The birthday song to end all birthday songs! 109



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Today in 1963, a sweet 16-year-old’s first song hit number one and became a birthday song that epitomised the era.

Lesley Gore was Quincy Jones’ first protege and sang about crying at her party after her boyfriend disappears and cheats on her. The line “It’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to” became a pop culture reference that still endures today.

A young Gore said that legendary producer Quincy was determined to produce a demo of her voice and showed her “It’s My Party”. When she heard it, she said, “That’s not half bad. I like it. Good melody. Let’s put it on the maybe pile”.

It turned out to be the only song Jones and Gore liked and was a number one smash, with various placings in charts across the world. Due to the song’s success, Lesley recorded a sequel song called ‘Judy’s Turn to Cry’, where her character in ‘It’s My Party’ gets her revenge.

Sadly, Lesley Gore died earlier this year of lung cancer aged 68.

We remember her as the vivacious teenager who stole our hearts when many of us were still too young to understand the meaning of the song.


Listen to ‘It’s My Party’ by Lesley Gore below:

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  1. sure do…and bridge over troubled waters. funny tho. i finally married that guy a few years ago (he didnt actually cheat)..but the first hubby did.

  2. I still sing along to it. I have around 200 CDs and the vast majority are 50’s, 60’s and 70’s music. Especially all the Heartbeat CD’s.

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    • Me too have such a huge collection would take me days to put on MP3 player so downloaded them all again on iTunes, cost me a fortune but I just love my 50s 60s and 70s nothing else comes close to these.

  3. What I found interesting is that all of the back up dancers, bar one, we’re all a healthy looking size, no skinny undernourished ones in that bunch. Good to see.

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