The success of THAT GIRL BELONGS TO YESTERDAY confirmed GENE Pitney's worldwide status as a singer. For the next few years he embarked on an extensive series of sold-out international tours, including exhausting coast-to-coast tours of America. For example, his 72-day "DICK CLARK CARAVAN OF STARS" tour covered the US North, South, East, and West - including Hawaii and Canada! The hit singles followed with amazing regularity, reaching the charts not only in America and Europe, but all over the world. The songs were IT HURTS TO BE IN LOVE, I MUST BE SEEING THINGS, I'M GONNA BE STRONG, LOOKIN' THROUGH THE EYES OF LOVE (yet another million seller), PRINCESS IN RAGS, BACKSTAGE, NOBODY NEEDS YOUR LOVE, JUST ONE SMILE, SHE'S A HEARTBREAKER, SOMEWHERE IN THE COUNTRY, 24 SYCAMORE, TRANS-CANADA HIGHWAY, and BLUE ANGEL.

His albums also made large dents in international Hit Parades, including "JUST FOR YOU," "BLUE GENE," "GENE PITNEY'S BIG 16," and "I'M GONNA BE STRONG." In a unique marketing move, several albums were recorded specifically for individual markets including "GENE ESPAÑOL" and "GENE ITALIANO."

GENE opened a brand new market by recording a number of country and western albums, including "GENE PITNEY WITH GEORGE JONES," "IT'S COUNTRY TIME AGAIN," "GENE PITNEY & MELBA MONTGOMERY," and "FAMOUS COUNTRY DUETS." GENE had the privilege of performing at the legendary Grand Ole Opry in Nashville with some of country's greats, including Eddie Arnold, Buck Owens, Roy Clark, and Connie Smith. Says GENE, "I like things to keep changing. I've seen too many artists left out in the cold because they relied on the same old sounds and same old type of songs." At one time, as if to prove his point, he scored simultaneous hits in Europe, Britain, and on the American Pop and Country charts with four completely different songs.

Other highlights included multiple appearances at the celebrated San Remo Song Festival in Italy. Twice GENE received second place awards - the highest position awarded to a non-Italian artist in the history of the festival - with the songs QUANDO VE DRAI LA MIA RAGAZZA and NESSUNO MI PUO GIUDICARE. NESSUNO went on to become a giant European hit and also entered the American charts in the native language. It sold over one million copies. The same year, GENE appeared at the Royal Variety Show in London and was presented to the Queen Mother. Several shows followed for such royals as Princess Alexandra, Princess Margaret, and the Duchess of Kent.

In 1970, after spending nearly a decade on the road (eleven months of every year), GENE decided to drastically cut back on his touring commitments. "I had a family at home, two boys starting to grow up, and I was getting a guilt complex about not being there with them. So I decided to make a six-month commitment to touring and spend the rest of the time at home with the family." He decided to quit the long tours of the US and, without meaning to, increasingly found himself in countries other than America due to his love of exotic travel. "There is nothing more exciting to me than to get on that airplane and know I'm going to get off in a totally different country, in a different part of the world." His annual tours of Britain, Europe, and Australia became a way of life. With every tour proving a sellout, the plan was an outstanding success.

In 1983, when an agent gently twisted the PITNEY arm, GENE embarked on his first North American Tour in over a dozen years. It became a huge personal triumph. GENE PITNEY was back "with a vengeance" even though he'd never been away. He still keeps up a relentless touring commitment which is a tribute to his professionalism. In fact, his voice is now stronger than ever before. GENE puts total commitment and energy into his emotion-charged live performances and always comes off stage completely drained. GENE stays fit by working out in his home gym, with an upper body and cardiovascular program involving weights and Nordictrack. The schedule was devised to keep him ready for the road. A necessity when touring is that every hotel must have a gym and swimming pool.

In the last few years, many exciting things have happened to GENE in both the studio and performance. In 1993, GENE played the prestigious CARNEGIE HALL in New York City the day THE WORLD TRADE CENTER was bombed. Gene Says, "New Yorkers, being New Yorkers, still gave us a sold-out show. No one stayed away!" The tour of the UK in the same year completely sold out, closing at the beautiful LONDON PALLADIUM. The following year, GENE saw tours in the UK and Australia, the latter closing at the BURSEWOOD CASINO in PERTH. In 1995, GENE worked the crowds at THE TAJ MAHAL in ATLANTIC CITY, NJ, and did a two-part, 46-day tour in the UK in May/June and Oct/Nov. During 1996, GENE performed at the UNIVERSAL AMPHITHEATER in Los Angeles and then moved onto a twenty-city concert tour of AUSTRALIA, followed by a quick trip to Catania, Italy. AND THEN HE RESTED!

1997 was another busy year with shows in LAS VEGAS, ATLANTIC CITY, FOXWOODS RESORT, ST. LOUIS, KANSAS CITY, BOSTON, THE NEW YORK STATE FAIR, and another twenty-city concert tour of AUSTRALIA, finishing at the new MELBOURNE CASINO. 1998 started again at THE FOXWOODS RESORT, followed by shows in LAUGHLIN, NV, MILWAUKEE SUMMERFEST, JONES BEACH LONG ISLAND, and DOLLYWOOD, TENNESSEE. In May, GENE performed songs in both English and Italian on the prestigious television show, "Ci Vediamo in Televisione," in MILAN. 1999 saw another sellout tour of AUSTRALIA and ended with a twenty-four-city concert tour of ENGLAND, finishing at the beautiful LONDON PALLADIUM.

The year 2000 was a milestone for GENE with the PBS VIDEO RECORDING of the live concert at the FOXWOODS RESORT. The first airing of the concert was in GENE'S home state of CT and the pledge night was a huge success. This was followed by airings in BUFFALO, PITTSBURG, AKRON, and INDIANA. The national exposure to the concert was in December of 2001 on the PBS Network. All the mixing and audio work on the concert were done at GENE'S Recording studio by son TODD using the fantastic PRO TOOLS system. 2003 saw the release of the two CD set of the BRONZE/PITFIELD SONGS which include 24 titles including BLUE ANGEL, KILLING ME SOFTLY, IT'S A HEARTACHE, TRAIN OF THOUGHT, AND SKYLINE PIGEON. It can be found on Sanctuary Records.

The website www.genepitney.com has now been redone and Chad Evans has brought it up to date with a great new layout.  The fotos on the site are from various parts of the world and include pics from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction and Gracie the new Akita puppy!  2005 has been a very exciting year with shows set all over the U.S., at Turning Stone Casino, Mohegan Sun Casino, Bushnell Performing Arts in Hartford, Kravis Center in Florida, Half Hollow Performing Arts in Long Island, Hershey Park Pa.,  and 23 concerts in Australia.  2006 is already busy with shows at Casino Rama in Canada, and 24 concerts in the U.K.. Work has begun on a Christmas CD, andthings look exciting with a discussion going on for a return to Las Vegas in the near future.

Gene still lives in Connecticut, not far from where he was raised, in a big rambling Dutch Colonial house, set in an apple orchard, with his wife Lynne.  Sons David, Todd, and Chris all live in Connecticut now so there is a lot of family life going on all the time!!

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