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Pitney in 1966
|Birth name||Gene Francis Alan Pitney|
|Also known as||Billy Bryan|
February 17, 1940|
Hartford, Connecticut, U.S
|Origin||Rockville, Connecticut, U.S.|
|Died||April 5, 2006
Cardiff, Wales, U.K.
|Occupation(s)||Singer, songwriter, musician|
|Instruments||Guitar, piano, drums, vocals|
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.
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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