On this day in music history: June 1, 1963 – &…

On this day in music history: June 1, 1963 – “It’s My Party” by Lesley Gore hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 2 weeks, also topping the R&B singles chart for 3 weeks on June 15, 1963. Written by Walter Gold, John Gluck Jr. and Herb Weiner, it is the debut single and biggest hit for the then seventeen year old pop singer from Tenafly, NJ. The song is originally recorded by British pop singer Helen Shapiro in early 1963, Producer Quincy Jones selects it out of over two hundred demo recordings he gathers for consideration for Gore’s debut single. Jones quickly assembles musicians, and cuts the track at Bell Sound Studios in New York City. Right about the same time, producer Phil Spector also hears the same demo recording, planning to record it with The Crystals (though actually recorded by Darlene Love & The Blossoms). Jones beats Spector to the punch, having acetates cut right after the session and mailed to key DJ’s around the country, with the song hitting the airwaves within days of it being recorded. An immediate smash out of the box, “It’s My Party” quickly hits the charts. Entering the Hot 100 at #60 on May 11, 1963, it rockets to the top of the chart three weeks later. “It’s My Party” is the first of four consecutive top five singles that Gore has over the next eight months. The success of “Party” also spins off the sequel follow up “Judy’s Turn To Cry” (#5 Pop), which also becomes a major hit. Long regarded as one of the great pop singles of the 60’s, the song is covered by numerous artists over the years, including versions by Bryan Ferry,  The Paris Sisters, Dave Stewart and Barbara Gaskin, and by Amy Winehouse whose version is also produced and arranged by Quincy Jones. Lesley Gore’s original recording is also used to humorous effect in the comedy “Problem Child”, during a sequence where child actor Michael Oliver sabotages a snobby young girl’s birthday party.

Help support the Behind The Grooves music blog with a donation by clicking on the link at: PayPal.Me/jharris1228