Lesley Gore – “It’s My Party”, “Judy’s Turn to Cry” (1963)


‘It’s My Party’ is a pop song recorded by multiple artists since the 1960s. In 1963, American singer Lesley Gore‘s version hit #1 on the pop and rhythm and blues charts in the United States. It was the first hit single for producer Quincy Jones. The song lyrically portrays the discomfiture of a teenage girl at her birthday party when her boyfriend Johnny disappears, only to surface in the company of Judy, another girl, who is ‘wearing his ring,’ to indicate she’s replaced the birthday girl as his love interest. … ‘It’s My Party’ is in the key of A major. The song’s effectiveness is enhanced by several musical touches producer Quincy Jones incorporated, including Latin-sounding rhythms, double tracked vocals and effective horn parts.  …” W – “It’s My Party”. “‘Judy’s Turn to Cry’ is a song written by Beverly Ross (who also co-wrote Roy Orbison‘s ‘Candy Man) and Edna Lewis that was originally released by Lesley Gore in 1963. The song was produced by Quincy Jones, who also produced Gore’s prior hit ‘It’s My Party’.  … In ‘It’s My Party,’ the singer was in tears because her boyfriend Johnny left with her best friend Judy. In ‘Judy’s Turn to Cry,’ the singer kisses another boy at another party in order to make Johnny jealous and Johnny hits the other boy and returns to her.  …” W – “Judy’s Turn to Cry”.
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