Gene Pitney (February 17, 1940 - April 5, 2006) was a highly acclaimed pop singer with a dramatic style who was also a prolific songwriter. He began his music career by writing songs for other artists, many of which became top hits, e.g., The Crystals' "He's A Rebel," Ricky Nelson's "Hello Mary Lou," and Bobby Vee's "Rubber Ball."
From 1961-1970 , he had a long string of hits in the US that included "Town Without Pity" (1961), "She's A Heartbreaker" (1968), and the Burt Bacharach/Hal David-penned "(The Man Who Shot) Liberty Valance" (1962), "Only Love Can Break A Heart" (1962), and "Twenty Four Hours From Tulsa" (1963). His string of hits continued on the UK charts through 1974.
Through the years, Pitney had a wide international following and toured actively. In 1989, he topped the UK charts with a new version of his 1967 song, "Something's Gotten Hold Of My Heart," which he performed as a duet with Marc Almond. Gene Pitney was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.
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- Half Heaven - Half Heartache 1962
- I Must Be Seeing Things 1965
- I'm Gonna Be Strong 1964
- It Hurts To Be In Love 1964
(This song later also became a hit for Dan Hartman (1981).)
- (The Man Who Shot) Liberty Valance 1962
- (I Wanna) Love My Life Away 1961
- Mecca 1963
- Only Love Can Break A Heart 1962
(This song later also became a hit for Margaret Whiting (1967) and Bobby Vinton (1977).)
- Town Without Pity 1961
- Twenty Four Hours From Tulsa 1963
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