GENE FRANCIS PITNEY
(FEB 17, 1940 APRIL 5, 2006)
Within a period of about 5 years from 1961 to 1966 Gene Pitney wrote hits for the Crystals, Ricky Nelson, Roy Orbison, worked with Phil Spector and The Rolling Stones, worked with Country star George Jones, recorded songs written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, Carole King and Gerry Goffen, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weill and Randy Newman. He sang an Oscar nominated song on the Academy Awards, was voted Italy’s #1 recording artist and gave Mick Jagger and Keith Richard’s their first U.S. chart hit. He built a career on canny musical instincts and a strong tenor voice that was made for melodrama. His voice could climb to piercing falsetto or drag syllables like a kid pulling a wagon across a gravel road.
He is one of the most under-recognized performers of the 1960’s
PROGRAM CREDITS FOR TITLE PAGE
Created by Richard Hochberg
Original production directed by Richard Hochberg
Original piano/vocal arrangements by Richard Hochberg
Joe Settineri, Justin Cowden, PJ Griffith, Will Collyer, Janet Rosten, Victoria Morris, David Grapes.
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