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. From 1961 he worked with songwriters Burt Bacharach
and Hal David
. Through the mid-1960s, he enjoyed success as a recording artist on both sides of the Atlantic.
Inducted into Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 2002 (Performer).