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Obit: Gene Pitney has passed away 5 Apr 2006

05 Apr 06 - 07:00 AM (#1710941)
Subject: Obit Gene Pitney has passed away 5/4/200
From: The Villan

Just been announced on TV

It happened at a Cardiff Hotel

RIP


05 Apr 06 - 07:10 AM (#1710945)
Subject: RE: Obit Gene Pitney has passed away 5/4/200
From: GUEST,Scooby

At The Hilton in Cardiff City center,its not far from the ice rink.
I live 10 miles from Cardiff.
Scooby


05 Apr 06 - 07:33 AM (#1710959)
Subject: RE: Obit Gene Pitney has passed away 5/4/200
From: pavane

Sad news. I saw him in Cardiff a couple of years ago, and he was in good voice, looked fit and well.

I remember giving a (lovely redheaded) girl his album "Gene Pitney's Big 16" for a birthday present in the mid-60's - I still remember her birthday too.

Didn't get me anywhere though. Never got a date with her, but I don't blame him.


05 Apr 06 - 07:39 AM (#1710961)
Subject: RE: Obit Gene Pitney has passed away 5/4/200
From: GUEST

Something Gotten Hold of His Heart

I guess.

He had Hepatitis in the 70's (or was it late 60's) and that was not trivial as I remember.


05 Apr 06 - 07:43 AM (#1710966)
Subject: RE: Obit Gene Pitney has passed away 5/4/200
From: Scooby Doo

He was aged 65.
Scooby


05 Apr 06 - 08:30 AM (#1711003)
Subject: RE: Obit Gene Pitney has passed away 5/4/200
From: bobad

I always enjoyed his singing.


05 Apr 06 - 08:39 AM (#1711009)
Subject: RE: Obit Gene Pitney has passed away 5/4/200
From: rich-joy

yes, FABulous strong emotive voice and great singable 60s songs - a BIG part of my teenage years!!!

Vale, Gene.




R-J


05 Apr 06 - 09:03 AM (#1711020)
Subject: RE: Obit: Gene Pitney has passed away 5/4/2006
From: GUEST,south west fan

and he was only 24 hours from Bristol


http://www.colstonhall.org/boxoffice/whatson/Event147


05 Apr 06 - 09:35 AM (#1711033)
Subject: RE: Obit: Gene Pitney has passed away 5/4/2006
From: Purple Foxx

This guy had the singing voice I would have wished for myself.
Simply years ahead of his time.


05 Apr 06 - 10:54 AM (#1711124)
Subject: RE: Obit: Gene Pitney has passed away 5/4/2006
From: GUEST,SunnySister

This is sad news.

The BBC reported that they found him passed away in his bed. I hope he just went gently to sleep and didn't feel any pain.

I love the song [The Man who Shot] Liberty Valance among others that he sang or wrote.

Thanks for letting us all know.

--SunnySister


05 Apr 06 - 11:08 AM (#1711135)
Subject: RE: Obit: Gene Pitney has passed away 5/4/2006
From: SINSULL

Town Without Pity.
RIP


05 Apr 06 - 11:23 AM (#1711157)
Subject: RE: Obit: Gene Pitney has passed away 5/4/2006
From: Dave the Gnome

The first two records I bought were 'I feel fine' by the Beatles and 'I'm gonna be strong' by Gene Pitney. I know it was 1964 and I guess it was Christmas because I must have had some money given me:-) The note that Gene held at the end of that song always blew me away - I still don't know how he held it so long but still kept that power in his voice! A fantastic singer and great loss.

Anyone remember seeing him on a chat show recently with Alice Cooper - They swaped roles and while Alice made a reasonable job of Mr Clean Cut Gene did a much better one of the demon rocker:-)

RIP.

Dave the Gnome


05 Apr 06 - 11:40 AM (#1711174)
Subject: RE: Obit: Gene Pitney has passed away 5/4/2006
From: number 6

Yes Sinsull ... Town without Pity.

May he find eternal peace.

sIx


05 Apr 06 - 11:42 AM (#1711177)
Subject: RE: Obit: Gene Pitney has passed away 5/4/2006
From: Brakn

A great singer.

I think he appeared on the first Stones album and also was famous for missing his cue on the "This Morning" (Richard and Judy), a live broadcast.

I had an aunt who lived in Tulsa who had never heard of the song!!


05 Apr 06 - 11:53 AM (#1711185)
Subject: RE: Obit: Gene Pitney has passed away 5/4/2006
From: jojofolkagogo

Well, its a sad fact that we all gotta go some time - hope it was peaceful.


24 hours and Gonna be Strong were among my faves in 60's too

Jo-Jo


05 Apr 06 - 12:21 PM (#1711205)
Subject: RE: Obit: Gene Pitney has passed away 5/4/2006
From: Cobble

I saw Gene at Batley Varieties Club, dont remember when (long time ago), superb voice, he will always be in my memories of those days past.

       Sad Loss Cobble.


05 Apr 06 - 02:19 PM (#1711282)
Subject: RE: Obit: Gene Pitney has passed away 5 Apr 2006
From: Stilly River Sage

CNN obit.


05 Apr 06 - 02:34 PM (#1711295)
Subject: RE: Obit: Gene Pitney has passed away 5 Apr 2006
From: Linda Kelly

he was a reat songwriter too.


05 Apr 06 - 02:43 PM (#1711304)
Subject: RE: Obit: Gene Pitney has passed away 5 Apr 2006
From: Desdemona

Presumably he's gone to...

Mecca

Artist: Gene Pitney (peak Billboard position # 12 in 1963)
Words and Music by Neval Nader and John Gluck, Jr.

(opening instrumental--chiefly Indian fakir's flute)

I live on the West side, she lives on the East side of the stree-ee-eet
And though they say that East is East and West is West
And never the twain shall meet
Each morning I face her window and pray that our love can be
'cause that brownstone house where my baby lives
Is Mecca (Mecca, Mecca, Mecca) Mecca (Mecca, Mecca) to me-e-e-e-e-e.

Oh she's my dream goddess and her ruby lips are so div-i-ine
And though her folks say we're too young to know of love
I worship at her shrine
Each morning I face her window and pray that our love can be
'cause that brownstone house where my baby lives
Is Mecca (Mecca, Mecca, Mecca) Mecca (Mecca, Mecca) to me-e-e-e-e-e.

(instrumental interlude-chiefly guitar)

Each morning I face her window and pray that our love can be
'cause that brownstone house where my baby lives
Is Mecca (Mecca, Mecca, Mecca) Mecca (Mecca, Mecca) to me-e-e-e-e-e.

(ending instrumental-chiefly Indian fakir's flute)

A great favourite of my eldest brother, who himself passed away in 1980.

~D


05 Apr 06 - 03:06 PM (#1711311)
Subject: RE: Obit: Gene Pitney has passed away 5 Apr 2006
From: fat B****rd

A great shame. I love "Tulsa", "I'm Gonna Be Strong" and especially "Love My Life Away" RIP Mr. Pitney.
BTW I believe he wrote "Hello Mary Lou" for Ricky Nelson.


05 Apr 06 - 04:15 PM (#1711371)
Subject: RE: Obit: Gene Pitney has passed away 5 Apr 2006
From: Chris in Wheaton

"town without pity" was based on the true story of Larry Pusateri's legal work - RIP, Gene and Larry. see http://www.isba.org/association/dec05bn/29.htm
Chris


05 Apr 06 - 04:16 PM (#1711373)
Subject: RE: Obit: Gene Pitney has passed away 5 Apr 2006
From: Allan C.

Desdemona mentioned my all time favorite of Gene's, "Mecca." It wasn't until years later that I realized he might have been referring to a part of NYC while pretending to mean the one in the East.

As I understand it, Gene got tired of the the grind involved with being a performer and gave it up for the most part. Instead, he became a record producer, dealing with, (if I remember correctly,) Peter and Gordon, among others.


05 Apr 06 - 06:53 PM (#1711483)
Subject: RE: Obit: Gene Pitney has passed away 5 Apr 2006
From: GUEST,Lanfranc the Cookieless

Way to go!

Sad, though. Another of my heroes gone.

Must find that CD and play it.

Alan


05 Apr 06 - 07:11 PM (#1711498)
Subject: RE: Obit: Gene Pitney has passed away 5 Apr 2006
From: Beer

Another legend gone.
Beer


05 Apr 06 - 08:13 PM (#1711530)
Subject: RE: Obit: Gene Pitney has passed away 5 Apr 2006
From: GUEST,Texas Guest

I'm very comfortable with my voice; however, if I were allowed to
clone one for my very own it just might be Gene Pitney's - a simply wonderful voice. All those songs you all have mentioned are great tunes. I recently bought a CD of his with "Liberty Valance" on it so I could learn it - guess I'll have to get to work on it in a week or two. RIP Gene, you'll be missed in Texas.


05 Apr 06 - 10:26 PM (#1711588)
Subject: RE: Obit: Gene Pitney has passed away 5 Apr 2006
From: GUEST,Allen in Australia

Gene Pitney did indeed write " Hello Mary Lou" ( Words and music)

AD1943


05 Apr 06 - 10:46 PM (#1711595)
Subject: RE: Obit: Gene Pitney has passed away 5 Apr 2006
From: GUEST,punkfolkrocker

i never knew until i read CNN obit today that he wrote

Bobby Vee's "Rubber Ball" !!!


Gene Pitney will forever be elevated even higher in my humble estimation !


"Rubber Ball." is one of most perfect pure classic pop hits ever recorded..!!!!!!!!!!!


05 Apr 06 - 11:00 PM (#1711600)
Subject: RE: Obit: Gene Pitney has passed away 5 Apr 2006
From: Alba

Great Voice, Great Songwriter.

Rest Peacefully and Thank You Mr.Pitney

Jude


05 Apr 06 - 11:59 PM (#1711609)
Subject: RE: Obit: Gene Pitney has passed away 5 Apr 2006
From: GUEST

RIP Gene Pitney, you're were a great man.

Tom


06 Apr 06 - 12:22 AM (#1711617)
Subject: RE: Obit: Gene Pitney has passed away 5 Apr 2006
From: The Villan

I preferrd Marty Wilde's version of "Rubber Ball"


06 Apr 06 - 01:34 AM (#1711637)
Subject: RE: Obit: Gene Pitney has passed away 5 Apr 2006
From: Metchosin

RIP and thank you Mr. Pitney, with every breath I take, you will forever be a fondly remembered part of my emotionally charged adolescence.


06 Apr 06 - 07:13 AM (#1711742)
Subject: RE: Obit: Gene Pitney has passed away 5 Apr 2006
From: Leadfingers

Harvey Andrews said last night "Thats the way to go - A standing ovation , back to the hotel , and die in your sleep !"


06 Apr 06 - 07:17 AM (#1711743)
Subject: RE: Obit: Gene Pitney has passed away 5 Apr 2006
From: GUEST,Chris B (Born Again Scouser)

Unforgettable. But 65? How did that happen?

Another good man gone.


06 Apr 06 - 07:51 AM (#1711761)
Subject: RE: Obit: Gene Pitney has passed away 5 Apr 2006
From: Bat Goddess

He provided part of the soundtrack to my teen years.

Especially liked "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" and "Town Without Pity".

Didn't realize until I read the obit how many songs he wrote for other artists -- including "He's A Rebel" recorded by The Crystals which I'm still prone to break into upon occasion.

Linn


06 Apr 06 - 10:45 AM (#1711878)
Subject: RE: Obit: Gene Pitney has passed away 5 Apr 2006
From: pavane

And yes, he was on the Stones first LP, as 'Uncle Gene', playing piano while 'Uncle Phil' Spector played maraccas. I think the track was the instrumental 'Now I've got a witness'


06 Apr 06 - 11:56 AM (#1711936)
Subject: RE: Obit: Gene Pitney has passed away 5 Apr 2006
From: clueless don

Enjoyed Gene Pitney's music very much. Didn't know about his songwriting!

One particular favorite, which I don't think anyone else has mentioned yet, was "Last Exit to Brooklyn".

RIP

Don


14 Apr 06 - 03:49 AM (#1717924)
Subject: RE: Obit: Gene Pitney has passed away 5 Apr 2006
From: GUEST,I am Gene's Biggest Fan

Name any song he did, I can recite every word. When I saw him in San Diego at Humphries By The Bay during the 80's, Gene read a letter from a fan who thought Gene had died from a brain tumor. Gene had a good laugh. He was music's greatest. Here is to the "Prince Of Pain" - your music lives forever!


14 Apr 06 - 10:35 AM (#1718082)
Subject: RE: Obit: Gene Pitney has passed away 5 Apr 2006
From: Bonnie Shaljean

What DID he die of? Anybody ever shed any light on it?


14 Apr 06 - 10:54 AM (#1718100)
Subject: RE: Obit: Gene Pitney has passed away 5 Apr 2006
From: jacqui.c

Just found this thread. Like many others here Mr Pitney was a big influence on my teenage years - in particular with 'Town Without Pity' and 'Twenty-four Hours From Tulsa'.

Rest easy Gene.


12 Nov 09 - 12:39 PM (#2764883)
Subject: RE: Obit: Gene Pitney has passed away 5 Apr 2006
From: Acorn4

I always liked one of his less well known tracks - "Only Love can Break a Heart" - coincidentally the same title as the Neil Young song.


12 Nov 09 - 04:13 PM (#2765011)
Subject: RE: Obit: Gene Pitney has passed away 5 Apr 2006
From: Suegorgeous

No - Young's song is - Only love can break your heart.