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Dead: Gene Pitney

Oh sure, everyone talks about “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” and “Twenty Four Hours From Tulsa”, but they never mention my (and DH’s) favorite tune:

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Gene Pitney Dies

LONDON (Reuters) - American singer Gene Pitney, who shot to fame in the 1960s with hits including “24 Hours from Tulsa”, has died while on tour in Cardiff, his agent said on Wednesday.

Jene Levy said Pitney, 65, was found dead on Wednesday morning in the Welsh capital, where he had given a concert the previous night that won him a standing ovation.

[snip]

Pitney, who had a string of hit records as well as writing songs recorded by other stars, toured regularly throughout his long career and was in the middle of a 23-show tour of Britain.

Pitney’s agent said his wife Lynne had been told of his death. Pitney is also survived by three sons: David, Todd and Chris.

Tour manager James Kelly was with Pitney on Tuesday night and said he was stunned by the singer’s death.

“I’ve never seen him so well, he said. “He was absolutely buzzing and full of life.”

He said Pitney had been found fully clothed on his hotel bed as if he had just lain down for a rest after the show.

[snip]

Roy Orbison released “Today’s Teardrops” as the B-side of his hit single “Blue Angel” in 1960, while “Rubber Ball” became a million-seller hit for American artist Bobby Vee and Britain’s Marty Wilde.

Pitney then began to record his own songs, working with producer Phil Spector and scoring his first American top 20 hit with the title song from the movie “Town Without Pity”.

Another movie theme, “The Man who Shot Liberty Valance” gave him another hit but it was the 1963 release of “24 Hours from Tulsa” that brought him worldwide fame.

Pitney became friendly with the Rolling Stones and his endorsement of the British rock group in the United States is credited with helping them break through there.

Stones’ stars Mick Jagger and Keith Richards wrote “That Girl Belongs to Yesterday,” which was a hit for Pitney on both sides of the Atlantic.

Pitney had 16 top 40 songs in the United States from 1961 to 1968, and 40 hit songs in Britain up to 1974.

He enjoyed a revival in Britain in 1990 when his duet with Marc Almond “Something’s Gotten Hold of my Heart” reached number one.

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