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Gene Pitney 24 Hours From Tulsa Gene Pitney passed away last April, 2006, of natural causes, he was 65, but he left a legacy of hits going back to the early 60's and had been touring for the last 40 years. His songs have been recorded by some of the world's biggest stars, Hello Mary Lou was released by Rick Nelson, Roy Orbison recorded Today's Teardrops as the B-side to his million-selling single, Blue Angel. He is also credited with helping the Rolling Stones break into the American market with his endorsement of the band. Mick Jagger and Keith Richards wrote his hit That Girl Belongs to Yesterday which became the Stones duo's first composition to reach the American charts. Gene once recalled how his first solo performance at school degenerated into an embarrassing whimper as he was petrified by the expectant audience. Overcoming his nerves over the next few years, Pitney learned to play the guitar and piano and formed a schoolboy band. It was during one of their gigs that his distinctive voice was discovered by the proverbial "fat man with a cigar" who took him off to New York, and the rest was history.
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Added: 4th November 2007
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Posted by: Marty6697 on 2007-11-04 
Hey Sophia Gooden I was waitn for him to sing down in the boondocks I now different song Thanks very good 65 young R.I.P. Brother
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2007-11-05 
I didn't know Gene Pitney was no longer with us. A lot of notable singers from the 1950s and 1960s seem to die without much fanfare. (For example, I didn't know Dusty Springfield had died until a couple of years after the fact.)
Posted by: Waynejr on 2007-11-26 
What a great Gene Pitney song. Yes I think he was touring in Europe and died during the tour.
Posted by: Bucumop on 2009-05-01 
Roy Orbison, Gene Pitney, and Elvis Presley... What would you pay to listen to those 3 on the same show? To say there'll never be anyone like them is a gross understatement. Makes me glad I'm getting older and don't have to listen to today's music much longer. RIP fellas
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