“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.”