Gene Pitney
American singer and songwriter
Gene Pitney
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.
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Why Buddy Holly Should Not Fade Away -- and Won't
Huffington Post - about 1 year
In case you didn't notice, the music didn't really die on Feb. 3, 1959. But Buddy Holly did, and so did Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper, and that's more than enough to make the day worth remembering. So let's do it anyway, 57 years later, because we don't remember this kind of thing enough. I don't think it's personal. Popular music, like most of popular culture, just moves on. People who remember seeing or hearing Buddy Holly while he was alive are all on Medicare now. Younger folks, like most younger folks, tend to be interested in their own music memories. That's sad not because their own music is bad, but because they deny themselves so much music that's good - the same way the first generation of young rock 'n' roll fans shortchanged themselves when they wrote off everything before Elvis as suitable only for their parents. Buddy Holly was 22 when he died, which is startling when you think how much music he made and how he was already moving into a second m ...
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Michael Sigman: The Melodies Linger On (Part I)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Jan Swafford's slate.com essay "The Most Beautiful Melody in the World" inspired me to ask my most popular-music-obsessed friends to name their favorite tunes. The terms were simple: Pick a fave song from the last 50 years based solely on its melody. Simple, perhaps; but hardly easy. Separating a melody from its lyric -- and any particular vocal and arrangement -- is a tough job. But someone's gotta do it. A few confident souls responded instantly, as though they'd been waiting years to be asked. The great Dion Dimucci says Pomus/Shuman's "This Magic Moment" is "a perfect song -- it's beautiful, wonderful, powerful, amazing and yet distinctive and memorable." Screenwriter/lyricist Jerry Leichtling chose Paul Simon's towering "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and theater producer Susan Dietz, still stuck on the cute Beatle, picked "Yesterday." Others were more promiscuous. A&R whiz Gregg Geller writes, "I would choose "Dindi" or "Wave" or just about anything by Antoni ...
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Sean Martinfield: Tenor Noah Stewart Debuts With Berkeley Symphony in World Premiere of New Work by Steven Stucky
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Tenor Noah Stewart, an alumnus of San Francisco's Merola Opera Program and the prestigious Adler Fellows, joins the Berkeley Symphony on March 28 in the world premiere of Steven Stucky's The Stars and the Roses. A song cycle in three parts, the score by the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer is set to the poetry of Czeslaw Milosz, a recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature. The program will also include Bruckner's Symphony No.4 in E-Flat Major, Music Director Joana Carneiro conducting. Noah has recently catapulted into the limelight, particularly from the success he is enjoying with his first recording, NOAH, released by Decca Records last July and which sailed to the top of the UK charts in Classical Music. During our interview, Noah was getting ready for his flight to Lisbon where he would be performing Beethoven's Mass in C. NOAH STEWART. Photo, courtesy of the artist "I've been very lucky," he said. I've worked really hard to keep it all moving. This will be my fi ...
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Bob Purse: A Halloween Treat -- The Elusive Thurl Ravenscroft Single: A 30 Year Search Comes to an End
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Today's story begins with another story, from another time and place: It's 1982, and I'm in the music library of Northwestern University.  A few years earlier, I had been turned on to Casey Kasum's American Top 40, and I quickly found that following the charts tied in nicely with my expanding love of then-current pop music, my passion for playing with numbers (and math in general), and, in the years that followed, my burgeoning adoration and knowledge about the music of the '50s and '60s. So it was that, when I went to a small community college a few years later, and my studies took me to Northwestern's library (mere blocks away), I quickly discovered that their music library had copies of Billboard Magazine going back to the turn of the century -- not on microfilm, either, but the real thing. I soon began spending copious amounts of my overabundant free time copying the top 40 pop charts out of those Billboards -- by hand, mind you (filling in endless sheets with numbers 1 ...
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I'm messing with my head, says Harrington
Yahoo News - over 4 years
LYTHAM ST ANNES, England (Reuters) - "Something's Gotten Hold of My Heart" was a hit for Gene Pitney in the 1960s and if Padraig Harrington was to consider a career in music he might tweak the lyrics to "Someone's Gotten Hold of My Head". The mind games went all wrong for the triple major champion in the British Open third round on Saturday and he was less than pleased after a level-par 70 left him down the field on 212, two over par. "For me, today, 70 was a steal and 69 would have been a miracle," Harrington told reporters on a sun-kissed day at Royal Lytham & St Annes. ...
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70s legends David Cassidy, Leo Sayer, Hot Chocolate and Smokie announce UK tour
Doncaster Free Press - almost 5 years
Once In A Lifetime is an unforgettable UK tour that will feature the crème de la crème of 70s superstars and hit singles from the likes of pop icons David Cassidy, Leo Sayer, Hot Chocolate and Smokie. The tour will stop off at the Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield on Friday, November 16. Tickets priced £38.50 (booking fee may apply) will go on sale to the general public on Friday April 20 at 9am in person at the Arena Box Office, by phone on 0114 256 5656 or online at {http://www.motorpointarenasheffield.co.uk/|Motorpoint Arena Sheffield|click here} All four artists have had 55 top ten hits and over 200 million record sales between them. This is a once in a lifetime tour – the only time all four of these seminal acts will perform on the same stage together. David Cassidy From television to recording and record-breaking concert tours and from Broadway to Las Vegas production shows, David Cassidy has made his mark and been lauded with awards and nominations ranging from Grammy’s to Emmy’ ...
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The Brill Building Sound - Paste Magazine (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
When romantic, they revealed secrets rather than hurled clichés—“Don't Make Me Over” for Dionne Warwick, “Mexican Divorce” for The Drifters, “Twenty Four Hours from Tulsa” for Gene Pitney, “I Just Don't Know What to Do with Myself” for Tommy Hunt
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Special events at Leach Theatre have nostalgic feel this season - Missouri S&T News and Research
Google News - over 5 years
By Jensen Lee on August 18, 2011 4:41 PM Though associated with Rick Nelson, “Hello Mary Lou” was a 1961 hit penned by singer Gene Pitney, whose co-writer was less well known: Cayet Mangiaracina, a Dominican priest. Rockaeology at http://bit.ly/jwgeqg
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Photoillustration: Tablet Magazine; Ragovoy photo: courtesy Seth Rogovoy - Tablet Magazine
Google News - over 5 years
The next time came via a phone call from a mutual friend—a fellow songwriter of Jerry's named Aaron Schroeder, who had written hit songs for Elvis Presley and Gene Pitney, among others. “Guess who I'm sitting with?” Aaron asked me when he called
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Phil Spector Philles Box Set To Feature The Crystals, The Ronettes, Darlene ... - antiMUSIC.com
Google News - over 5 years
Every Breath I Take – Gene Pitney (1961, Musicor single #1011, Hot 100 #42) 6. I Love How You Love Me – The Paris Sisters (1961, Gregmark single #6, Hot 100 #5) 7. There's No Other Like My Baby – The Crystals (1961, Philles single #100, Hot 100 #20,
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Phil Spector Presents The Philles Album Collection - Featuring The Crystals ... - PR Newswire (press release)
Google News - over 5 years
Every Breath I Take – Gene Pitney (1961, Musicor single #1011, Hot 100 #42) 6. I Love How You Love Me – The Paris Sisters (1961, Gregmark single #6, Hot 100 #5) 7. There's No Other Like My Baby – The Crystals (1961, Philles single #100, Hot 100 #20,
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Reading Al Kooper: Backstage Passes and Backstabbing Bastards - The Morton Report
Google News - over 5 years
He started out at the Brill Building associated 1650 Broadway digging Gene Pitney. He wrote the song “This Diamond Ring,” but he'd like to let you know that it's clearly not his fault that Gary Lewis and the Playboys turned it into the dorkiest
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The Phil King Column: Why Diana Moran is still a Goddess at 72 years of age - Southport Visiter
Google News - over 5 years
Names such as the Beach Boys, Stevie Wonder, Gene Pitney, Manfred Mann and Marianne Faithfull all brought memories flooding back. So much so I wondered who was still around and working. Lulu of course, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Cilla Black,
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Councilman Paul Koretz Fourth of July Newsletter - Patch.com
Google News - over 5 years
Together, they wrote hits for many renowned artists, such as Dionne Warwick, The Carpenters, Dusty Springfield, Gene Pitney, Jackie DeShannon, BJ Thomas, and Tom Jones. Countless people have been enthralled, transfixed and even transformed by songs
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The Music Beat: Special Sauce's key ingredient - San Antonio Express
Google News - over 5 years
Nothing but ear. It was for the fun of it." Gonzalez was with Ozuna in 1963 when the singer, now fronting the reformulated, Houston-based Sunny & the Sunliners, played American Bandstand On the bill were Wayne Newton, Gene Pitney and Dale & Grace
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For Obama a war that no longer seems so smart - Politico
Google News - over 5 years
Now I am humming Gene Pitney's " The man who shot Liberty Valance " song from the John Wayne movie by the same name. Of course, Rush has other versions of this classic song and they can be easily found on youtube. So, I thought this was the good war
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Gene Pitney
    THIRTIES
  • 2006
    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.
    More Details Hide Details An autopsy found the cause of death to be a heart attack and that he had severely occluded coronary arteries. His final show at Cardiff's St David's Hall had earned him a standing ovation; he ended with "Town Without Pity". He was survived by his wife Lynne and their three sons Todd, Chris, and David. He was buried at Somers Center Cemetery in Somers, Connecticut. Marc Almond recorded "Backstage (I'm Lonely)" for his 2007 covers album, Stardom Road. On September 20, 2007, a plaque to Pitney was unveiled at the town hall in his hometown of Rockville, Connecticut. Members of the family attended. The event was emceed by nationally known oldies radio DJ and Pitney friend "Wild" Wayne. The Gene Pitney Commemorative Committee established a music scholarship in Pitney's name. It is awarded annually to Rockville High School. In October 2008, an international fan convention was held in Rockville.
  • 2002
    On 18 March 2002, Pitney was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
    More Details Hide Details Pitney was involved in a memorable gaffe on ITV's This Morning in 1989, owing to a "technical mishap". Giving an ostensibly live performance of his track "You're the Reason", Pitney missed his cue and was seen "failing dismally to mime along in time to his backing track"; he tried not to laugh and continued with the song. The incident has been repeated on television over the years, notably on a 2002 episode of BBC One series Room 101, where host Paul Merton described it as a "very funny moment" in which Pitney came in "unbearably late". It was re-aired on the 25th anniversary edition of This Morning in 2013, where presenter Holly Willoughby "broke out into a cold sweat" while reliving the moment.
  • 2000
    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.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1993
    On 26 February 1993, Pitney performed at Carnegie Hall in New York on the day of the first World Trade Center bombing.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1989
    The duet brought him his first UK No. 1, in late January 1989.
    More Details Hide Details The single remained at the top for four weeks, and also went to No. 1 elsewhere in Europe. Pitney and Almond appeared on the Terry Wogan television show in Britain.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The song had been a UK No. 5 for Pitney in 1967.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1976
    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.
    More Details Hide Details They also collaborated in the production of the hit song "Days of Summer". In the early 1970s, Pitney decided to spend only six months each year on the road.
  • 1974
    In Australia, after a fallow period in the early 1970s, Pitney returned to Top 40 in 1974, as both Blue Angel (No. 2) and Trans-Canada Highway (No. 14; production by David Mackay) were substantial hits.
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    Pitney maintained a successful career in Britain and the rest of Europe into the 1970s, appearing regularly on UK charts as late as 1974.
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  • OTHER
  • 1968
    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.
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  • 1966
    Pitney's career in the U.S. took a downturn after mid-1966, when "Backstage" ended another run of Top 40 hits.
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  • 1965
    In 1965, Pitney recorded two successful albums with country singer George Jones.
    More Details Hide Details They were voted the most promising country-and-western duo of the year. Pitney also recorded songs in Italian, Spanish and German, and twice finished second in Italy's annual Sanremo Music Festival, where his strong vibrato reminded older listeners of the Italian tenor Enrico Caruso. He had a regional hit with "Nessuno mi può giudicare".
  • 1964
    After another low-charting single, 1964's "Yesterday's Hero", Pitney rebounded with another string of hits in the mid-1960s, including the 1964 singles "It Hurts to Be in Love" and "I'm Gonna Be Strong", which reached No. 7 and No. 9, respectively, in the U.S., and 1966's "Nobody Needs Your Love", which peaked at No. 2 in the UK, matching the No. 2 UK peak of "I'm Gonna Be Strong". "It Hurts to Be in Love" had been planned for and recorded by Neil Sedaka, but RCA refused to release it because Sedaka had recorded the song outside RCA Victor in violation of his contract.
    More Details Hide Details The writers, Howard Greenfield and Helen Miller, presented the song to Pitney. Miller replaced Sedaka's voice with Pitney's, though Sedaka's trademark backing harmonies were left intact.
    The Jagger/Richards song "That Girl Belongs to Yesterday" was a No. 7 UK hit for Pitney in 1964; it was the first tune composed by the duo to become a Top 10 hit in the UK.
    More Details Hide Details In the U.S. the single stalled at No. 49, ending a run of seven Top 40 singles for Pitney as a performer.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details It was only Pitney's third single release in the UK to reach the singles chart and the first to break into the Top Twenty there; it was also a hit in the U.S, peaking at No. 17 on the Hot 100. Pitney was present with Phil Spector at some of the Rolling Stones' early recording sessions in London, including "Little by Little" and other tracks for their debut album; he played piano, though the extent is uncertain.
  • 1962
    Pitney is also remembered for the Burt Bacharach–Hal David song "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance", which peaked at No. 4 in 1962.
    More Details Hide Details Though it shares a title with a 1962 John Ford western with the same title, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, starring John Wayne, the song was not used in the film because of a publishing dispute between Famous Music and Paramount Pictures. Meanwhile, Pitney wrote hits for others, including "He's a Rebel" for the Crystals (later covered by Vikki Carr and Elkie Brooks); "Today's Teardrops" for Roy Orbison; "Rubber Ball" for Bobby Vee; and "Hello Mary Lou" for Ricky Nelson. The Crystals' version of "He's A Rebel" kept Pitney's own No. 2 hit "Only Love Can Break a Heart", his highest-charting single in the U.S., from the top spot.
    Pitney performed the song at the Oscars ceremony on 9 April 1962 (honoring the film year of 1961).
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  • 1961
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He followed that same year with his first Top 20 single, the title song from the film Town Without Pity starring Kirk Douglas. Written by Dimitri Tiomkin and Ned Washington, the song won a Golden Globe Award and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song, but lost the award to "Moon River".
  • 1959
    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.
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  • 1940
    Born on February 17, 1940.
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