Gene Pitney

Singer and Songwriter

Gene Francis Alan Pitney was an American singer-songwriter, musician, and sound engineer. Through the mid-1960s, he enjoyed success as a recording artist on both sides of the Atlantic and was among the group of early 1960s American acts who continued to enjoy hits after the British Invasion. Pitney charted 16 Top-40 hits in the U.S. , four in the Top 10. In the UK he had 22 Top-40 hits, and 11 singles in the Top Ten.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Gene Pitney.


1940 Birth Born on February 17, 1940.


1959 19 Years Old He made records as part of a duo called Jamie and Jane with Ginny Arnell (who in late 1963 had a solo hit, "Dumb Head"), and in 1959 recorded a single as Billy Bryan.


1961 21 Years Old Signed to songwriter Aaron Schroeder's newly formed Musicor label in 1961, Pitney scored his first chart single, which made the Top 40, the self-penned "(I Wanna) Love My Life Away", on which he played several instruments and multi-tracked the vocals. … Read More
1962 22 Years Old 1 More Event
Pitney performed the song at the Oscars ceremony on 9 April 1962 (honoring the film year of 1961).
His popularity in the UK market was ensured by the breakthrough success of "Twenty Four Hours from Tulsa", a Bacharach and David song, which peaked at No. 5 in Britain at the start of 1964. … Read More
1965 25 Years Old In 1965, Pitney recorded two successful albums with country singer George Jones. … Read More
1966 26 Years Old Pitney's career in the U.S. took a downturn after mid-1966, when "Backstage" ended another run of Top 40 hits.
1968 28 Years Old He returned one last time to the Top 40 with "She's a Heartbreaker" in mid-1968 and placed several singles in the lower reaches of the Hot 100 after that, but by 1970 he was no longer a hit-maker in the U.S.


1974 34 Years Old 1 More Event
Pitney maintained a successful career in Britain and the rest of Europe into the 1970s, appearing regularly on UK charts as late as 1974.
1976 36 Years Old Pitney continued to place records in the Australian charts through 1976, including the hit "Down This Road", written and produced by distant relation Edward Pitney. … Read More


1989 49 Years Old 1 More Event
Pitney's last hit on the UK charts came in 1989, after an absence of 15 years, when he and Soft Cell singer Marc Almond recorded a duet version of "Something's Gotten Hold of My Heart" by British writers Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway. … Read More


1993 53 Years Old On 26 February 1993, Pitney performed at Carnegie Hall in New York on the day of the first World Trade Center bombing.


2000 60 Years Old In 2000, Pitney sang harmony vocals on Jane Olivor's recording of his 1962 hit, "Half Heaven – Half Heartache", which was released on her 'comeback' album Love Decides.
2002 62 Years Old On 18 March 2002, Pitney was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. … Read More
2006 66 Years Old 1 More Event
Pitney was touring the UK in the spring of 2006 when his manager found him dead in his hotel room in Cardiff on April 5. … Read More
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