Lesley Gore has died at the age of 68 from cancer. It’s a shock because we see her in New York all the time and she is a beloved pop icon. Lesley was sort of the Katy Perry of her time, a real pioneer with a vision for young girls and women. Her belting voice was unmistakeable and her hits were indelible. They’ve lasted right along. Imagine that the early hits came 50 years ago– she was 18. And it will always be her party.