/63; Season 17, Episode 18 – Other guests: Burt Lancaster, Mickey Rooney, Miriam Makeba, Shelley Berman – aired 1/31/65; Season 21, Episode 32 – Other guests: Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Gwen Verdon; Season 22, Episode 30 – Other guests: Richie Havens, Moms Mabley, Stiller & Meara – aired 4/26/70. [30]
1963–
75
New American Bandstand 1965 HerselfRecurring guest; 3 episodes: Season 10, Episode 31 - Other guest: The Music Machine - aired 4/8/67; Season 10, Episode 4 - Other guest: ? (Question Mark) and the Mysterians - aired 10/1/66; Season 19, Episode 4 - aired 9/27/75. [30]
1964 The Beat Room Herself
1964 The Lloyd Thaxton Show HerselfSeason 4, Episode 10 – aired September 28, 1964 [30]
1965FanfareHerselfSeason 1, Episode 7 – other guests: Tom Jones, Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass - aired July 31, 1965 [30]
1965 Shindig! HerselfRecurring guest; 2 episodes: Season 1, Episode 30 - Show 30 - April 7, 1965 - other guests: Tina Turner, Marvin Gaye, Larry Hovis, Martha and the Vandellas, Righteous Brothers

Season 2, Episode 5 - Show 56 - September 30, 1965 - other guests: Mickey Rooney (guest host), Major Lance, The Turtles [30]

1965 Hollywood A Go-Go Herself
1965–
66
Hullabaloo HerselfRecurring guest; 3 episodes: Season 1, Episode 8 – Show #8 - Host: Trini Lopez – aired 3/2/65; Season 2, Episode 7 – Show#25 – Host: Peter Noone (of Herman's Hermits) – aired 11/1/65; Season 2, Episode 16 – Show #34 – Host: Roger Smith – aired 1/3/66; Season 2, Episode 30 – Show #48 - Host: Paul Anka – aired 4/11/66. [30]
1965–
70
Merv Griffin Show HerselfRecurring guest: 8 episodes: Season 2, Episode 76 – aired 8/23/65; Season 5, Episode 104 – aired 1/25/68; Season 5, Episode 157 – aired 4/9/68; Season 6, Episode 96 – aired 1/13/69; Season 6, Episode 154 – aired 4/3/69; Season 7, Episode 162 – aired 4/2/70; Season 7, Episode 239 – aired 7/16/70; Season 7, Episode 243 – aired 7/22/70. [30]

Aired April 2, 1970 [31]

1965–
71
The Mike Douglas Show HerselfRecurring guest; 13 episodes: The Mike Douglas Show Herself

Season 4: Episode 237 - aired 8/4/65, Season 5: Episode 47 - aired 11/9/65, Season 5, Episode 216 – aired 7/11/66, Season 6: Episode 16 - aired 9/26/66, Season 6: Episode 92 - aired 1/10/67, Season 6: Episode 176 - aired 5/8/67, Season 7: Episode 106 - aired 1/29/68, Season 7: Episode 201 - aired 6/10/68, Season 8: Episode 42 - aired 11/5/68, Season 8: Episode 150 - aired 4/4/69, Season 9: Episode 25 - - aired 10/3/69, Season 9: Episode 51 - aired 11/10/69, Season 9: Episode 136 - aired 3/9/70, Season 10: Episode 118 - aired 2/17/71 [30]

1965 Shivaree HerselfSeason 2, Episode 16 – Show #48 0 aired 12/25/658. [30]
1966 The Andy Williams Show HerselfSeason 5, Episode 10 – aired November 13, 1966. [30]
1966 The Donna Reed Show HerselfEpisode 27: "By-Line--Jeff Stone" - aired 2/19/66 [32]
1966 Where the Action Is HerselfSeason 6, Episode 237 – aired 9/10/66, other guests: The Four Tops [30]
1967 The Match Game HerselfSeason 6, Episode 6 - Lesley Gore & Soupy Sales – aired 10/9/67 [30]
1967 Batman PussycatRecurring role; 2 episodes: Season 2 Episodes 40 – That Darn Catwoman – aired 1/19/67; Season 2, Episode 41 – Scat! Darn Catwoman – aired 1/25/67. [30]
1967Dream Girl of '67HerselfRecurring role; 5 episodes
1967 Malibu U HerselfSeason 1, Episode 4 – aired 8/11/67 – Other guests include The Turtles and Lou Rawls [30]
1967Binnen en BuitenHerself
1967–
68
The Joey Bishop Show HerselfRecurring guest; 3 episodes: Season 1, Episode 78 – aired 8/2/67; Season 2, Episode 122 – aired 3/8/68; Season 2, Episode 128 – aired 3/18/68. [30]
1968 Happening '68 HerselfRock music series on the ABC network. It aired Saturday afternoons following American Bandstand. Happening aired Mon through Fri from 7/15/68-10/25/68. [33]
1968 What's My Line? HerselfMystery guest; Season 1, Episode 131 – aired 1/31/1968
1969–
70
DellaHerselfRecurring guest; 2 episodes: Season 1, Episode 14 – aired 6/26/69; Season 1, Episode 154 – aired 1/13/70. [30]
1970 Playboy After Dark HerselfRecurring guest; 2 episodes - Season 2, Episode 11 – Other guests: Don Adams, Fleetwood Mac, Arte Johnson – aired 1/8/70. [30]
1970 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson HerselfSeason 8, Episode 41 700701 – aired 7/1/70. [30]
1970–
71
The Rolf Harris ShowHerselfRecurring guest; 2 episodes
1970 The David Frost Show HerselfRecurring guest; 2 episodes - Season 2, Episode 104 – aired January 22, 1970; Season 3, Episode 59 – aired December 17, 1970. [30]
1970 The Dick Cavett Show HerselfSeason 5, Episode 55 – aired January 22, 1970. [30]
1971The Virginia Graham ShowHerself
1975–76 The Midnight Special HerselfGuest host – Season 5, Episode 2 – aired 9/24/76. Guest on 2 episodes: Season 3, Episode 34 – Host: Chubby Checker; Season 4, Episode 21 – Host: David Brenner, Other guest: Fleetwood Mac [30]
1976 Dinah! HerselfSeason 2, Episode 167 – aired May 24, 1976 [30]
1977 Sha Na Na Herself
1977 $20,000 Pyramid Herself$20,000 Pyramid - Season 6, Episode 6 – Soupy Sales & 5 female stars – aired 10/10/77 [30]
1970Our TimeHerself
1982–83 All My Children June GordanA music publicist for 6 episodes; performed the song "Easy to Say, Hard to Do" which was written for the show
1998 Murphy Brown HerselfEpisode: Season 10 Episode 16: "Opus One" [34] Frank recreates American Bandstand for Murphy's 50th birthday; guests Dick Clark; Fabian; Lesley Gore; Chubby Checker; Sally Field.
1998 A Capitol Fourth [35] HerselfLesley performed in concert for the annual "A Capitol Fourth" July 4 celebration in Washington. The show was nationally televised by PBS on the evening of July 4, 1998. (Frank Dixon original source on this).
2001Walk on By: The Story of Popular SongHerselfEpisode: "Producer Pop"
2001 Biography HerselfEpisode: "Lesley Gore: 'It's Her Party'"
2002 Hollywood Squares HerselfRecurring guest; 2 episodes
2005Party Planner with David TuteraHerselfEpisode: "Broadway Legend's Soiree"
2006In the LifeHerselfSeason 1, Episode 116 on Logo Borders – aired 1/1/06 [30]
2007 TV Land Confidential HerselfEpisode: "Music"
Unknown Days of Our Lives Unknown
Unknown Gay USA Unknown

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California Nights is a 1967 album by Lesley Gore, the last of her seven albums released on the Mercury Records label. The title track on the album, California Nights, was Gore's last Top 20 hit. Bob Crewe produced seven of the tracks on the album, while Quincy Jones produced three. The album was reissued in 2015 as part of a compilation in both album and CD format by Ace Records, which included 15 bonus tracks from her Mercury catalogue.

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