Thursday, April 6, 2006

Late In Life, Gene Pitney Refused To Look Back

CARDIFF, Wales (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Rock singer Gene Pitney is dead but he wouldn’t want his fans living in the past – because he never did.

Pitney, who died in a hotel in Cardiff, Wales yesterday (Apr. 5), was most famous for early 1960s songs like “Hello Mary Lou,’ “Town Without Pity” and “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence.”

But even though he was inducted by the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Pitney told reporters in 2001 that he would most like to be remembered for his “latest songs,” which he wrote with his son, Todd, which he described as acoustic pop along the lines of David Gray.

Pitney loved hearing cover versions of his songs in languages other than English, including a German polka rendition of “Hello Mary Lou” and a Japanese version of “Louisiana Man”, the title of which is sung as “Hulucheanna Mama.”

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