SONG: California Nights (1966) — The Music of Marvin Hamlisch
Co-written by Marvin Hamlisch and Howard Liebling and produced by Bob Crewe, “California Nights” sung by Lesley Gore. Released in late 1966 and on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart for a total of 14 weeks, the song peaked at #16 in February of 1967 giving Lesley her first top 40 hit since “My Town, My Guy and Me” in late 1965 and her first top 20 since “Sunshine, Lollipops, and Rainbows” in the summer of ’65. In the January 19, 1967 episode of the Batman TV series, “That Darn Catwoman” Lesley (in her role as Catwoman’s underling, Pussycat) performed the song to a trio of Catwoman’s henchmen.
LISTEN: California Nights: