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The Best of Lesley Gore: 20th Century Masters-(Millennium Collection)

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Lesley Gore "You Don't Own Me" (1963)

Lesley Gore (May 2, 1946 – February 16, 2015) was an , , and . She has had many hit songs. She is especially known for her hit single "It's My Party". Gore was also an actress and she appeared as a sidekick in the 1960s television series . During her career, she was nominated for a and an .

Lesley Gore was the American singer and songwriter behind iconic Sixties hits It's My Party and the proto-feminist hit, You Don't Own Me. She . To celebrate her life, we remember some of the remarkable facts about her life and career.

Lesley Gore and Quincy Jones Photo credit: Patricia Schlein/ WENN

Lesley Gore and Quincy Jones Photo credit: Patricia Schlein/ WENN

Gore appeared on the legendary alongside such heavyweights as the Rolling Stones, James Brown, and Smokey Robinson, but after 1964 her star plummeted rapidly. Mercury was still investing a lot of care in her sessions throughout the rest of the '60s, and her material and arrangements showed her capable of greater stylistic range than many acknowledged. But after the mid-'60s, Jones no longer worked with the singer on a regular basis. "Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows" (1965) and "California Nights" (1967), both of which were co-written by Marvin Hamlisch, would be her only Top 20 entries after 1964. She played the cabarets after her days as an active recording artist, and eventually had some success as a songwriter for other performers. Shortly after the turn of the century, Gore returned to recording, collaborating with multi-instrumentalist Blake Morgan. In 2005, she released the critically acclaimed Ever Since, which landed songs on and Showtime's as well as Jeff Lipsky's film , which debuted at Sundance in 2006. Lesley Gore died of lung cancer in New York City in February 2015; she was 68 years old. ~ Richie Unterberger, Rovi

Singer-songwriter Lesley Gore, who topped the charts in the 60s with “It’s My Party”, has died in Manhattan at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. She came out 10 years ago. Lois Sasson, said of her partner of 33 years: