Singer-songwriter Lesley Gore, who shot to stardom as a New Jersey teenager with the 1960s pop hit “It’s My Party” and co-wrote music for the 1980 film “Fame,” died on Monday in New York, a longtime associate confirmed. She was 68.
Lesley Gore, the singer best known for ‘It’s My Party,’ has died at 68 after a battle with lung cancer. Benjamin Ivry looks back at her very Jewish stamp on pop culture and feminism.
Fans of feminist Jewish pop song will not want to miss Lesley Gore (born Lesley Sue Goldstein in 1946) at New York’s Joe’s Pub on April 22 or at one of her upcoming concerts around the country. From her earliest hits, like 1964’s defiant “You Don’t Own Me,” Gore was at once independent, self-assured, and linguistically gifted, as evidenced by her recordings of the same hit in French and Italian.