Saturday, July 30, 2016 12:11:29 PM
Gene Francis Alan Pitney was born on
17th February 1940 in rural area of Hartford Connecticut and
died in Cardiff Wales UK on April 5th 2006.
He was not only know as a wonderful singer but also, songwriter,
drummer, guitarist and an accomplished sound engineeer.
As a "Baby Boomer myself I grew up listening to his many hits. I
recall in the 1980's buying a CD of his music and I was so
happy as all my music was on 45's and cassettes at the point. It
was so nice to have the current form of music. He wrote songs
for the Crystals, Roy Orbison, Ricky Nelson and Bobby Vee.
He sang two of Burt Bacharach's and Hal David's songs, 24hrs
from Tulsa and Man Who Shot Liberty Valens.
He originally called himself Billy Bryan but soon went back to
calling himself his real name Gene Pitney.
Gene also worked with Phil Spector on the Goffin-King hit Every
Breath I Take and had hits in 1964 and 1965 with 'It Hurts To Be
In Love' and 'I'm Gonna Be Strong'. During the 60's he was know
to be be the one who played the maracas on 'Not fade Away" one
of favourite Stone's song.
Gene was the middle child
in a family of five children. His dad was a lathe operator and a
descendant of a private in the Royal Marines who served in
victory in The Battle Of Trafalgar.
Gene married his childhood
sweetheart Lynne Gayton after a eight year engagement in
1966. He had three sons David. Todd and Chris. He was to become
a devoted husband and father.
In the early 70's he made a personal decision to see more of his
family and cut back on touring. His last hit was in 1989,
Something's Gotten Hold of my Heart. So for 30 years he was
giving joy to us all with his wonderful voice. He death came to
me as .. no way it can't be true, he looked so young vibrant and
He was inducted into the Rock'n roll Hall of Fame on March 18th
Gene was 66 when
he died after performing at St David's Hall in Cardiff Wales
with his last song to a standing ovation of 'Town Without Pity'
a 1962 hit . He was found dead next day by his manger. Cause of
death was from natural causes He was laid to rest after a mass
at All Saints Roman Catholic Church on April`3 2006 at Somers