Hi, music lovers! We believe there truly is magic in a young girl’s heart. And we think the music that captures it best is the sound of the 1960s girls groups!
The idea for our group was born in 1984 when record store owner Ron Stein put The Chiffons’ Greatest Hits into the hands of a young rock ’n‘ roll enthusiast named John Giotto. (John is our producer and our drummer.) Thanks to Ron’s musical mentoring, John was inspired with a vision that would last for over 30 years!
Today, we’re proud to say IT’S MY PARTY! is a 1960s vintage experience, complete with a 14-piece orchestra and original songs written especially for us! Our tight harmonies, vintage costumes, and retro choreography are all set to the highest standards of the 1960s girl groups. When we’re on stage singing our hearts out, we’re the closest thing to an authentic 1960s girl group you’ll find today! Come see us!
Lots of love,
Michelle, Sarah, and Sierra
It all began with a record collection and a reverential devotion to the sound of the 1960s girl groups. When Ron Stein gave drummer John Giotto The Chiffons’ Greatest Hits in 1984, it turned him into a devotee and an avid collector. Ron even inspired his protégé to create a 1960s-styled girl group of his own. The goal was to recreate the innocence, enthusiasm, and magic of a unique aspect of American music history.
The group’s beginnings were steeped in excitement. When one bass player pulled up to the auditions in a ’62 Chevy Impala, it was clear this was the type of kindred spirit the group would be bound to attract. IT’S MY PARTY! was born in 1985 featuring the first generation of girls Liz, Sonia, and Sharon. The girls’ first performance was an outdoor event celebrating Penfield, NY’s 175th anniversary. Throughout the ’80s the group performed at favorite Rochester, NY clubs such as The Casablanca, Schnozz‘s, and The Red Creek.
After a brief hiatus, IT’S MY PARTY! was reborn in 1992, this time with a teenage lineup of girl singers, who recorded two singles before moving on. Throughout the ‘90s, IT’S MY PARTY would see many talents come and go, their contributions all helping to refine the music and direction.
A decade of flux puts IT’S MY PARTY! to the test.
Despite the shifting lineup, the fun and appeal of IT’S MY PARTY! remained a mainstay. The girls appeared on local radio programs like “Brother Wease” and Uncle Roger’s “Homegrown,” where Uncle Roger was so impressed with the girls’ a cappella singing, he invited them to sing at the station Christmas party! Everywhere the girls performed, their stage presence and original music gained them new fans.
The late-’90s saw a return to the studio. In 1997, the group released the CD single Can’t on Mister Cat Records. In true IT’S MY PARTY! style, the release party took place at a family fun center, where guests skated around the girls as they performed from the center of the rink. In 1998, maxi-single CD That Boy John was released, which included “I’m Bobby’s Girl,” an original song by new and enthusiastic band member Syeed Abdulal-Haqq. During the mastering session, the group was honored to receive positive input from Sheila Bergel, a girl group authority and publisher of Cha Cha Charming magazine.
The new millennium ushered in a period of exciting growth. Though the group’s look, sound, and style was firmly established, IT’S MY PARTY! would continue to strive for perfection in every detail, immersing audiences in the most authentic 1960s-styled girl group experience available.
In 2000, fans finally received Can I Get To Know You Better?, the group’s first full-length album since their cassette tape release in 1988. The CD featured 8 original songs among its 12 tracks, and its success proved that IT’S MY PARTY! was much more than a cover band. Legendary Los Angeles DJ Rodney Bingenheimer endorsed the album on the air, and IT’S MY PARTY! was heard on radio stations across the country. The album’s popularity even drew fan mail from all over the world, including Italy and Australia. Can I Get To Know You Better? quickly sold out its first pressing and continues to sell today.
IT’S MY PARTY! rubs elbows with 1960s legends.
The girls spent the next two years touring, bringing their magic to Massachusetts, Los Angeles, and New York City. After their 1997 impromptu performance with The Pixies Three, the group was invited to perform on their own at the Marshfield Fair in 2000, meeting legends like The Olympics, Little Joe Cook, and Johnny Preston. In 2001, they returned to the Los Angeles International Pop Overthrow Festival, where the girls met and sang for Brian Wilson.
When the group re-formed in 2010, the new girls remained the faces and voices of IT’S MY PARTY! for five productive seasons. In 2011, the group was asked to perform at the Rochester, NY Lilac Festival. Since their 1998 performance, the local festival had grown into a high profile event with an international draw. In 2012, IT’S MY PARTY! released a maxi-single MP3 download, Wanna Make Him Mine. The two originals on the release, “Dear Michelle (The Fighting’s Begun)” by Paul Kanack and “Bus Driver” by Syeed Abdulal-Haqq, carried on the group’s tradition of original music and quickly became concert favorites.
Live performances became even more dynamic. The group added a string section to fill out their unique sound, and historic 1960s PAMS radio jingles as a way to segue songs.
In 2014, after recording “You Won’t Even Know Her Name,” the group’s lineup changed again. IT’S MY PARTY! fans have come to embrace each new generation as they carry on a well-established tradition of delivering the most riveting 1960s girl group experience available today.
(2) I'd Much Rather Be With the Girls
(1) Can I Get to Know You Better
(2) Walkin' With Me
(3) The Loneliest Girl In the World
(4) Someone Cares For Me
(6) I'm Gonna Get You
(7) Hurry Up
(8) Give Him a Great Big Kiss
(10) One Summer Lost
(11) The Sweetest Boy (I Ever Loved)
(12) On the Beach Tonight
(2) It Hurts to be Sixteen
(3) The Joy of Love
(4) A Girl in Love Forgives
(6) Run, Run, Run
(7) Kiss Me Sailor
(8) When Johnny Went Away
(9) I Felt Your Eyes on Me
(10) The American Twist
(12) Can You Rock It