Check out this biography to know about his birthday, childhood, family life, achievements and fun facts about him. His manager found him dead in his hotel room. Pitney is survived by his wife Lynne and three sons who live in Connecticut. 14) marked his comeback by featuring in the Top 40 in 1974. In collaboration with songwriter Aaron Schroeder, he placed his songs with big artists. Together they had three Sons, Todd, Chris, and David. In 1989, while performing live on ITV's ‘This Morning’ show, he missed his cue for the song ‘You're the Reason’ and couldn’t mime with the beats in time! Gene Pitney's wife Lynne leads the mourners at his funeral. Gene Pitney was an American singer, songwriter, and sound engineer. The song made it to the U.S top 40 lists. R o gerthat Talk 02:32, 27 January 2007 (UTC) Ginny Arnell. It reached the Top 40 in US and Britain. He also performed it at Oscars’ ceremony on April 9, 1962, becoming the first pop singer to do so. He came second in a competition known as San Remo Song Concert with his song Nessuro Mi Puo Guidicare. Pitney died while on tour in the UK on the 5th of April, 2006.His manager found him dead in his hotel room. In 1962, he recorded what would become his highest-charting song, ‘Only Love Can Break a Heart,’ that peaked at No. It was there that his first band, Gene and the Genials was formed. Singer Gene Pitney, who shot to fame in the 1960s with hits including "24 Hours From Tulsa," has died while on tour in Britain, according to his agent, Jene Levy. He had two older and two younger siblings and lived with his family in Rockville, Connecticut. Gene Pitney was born on 17 February 1940, in Hartford, Connecticut, to Anna A. Gene Pitney was an American Singer, songwriter, musician, and sound engineer. His second wife died in 1973.) Gene had a love of music from an early age. He is well known for his chart making hit songs and recordings. He had his High School education at Rockville High School. He also wrote 'Today's Teardrops' for Roy Orbison, as well as 'Rubber ball' for Bobby Vee. On 18 March 2002, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His wife and sons survive him. Born: 17-Feb-1940 Birthplace: Rockville, CT Died: 5-Apr-2006 Location of death: Cardiff, Wales Cause of death: Natural Causes Remains: Buried, Somers Centre Cemetery, Somers, CT. In Australia, his songs ‘Blue Angel’ (No. Born in: Hartford, Connecticut, United States, See the events in life of Gene Pitney in Chronological Order. It was followed by ‘Town Without Pity’ which became his first Top 20 single. He was born to a lathe operator and was the third of five children. His US career started declining after his song ‘She's a Heartbreaker’ made it to the Top 40 in mid-1968. In 1966, his single ‘Nobody Needs Your Love’ peaked at No. Gene Francis Alan Pitney (February 17, 1940 – April 5, 2006) was an American singer-songwriter, musician, and sound engineer.. Pitney charted 16 top 40 hits in the United States, four in the top ten. He recorded a Bacharach and David song, ‘Twenty Four Hours from Tulsa,’ which peaked at No. Today is a sad day." In 1989, he finally achieved a number 1 placement on the UK charts with a cover of his sixties hit Song, 'Something's Gotten Hold of My heart this time' featuring Marc Almond. 1940. He rests at Somers Center Cemetary in Somers, Connecticut. Gene Alan Pitney was born on the 17th of February, 1940 in Hartford, Connecticut. The limousine carrying the family of singer Gene Pitney leaves Somers Center Cemetery following Pitney's burial. BTW I think we need more info on what singles and albums he released, not just "songs performed by Pitney". Pitney did not only have success as a singer, but he also excelled at writing songs for others. The funeral of singer Gene Pitney has been held in his home town of Somers, in Connecticut. Of all the American Rock & Rollers to emerge in the period between Elvis Presley’s induction into the army in 1958 and the arrival of the Beatles in 1964, Gene Pitney is one of the select few to have not just survived but also prospered into the Twenty-first Century. It won a ‘Golden Globe Award’ and an ‘Oscars’ nomination for the Best Song. In 1961, Gene Pitney recorded his first Top 20 single, ‘Town Without Pity’ which had been penned by Tiomkin and Ned Washington. Notable among his written songs are "He is a rebel" which was written for The Crystals. Gene Pitney’s first break in the music industry came when he formed a duo named ‘Jamie and Jane’ with Ginny Arnell. Gene Pitney was an American singer, songwriter, and sound engineer best known for his song ‘Town Without Pity’. His big break came when Roy Orbison recorded ‘Today's Teardrops’ as the B-side to ‘Blue Angel.’ It was followed by ‘Rubber Ball’ for Bobby Vee and ‘Hello Mary Lou’ for Ricky Nelson. In December the same year, his ‘Half Heaven, Half Heartache’ reached No.12 on the Billboard chart. February 17, https://celebion.com/gene-rayburn-biography-death-wife-and-daughter Gene and his family. The cause of death was a heart attack and severely occluded coronary arteries. Pitney was greatly influenced by musical icons such as Clyde McPhalter, Moon Mullican and the musical doo-wop group, the Crows. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIYYT_Izo7I, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Gene_Pitney_1966.JPG, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-kRoGbEdIo, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLTvbQqgkHg, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGsRPOl8jtw. On April 5, 2006, during his UK tour, he was found dead in his hotel room in Cardiff, Wales, by his manager after a concert. https://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/gene-pitney-9117.php, Celebrities Who Look Beautiful Even Without Makeup, Top NBA Players With No Championship Rings, Celebrities Who Are Not In The Limelight Anymore. He still appeared regularly on UK charts till 1974. He was buried at Somers Center Cemetery in Somers, Connecticut. Lynne Pitney, center, wife of singer Gene Pitney, follows her husband's casket out of All Saints Catholic Church. Between the years 1963 to 1966, his hits continued to rock the airwaves and appeared in the U.K top 10 charts continuously. Gene charted 16 Top-40 hits in the U.S., four in the Top 10. They had three sons. Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com: accessed ), memorial page for Gene Pitney (17 Feb 1940–5 Apr 2006), Find a Grave Memorial no. It was during one of their gigs that his distinctive voice was discovered by the "the proverbial fat man with a cigar" who took him off to New York. Gene Pitney was born Francis Alan Pitney in Hartford, Connecticut on February 17, 1940 and was an American singer-songwriter and musician. Gene Pitney got married to childhood friend and heartthrob, Lynne Gaytonin 1966. He is an inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. A number of his hit songs were recorded in Italy. He married his childhood sweetheart, Lynne Gayton, in 1966, and had three children with her. 2 in US. Gene Pitney was an American singer, songwriter, and sound engineer best known for his song ‘Town Without Pity’. 2 UK). Find similar music that you'll enjoy, only at Last.fm. In 1966, Gene Pitney married his childhood sweetheart, Lynne Gayton, and the couple had three sons together, Todd, Chris, and Patrick Ewing. In the United Kingdom, he had 22 top 40 hits, and 11 singles in the top ten. Gene Pitney got married to childhood friend and heartthrob, Lynne Gayton in 1966. Marked by his piercing, pained, and melodramatic tenor, he was often characterized (very unfairly) as a shallow “teen idol” type of singer. He would also go on to sing with a group called the Embers. Gene Pitney (February 17, 1940 - April 5, 2006) was a highly acclaimed pop singer with a dramatic style who was also a prolific songwriter. In 1965, he recorded two hit albums with singer George Jones and they became the most promising country-and-western duo of the year. Pitney died while on tour in the UK on the 5th of April, 2006. Gene Pitney was the man with one of the unique voices in music history, awesomely talented and brilliant. After a successful singing career spanning five decades, at the age of 66, he was found dead of natural causes, while in the middle of a sellout UK tour. After a long break, he made his comeback with a duet version of ‘Something's Gotten Hold of My Heart’ with singer Marc Almond; it reached and stayed at No.1 in UK for four weeks in January 1989, and gained the No.1 ranking in Germany, Switzerland, Finland, and Ireland. Gene Pitney made another come back in 1983, with a North American tour that sold out. A terrific piece to collect! He would go on to record further hits and chart making songs like the title song for the movie Town without Party, which won him the Golden Globe Awards and also earned him an Academy Awards Nomination for best song. He enjoyed water Skiing with friends. He was also famous in European countries notably Italy. Together they had three Sons, Todd, Chris, and David. In 1966 Gene Pitney married his childhood sweetheart, Lynne Gayton, after an eight-year engagement. Pitney continued to tour continuously from then on. 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