Gene Pitney

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Songwriter, Singer(1941–2006)
Singer and songwriter Gene Pitney wrote and recorded popular music in the 1960s, including Ricky Nelson's 1961 hit "Hello Mary Lou."

Synopsis

Singer and songwriter Gene Pitney was born in Hartford, Connecticut on February 17, 1941. He began his career as a songwriter. Notable hits were “Rubber Ball” sung by Bobby Vee and “Hello Mary Lou” by Ricky Nelson. He recorded his own hits too, such as 1967’s “Something’s Gotten Hold of My Heart.” He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002. He died on April 5, 2006.

Profile

Singer and songwriter, born in Hartford, Connecticut, USA. His first hit as a writer came with ‘Rubber Ball’ (1961), recorded by Bobby Vee. He also wrote ‘Hello Mary Lou’, a hit for Ricky Nelson in 1961, and one of his most revived songs. Among his hits as a singer were ‘I Wanna Love My Life Away’ (1961), ‘24 Hours From Tulsa’ (1963), and ‘Something's Gotten Hold Of My Heart’ (1967). He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.

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