One of several gals who were billed as Female Elvis’
Lesley was born in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Her family later moved to Phoenix, Arizona, where she attended Phoenix Junior College. She majored in television and radio, and began singing rockabilly while a student. She was discovered by Kathryn Godfrey, a popular Phoenix television personality and the sister of Arthur Godfrey. With Ms. Godfrey’s help, Lesley became a local favorite following her appearances on television station KTVK and in local night clubs.
1956 – hanging out with actual Elvis Presley in Las Vegas
Lesley achieved brief national celebrity with the 1957 release of her Era single, “He Will Come Back to Me” b/w “Heartbreak Harry” (Era Records 45-1034).
Lesley’s stage persona as “The Female Elvis Presley” included a guitar slung around her neck, greased-back hair, and combed-down sideburns.
She toured Australia in October 1957 with Little Richard, Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent and local rocker Johnny O’Keefe. The tour was cut short when Richard underwent a “religious experience” and he retired from rock and roll for several years.