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Lesley Gore, Who Sang the Early Rock ‘n Roll Hits ‘It’s My Party’ and ‘Judy’s Turn to Cry’ Dies at 68

Feb 17, 2015  •  Post A Comment

“Lesley Gore, 68, who was a teenager in the 1960s when she recorded hit songs about heartbreak and resilience that went on to become feminist touchstones, died on Monday in Manhattan,” reports Jon Pareles, a pop/rock music critic for The New York Times.

The story continues “Lois Sasson, her partner of 33 years, said Ms. Gore died of lung cancer at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.”

The obituary continues, “With songs like ‘It’s My Party,’ ‘Judy’s Turn to Cry’ and the indelibly defiant 1964 single ‘You Don’t Own Me’ — all recorded before she was 18 — Ms. Gore made herself the voice of teenage girls aggrieved by fickle boyfriends, moving quickly from tearful self-pity to fierce self-assertion.”

We found these two videos of Gore singing on YouTube. Both are from the 1980. First up is “It’s My Party,” followed by a really wonderful version of “You Don’t Own Me.”


  1. Too young to go- she gave all of us fond memories if you grew up in the 60s- the favourite of sleep-overs with the 45rpm records going on those little players….will be sorely missed. RIP

  2. I’m writing on behalf of of my sister, who as a 60’s gal, was always ‘rockin’ and rollin’ to the latest songs on the radio. I was just a little kid hearing my sister, Janis playing all those great ‘Girl Group’ tunes on her phonograph record player. Lesley Gore was among her FAVORITE ‘Girl Singers’ from that ‘great generation of change.’ I’d always be hearing those #1-1-1 or #2-2-2 hits and so on and so on, coming from Jan’s transistor radio! She would spin Lesley Gore’s “It’s My Party” over and over again on her record player. My sister’s favorite song was “You Don’t Own Me”… again, it was the 60’s and women were among those who ‘Wanted Change to Happen’. Thank you, Lesley for all those memories… and for being on the ‘vanguard of change’

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