At the age of 16, Lesley Gore (1946-2015) scored a number one single with the angst-laden teenage pop hit “It’s My Party.” After recording a string of top 40 hits including “It’s Judy’s Turn to Cry” she turned to acting, eventually becoming a television personality, successful songwriter, and LGBT activist. The song “Out Here on My Own,” co-written with brother Michael Gore for the award-winning film Fame (1980) was nominated for an Academy Award.

Jane Ellen passionately shares her eclectic interests via the marvels of the internet from her home in Central Florida’s Space Coast. Specializing in all aspects of music and entertainment history, she strives to bring her subjects to life while seeking to make a deeper understanding of music accessible to all. Jane’s presentations benefit not only from her gifts as a storyteller, but from a lifetime of work as a scholar, performer, composer, and recording artist.