The next song to hit the top of the record charts in 1963 was “It’s My Party” by Lesley Gore. The song is about a girl who during her birthday party finds that her boyfriend has dropped her to take Judy as his new girlfriend. And as said in the song, “I’ll cry if I want to.” It was the first hit single for producer Quincy Jones. This was such a big hit that there was a follow-up “Judy’s Turn to Cry” where she gets her revenge on Judy by getting her boyfriend back. This was followed by a string of other hit songs but none of those went to the top of the record charts.
“It’s My Party” was the number song on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Cash Box records charts for the weeks of May 26 – June 8, 1963..
Lesley Gore was only 16 when the song became a hit. After high school, while continuing to work, she attended Sarah Lawrence College from which she graduated in 1968. Lesley composed songs for the 1980 film “Fame,” for which she received an Academy Award nomination for “Out Here on My Own”, written with her brother Michael. Lesley does a limited number of concerts. Her bare-bones website doesn’t have any upcoming shows listed.
Download Lesley Gore songs (for a small fee) from Amazon.com.