February 17, 1940 – April 5, 2006
Gene Pitney was an American singer and songwriter who rose to fame in the 1960’s. In 1961 his song Town Without Pity was used in a movie with the same title. It stared Kirk Douglas. This became Pitney’s first hit and won him a Golden Globe Award for Best Song.
Pitney had 16 Top 40 hits in the United States and 4 in the Top Ten in the United Kingdom.
In 2002 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
In 2006 Pitney died from a heart attack while on tour in the United Kingdom. He was 66.
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Gene Pitney was a great singer! I always liked “Only Love Can Break A Heart.”
He certainly had a unique voice.
This post brings back some wonderful memories, Cheryl. I was 14 in 1964 and saw Gene Pitney live. Gerry & the Pacemakers, Brian Poole & the Tremeloes and Dusty Springfield were also on the bill. The Australian concerts were April 14 & 16. What a fabulous concert it was. He was definitely one of my great loves of that era…. 🙂
There were so many GREATS back then. I have always loved music from the 50’s and 60’s.
I loved Gene Pitney when I was a pretty young kid.