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Gene Pitney (born Gene Francis Alan Pitney in Hartford, Connecticut, USA on 17 February 1940 - died 5 April 2006 (Cardiff, Wales). After a successful singing career spanning five decades, at the age of 66, he was found dead of natural causes, while in the middle of a sellout UK tour.Read More...
Pitney, a pop rock pioneer, had his greatest success overall in Britain, first travelling there after his first self penned hit in 1961. "I Wanna Love My Life Away" hit #26 on the UK singles chart & just broke into the top 40 in the US.
His early music recorded for the "musicor" label was romantic, lonely and dramatic, fitting in alongside contemporaries like Buddy Holly, Neil Sedaka, Roy Orbison & serves as an audio time capsule of a more innocent time.
Gene Pitney - Yesterday's Hero...
Gene was a Brill Building songwriter who even before his singing career took off, had written one of Ricky Nelson's biggest hits "Hello Mary Lou". He had been helped out initially in his career by Burt Bacharach & Hal David, and later recorded some of their songs which became big hits like "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" and the classic "Only Love Can Break A Heart". At the time his "Only Love..." recording was a #2 chart hit, he had written the number 1 song that week; "He's A Rebel" (A Phil Spector production recorded by The Crystals). All in all Pitney himself recorded 16 top 40 songs in the US from 1961 to 1968.
Top SongsTotal plays on Last.fm over the last 6 months
- Town Without Pity - 116,419 plays
- Lyrics(Dip dip, dooba bop bop)
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I hardly ever thank the stars above
For sending me your very precious love
You never hear me say a prayer
- Something's Gotten Hold of My Heart - 81,136 plays
- 24 Hours from Tulsa - 68,217 plays
- Only Love Can Break a Heart - 46,573 plays
- Twenty Four Hours from Tulsa - 47,096 plays
- It Hurts to Be in Love - 33,687 plays
- Town Without Pity [ ] - 17,261 plays
- The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance - 25,953 plays
- I'm Gonna Be Strong - 22,068 plays