Born In: Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Gene Pitney was an American singer, songwriter, and sound engineer best known for his song ‘Town Without Pity’. Marked by his piercing, pained, and melodramatic tenor, he was often characterized (very unfairly) as a shallow “teen idol” type of singer. He loved music since his childhood and joined a band in high school. After high school, he studied electrical engineering while simultaneously focusing on music. Soon, his focus shifted to only music. He made his official debut by recording a duet with Ginny Arnell in 1959. However, initially he found more success as a songwriter rather than as a singer. His songs were performed by many famous artists. He eventually gained fame as a singer when he recorded his self-penned song, ‘I Wanna Love My Life Away’. His songs gained notable popularity in US and UK and he was inducted into ‘Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’ in 2002. He married his childhood sweetheart, Lynne Gayton, in 1966, and had three children with her. On April 5, 2006, during his UK tour, he was found dead in his hotel room in Cardiff, Wales. The cause of his death was ascertained to be a heart attack. He was buried at Somers Center Cemetery in Somers, Connecticut.
Also Known As: Gene Francis Alan Pitney
Died At Age: 66
Spouse/Ex-: Lynne Gayton (m. 1967)
father: Harold F. Pitney
mother: Anna A. (Orlowsky)
siblings: Dennis Pitney, Francis Pitney
children: Chris, David, Todd
Born Country: United States
place of death: Cardiff, Wales
Notable Alumni: Rockville High School
U.S. State: Connecticut
City: Hartford, Connecticut
Cause of Death: Heart Attack
education: Rockville High School
In 1966, Gene Pitney married his childhood sweetheart, Lynne Gayton, and the couple had three sons together, Todd, Chris, and David.
On 18 March 2002, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
On April 5, 2006, during his UK tour, he was found dead in his hotel room in Cardiff, Wales, by his manager after a concert. The cause of his death was ruled to be a heart attack. He was buried at Somers Center Cemetery in Somers, Connecticut.
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