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April 05, 2006

 
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Singer/songwriter Gene Pitney died last night at his hotel halfway through a tour of the UK. His manager found him dead in bed after a SRO gig in Cardiff where he showed no signs of illness.

Pitney wrote the hits, Hello Mary Lou for Ricky Nelson, Rubber Ball for Bobby Vee, and the CrystalsHe’s a Rebel.
He also worked with George Jones, and the Rolling Stones in the early 60s before they hit it big, but was best known for his own hits, Town Without Pity, 24 Hours from Tulsa, and True Love Never Runs Smooth among dozens of others.
Pitney had professional pipes; the guy was tremendous--a singer’s singer.

He was my absolute favorite as a kid. I even wrote him a letter only to get back a response from his fan club asking for five bucks to join.

I passed and bought baseball cards instead.

Gene Pitney was 65-years-old.


A.) A great talent, a great loss.
B.) I second that emotion.
C.) Amen. Rest in peace, pal.
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