|Real Name:||Gene Francis Alan Pitney|
American singer/songwriter, musician and engineer. He was born February 17, 1940 in Hartford, Connecticut and died in a hotel after a gig on April 5, 2006 in Cardiff, Wales, UK. At the beginning of his musical career Pitney cut a few records under different pseudonyms, as Jamie & Jane with Ginny Arnell in 1958 and as Billy Bryan in 1959. Between 1961 and 1964 he recorded 7 songs by songwriters Burt Bacharach and Hal David, getting into the the U.S. Billboard Top Ten in 1962 twice with songs by the team ("Only Love Can Break a Heart" and "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance"). Pitney's greatest success as a songwriter came with The Crystals recording of his composition "He's a Rebel," which was number 1 in the U.S. at the same time that Pitney's recording of the Bacharach-David song "Only Love Can Break a Heart" was at number 2.
|Sites:||history-of-rock.com , rockhall.com , Wikipedia , Imdb , gene-pitney-biography.co.uk |
|Aliases:||Anne Orlowski, Billy Bryan (2)|
|In Groups:||Jamie & Jane|
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