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Gene Pitney
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Pitney in 1966
Background information
Birth name Gene Francis Alan Pitney
Also known as Billy Bryan
Born (1940-02-17)February 17, 1940
Hartford, Connecticut, U.S
Origin Rockville, Connecticut, U.S.
Died April 5, 2006(2006-04-05) (aged 66)
Cardiff, Wales, U.K.
Genres Pop music
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, musician
Instruments Guitar, piano, drums, vocals
Years active 1961–2006
Labels Musicor, Columbia

Gene Francis Alan Pitney (February 17, 1940 – April 5, 2006) was an American singer-songwriter, musician, and sound engineer.

Pitney charted 16 Top 40 hits in the United States, four in the Top 10. In the United Kingdom he had 22 Top 40 hits, and 11 singles in the Top Ten. He also wrote the early 1960s hits "Rubber Ball" recorded by Bobby Vee, "He's a Rebel" by the Crystals, and "Hello Mary Lou" by Ricky Nelson. In 2002, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Personal life

At the height of his fame in 1966, Pitney married his childhood sweetheart, Lynne Gayton, and the couple had three sons, Todd, Chris, and David.

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