California Nights

"California Nights" is a song written by Marvin Hamlisch and Howard Liebling and recorded by Lesley Gore. The song appeared on her 1967 album, California Nights.[1]

"California Nights"
Single by Lesley Gore
from the album California Nights
B-side"I'm Going Out (The Same Way I Came In)"
ReleasedJanuary 1967
LabelMercury Records 72649
Songwriter(s)Marvin Hamlisch, Howard Liebling
Producer(s)Bob Crewe
Lesley Gore singles chronology
"Treat Me Like a Lady"
"California Nights"
"Summer and Sandy"


The song was produced by Bob Crewe and arranged by Hutch Davie.[2] The track features guitars and drum set in a 60's pop fashion. The chorus includes multiples long tones over abnormal chords and the verses are noticeably accompanied by a soft electric piano. The lyrics speak of reminiscing about romantic evenings on the beach with a lover.

Commercial performance

The single peaked at number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 in March 1967 but stayed on the chart for a then-lengthy 14 weeks.,[3] ranking 61 in the year-end Top 100.[4]

Use in media

An edit of the song (removing the second verse and refrain) was lip-synced by Gore on the January 19, 1967 episode of the TV series Batman, "That Darn Catwoman". She played Pussycat, the Catwoman's protégé, who also wanted to be a singer.

Other versions


  1. ^ Lesley Gore, California Nights Retrieved January 30, 2014
  2. ^ Lesley Gore, "California Nights" single release Retrieved January 30, 2014
  3. ^ Lesley Gore, "California Nights" Chart Positions Retrieved January 30, 2014
  4. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1967". Archived from the original on 2014-01-02. Retrieved January 30, 2014.
  5. ^ Wes Montgomery, A Day in the Life Retrieved January 30, 2014
  6. ^ Four King Cousins, Introducing the Four King Cousins Retrieved January 30, 2014
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