Singer-songwriter Lesley Gore, who topped the charts in 1963 with "It’s My Party," died Monday, The Associated Press reported. She was 68.
Gore died of cancer at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan, her partner of 33 years, Lois Sasson, told the AP.
"She was a wonderful human being -- caring, giving, a great feminist, great woman, great human being, great humanitarian," said Sasson, a jewelry designer.
Gore was born in Brooklyn and raised in New Jersey. She was discovered by Quincy Jones as a teenager and signed to Mercury Records, AP reported.
Gore's other hits include "She's A Fool," "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."