Lesley Gore

It's My Party

Composed by Herb Weiner / Herbert Weiner / John Gluck Jr. / Wally Gold

Song Review by

Teenybopper soap opera at its most deliriously kitschy, Lesley Gore's 1963 debut single "It's My Party" remains one of the most vivid evocations of adolescent heartbreak ever waxed -- Quincy Jones produced the record, although you'd swear it was Aaron Spelling instead. It's every girl's nightmare: On the night of her birthday bash, Gore's sweetheart Johnny dumps her for her best friend, Judy. Seizing the moment, Gore breaks down sobbing -- it is her big night, after all, and besides, "You would cry too, if it happened to you." The sequel, "Judy's Turn to Cry," turns the tables: It's now weeks later, and Gore's at another party, where she starts making out with another guy; the scene so enrages Johnny that he punches out the competition and takes Gore back, leaving backstabber Judy out in the cold. Lost in the campy poor-little-rich-girl excesses of the moment is what a classic pop record "It's My Party" truly is -- Jones sets the song to an insistent, Latin-inspired rhythm, double-tracking the vocals and adding a punchy horn arrangement to create the perfect dramatic stage for Gore's prima donna performance.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
West Side Story/Decades Collection 1960s 1961
Various Artists
Metro Goldwyn Mayer 2:21
The Golden Hits of Lesley Gore 1965 Mercury 2:15
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang/Decades Collection 1960s 1968
Various Artists
Metro Goldwyn Mayer 2:21
Oldies But Goodies: Legendary Hits 1979
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:17
Oldies Golden Million Sellers 1986
Various Artists
Verve
Oldies but Goodies, Vol. 3 [CD] 1987
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:17
The Rock 'N' Roll Era: 1963 1988
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels
No Image 1989
Various Artists
Rhino
No Image 1990
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution
History of Rock: The 60s, Pt. 5 1990
Various Artists
Collectables 2:20
No Image 1990
Various Artists
Dominion
Mermaids 1990
Original Soundtrack
DGC 2:21
Golden Years: 1963 1990
Various Artists
Dominion 2:17
20 Screaming Hits of the Sixties, Vol. 2 1991
Various Artists
Movieplay Music 2:15
It's My Party 1991 Special Music 2:15
Super Box of Rock [1992] 1992
Various Artists
Dominion 2:15
No Image 1993
Various Artists
Dominion 2:19
The Fabulous 60's 1993
Various Artists
Dominion 2:15
Music from the Wonder Years, Vol. 4 1994
Various Artists
Laserlight / Delta Distribution 2:17
Leaders of the Pack: The Very Best of '60s Girl Groups [Alex] 1994
Various Artists
Polygram 2:19
Music from The Wonder Years 1994
Various Artists
Laserlight
Golden Hits of the 50's & 60's 1995
Various Artists
Galaxy Music
Too Cute! 1995
Various Artists
DCC Compact Classics 2:19
Prom Night: The 60s 1995
Various Artists
Esx Entertainment, Inc. / Special Music 2:15
Sixties: More Groovy Hits 1995
Various Artists
St. Clair / Prime Cuts 2:16
#1 Hits of the Sixties 1995
Various Artists
Rebound Records / PSM 2:17
Golden Age of Rock N Roll, Vol. 4 [Excelsior] 1995
Various Artists
Excelsior Recordings 2:17
Unforgettable Hits 60s: Soldier Boy 1996
Various Artists
Eclipse Music Group 2:15
It's My Party [Ktel] 1996
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:15
Sixties Groovy Hits [1996] 1996
Various Artists
Excelsior Recordings
Classic, Vol. 1 1996
Various Artists
Intercontinental Records
It's My Party: The Mercury Anthology 1996 Mercury 2:21
Congratulations [Galaxy] 1996
Various Artists
Galaxy Music 2:15
Start the Party Again 1997 Raven 2:16
60's Rock & Roll, Vol. 1 1997
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:15
Rockfile, Vol. 2 1997
Various Artists
Rockfile 2:18
20th Century Rocks, Vol. 5: '60s Rock N Roll - It's My Party [1997] 1997
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:18
Sun Jammin' 1997
Various Artists
Madacy 2:15
Rock n' Roll Reunion: Class of 63 1997
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:19
Whole Lotta Rock: 1962-1963 1997
Various Artists
BCI-Eclipse Distribution / Eclipse Music Group
Rock 'N Roll Relix: 1960-1969 1997
Various Artists
Eclipse Music Group 2:16
The Ultimate History of Rock 'N' Roll Collection 1997
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:15
Greatest Hits of the 60's: 1963 1998
Various Artists
CMM Music 2:17
Then He Kissed Me 1998
Various Artists
Castle Music Ltd. 2:40
100 Jukebox Hits: 50's & 60's 1998
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:18
Music for Your Party, Vol. 2 1998
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:15
The Ultimate History of Rock & Roll Collection, Vol. 5: Girl Group Sound 1998
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:18
Super Box of Rock [1998] 1998
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:17
Best of Lesley Gore [PSM] 1998 Collectables 2:21
Party Time, Vol. 3 1998
Various Artists
SPG 2:16
45's on CD, Vol. 1 (1962-1964) 1998
Various Artists
Rebound Records / PGD 2:21
#1 Hits: Party Favorites 1998
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:18
Beat Goes On [Rivie're] 1998
Various Artists
Riviere International Records 2:14
Sunshine, Lollipops & Rainbows: The Best of Lesley Gore 1998 Rhino 2:22
60's Sock Hop 1998
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:15
60's Girl Power 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 2:17
Non-Stop Dancing [Madacy] 1998
Various Artists
Madacy 2:00
60's Sock Hop [K-Tel] 1998
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution
DJ Don's Party Mix: Birthday Party 1999
Various Artists
Power Records (Fitness/Dance) 2:21
The 60's, Vol. 2 [Platinum] 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 2:22
The 60's Ultimate Collection, Vol. 2  [Box Set] 1999
Various Artists
Collectables
She Rock 1999
Various Artists
Razor & Tie 2:21
Best of the Best: 60's Pop & Rock, Vol. 1 1999
Various Artists
Primary Colors 2:17
Millennium Party Madness 1999
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:16
Jammin' Oldies: Girls' Night Out 1999
Various Artists
Intercontinental Records 2:17
Women in Rock, Vol. 2: The Early Years 1999
Various Artists
Excelsior Recordings 2:18
The Girl's Sound: Fifty Hits 1957-1966 2000
Various Artists
Double Gold / Doubles (UK) 2:17
Party Time [SPG] 2000
Various Artists
SPG 2:16
The Official American Bandstand Library of Rock & Roll 2000
Various Artists
Atlantic 2:15
Oldies But Goodies, Vol. 2 & 3 2000
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:17
Teen Angel 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:16
Women in Rock: Ready to Rock 'N' Roll 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:17
Memorable Party Favorites 2000
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:18
Songs of Summer [Direct Source] 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:18
Ladies Be Good 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:17
Women in Rock [Direct Source #2] 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:17
Rock N' Roll 60's Flashback 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:45
Number One Hits: 1960-1964 2000
Various Artists
GNP/Crescendo 2:20
I'll Cry If I Want To/Sings of Mixed-Up Hearts 2000 Westside Records
20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: Best of Lesley Gore 2000 Mercury 2:22
Girls, Girls, Girls [WMO] 2000
Various Artists
BCD / Wonderful Music 2:17
Forever Gold: The 60's Groovy Hits 2000
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:16
Rock N' Roll Reunion: 1960 to 1969 2000
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution 2:19
Hits of the 60's, Vol. 4 2001
Various Artists
Legacy 2:16
Girl Group Greats 2001
Various Artists
Rhino 2:21
Wolfman Jack's: Party Tunes 2001
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:16
Pure American Soul, Vol. 1: 60's 2001
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 2:21
20th Century Rocks: '60s Rock 'N Roll - It's My Party [2001] 2001
Various Artists
Bns/k-tel Entertainment,inc / K-Tel / K-Tel Distribution 2:14
The Essential Collection 2001 Spectrum Music
Rock, Rhythm and Doo Wop, Vol. 1: The Greatest Songs from Early Rock 'n' Roll 2001
Various Artists
Rhino 2:22
All Music Guide: Roots of Rock 2001
Various Artists
Medalist Entertainment 2:24
The Ultimate Jukebox Hits of the '60s, Vol. 1 2001
Various Artists
Collectables 2:20
Wolfman Jack's: Graffiti Gold Goofy Greats 2002
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:16
Jukebox Hits of the '60s [Collectalbes] 2002
Various Artists
Collectables 2:20
Jukebox Hits 1963 [Madacy] 2002
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution 2:17
Ultimate Jukebox Collection [Ross] 2002
Various Artists
Ross Records 2:23
Pure 60's: The #1 Hits 2002
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 2:13
Great Ladies of Rock & Roll: The '60s - WCBS 2002
Various Artists
Collectables 2:20
Back to the '60s, Vol. 1 [K-Tel UK] 2002
Various Artists
Dominion / K-Tel 2:18
The Sixties - A Decade to Remember: Girls Only 2002
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:17
History of Rock Box 2003
Various Artists
Collectables 2:20
Top Hits of the Sixties: Groovy Hits 2003
Various Artists
Collectables 2:21
Sixties [UK Box Set] 2003
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 2:18
The Sixties [Platinum Disc] 2003
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 2:22
No Image 2003
Various Artists
WSM
The Leaders of the Pack [K-Tel Entertainment] 2003
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:17
WCBS FM: Motown, Soul and Rock N Roll: Motown 2003
Various Artists
Collectables 2:22
Hits of the 60's [Pegasus] 2003
Various Artists
Pegasus (Pinnacle) 2:17
Elite Divas 2003
Various Artists
Import 2:15
No Image 2003
Various Artists
K-Tel / K-Tel Distribution 2:14
Hits of the 60's [2003 Import] 2004
Various Artists
Delta Blue 2:15
Best Sixties Summer Party...Ever! 2004
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:16
I Love Rock & Roll, Vol. 19 2004
Various Artists
Collectables 2:20
No Image 2004
Various Artists
Collectables
Sixties Soft Rock 2004
Various Artists
Passport Audio
No Image 2004
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 2:19
The 60's Pop Classics [Legacy] 2005
Various Artists
Legacy 2:16
#1 Hits of the 60's [K-Tel] 2005
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:16
Colezo: Oldies Screen Music 2005
Various Artists
Jvc Victor
The World of Rock'n Roll, Vol. 2 2005
Various Artists
ZYX Music 2:17
Best of the 60's: Oh! What a Night/Love... 2005
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
The Ultimate Collection 1963-1968: Start the Party Again 2005 Raven 2:22
Rock & Roll: 40 No. 1 Songs 2005
Various Artists
Musicpro
K-Tel Presents: #1 Grooves of the '60s 2005
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:18
Back to Soul: New Soul Queens and Legendary Divas 2005
Various Artists
Polystar 2:21
K-Tel Presents: Back to the 60's 2006
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution / BCI Music (Brentwood Communication) / Brentwood/K-Tel 2:20
Bringing On Back The Good Times 2006
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
No Image 2006
Various Artists
Bcd
#1 Hits of the 60s [Madacy] 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 2:22
#1 Hits of the Summer: Beach Party 2006
Various Artists
Collectables 2:22
60's Gold 2006
Various Artists
Hip-O 2:22
Let's Have a Rock 'N Roll Party [Bonus CD] 2006
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:18
The Girl's Sound 2006
Various Artists
Golden Stars 2:17
30 #1 Pop Hits 2006
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:16
30 #1 Party Hits 2006
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:16
#1 Rock and Roll Hits 2006
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:22
No Image 2006
Various Artists
Pop Hits: 18 Greatest 2007
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:16
Number 1's: '60s Pop 2007
Various Artists
Hip-O 2:21
60's #1 Hits 2007
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:16
Malt Shop Memories, Vol. 5 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:16
Dick Clark's American Bandstand 50th Anniversary 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:16
Ultimate Collection: Hits of the 60s 2007
Various Artists
Direct Source Special 2:16
The Graduate: 1960s Decades Collection 2007
Various Artists
MGM 2:21
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Delta 2:18
The 60s Collection 2008
Various Artists
Brunswick 2:15
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Legacy 2:16
Eis Am Stiel Very Best Of - Die Schonsten Hits Der Und 60er Jahre! 2008
Various Artists
Edel Entertainment / Edel Records 2:16
60's Super Hits [Music Brokers] 2008
Various Artists
Music Brokers 2:15
Groovin' 60's [TGG] 2008
Various Artists
TGG 2:16
Great 60s Collection, Vol. 2 2008
Various Artists
Red X 2:16
Dreamboats and Petticoats, Vol. 2 2008
Various Artists
Universal Records 2:14
Alaaf Again: Die Grosse Karnevalsparty! 2008
Various Artists
Edel Records 2:18
No Image 2008
Various Artists
CMC Records 2:15
Best Selection 2009 Universal Distribution 2:23
Rock 'N' Roll Love Songs 2009
Various Artists
Union Square Music 2:16
21 Super Golden Oldies
Various Artists
Bescol
De Pre Historie: 1963, Vol. 1
Various Artists
Eva 2:17
Diamond Collections 60-70's
Various Artists
BOS Music 2:14
Evergreens [Universal]
Various Artists
TVCD
Girl Power: The First Ladies of Rock 'N' Roll
Various Artists
Moving Production
Goodtime Rock & Roll, Vol. 1 [video]
Various Artists
Hit Parade [Mercury]
Various Artists
Pop Anthology: 1963
Various Artists
2:17
Rock 'n' Roll
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 2:58
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