Ode to Leslie Gore

4th September 1964:  "American pop singer Lesley Gore is giving up full time singing so that she can continue her education. 18 year-old Lesley, who sang 'It's My Party, I'll Cry If I Want To' is in London at the start of a British tour, after which she will go straight to university near New York."
4th September 1964: “American pop singer Lesley Gore is giving up full time singing so that she can continue her education. 18 year-old Lesley, who sang ‘It’s My Party, I’ll Cry If I Want To’ is in London at the start of a British tour, after which she will go straight to university near New York.”

Leslie Gore sadly passed away yesterday, leaving behind her heritage of proto-2nd wave-feminism, her moody-angsty hits from the 60’s and a collective hatred for that bitch Judy (oh, how she cried).

To say that ‘Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows’ was not a huge factor in the shaping of this magazine’s voice and tone, would be a fat, sordid lie: The earnest kitchiness of the famous tune lighted up many an editorial meeting in the past and our very own fashion editor does not shy away from impromptu renditions whatever the occasion (famously, exploding into singing because of a particularly convenient offer at the grocery store). And now that this Icon passed on we will only singalong a tiny bit louder, because you know, that’s the way we boys are.

We will always remember Ms.Gore’s capricious voice, icy stare and beautiful soul.

The Team at Lujon Magazine

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