It takes talent to reach the pinnacle of success in international show business and stay firmly entrenched at the top for over thirty-five years -- outstanding talent!

GENE PITNEY is a talented guy. Not only is he a musician of rare versatility and a singer of great range and perception, he is a supreme professional at his chosen craft of entertaining. In addition, GENE is also a prolific songwriter with a string of million-selling international hits to his credit.

Since first breaking through to outstanding acclaim at the same time the BEATLES were beginning to make waves internationally, GENE PITNEY has continued to travel the world delighting audiences year after year.

GENE PITNEY'S unique voice and presentation has ensured that songs like TWENTY FOUR HOURS FROM TULSA, TOWN WITHOUT PITY, I'M GONNA BE STRONG, and LOOKIN' THROUGH THE EYES OF LOVE still sound fresh, vibrant, and relevant in the new millennium. In a career spanning thirty years, during which he has worked with artists ranging from THE ROLLING STONES to BURT BACHARACH and PHIL SPECTOR, GENE PITNEY has maintained an appeal which has encompassed every spectrum of the record-buying public. In 1990, he found success in an entirely new contemporary market with his worldwide number one duet, SOMETHING'S GOTTEN HOLD OF MY HEART.

Surprisingly, the single gave GENE his first number one hit in the UK (his 1967 original version of SOMETHING'S... only hit number five on the British charts). The duo of GENE PITNEY, dressed in an immaculate white tuxedo, and MARC ALMOND, in black leather, was tagged as "The Odd Couple," which may have made for a perfect combination to help create one of the biggest-selling single records of 1990.

Although the single gave GENE his first hit in several years, he has always maintained an active touring profile performing six months a year with sold-out tours throughout the world. GENE enjoys a loyal, diverse fan base with an audience ranging from 5 to 105 years old.

The success of SOMETHING'S GOTTEN HOLD OF MY HEART resulted in a massive demand from the contemporary market for GENE'S sixties hits. At the same time, older fans wanted new recordings; a pleasant dilemma now being solved with GENE returning to the studio which he built in his home in CONNECTICUT.

Born on February 17, 1941, and raised in the small New England village of ROCKVILLE, CT, GENE initially did not have any real ambitions to be a singer. He was more at home collecting stamps and coins, trapping mink and muskrat, and experimenting with electronics. However, he played in his own local band called "GENE PITNEY & THE GENIALS." At this point, he began to compose songs, gleaning inspiration from the beautiful countryside of New England. An excellent student, GENE attended WARDS ELECTRONICS SCHOOL where he began his study of electronic engineering. Music would stop the electronics career but not before GENE would gain an insight into how the technical side of a recording studio worked.

GENE'S spare time was devoted to music, but when his songwriting began interfering with his electronics theory classes, he soon realized that music was taking over his life. In 1959, he began singing with a young girl named GINNY ARNELL and, shortly afterwards, made his first single recording entitled CLASSICAL ROCK & ROLL. On the B-side was a duet called STROLLIN' THROUGH THE PARK. Says GENE, "We called ourselves 'JAMIE AND JANE.' I knew, however, that I didn't want a professional career in music with only a first name or as half of a duet, so I moved on to record CRADLE OF MY ARMS the following year under the name of 'BILLY BRYAN.' In fact, the record company wanted to call me 'HOMER MUZZY.' Well, that was it. I wasn't going to go through life with a name like that! I decided it was time to start using my real name, GENE PITNEY!"

GENE'S first success came when the KALIN TWINS recorded his song, LONELINESS. "From that point," GENE says, "I decided to concentrate on writing songs instead of singing them." It was exactly the right move for GENE to make at that point in his career; his songs were recorded by some of the biggest stars of the time. STEVE LAWRENCE recorded TEARS FROM HEAVEN, TOMMY EDWARDS covered BLUE HEARTACHES, and BILLY BLAND cut HARMONY. In 1960, ROY ORBISON released TODAY'S TEARDROPS as the B-side to his million-selling single, BLUE ANGEL, and RUBBER BALL became a worldwide hit for US artist BOBBY VEE and UK artist MARTY WILDE. They each went on to become MILLION-SELLERS!

Now in heavy demand as a songwriter, GENE soon realized that he could sing his own songs just as well or better than the artists who were recording them. In a small four-track studio on 7th avenue in New York, he made a demo of a self-penned song titled I WANNA LOVE MY LIFE AWAY for about THIRTY DOLLARS. Although it was created on a shoestring budget, the record had a very big sound. GENE experimented with multi-tracked vocals and overdubbing, used his electronics experience to create a mini-masterpiece in record production, and revolutionized recording techniques in the process. GENE sang seven vocals on the recording and played PIANO, GUITAR, and DRUMS to keep the session costs down!

The thirty-dollar demo was released as a single and reached Number 39 in the US charts and hit Number 26 in Britain. Says GENE, "I had just turned 20 and suddenly I was doing every television show, radio show, and record hop they could book me into. When the hits started coming, I was recording and touring almost simultaneously." At the same time, GENE'S composition of HELLO MARY LOU, released by RICK NELSON, became a Top Five hit and sold two million copies in America and Europe. HELLO MARY LOU received a second BMI MILLIONAIRE AWARD in 1997 because it had been performed over TWO MILLION TIMES in the US market.

GENE scored his second hit with EVERY BREATH I TAKE, which was produced by PHIL SPECTOR. His first American Top 20 hit and million-selling single was the title song from a movie of the same name: TOWN WITHOUT PITY. The song won the GOLDEN GLOBE AWARD for "Best Song in a Motion Picture" and was nominated for an OSCAR. GENE performed TOWN WITHOUT PITY at the Academy Awards in Hollywood. He was the first pop artist invited to perform at the Academy Awards! It was an important performance for GENE because it firmly established his name throughout America.

"The film was initially a box office disaster," GENE says, "but after the success of the record, the film was re-released and became a huge hit. That's the kind of power records had in those days." Another movie theme, THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE, gave him an immediate follow-up hit, reaching Number 4 in the US charts to register his second GOLD DISC. To this day, it is one of GENE'S most requested songs in concert performances.

Gene's career began to skyrocket. One song after the next reached the top of the charts: ONLY LOVE CAN BREAK A HEART (his third million seller), IF I DIDN'T HAVE A DIME (which was the B-side of ONLY LOVE CAN BREAK A HEART and made the US Top 100 on it's own merits), HALF HEAVEN, HALF HEARTACHE, MECCA, TRUE LOVE NEVER RUNS SMOOTH, and IT HURTS TO BE IN LOVE.

GENE and PHIL SPECTOR consolidated their mutual admiration for each other's work in the summer of 1962 when SPECTOR'S group, "THE CRYSTALS," recorded the GENE PITNEY song, HE'S A REBEL. Within weeks of its release, the song stormed its way to the top of the American Hit Parade, sold a million, and actually deprived GENE of making the coveted Number 1 spot himself. At the same time that HE'S A REBEL was at Number 1, Gene's single ONLY LOVE CAN BREAK A HEART sat at Number 2! HE'S A REBEL received a BMI MILLIONAIRE AWARD in 1998 for having surpassed ONE MILLION AIRPLAYS in the US.

In 1963, Pitney had great success throughout the world with his recording of TWENTY FOUR HOURS FROM TULSA. This song was the beachhead from which GENE PITNEY'S fame spread rapidly. Before long, he had established his name worldwide, developing huge followings in Italy, France, Germany, Latin America, Mexico, Japan, the Far East, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. He maintained a simple but shrewd philosophy: If a record breaks in any particular territory, then go there, show yourself, meet people, and make as big an initial impact as you possibly can. This has paid off time and time again! Today, GENE PITNEY is one of the most traveled artists in international show business, regularly doing concerts, cabaret, and television appearances around the world. He has been faithful to his maxim, and has enhanced his popularity in many countries even further by re-recording many of his English speaking hits in various native tongues.

With TWENTY FOUR HOURS FROM TULSA riding high in the British charts in November of 1963, GENE traveled to England for a promotional tour. While appearing on the THANK YOUR LUCKY STARS PROGRAM, he met the ROLLING STONES (who later provided him with his next single). Although a seemingly unlikely combination, GENE and THE STONES struck up an immediate rapport. MICK JAGGER and the band admired PITNEY's polish and his professionalism. They were also totally fascinated by his tremendous knowledge of recording techniques. GENE liked the group's freshness and gutsy attitude. Pitney's endorsement of the group in America helped them break through to US success shortly afterwards. For their part, MICK JAGGER and KEITH RICHARDS penned GENE's next UK and USA hit record, THAT GIRL BELONGS TO YESTERDAY. This song became the first JAGGER/RICHARDS composition to hit the American Charts.

GENE returned the compliment by playing piano on the Stones' LITTLE BY LITTLE, which made up the flip side of NOT FADE AWAY. With PHIL SPECTOR playing maracas and GENE on piano, they appeared on the group's first Decca album, "THE ROLLING STONES." The track, NOW I'VE GOT A WITNESS, is subtitled "LIKE UNCLE PHIL AND UNCLE GENE." Lying in the vaults are two other Stones songs which have never been released commercially: AND THE ROLLING STONES MET PHIL AND GENE and MR. SPECTOR AND MR. PITNEY CAME, TOO.


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