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Morning Song – You Don’t Own Me

March 9, 2017

First recorded when she was 17, Lesley Gore’s 1963 proto-feminist anthem “You Don’t Own Me” is proof positive that you don’t have to be old to be strong; you don’t have to be experienced to be wise; and you don’t have to be large to be imposing.

In an era when songs like “He Hit Me (And It Felt Like A Kiss)” were commonplace, “You Don’t Own Me” dropped like a ton of bricks, resonating deep within the souls of millions of girls buying 45s and listening to AM radio, setting off tremors that would continue to reverberate in the coming years and decades as the feminist movement exploded into every nook and cranny of American (and global) life.

Question that may only interest me: Did producer Quincy Jones arrange “You Don’t Own Me” as an answer song to Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ “I Put A Spell On You“?

h/t: NMH


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