We were longtime fans and collectors of pop singer Lesley Gore, and our collection, amassed over more than 30 years, consists of hundreds of items. With her recent passing, we’ve decided that it’s time to part with a lot of it. We’ve been rather surprised to see just how much stuff we have, so it’s taking us a while to go through all of it to see what’s here.
Among the items in our collection are:
Lesley Gore albums – We have a number of rare and unusual Lesley Gore albums, including sealed original LPs, promotional LPs, radio shows, unusual foreign albums and even a few colored vinyl albums.
Lesley Gore singles – We have a complete collection of American Lesley Gore singles and picture sleeves, along with a number of interesting foreign releases with picture sleeves.
Lesley Gore acetates – Our collection includes a few pre-production Lesley Gore acetates, made to evaluate recordings prior to release.
Lesley Gore radio shows – Not recent “flashback” type programs, but vintage radio shows from the 1960s with then-current interviews and music.
Lesley Gore autographs – We have a few Lesley Gore autographs, as well, including photos, albums and compact discs.
We have way too many items to list them all at once, but we will eventually list the entire collection for sale on our site.
Offered for sale is what is believed to be a complete set of Voices of Vista radio shows that included material by Lesley Gore – 7 albums in all.
About this set:
The Voices of Vista series was issued without covers; each of the albums listed below comes in a plain white cover. The LPs and artists featured in this set are:
#20/20ABC Ethel Ennis (full side)/ Lesley Gore, Damita Jo, Morocco (one track each) – Lesley Sings “No Matter What You Do.” Record is VG++ with slight sleeve scuffs.
#36 Frank Poretta (full side)/ Lesley Gore, Bobby Vinton, Wild Ones (one track each). Lesley sings “I Don’t Care.” Record is VG++ with slight sleeve scuffs.
#57 – Ray McKinley (full side)/Jack Jones, Lesley Gore, Paul Revere and the Raiders (one track each). Lesley sings “No Matter What You Do.” Record is VG+, with numerous sleeve scuffs
#68ABC/69ABC – Temptations, Lesley Gore, The Cyrkle (one track each)/ Tradewinds, Tommy Roe, Trini Lopez (one track each). Lesley Sings “California Nights.” Record is VG- with numerous marks and writing on both labels.
#70ABC/71ABC – Bobby Darin, Lesley Gore, The Byrds (one track each)/ Herb Oscar Anderson, Tommy James and the Shondells, The Turtles (one track each). Lesley sings “I’m Going Out (the Way I Came In.) Record is M-
#87ABC/88ABC – Temptations, Lesley Gore, Billy Joe Royal (one track each)/ The Cyrkle, Leslie Miller, The Byrds. Lesley sings “Summer and Sandy.” Record is VG++ and very close to M-, with just a few sleeve marks.
#94ABC/95ABC The Critters, Leslie Miller, The Cyrkle (one track each)/ Four Seasons, Leslie Gore, Tommy Roe. Lesley sings “I’m Fallin’ Down.) Record is VG++ on the side with Lesley Gore, with a few sleeve scuffs. The other side is VG, with several scratches
A nice copy of a hard to find set.
Background: VISTA, or Volunteers in Service to America, was an anti-poverty program created in 1965 by President Lydon Johnson. In order to promote this government program, a radio series called Voices of Vista was created.
Most of the shows in the series featured anywhere from two to six artists, and radio programmers were expected to play individual portions of the album on a schedule that suited them and their programming, rather than playing the LP in its entirety.
In fact, you couldn’t play the album in its entirety, as each track had a “locked groove” that prevented the next track from playing automatically. You had to move the tonearm to play the next track.
There are likely several hundred different discs in the entire Voices of Vista series; as far as we know, there are only seven that include Lesley Gore. Each of the shows listed below has a segment featuring Lesley introducing the segment and saying goodby at the end, along with a track in the middle and a short interview with host Herb Oscar Anderson and a VISTA volunteer.
Offered for sale is a scarce sealed pressing of Lesley Gore’s 1967 LP, California Nights.
About this copy: The copy offered for sale is a nice sealed stereo example. There’s a punch hole in the lower right corner and a couple of small (1″ or so) tears in the shrinkwrap near the opening of the cover.
A nice example of a surprisingly tough record to find in stereo. Good album, too!
Background: At the beginning of the 1960s, mono albums outsold stereo albums by about a 50: 1 ratio but as more people bought stereo equipment, the sales of the two formats eventually evened out. By 1967, stereo LPs were outselling their mono counterparts, but there were occasional exceptions to that rule, including this LP.
For whatever reason, stereo copies of Lesley Gore’s California Nights are quite hard to come by, and nearly every copy we’ve ever seen was in mono.
Offered for sale is a scarce UK ten track compilation LP, entitled Lesley Gore’s Party.
About this copy: Tracks are the same as the 10 track US Golden Hits of Lesley Gore LP. Cover is VG++, with very slight wear at the corners. The record is M- and looks to have had little, if any, play.
Background:We can’t determine when Lesley Gore’s Party was released in the UK, but the cover lists the LP as “mid price” and there is no mention of cassette or CD on the cover, suggesting it’s probably a mid-1970s release.
Offered for sale is a scarce Australian compilation LP by Lesley Gore, issued in 1985 by Raven Records entitled Start the Party Again.
About this copy: Cover and disc are M-; the record appears to have had little, if any, play.
Background: This LP, which we believe was sold via television ads, has a gatefold cover with lengthy liner notes and 25 tracks by Lesley Gore, including all of her big hits as well as a few minor ones.
Offered for sale is a scarce, Japan-only compilation LP by Lesley Gore, issued in 1980 under the title Grand Pop Show, Volume 5
About this copy: The cover is VG++, with slight wear at the corners. The obi is intact. The disc is M- and looks to have had few, if any, plays. The paper insert is included (all in Japanese.)
A nice copy of a scarce Lesley Gore LP.
Background: Lesley Gore sold a lot of records in the US, but relatively few in Japan. Because of this, most of her albums in Japan are compilation LPs containing her hits. This scarce compilation, entitled Grand Pop Show Volume 5, was issued only in Japan in 1980 as part of a series involving a number of artists (Volume 5 is the only one with materials by Lesley Gore.)
Offered for sale is a scarce 12 track compilation LP by Lesley Gore called Attention!, released only in Germany.
About this copy: The cover is VG++, with just very slight wear. The record is M- and aside from a couple of spindle marks, appears to have had little play.
A nice foreign Lesley Gore oddity.
Background: While we can’t date this LP, it was probably released in the late 1970s as the cover indicates that the album was available on cassette, but not on CD.
Songs on this LP are:
It’s My Party I Don’t Wanna Be A Loser You Don’t Own Me Sunshine, Lollipops And Rainbows California Nights My Town, My Guy And Me Judy’s Turn To Cry Maybe I Know She’s A Fool That’s The Way Boys Are Young Love Look Of Love
Offered for sale is a white label promotional copy of Lesley Gore’s 1976 LP, Love Me by Name, on A&M Records.
About this copy: The copy offered for sale is a white label promo copy. The cover is VG+, with very slight wear and a cleanly punched hole in one corner (all promo copies had this.)
There’s a partially torn promotional sticker on the cover and a bit of residue from a price sticker that has been removed. The record is a beautiful VG++, with just a couple of sleeve scuffs.
There is glue residue on the labels. The custom inner sleeve is included, but has a couple of split seams.
Background: After a four year layoff from the recording business, Lesley Gore returned to former producer Quincy Jones for her 1976 “comeback” LP, Love Me by Name. Despite terrific production and the help of the Brothers Johnson, the album sank without a trace, probably due to the fact that it really didn’t have an obvious hit single.
It’s a great-sounding record, though and all of the material was new at the time. The record sold so poorly that most of the copies you see for sale are promotional issues; actual stock copies are quite rare.
Offered for sale is a rare 1964 promotional copy of Lesley Gore’s , third LP, Boys, Boys, Boys, prepared for the Armed Forces Radio & Television Service, complete with paper sleeve.
About this copy: This LP is in terrific condition; side one is M- and looks to be unplayed. Side two is VG+ with a couple of small marks. This album was originally issued without a cover but instead was sent out in a special AFRTS paper sleeve. That sleeve is not included.
A very rare Lesley Gore rarity. This comes from our personal collection.
Background: In the early 1960s, record companies occasionally made their titles available to the U.S. government for broadcast on military installations both domestically and abroad. The record offered for sale is a copy of Lesley Gore’s third album, featuring “That’s the Way Boys Are,” and pressed for the Armed Forces Radio & Television Service. This mono pressing contains all 12 tracks from the released album.
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Offered for sale is a sealed stereo second pressing of the 1965 LP, The Golden Hits of Lesley Gore.
About this copy: The copy of The Golden Hits of Lesley Gore offered for sale is a still sealed second issue of the album, with ten songs instead of the original twelve. The cover has a cut corner and there’s a large tear in the wrap near that corner. The wrap has residue from a price sticker that has been removed. The label variation is unknown, but we believe that this is probably an original red label pressing as it bears the original catalog number.
A nice copy of a great collection of songs.
Background: After Lesley Gore had a string of hits in the span of just two years, Mercury Records decided to cash in and in 1965, they released The Golden Hits of Lesley Gore. Originally issued with 12 songs, Mercury soon removed two songs from the album in order to reduce their royalty payments and thus increase their profits.