He was also famous in European countries notably Italy. In 1966 Gene Pitney married his childhood sweetheart, Lynne Gayton, after an eight-year engagement. Gene Pitney got married to childhood friend and heartthrob, Lynne Gaytonin 1966. He also was a member of the duo called  Jamie and Jane. Gene Pitney’s first break in the music industry came when he formed a duo named ‘Jamie and Jane’ with Ginny Arnell. Born in: Hartford, Connecticut, United States, See the events in life of Gene Pitney in Chronological Order. He would also go on to sing with a group called the Embers. Gene had a love of music from an early age. He still appeared regularly on UK charts till 1974. (Orlowsky) and Harold F. Pitney, who was a lathe operator. His second wife died in 1973.) Gene Pitney (born Gene Francis Alan Pitney in Hartford, Connecticut, USA on 17 February 1940 - died 5 April 2006 (Cardiff, Wales). They had three sons. It was there that his first band, Gene and the Genials was formed. Ginny Arnell had some degree of success of her own. After high school, he studied electrical engineering while simultaneously focusing on music. The cause of death was a heart attack and severely occluded coronary arteries. February 17, He recorded a Bacharach and David song, ‘Twenty Four Hours from Tulsa,’ which peaked at No. As well as music, Gene was a keen student and, after high school, he began studying electrical engineering. His wife and sons survive him. The piece you are purchasing may or may not work. 13861725, citing Center Cemetery, Somers, Tolland County, Connecticut, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave . He was born to a lathe operator and was the third of five children. The funeral of singer Gene Pitney has been held in his home town of Somers, in Connecticut. In 1961, Gene Pitney recorded his first Top 20 single, ‘Town Without Pity’ which had been penned by Tiomkin and Ned Washington. He recorded his self-penned song ‘(I Wanna) Love My Life Away’ which was released on Schroeder’s ‘Musicor’ label in 1961. Pitney is survived by his wife Lynne and three sons who live in Connecticut. Of all the American Rock & Rollers to emerge in the period between Elvis Presley’s induction into the army in 1958 and the arrival of the Beatles in 1964, Gene Pitney is one of the select few to have not just survived but also prospered into the Twenty-first Century. Gene Francis Alan Pitney (February 17, 1940 – April 5, 2006) was an American singer-songwriter, musician, and sound engineer.. Pitney charted 16 top 40 hits in the United States, four in the top ten. He came second in a competition known as San Remo Song Concert with his song Nessuro Mi Puo Guidicare. Listen to Town Without Pity, Every Breath I Take and more from Gene Pitney. Gene Alan Pitney was born on the 17th of February, 1940 in Hartford, Connecticut. It was during one of their gigs that his distinctive voice was discovered by the "the proverbial fat man with a cigar" who took him off to New York. In collaboration with songwriter Aaron Schroeder, he placed his songs with big artists. Popular hit 'Hello Mary Lou' was also written for Ricky Nelson. His big break came when Roy Orbison recorded ‘Today's Teardrops’ as the B-side to ‘Blue Angel.’ It was followed by ‘Rubber Ball’ for Bobby Vee and ‘Hello Mary Lou’ for Ricky Nelson. He rests at Somers Center Cemetary in Somers, Connecticut. In Italy, his song ‘Nessuno mi può giudicare’ became a sensational hit, and he finished second in the country’s annual ‘Sanremo Music Festival’ twice. 2 UK). In the UK he had 22 Top-40 hits, and 11 singles in the Top Ten. This price is for the continental US. In 1964, his song ‘Twenty Four Hours from Tulsa’ peaked at No.5 in Britain and at No. In 1961, Gene Pitney got signed to the record label, Musicor which was owned by Aaron Schroeder. A number of his hit songs were recorded in Italy. He would go on to record further hits and chart making songs like the title song for the movie Town without Party, which won him the Golden Globe Awards and also earned him an Academy Awards Nomination for best song. He was also excellent in other areas of music, often showing the excellence of his vocal range. It won a ‘Golden Globe Award’ and an ‘Oscars’ nomination for the Best Song. Pitney died while on tour in the UK on the 5th of April, 2006.His manager found him dead in his hotel room. Check out this biography to know about his birthday, childhood, family life, achievements and fun facts about him. Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com: accessed ), memorial page for Gene Pitney (17 Feb 1940–5 Apr 2006), Find a Grave Memorial no. On April 5, 2006, during his UK tour, he was found dead in his hotel room in Cardiff, Wales, by his manager after a concert. He rests at Somers Center Cemetary in Somers, Connecticut. Gene and his family. Pitney continued to tour continuously from then on. He eventually gained fame as a singer when he recorded his self-penned song, ‘I Wanna Love My Life Away’. After a successful singing career spanning five decades, at the age of 66, he was found dead of natural causes, while in the middle of a sellout UK tour. In 1965, he recorded two hit albums with singer George Jones and they became the most promising country-and-western duo of the year. The cause of his death was ascertained to be a heart attack. Singer Gene Pitney playing guitar w. sons Todd & David , & wife Lynne playing back-up instruments at home. After high school, Gene began to study Electrical Engineering. Today is a sad day." His streak of success continued through 1976 with songs like ‘Down This Road’, and ‘Days of Summer’. He made a short-lived revival in 1974 when hits such as 'Trans-Canada Highway' and 'Blue Angel' came alive. Singer Gene Pitney, who shot to fame in the 1960s with hits including "24 Hours From Tulsa," has died while on tour in Britain, according to his agent, Jene Levy. Record Covers More Record Covers Magazine or newspaper articles Memories Blog About Contact Gene Video's from Youtube. After a long break, he made his comeback with a duet version of ‘Something's Gotten Hold of My Heart’ with singer Marc Almond; it reached and stayed at No.1 in UK for four weeks in January 1989, and gained the No.1 ranking in Germany, Switzerland, Finland, and Ireland. Pitney did not only have success as a singer, but he also excelled at writing songs for others. The cause of his death was ruled to be a heart attack. On 18 March 2002, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 1966, his single ‘Nobody Needs Your Love’ peaked at No. His passion for music, however, meant that there was a conflict between his academics as he became increasingly drawn to his music. 17 on US Hot 100. Find Gene Pitney bio, music, credits, awards, & streaming links on AllMusic - A much-loved singer and songwriter whose urgent… In 1964, he recorded the singles ‘It Hurts to Be in Love’ (No.7 in US) and ‘I'm Gonna Be Strong’ (No.9 in US and No. From 1961-1970 , he had a long string of hits in the US that included "Town Without Pity" (1961), "She's A Heartbreaker" (1968), and the Burt Bacharach/Hal David-penned "(The Man Who Shot) Li… He's a rebel was the number 1 song on the U.S chart at that time, keeping Pitney's song, 'Only Love Can Break a Heart' at the number 2 spot. 14) marked his comeback by featuring in the Top 40 in 1974. He married his childhood sweetheart, Lynne Gayton, in 1966, and had three children with her. Gene Pitney was an American Singer, songwriter, musician, and sound engineer. Gene Pitney was an American singer, songwriter, and sound engineer best known for his song ‘Town Without Pity’. In 1989, while performing live on ITV's ‘This Morning’ show, he missed his cue for the song ‘You're the Reason’ and couldn’t mime with the beats in time! His songs gained notable popularity in US and UK and he was inducted into ‘Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’ in 2002. Between the years 1963 to 1966, his hits continued to rock the airwaves and appeared in the U.K top 10 charts continuously. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images CREATIVE In 1966, Gene Pitney married his childhood sweetheart, Lynne Gayton, and the couple had three sons together, Todd, Chris, and Patrick Ewing. Find similar music that you'll enjoy, only at Last.fm. Pitney died while on tour in the UK on the 5th of April, 2006. He attended Rockville High School where he formed his first band, ‘Gene & the Genials’. Notable among his written songs are "He is a rebel" which was written for The Crystals. He is well known for his chart making hit songs and recordings. He also wrote 'Today's Teardrops' for Roy Orbison, as well as 'Rubber ball' for Bobby Vee. https://celebion.com/gene-rayburn-biography-death-wife-and-daughter He was buried at Somers Center Cemetery in Somers, Connecticut. Other chart making songs recorded by Pitney include "Only love can break a heart" which peaked at number 2 on the U.S charts, as well as "Half Heartache" which peaked at number 12 on the Billboard Chart. However, his music and studies were coming into increasing conflict and Gene began to move more towards his musical ambitions. However, his popularity waned after this period. Gene Pitney's wife Lynne leads the mourners at his funeral. He made his official debut by recording a duet with Ginny Arnell in 1959. In high school, he was part of the band "Gene Pitney and the Genials". Gene Pitney got married to childhood friend and heartthrob, Lynne Gayton in 1966. Gene Pitney. 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