Gene Pitney
Appearing in 1961

Town Without Pity
#13 in 1961


Pitney was born in Hartford, Connecticut on February 17, 1940. He formed his first band called "Gene & the Genials." He also made a couple of records as part of a duo called "Jamie and Jane" with a lady called Ginny Arnell. In 1961, Gene Pitney released his first solo single, "(I Wanna) Love My Life Away," on which he played several instruments and multi-tracked the vocals, followed by his first big hit, "Town Without Pity", that same year. This song won the Golden Globe Award for "Best Song in a Motion Picture" and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song. Pitney died on April 5, 2006 at the age of 66. He was found dead by his tour manager in the Hilton Hotel in Cardiff, Wales in the middle of a UK tour. His Final Show at Cardiff's St David's Hall was deemed a huge success, with a standing ovation. An autopsy confirmed the singer died of natural causes. In 2002, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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