Lesley Gore

Judy's Turn to Cry

Composed by Beverly "Ruby" Ross / Edna Lewis

Song Review by

A sequel that can stand on its own! Quincy Jones production of Lesley Gore's excellent

follow-up to her first and only #1 hit, "It's My Party", was one of the four biggest of her 11 songs to cruise up the Top 40. Beverly Ross and Edna Lewis picked up where "It's My Party" songwriters Herb Wiener, Wally Gold and John Gluck, Jr. creatively left off, and they show real intuition here, building a monstrous hook as valuable as "It's My Party" with violence that may have been inspired by The Crystals pushing the envelope with their withdrawn classic "He Hit Me and It Felt Like A Kiss". Here Johnny displays some fisticuffs, somehow chivalrous in the early 1960's, forty years later politically incorrect enough to run up his legal bill: "So I kissed some other guy/Johnny jumped up and he hit him". Come April of 1964 she'd sing "when he treats me rough and he acts as tho' he doesn't really care" in "That's The Way Boys Are" - do we see a pattern here? All of this youthful infatuation comes with sixties drums and horns accentuating Leslie as she "felt like making a scene" and carries on through one of the great mis-heard lyric lines "Then my tears just fell like rain drops." The punch line, though, came in loud and clear - she was crying because "Judy's smile was so mean." Horrors!

At two minutes and twelve seconds "Judy's Turn To Cry" is seven seconds shorter than the 2:19 of "It's My Party", Mercury single #72143 has the same hot radio sound that made the first hit so special, and it followed right on the heels of the May 1963 #1 dominance of "It's My Party" with its mid-summer Top 5 status, both songs so different and so short that they could be played back to back on the radio in good soap opera style. Each tune opens up with its respective hook, a great way to set them apart from each other. Though the choruses are totally unique the verses could blend so easily together, seamlessly letting Lesley Gore narrate, a style the Shangri-Las turned into a chic underground career move by the time Gore was unleashing her third hit, "She's A Fool". It's a shame Bryan Ferry never connected the two songs in his sublime 1970's cover of "It's My Party" on his debut solo album, "Judy's Turn To Cry" would have won Roxy Music's lead singer the approval of Rolling Stones producer Jimmy Miller who was chagrined by Ferry's rendition of "Sympathy For The Devil" on that lp. But that's the difference between serious music and camp, and "Judy's Turn To Cry", like the hit that spawned it, proved to be both - a sterling piece of production work by Quincy Jones delivered with authority by a young lady

who had just turned 17 when this song rocketed up the charts.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
I'll Cry If I Want To 1963 Mercury Records / Universal 2:11
Boys, Boys, Boys 1964 Ace 2:13
The Golden Hits of Lesley Gore 1965 Island / Island Mercury / Mercury 2:13
No Image 1981 K-Tel 2:17
No Image 1986 Rhino
Back to the '60s, Vol. 2 1987
Various Artists
Dominion 2:21
The Rock 'N' Roll Era: The '60s - Rave On 1990
Various Artists
Heartbreakers, Vol. 1: Tearjerkers 1993
Various Artists
Dominion / K-Tel Distribution 2:15
Super Box of Rock, Vol. 2 [Box Set] 1993
Various Artists
K-Tel 2:17
The Sensational 60's, Vol. 3 1993
Various Artists
Dominion / Dominion 2:15
It's My Party! 1994 Bear Family Records 2:13
The Days of Rock 'N' Roll 1995
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution 2:15
Unforgettable Hits 60s: Leader of the Pack 1996
Various Artists
Eclipse Music Group 2:14
It's My Party: The Mercury Anthology 1996 Mercury 2:12
Rock & Roll: 60s Fever 1996
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:16
Start the Party Again 1997 Raven 2:12
Rockfile, Vol. 3 1997
Various Artists
Rockfile 2:14
Happy Days 1960's 1997
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:23
1960's Rock N Roll 1997
Various Artists
Madacy 2:15
Heartbreakers [Madacy] 1997
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:23
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 2:12
60's Rock 'n' Roll Hits 2 1997
Various Artists
Madacy 2:22
100 Jukebox Hits: 50's & 60's 1998
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:21
Sunshine, Lollipops & Rainbows: The Best of Lesley Gore 1998 Rhino 2:12
60's Rock & Roll [Madacy 1998] 1998
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution 2:21
The Girl's Sound: Fifty Hits 1957-1966 2000
Various Artists
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 / Hip-O 2:13
Rock N' Roll 2000
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution 2:23
More Girl Group Greats [Rhino] 2001
Various Artists
Rhino 2:11
The Essential Collection 2001 Spectrum Music
Spirit of the 60's [Blue] 2001
Various Artists
Madacy 2:21
The Ultimate Collection 1963-1968: Start the Party Again 2005 Raven 2:12
Golden Rockin Hits, Vol. 3 2006
Various Artists
CBUJ Distribution 2:25
The Girl's Sound 2006
Various Artists
Golden Stars 2:18
Malt Shop Memories: Jukebox Jems 2006
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:12
Malt Shop Memories, Vol. 5 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:12
Best Selection 2009 Universal Distribution 2:13
200 Sixties Hits: 200 Classic No. 1 Songs from the 60s 2012
Various Artists
Maximuze 2:18
No Image
Various Artists
K-Tel 2:14
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