A tribute to Lesley Gore, the real first feminist singer

February 19, 2015 9:51 PM

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The summer of 1963 was a momentous one. Pope John XXIII died. Martin Luther King told 200,000 civil-rights demonstrators at the March on Washington about his dream. The U.S. Supreme Court banned compulsory prayer in schools. The White House, worried that a small and little-known war in Southeast Asia was going badly, was preparing a coup against the president of South Vietnam.

For most American teenagers, however, that was all background static. The real story that summer was the tempestuous romantic triangle between Johnny, Judy and Lesley. At the most disastrous birthday party of all time, Lesley discovered her boyfriend Johnny was dumping her for the sly Judy. (“Oh wha...

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