I lived my life naturally and did what I wanted to do
To be the voice behind even one enduring musical classic, is a massive achievement. In the 1960s, singer Lesley Gore recorded two, and a back catalogue of other hits besides.
Born Lesley Sue Goldstein, she was still a teenager when she had a massive hit with a cover of Quincy Jones song It’s My Party And I’ll Cry If I Want To.
Lesley later produced a sequel to the story in the song Judy’s Turn To Cry. She was also known for her chirpy song Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows, while the powerful You Don’t Own Me was the second of her truly anthemic hits.
The singer also appeared in films, the Batman series starring Adam West and even composed music for the 1980 film Fame, which earned her an Oscar nomination.
In 2004, she became a TV presenter, fronting a programme with a focus on LBTG issues. She had been writing a memoir and a Broadway show based on her life, when she died.
Unlike many artists, she also never obviously tired of performing her most famous hits.
“I still get a chill when I sing, 'You Don't Own Me.' I find some new feeling in it every time,” she said, late in life. “It’s a song which takes on new meaning every time you sing it.”