Gene Pitney Similar Artists

Johnny Tillotson - 100% match to Gene Pitney

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Easy Listening Pop / Rock Pop / Rock Vocals
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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20 April 1939, Jacksonville, Florida, USA. Tillotson’s father was a country music disc jockey and Johnny himself was appearing on local radio from the age of nine. His parents encouraged his talent by giving him first a ukulele and then a guitar, and he was influenced by the singing cowboys (Gene Autry, Roy Rogers) and country singer Hank Williams. He appeared regularly Read more

Bobby Vee - 73% match to Gene Pitney

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Robert Thomas Velline, 30 April 1943, Fargo, North Dakota, USA. Vee’s first exposure to the rock ‘n’ roll scene occurred in macabre circumstances when his group, the Shadows, deputized for Buddy Holly after the singer was killed in an air crash in February 1959. Soon after, Vee’s group were discovered by famed producer Snuff Garrett and saw their indepen Read more

Frankie Avalon - 67% match to Gene Pitney

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Francis Avallone, 18 September 1940, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. This photogenic 50s teen idol started as a trumpet-playing child prodigy. His first recordings in 1954 were the instrumentals ‘Trumpet Sorrento’ and ‘Trumpet Tarantella’ on X-Vik Records (an RCA Records subsidiary). In the mid-50s, he appeared on many television and radio shows includin Read more

Helen Shapiro - 63% match to Gene Pitney

Genres: Easy Listening Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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28 September 1946, Bethnal Green, London, England. Shapiro drew considerable attention when, as a 14-year-old schoolgirl, she scored a UK Top 3 hit with ‘Don’t Treat Me Like A Child’. A deep intonation belied her youth, and by the end of 1961 the singer had scored two chart-topping singles with ‘You Don’t Know’ and ‘Walkin’ Back To Hap Read more

Craig Douglas - 62% match to Gene Pitney

Genres: Vocals World Music
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 2000s
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Terence Perkins, 12 August 1941, Newport, Isle Of Wight, England. After moving to London in the mid-50s, Douglas came under the wing of agent Bunny Lewis, appeared on the television show 6.5 Special, and won a record contract with Decca Records before moving to Dick Rowe’s label, Top Rank. Covering American hits was the classic route to chart success, and in 1959 Dougl Read more

Adam Faith - 61% match to Gene Pitney

Genres: Pop / Rock Soundtracks World Music
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Terence Nelhams, 23 June 1940, Acton, London, England, d. 8 March 2003, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England. During the British ‘coffee bar’ pop music phenomenon of the late 50s two artists reigned supreme: Cliff Richard and Adam Faith. While the former has shown astonishing staying power the young Faith had a remarkable run of hit records during the comparative Read more

Frank Ifield - 58% match to Gene Pitney

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Easy Listening Vocals
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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30 November 1937, Coventry, Warwickshire, England. The most successful recording artist in the UK during the early 60s, Ifield is now also one of the most underrated. At the age of nine, his family emigrated to Australia, and Ifield entered showbusiness during his teens. He first came to prominence in Australia during 1957 with ‘Whiplash’, a song about the 1851 Aus Read more

Neil Sedaka - 56% match to Gene Pitney

Genres: Easy Listening Easy Listening Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock Vocals Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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13 March 1939, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. Pianist Sedaka began his songwriting career with lyricist Howard Greenfield in the early 50s. During this high school period, Sedaka dated Carol Klein (later known as Carole King). For a brief period, Sedaka joined the Tokens, then won a scholarship to New York’s Juilliard School of Music. In 1958, the pianist joine Read more

The Searchers - 55% match to Gene Pitney

Genres: Easy Listening Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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One of the premier beat groups from the mid-60s Merseybeat explosion, the Liverpool-based Searchers were formed in 1959 by John McNally (30 August 1941, Liverpool, England; rhythm guitar/vocals) and Mike Pender (b. Michael John Prendergast, 3 March 1942, Liverpool, England; lead guitar/vocals). Taking their new name from the 1956 John Ford western, The Searchers, the band ba Read more

Bobby Rydell - 54% match to Gene Pitney

Genres: Easy Listening Pop / Rock Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1990s 2000s
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Robert Ridarelli, 26 April 1942, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Probably the most musically talented of the late 50s Philadelphia school of clean-cut teen-idols, Rydell first performed in public as a drummer at the age of seven. At nine he debuted on Paul Whiteman’s Teen Club amateur television show and was the show’s regular drummer for three years. He attended Read more

Sandie Shaw - 53% match to Gene Pitney

Genres: Pop / Rock Vocals
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Sandra Goodrich, 26 February 1947, Dagenham, Essex, England. Discovered by singer Adam Faith, Shaw was taken under the imperious wing of his manager Eve Taylor and launched as a teenage pop star in 1964. Her first single, ‘As Long As You’re Happy’, proved unsuccessful but the follow-up, an excellent reading of Burt Bacharach and Hal David’s ‘(There&# Read more

Lou Christie - 49% match to Gene Pitney

Genres: Pop / Rock Vocals
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Lugee Alfredo Giovanni Sacco, 19 February 1943, Glen Willard, Pennsylvania, USA. A former student of classical music, Christie moved to New York in 1963 where he sang backing vocals on a variety of sessions. Before beginning his string of hits, Christie recorded unsuccessfully with such groups as the Classics, Lugee And The Lions and the Tammys. Although his high falsetto wa Read more

Billy Fury - 48% match to Gene Pitney

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Ronald Wycherley, 17 April 1940, Dingle, Liverpool, England, d. 28 January 1983, London, England. An impromptu audition in a Birkenhead dressing room resulted in Wycherley joining Larry Parnes’ management stable. The entrepreneur provided the suitably enigmatic stage name, and added the aspirant to the bill of a current package tour. Fury enjoyed a UK Top 20 hit with hi Read more

Del Shannon - 48% match to Gene Pitney

Genres: Easy Listening Pop / Rock Pop / Rock Vocals
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Charles Westover, 30 December 1934, Coopersville, Michigan, USA, d. 8 February 1990, Santa Clarita, California, USA. From the plethora of clean, American, post doo-wop male vocalists to find enormous success in the early 60s, only a small handful retained musical credibility. Shannon was undoubtedly from this pedigree. More than 40 years after his chart debut, Shannon’s Read more

Peter & Gordon - 48% match to Gene Pitney

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Both the sons of doctors and former pupils of the prestigious English public school Westminster Boys, this privileged pair were signed by producer Norman Newell, following a residency at London’s Piccadilly CluPeter Asher (b. 2 June 1944, London, England) and Gordon Waller (b. 4 June 1945, Braemar, Grampian, Scotland), had a crucial advantage over their contemporaries - Read more


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