We just lost one of our leading edge baby boomer icons

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“It’s My Party” singer, Lesley Gore dies at 68

So, I was just out driving around listening to my ’60s station on Sirius radio, and a Lesley Gore hit was playing.  When the station went to commercial messages, I switched over to a news station, where the announcer was just speaking about the death of Leslie Gore at age 68.  I was shocked, both by the news and by the eeriness of having just listened to her singing.

Here’s what I found on the Internet when I got home:

“Singer-songwriter Lesley Gore, who topped the charts in 1963 at age 16 with her epic song of teenage angst, “It’s My Party,” and followed it up with the hits “Judy’s Turn to Cry,” and the feminist anthem “You Don’t Own Me,” died Monday. She was 68.

Gore’s other hits include “She’s A Fool,” ”Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows,” ”That’s the Way Boys Are” and “Maybe I Know.” She co-wrote with her brother, Michael, the Academy Award-nominated “Out Here On My Own” from the film “Fame.”

Gore died of lung cancer at New York University Langone Medical Center in Manhattan, according to her partner of 33 years, Lois Sasson.”

I saw Lesley Gore in concert in 1968 during spring break at a central Pennsylvania college.  It’s one of the things I shall never forget.

We have had a loss in the family of leading edge baby boomers.