Gene Francis Alan Pitney, 17 February 1941, Hartford, Connecticut, USA, d. 5 April 2006, Cardiff, Wales. Although Pitney began recording in 1959 (Classical Rock N Roll was recorded with Ginny Mazarro as Jamie And Jane), his initial success came as a songwriter, providing the Kalin Twins with Loneliness, Roy Orbison with Todays Teardrops and Bobby Vee with Rubber Ball. His solo recording career took off in 1961 with the multi-tracked I Wanna Love My Life Away and the dramatic film themes Town Without Pity and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. Throughout this period, he was still writing for other artists, creating big hits for Ricky Nelson (Hello Mary Lou) and the Crystals (Hes A Rebel). In 1963, Pitney toured Britain where his Twenty Four Hours From Tulsa reached the Top 10. After meeting the Rolling Stones, he recorded...
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