Gene Pitney

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Born: Feb 17, 1940 AD
Died: 2006 AD, at 66 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Musicians, Singer, Songwriter


1940 - Born on February 17th in Rockville, Connecticut.

 

1961 - He appeared as an actor in "Town Without Pity".

 

1961 - Pitney broke into music as a songwriter in his late teens, getting his first taste of success when Rick Nelson had a hit with "Hello Mary Lou" in 1961. That same year, Pitney had a small hit with his first single, "(I Wanna) Love My Life Away," a self-penned demo on which he sang and played every instrument -- an extraordinary feat for the early 60's.

 

1961-1968 - He charts more than 20 Top 40 hit singles, some of them are 

"Town Without Pity," "Only Love Can Break a Heart,"The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance "I'm Gonna Be Strong," "It Hurts to Be in Love," and "Twenty Four Hours From Tulsa".

Pitney entered the U.S. Top 20 one last time in 1968 with "She's a Heartbreaker,"

a rather forced updating of his trademark sound.

 

1963-1966 - Gene consistently produced top 10 hits in the UK. The Mick Jagger/Keith Richards song "That Girl Belongs to Yesterday" established his worldwide fame and he followed it up with "I'm Gonna be Strong", "Looking Through the Eyes of Love" (a million seller), "I Must be Seeing Things", "Princess in Rags", "Backstage", "Just One Smile", "Something's Gotten Hold of My Heart" and "Nobody Needs Your Love".

 

In 1966, he became one of the first artists to reach success with Randy Newman compositions, taking "Nobody Needs Your Love" and "Just One Smile" into the British Top Ten.

 

1967 - Gene teamed up with Marc Almond to cover his sixties hit "Something's Gotten Hold of My Heart". The duet outdid the original which could only make number 5.

 

1974 - Gene enjoyed a short lived revival with the hits "Trans-Canada Highway" and "Blue Angel".

 

1989 - Achieved what had eluded him at the peak of his popularity, a number 1 single in the UK.

 

2002 - He was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a fitting honour and a long overdue recognition of his talent.

 

2006 - Died on April 5th in Cardiff, Wales and was buried on Somers Centre Cemetery, Somers, Connecticut.

 

Gene was also an accomplished guitarist, pianist, drummer, and skilled sound engineer.

 

 

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