I'll Cry If I Want To

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I'll Cry If I Want To
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Studio album by Lesley Gore
Released 1963
Recorded 1963
Genre Pop
Length 26:04
Label Mercury
Producer Quincy Jones
Lesley Gore chronology
I'll Cry If I Want To
Lesley Gore Sings of Mixed-Up Hearts
(1963)Lesley Gore Sings of Mixed-Up Hearts1963

I'll Cry If I Want To was the debut album of Lesley Gore. The album included her hit singles "It's My Party" and its follow-up, "Judy's Turn to Cry". The album was rushed out after "It's My Party" became a big hit, and the songs are mostly about crying, linking to the hit single's first line "It's my party and I'll cry if I want to", incorporating songs with titles such as "Cry", "Just Let Me Cry" and "Cry and You Cry Alone".[1][2] Besides the hit singles, the album included pop standards such as "Misty", "Cry Me a River" and "What Kind of Fool Am I?".[1] The album reached #24 on the Billboard 200.[3][4] Edsel Records released the album on Compact Disc in 2000 in combination with Gore's second album, Lesley Gore Sings of Mixed-Up Hearts.[5] The album was named the 181st best album of the 1960s by Pitchfork.[6]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "It's My Party" (Walter Gold, John Gluck Jr., Herb Weiner) – 2:20
  2. "Cry Me a River" (Arthur Hamilton) – 2:14
  3. "Cry" (Churchill Kohlman) – 2:05
  4. "Just Let Me Cry" (Ben Raleigh) – 2:18
  5. "Cry and You Cry Alone" – 2:02
  6. "No More Tears (Left to Cry)" (Mark Barkan) – 2:23
  7. "Judy's Turn to Cry" (Beverly Ross, Edna Lewis) – 2:23
  8. "I Understand" (Kim Gannon, Mabel Wayne) – 1:53
  9. "I Would" (Kurt Feltz, Edna Lewis, Werner Scharfenberger) – 2:24
  10. "Misty" (Erroll Garner, Johnny Burke) – 2:19
  11. "What Kind of Fool Am I?" (Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley) – 1:43
  12. "The Party's Over" (Jule Styne, Betty Comden, Adolph Green) – 2:00


Year Chart Position
1963 US Billboard 200 24
Year Single Chart Position
1963 "It's My Party" US Billboard Hot 100 1
US R&B Singles 1
"Judy's Turn to Cry" US Billboard Hot 100 5
US R&B Singles 10


  1. ^ a b Unterberger, R. "I'll Cry If I Want To". allmusic. Retrieved 2011-06-21. 
  2. ^ "Album Reviews". Billboard: 10. June 22, 1963. 
  3. ^ "Charts and Awards". allmusic. Retrieved 2011-06-21. 
  4. ^ Whitburn, J. (2007). The Billboard Albums. Record Research Inc. p. 418. ISBN 978-0-89820-166-6. 
  5. ^ Westergaard, S. "I'll Cry If I Want To/Sings of Mixed-Up Hearts". allmusic. Retrieved 2011-06-21. 
  6. ^ "The 200 Best Albums of the 1960s | Pitchfork". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2017-08-22.