Sunday 22 October 2017

'It's My Party' singer Lesley Gore dies aged 68

Singer Lesley Gore poses for a photo at Sirius Satellite Radio studios in New York in 2007. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
Singer Lesley Gore poses for a photo at Sirius Satellite Radio studios in New York in 2007. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

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Singer-songwriter Lesley Gore, who topped the charts in 1963 with her epic song of teenage angst It's My Party, has died at the age of 68.

Gore died of cancer at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan, according to her partner of 33 years, Lois Sasson.

"She was a wonderful human being - caring, giving, a great feminist, great woman, great human being, great humanitarian," said Sasson, a jewellery designer.

Brooklyn-born and New Jersey-raised, Gore was discovered as a teenager by Quincy Jones and signed to Mercury Records.

She followed up It's My Party with Judy's Turn to Cry and You Don't Own Me.

Her other hits included She's A Fool, That's the Way Boys Are and Maybe I Know. She co-wrote with her brother Michael the Academy Award-nominated Out Here On My Own from the hit film Fame.

She also played Catwoman's sidekick in the cult comic book TV series Batman.

In the 1990s, Gore co-wrote My Secret Love for Allison Anders' film Grace Of My Heart, released in 1996. A couple of years later, she appeared in Smokey Joe's Cafe on Broadway.

In 2005, she released Ever Since, her first album in 30 years, but was sure to revisit older hits in front of fans. "If I've learned anything in this business," she told The New York Times that year, "how stupid would it be not to do It's My Party when people come to hear it?"

Gore had been working on a stage version of her life when she died.

In addition to Sasson, Gore is survived by a brother and mother Ronnie.

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