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"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

It's My Party & I'll Dance If I Want To

Millions were shocked and saddened by

the recent death of singer, songwriter

actress and activist Lesley Gore.

When Lesley passed away at the age of 68,
baby boomers lost another major contributor
to the soundtrack of their youth.

Named after Lesley's signature song and
styled after mid 60s girl groups, It's My Party
is a trio founded in the mid 80s by Rochester
drummer and record collector John Giotto.

In the beginning, It's My Party consisted of adult
women who covered 80s girl groups. The act
evolved into a trio of teenagers who sing
popular and obscure songs recorded
by girl groups of the 60s.

It's My Party also performs original songs written
exclusively for them by 21st century songwriters
who know the genre, modern compositions that
capture the fun and innocence of pop music
as it was in the early and mid 60s.

The lineup of It's My Party has changed repeatedly
over the years as girls age and leave the group
and new teenage members are recruited.

Backed by Giotto and his band of experienced
musicians, It's My Party performs live shows and
makes studio recordings and videos.  Together
they produce the authentic look, sound and
feel of the classic girl group period. 

I invite you to enjoy a concert in the park as the
various incarnations of It's My Party entertain you.

"You Won't Even Know Her Name" 
(original by Josephine Sunday)

"You Baby" 
(original by The Ronettes)

"On the Beach Tonight"
 (original song, 2001 video shot on the roof
of the Hollywood Orchid Suites Hotel)

"Will You Be Staying After Sunday" 
(original by Peppermint Rainbow)

"The Boy Next Door"
(original by The Secrets)

"He Was Really Sayin' Somethin'" 
(original by The Velvelettes)

"Wanna Make Him Mine" 
(2011 promo video, original by The Emeralds)

I hope by now you agree.

It's My Party is no lame karaoke act.

These girls brings it back alive!

The latest news has the It's My Party girls back
in the recording studio and updating their act
for 2015, rehearsing for their annual series of
summertime shows across western New York.

 This is one party that 

 I hope will never end! 

Have a Shady day!


  1. this is so cool! i love surfing the youtube to find Andrews sisters and retro girl group modern kids of today. it's just an awesome feeling when other young people love and respect great music and want to keep it alive, too. and i just love all the effort they put into their stage appearance with their hair and dress as well. have you seen these gals live? they're so much fun.

    1. Hi, dear Abigail! It's great to see you and thanks for being the early bird. I agree that it's thrilling to find modern young people with an interest in mid 20th century music and fashion. The girls of It's My Party are great examples. I read a lot about them and was delighted to learn that all of the girls who have been members of the group since the late 80s have had a genuine love of the 60s girl group genre, including the current members. I haven't seen IMP perform live because their appearances appear to be limited to a radius around Rochester, New York. Maybe someday...

      Thank you again for coming by, dear friend Abigail. I hope you and Daisy are having a wonderful week. Please note that I will be taking a 2-day break from blogging starting tomorrow. God bless!

    'On The Beach Tonight' definitely had a kind of Beach Boys vibe goin' on. Nuttin' wrong wid dat!

    ~ D-FensDogg
    'Loyal American Underground'

    1. Hi, Stephen! Welcome back, good buddy! I'm glad you singled out "On The Beach Tonight." I love all of these It's My Party performances, but "On the Beach Tonight" is my Pick To Click. I have the track on CD and was blown away the first time I heard it. It ranks up there with the best of the 60s beach boy/girl genre. I'm glad you enjoyed listening to the various sets of girls that were IMP members over the years. Hard to believe Giotto's been staging the act for 30 years now.

      Thanks again for your visit and comment, good buddy Stephen!

    2. My pleasure, S-3.
      Yeah, that was good stuffs, my friend. Thirty years and this is the first I done had heard o' it. Well, that's me in a nutshell: Thirty years late and a dollar short.

      I would have been back to your site earlier but I'm preparing for a big, permanent, 800 mile move... which I would have made 30 years ago except for the fact that I've been a dollar short.

      Yak Later...

      ~ D-FensDogg
      'Loyal American Underground'

    3. Hi, again Stephen! No problemo. I'm also getting ready to move and all the work and hassle involved is bound to take me away from blogging many times in the coming months.

      Hey, I really appreciate your visits, good buddy. Thank you very much for your friendship and support, Stephen!

  3. I know this one! I need a pair of those white boots.

    1. Hi, Susie! I wish I knew which one you know, seeing as how there are 7 different songs posted here. Or did you mean you know this girl group? I'm totally confused but nevertheless happy to see you. Thanks for visiting, dear Susie!

  4. How did I miss the fact that Lesley Gore had passed away? She was one of a kind. And she was just 68 - that seems awfully young to me.

    Immediately, I searched the internet for a video of Lesley portraying Pussycat - discovered by Catwoman and encouraged to pursue a life of crime. "California Life" can be found here:

    I used to love "guest stars" on my favorite shows.

    ON TO "IT'S MY PARTY" (I got off track...). Okay, this is officially awesome. They've taken an bygone genre, gone but not forgotten, and made it fresh faced and fabulous.

    And look how cute they are! I love the hair and matching outfits. Everything about them is spot on for the girl groups of the 60s.

    You Baby and Wanna Make Him Mine are my favorites of the clips you've shared (you know how I love that).

    Once again, you've shown me something new. Love it.

    Thanks, dear careful on your journeys, dear friend.

    1. Hi, dear Cherdo! Thank you for coming to my It's My Party party. Yessum, Lesley Gore passed away last month and it really shook me up. A lot of famous people my age and younger are checking out lately.

      I am familiar with that clip from the Batman TV series. In fact, I already have it embedded in an unfinished draft of a future post. I never get tired of watching it, though.

      I'm go glad you enjoyed the different sets of young women who performed as It's My Party. I think there were at least half a dozen different sets of members over the years. I don't know why Giotto named the group It's My Party and then recruited women in their 20s to sing Bangles and Go-Gos hits. Thank goodness he soon tweaked the act and started mining high school musicals for teenage talent to sing 60s girl group songs.

      Thank you again for your true blue friendship and for your visit and comment, dear friend Cherdo. I'll miss you the next two days. God bless!

  5. (I'm glad they didn't stick with the 80s girl groups...)

    1. Yessum, I agree. It doesn't make sense to borrow the title of a 1963 pop song for the name of your group and then have them perform strictly 80s material. For close to 30 years, however, Giotto has been right in the pocket, staging an act that has an authentic look and sound. Giotto is the guy playing drums in those clips and his band is made up of solid pros who know their stuff.

      Thanks gain, dear friend Cherdo. You and Janie be good while I'm away!

  6. I didn't know Lesley died! How sad. She wasn't that old. So often I sing, You don't own me. I'm not just one of your many toys.

    Now I have to Google Lesley to learn what happened. I'm so sad she's gone. She was my favorite lesbian. Coming out must have taken quite a bit of bravery.


    1. Hi, dear Janie! I'm surprised neither you nor Cherdo heard or read the news about Lesley. Yessum, it's another huge loss for the baby boom generation.

      After you Google Lesley, I hope you will return and listen to the Rochester girl group named after her signature song, It's My Party, and let me know what you think of them.

      Thanks, sweetie!

    2. I listened and enjoyed. I hope you trip went well.


    3. Hi again, Janie! Thanks for taking time to listen to It's My Party. I'm glad you liked their act. I also thank you for the well wishes. I'm back and will be over to visit you soon.

    4. I want to wear one of their pastel dresses with the big skirt. I think "crinolines" are worn under skirts like that. I need to Google it because I'm not sure what a crinoline is.


    Starting now I need to take a two day break from blogging. If you are nice enough to leave a comment on this post in my absence, I will reply to it when I return on Friday at which time I will also catch up with you on your blog.

    Thank you, dear friend!

  8. Well thank you for this. The sixties girl group sound was such a special time and it's nice to know that these evolving ladies are keeping that sound alive. They truly are the more obscure songss.. didn't know any of them but enjoyed them all. Fun stuff.

    1. Hi Hilary! Thank you very much for coming to my It's My Party party. I'm glad you enjoyed this modern retro girl group act. I admire manager John Giotto for steering clear of the obvious major hits and giving the girls great obscure songs to sing and record along with original material penned with them in mind.

      Thank you again for your kind visit and comment, dear friend Hilary. I'm just returning from a two day blog break and I'll be over to see you soon.

  9. Hi Shady,

    I love "It's My Party" by Lesley Gore. Great post. And your last photo with the Tilt-a-Whirl brings me right back to my childhood. I loved this ride, in fact, it was my favourite.

    Thank you so much for sharing. I also didn't know that Lesley Gore died! I just read that it was lung cancer...did she smoke? Even if she didn't second hand smoke can also cause this.

    1. Hi, Linda! Thank you very much for coming by for a look and a listen. It amazes my ow many readers missed the news last month that Lesley Gore died. I don't know any more than you do about the specific cause of her death.

      Few things recall the fun, excitement and innocence of our youth more effectively than the image of the Tilt-A-Whirl ride at a carnival. I rode it many times at the York Interstate Fair.

      Thank you again for joining the fun, dear friend Linda!

  10. I didn't know Leslie Gore passed away. It seems like so many entertainers have passed away at what I consider a young age. It's great to see the songs and feelings of that time are being kept alive and fresh with this girl group. Not only the music but the outfits are super cool! I remember fondly my go-go boots and the knee high shiny vinyl number worn here! I'm sure the original artists would be happy to know that they and their music lives on.

    1. Hi, dear YaYa! Welcome to "It's My Party and I'll dance if I want to." As you see, I used the recent death of Lesley Gore as a way to introduce the modern girl group named after
      Lesley's biggest career hit. I had no idea that the news of her death had not reached most of my readers. It's a sad fact of life. There's no stopping the annual harvest of legendary entertainers, some of them our age and younger.

      I remember you telling me a couple of years ago about the go-go outfits you used to wear.
      I'm happy to know that the look and sound of the It's My Party girls triggered fond memories for you. Thank you very much for your visit and comment, dear friend YaYa!

  11. Cute...a real blast from the past. Liked the Go-Go dancers too....very smooth moves!! But darling Lesley Gore was so fantastic Shady......I always loved her and such a fabulous voice.

    Shady, we've got Crystabel and her band coming to Brisbane next week...for the opening of the David Lynch Exhibition. I think it'll be very interesting. She has a most unusual voice....haunting...should be a great concert! I may do a blog post about her.

    All the best as always,


    1. Hi, Robyn! Thank you for coming to It's My Party. Perhaps I should emphasize to all the readers that this is not a Lesley Gore tribute act. In fact, the girls sing few if any Lesley Gore songs. The similarity between these IMP trios and Lesley seems to end with the group being named after Lesley's international hit single. Lesley had a fine voice and I hope you found a lot to like in the various incarnations of my featured act, It's My Party.

      David Lynch muse Chrysta Bell seems to be carrying on the Twin Peaks tradition with her moody songs and videos, written and produced by Lynch. I hope you enjoy her show.

      Thank you again for your visit and comment, dear friend Robyn!

  12. I remember the song "It's my party" loved it didn't know about the group though

    1. Hi, dear Jo-Anne! Thank you very much for being here today to see and hear the various sets of girls that were and are It's My Party. Don't worry. I never heard of IMP either until a few months ago when I came across them on YouTube. I hope you found something to like in these 7 videos of theirs. Thanks again, dear friend Jo-Anne!

  13. Hi Shady,

    Thanx for this post and it's my party is a catchy song and I didn't know Lesley Gore sang it as I never heard of her but I think the song is covered a lot - a random question any relation to Al Gore :), although I am sure it is a common enough name - have a great Shady weekend. cheers Allie-Millie

    1. Hello, dear Allie-Millie! Thank you for popping in for a look and a listen as I present It's My Party, a millennial girl group act that channels the Ronettes and other U.S. and UK girl groups of the 60s. in spite of their name, It's My Party do not try to look or sound like Lesley Gore and rarely if ever do they sing her songs.

      I doubt the late Lesley Gore was related to Al Gore, but she did spread "global heartwarming" with her cheery pop songs. :)

      Thank you very much for your comment, dear friend Allie-Millie. I just returned from a two day blog break and will be visiting your blog shortly. Take care!

  14. Hi Shady,
    Such a shame about the recent death of Lelsey Gore. She was an Idol and and Icon of the 60's.
    Even though 60's music isn't my favorite genre I really did enjoy and appreciate the girls of "It's my party"!
    Whatta "blast"( from the past) it would be to see the girls live. Love these girls talent, hair, fashion and those boots!!! I enjoyed watching and listening to all (the different) girls. I think my favorite was, "He was really saying something"--but it was hard to pick!
    Fun post, Shady!
    Toni Deroche

    1. Hi, Toni! Thank you very much for coming to see It's My Party live in concert in the park, in a club, in the studio and even on a rooftop. I hope you agree they are all great performances by the various sets of girls who participated as members of the group for 30 years. I admire IMP because their act is fresh and far from predictable. Instead of recycling the same handful of girl group classics we've all heard a million times they strive, as I do here on SDMM, to introduce today's audiences to great but lesser known songs and girl group acts. I'm thrilled to know that you enjoyed their cover of Motown's Velvelettes. I love that one, too.
      I'm happy to know that It's My Party is still going strong, making more records and polishing their live act for the 2015 summer concert season.

      Thank you again, dear friend Toni, for your visit and wonderful comments!

  15. Kathleen Mae SchneiderMarch 7, 2015 at 7:49 AM

    This post just goes to show that good music and musicianship is timeless.

    While the a-line dresses and flared skirts, teased hairdos and high boots certainly brought back memories of a simpler time in my life (Believe it or not, I wore all of the above!), it was the quality of the harmonies and orchestral background that impressed me on these clips.

    Thanks for reminding me that those times are still a part of who I am, and will remain so always. Great post, Tom!

    1. Hi, dear Kathleen! Thank you so much for coming to see and hear the modern retro style girl group act It's My Party. I'm glad you mentioned the musicianship because you can tell that Giotto and his band are well schooled in the 60s girl group sound. With black suits and narrow ties they dress the part as much as the girls do. I own two It's My Party CDs and I can testify that the production quality is high and the sound is full.

      Thank you again, dear friend Kathleen, for giving me your impressions of what you saw and heard here. I'm delighted to know you enjoyed It's My Party. Please say hello to Mother for me and have a wonderful weekend!

  16. I've heard these songs so many times before that I don't feel the generation gap with it. :D

    Glad to see you back, my friend.

    How's your weekend looking?

    1. Hi, dear Lux! Thank you very much for attending my It's My Party party. I agree with you that timeless music like this helps bridge the generation gap. It pleases me to know that you were already familiar with some of these songs the girls sang.

      I am having a super weekend and it just got better because of your kind visit and comment. Thank you again, dear friend Lux. Have a safe and happy weekend and I'll be connecting with you again soon!

  17. I was so shocked, my friend, when I read of her death. I was also shocked to realize she was almost 70. So much talent. A fitting tribute!

  18. Hi, Shelly! 68 is practically the new 18 and it's certainly too young for a human life to end. Lesley Gore is gone now but her music lives on. Here on SDMM, I have featured her recordings in the past and have more slated for the future.

    I hope you enjoyed the girl group sounds of the Rochester, NY, trio Its My Party, related in name only to Lesley Gore.

    Thank you again for coming, dear friend Shelly, and enjoy the rest of your week!

  19. I do remember hearing Lesley Gore had died. I bought her song on a 45 and played it over and over.

    As someone else said, I would love to go to a fair or park and see this group sing. It was interesting to see all the groups. I have never heard of this and it would be nice if we had something like that here. There was an oldies concert in Vancouver when I lived there starring Herman Hermits and others but was $85 per ticket, which I couldn't afford.

    I think I liked, "Will you be Staying After Sunday," the best. Probably because I loved the original too. The beach one was great though. Glad to hear you are back. Been praying you would find a great place to move to.

    1. Hi again, dear Belle! This time I remembered to check my previous post in case you left a comment. Thank you very much!

      I predicted that this delightful girl group would please you. It's My Party is a unique concept. I have seen groups of older women performing girl group classics,but it's not the same as these fresh, enthusiastic teenagers who look and sound like they just stepped out of a time machine and are visiting us from the mid 60s. Whether live or in the studio It's My Party produces a sound that is full bodied. That's because the girls and the backing musicians are serious students of the genre and have a genuine love of the music. Why pay exorbitant prices to see stale, over-the-hill oldies acts when the girls of It's My Party perform for free at parks and fairs?

      Thank you again for your faithful friendship and support, dear friend Belle, and for your well wishes as I prepare to move to a new city. Please take good care of yourself and may God bless!


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