By Kevin Rutherford
Lesley Gore, a famed singer-songwriter who topped the U.S. charts in the ’60s with the hit “It’s My Party,” has died. She was 68.
According to CBS News, Gore died today (Feb. 16) of cancer at a Manhattan hospital. Her partner of 33 years, Lois Sasson, confirmed the news.
Gore, born in 1946 in New York City, was a junior in high school when “It’s My Party,” one of pop’s quintessential songs charting the rough waters of teenage angst, hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1963, as well as the U.S. R&B chart. Not only was it Gore’s first hit; it was also producer Quincy Jones’.
But Gore landed multiple other top 10 hits in the ’60s, including “Judy’s Turn to Cry,” “She’s a Fool” and “You Don’t Own Me,” the latter of which reached No. 2 in the country. Her final top 20 hit came with “California Nights” in 1967.
However, she also maintained her schooling despite a pop career, studying English and American literature at Sarah Lawrence College in Yonkers, N.Y.