Monday, February 16, 2015
"Of course, you know she was..." the guy told me. Yep. I know. Don't care. The music's the matter here. Fricking name droppers anyway.
Here's some of what we didn't know about her...
It's My Party, #1. It was the first hit for producer Quincy Jones, but almost wasn't. Someone told Phil Spector about the Gore demo- without telling Jones- and Spector tried to do a rush job with the Crystals. Jones found out about it before a show, and sent a printing of 100 records out to djs to beat him. Co-written by Wally Gold, who also co-penned It's Now Or Never.
Judy's Turn To Cry, #5. The quicky-conceived sequel, it was written by Beverley Ross, who also had a co-write (and a #20 hit) with the 1958 song Lollipop.
She's A Fool, #5. One of a pair of her hits co-written by Mark Backlan (Musical genius for the old Banana Splits TV show) and Ben Raleigh (who wrote the Scooby-Doo theme).
You Don't Own Me, #2. On Cashbox, this was the last non-Beatle #2 from February 15, 1964, till April 25th (9 weeks), when Hello, Dolly! paused for a week there. The writers were John Medora and David White, also responsible for Danny and the Juniors' At The Hop and Len Barry's 1-2-3. They were also The Spokesmen, who did the Eve Of Destruction reply Dawn Of Correction in 1965.
That's The Way Boys Are, #12. Wiki makes a deal about how it was "kept out of the top ten by British Invasion acts the Beatles and the Dave Clark Five. " In all fairness, they weren't alone in keeping her out- though they were at #1 (Can't Buy Me Love), 3 (Do You Want To Know A Secret), 4 (Bits And Pieces), 7 (Glad All Over), and 10 (Twist And Shout) the week it peaked.
Maybe I Know, #14. Co-written by Beauty Contestant Ellie Greenwich, as was second single The Look Of Love (#27) from the lp Girl Talk. Another song on that lp was one Lesley wrote herself:
Sunshine, Lollipops, and Rainbows, #13. It was actually off her second lp, but wasn't released until put on the Frankie Avalon movie Ski Party. Composed by the Entertainer himself, Marvin Hamlisch.
California Nights, my very favorite, #16. What it was: Another Hamlisch/Howard Liebman composition. What it wasn't: for the first time, a Quincy Jones production. This one, her last trip to the top 40, was produced by The Four Seasons' Bob Crewe.
The music is all. And I'll cry if I want to.