With the success of “It’s My Party,” Jones had Gore returned to the studio and cut a concept album of “cry” songs and Mercury rush released the “I’ll Cry if I Want To” LP. One of the cuts was the follow-up to her initial 1963 hit – “It’s Judy’s Turn to Cry.” Both songs did very well. “It’s My Party” resonated with teenage girls and the song climbed to the #1 spot on both the Hot 100 and the Rhythm & Blues charts. “It’s Judy’s Turn to Cry,” while not performing as well as her initial single, was no slouch. The follow-up charted at #5 on the Hot 100 and at #10 on the R&B chart.
Gore would have subsequent hits, but unknown to most of her fans – the majority of these hits were not penned by Gore and were mostly written by men – short of shattering the somewhat early feminist leanings of this artist. While she didn’t write the majority of her hits – she sang them nonetheless and became a voice for girls and women everywhere.
Here’s a rundown on her Top 40 hits:
|1||1963||It’s My Party||Herb Weiner, Wally Gould, & John Gluck|
|2||1964||You Don’t Own Me||John Medora & David White|
|5||1963||It’s Judy’s Turn to Cry||Beverly Ross & Edna Lewis|
|5||1963||She’s A Fool||Ben Raleigh & Mark Barkan|
|12||1964||That’s the Way Boys Are||Mark Barkan & Ben Raleigh|
|13||1965||Sunshine, Lollipops, and Rainbows||Marvin Hamlisch & Howard Liebling|
|14||1964||Maybe I Know||Jeff Barry & Ellie Greenwich|
|16||1967||California Nights||Marvin Hamlisch & Howard Liebling|
|27||1964||Look of Love||Jeff Barry & Ellie Greenwich|
|27||1965||My Town, My Guy, and Me||Lesley Gore, Paul Kaufman & Bob Elgin|
|37||1964||I Don’t Wanna Be A Loser||Ben Raleigh & Mark Barkan|
Out of her 11 highest charting hit records, only one was co-written by Lesley Gore (“My Town, My Guy, and Me”). Two others were co-authored by females – and both were written by husband and wife team Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich. Only one of her bigger hits was completely composed by women: our feature, “Judy’s Turn to Cry.” Gore developed her songwriting craft and her largest contribution was aiding her brother Michael in composing the music for the motion picture “Fame.”
The world will miss this champion of women everywhere. Rest in Peace Lesley Gore.