Lesley Gore was born in Brooklyn, New York, on May 2, 1946. She was a pop singer best known for her 1963 hit “It’s My Party”, which she recorded at the age of 16. Gore also had a hit with the follow-up song, “Judy’s Turn to Cry”. In addition to her successful recording career, Gore appeared in several films and television shows.
Gore’s biggest hit, “It’s My Party”, was written by John Gluck, Jr. and Wally Gold. The song is about a teenage girl whose boyfriend has just dumped her at her own birthday party. The song was an instant hit, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. “It’s My Party” has been covered by many artists over the years.
Gore’s other hits include “She’s a Fool” (1964), “You Don’t Own Me” (1964), and “Sunshine, Lollipops, and Rainbows” (1965). “You Don’t Own Me” was Gore’s response to the chauvinistic attitudes of the 1960s. The song became an anthem for the feminist movement.
In 2005 Gore released a comeback album, after not releasing any music for 23 years, “ Ever since” which she was praised for, then it was featured in the soundtracks for several movies and TV shows including CSI and The L Word . She died of lung cancer on February 16, 2015 she had been living in New York City with her partner of 33 years Lois Sasson and their dog.