Famed singer-songwriter Lesley Gore, who topped the charts in 1963 at the young age of 16 with her epic single, “It’s My Party,” died yesterday at the age of 68. The gone-too-soon diva died of lung cancer at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan, as reported by her partner of over 30 years, Lois Sasson. “She was a wonderful human being-caring, giving, a great feminist, great woman, great human being, great humanitarian,” Sasson told the Associated Press yesterday.
Born in Brooklyn and New Jersey raised, Gore was discovered by famed music producer Quincy Jones and signed to Mercury records. Besides “Party,” she had a massive catalog of hits including “She’s A Fool,” “Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows,” “That’s the Way Boys Are” and “You Don’t Own Me.” She also officially came out as a lesbian in 2005 when she hosted several episodes of the PBS series, “In The Life,” which dealt with gay and lesbian issues. Gore was not only a magnificent talent, but she truly paved the way for other out-and-proud singers down the line. She will sorely be missed by not only the music industry, but by the whole world.
I’ve posted some of her greatest hits below, for those who aren’t familiar with Gore and her music, take some time on this snowy day to get to know it, because truly, they don’t make them like this anymore. Rest in peace, boo.
“It’s My Party”
“You Don’t Own Me”
“That’s the Way Boys Are”
“She’s A Fool”
“Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows”