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Gene Pitney: Hits & Misses (CD)

1-CD with 32-page booklet, 26 tracks. Playing time approx. 65 mns.

Here's a unique collection that every Gene Pitney fan will want. Not only are some of Gene's greatest hits here, such as The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, 24 Hours From Tulsa, and Town Without Pity but this set also includes his ultra-rare early recordings for Decca in 1959, including his Jamie & Jane duets, as well as his German language recording of Town Without Pity from 1962, plus his own renditions of
Hello Mary Lou, and Today's Teardrops, and some early unreleased demo's with The Embers from 1958.


Name the major white male pop singers of the early Sixties and a succession of images comes to mind: Elvis, with his hip-shaking sensuality; Roy Orbison, with his dark glasses giving him an air of mystery; Neil Sedaka, with his superclean boy-next-door looks and attitude; Gene Pitney, with his... 

Perhaps the most striking thing about Gene Pitney's image is that he never had one. To be sure, he is blessed with natural charisma and classic good 
looks, but his reputation is built entirely around his voice, his songs, and the intense emotional impact that both of them have on listeners around the world. The songs on this collection, as its title suggests, include not only the biggest hits of Pitney's early years, but also his most important misses, including several 'prehistoric' efforts which contain nascent stirrings of what would become his trademark sound. 

Gene Francis Allan Pitney was born on February 17, 19441, and grew up in Rockville, Connecticut. His family loved music, and music was always present in his house. Especially talented in that area was his mother, who played piano by ear and was a world-class whistler. Although Pitney studied music at parochial school and sang in the church choir, he never intended to become a performer. As he later related to Spencer Leigh in the liner notes for his See For Miles disk 'The EP Collection', "I was pretty much a loner, and if you had told me that I was going to end up singing to millions of people, you would have seen the dust as I was running down the road away from you." 

Interviewed today, Pitney elaborates on his youthful shyness: "When I was a kid, I used to sit out on the front porch with a copy of 'Hit Parader', the magazine that printed the lyrics of the hits of the day, and I used to sit there and sing, just in my natural tenor. I later found out that people used to sit outside and listen. I didn't know it, because they wouldn't let themselves be seen. If I had known it, that would have been the end of it - I would have been gone!" 

By the time Pitney entered adolescence, in the early 1950s, he was hooked on pop radio. "When I really started loving music," he recalls, "was when the black groups came about in the Fifties with what I think was the fusion of R&B with country that made the original rock and roll. It was groups like the Flamingoes, the Orioles, the Spaniels, and the Penguins. 

"Being in Connecticut meant that my radio listening choices were very limited. To hear these black groups, I had to tune in to George 'Hound Dog' Lorenz on KBW, the station up in 
Buffalo, New York. He was the original guy who played all that stuff. On a night that wasn't a good night for radio reception, the station would fade in and out - have to sit there turning the dial." 

It wasn't until Gene entered highschool that he began to toy with the idea of performing. He bought a guitar, took some lessons, and formed a band, Gene Pitney and the Genials, who performed at local record hops. In late 1958, a local manager named Martin Kugell spotted Gene at a Genials gig and offered them to get him a recor-ding deal. Young Pitney took the bait, although it meant leaving the Genials. He had recorded once before, some demos on which he was backed by local doo-wop group the Embers, but this was his first opportunity to make a commercial release. 

Kugell was connected with another manager who had a sixteen-year-old female singer named Ginny Mazarro. Since duos were popular at the time, the two managers paired Gene with Ginny, dubbed them 'Jamie & Jane', and quickly swung a singles deal with Decca. 

BILLY BRYAN 
Exclusively on Blaze Records 

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Pitney, Gene - Hits & Misses (CD) CD 1
01 The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance Gene Pitney
02 Twenty-Four Hours From Tulsa Gene Pitney
03 Town Without Pity Gene Pitney
04 Hello Mary Lou Gene Pitney
05 Today's Teardrops Gene Pitney
06 Sure Fire Bet Gene Pitney
07 Donna Means Heartbreak Gene Pitney
08 If I Didn't Have A Dime Gene Pitney
09 (I Wanna) Love My Life Away Gene Pitney
10 Every Breath I Take Gene Pitney
11 Mecca Gene Pitney
12 True Love Never Runs Smooth Gene Pitney
13 Teardrop By Teardrop Gene Pitney
14 Dream For Sale Gene Pitney
15 Half Heaven, Half Heartache Gene Pitney
16 Only Love Can Break A Heart Gene Pitney
17 Bleibe bei mir (Town Without Pity) (german) Gene Pitney
18 I'll Find You Gene Pitney
19 Cradle Of My Arms Gene Pitney
20 Please Come Back, Baby Gene Pitney
21 I'm Going Back To My Love Gene Pitney
22 Classical Rock And Roll (& JAMIE & JANE) Gene Pitney
23 Snuggle Up Baby (& JAMIE & JANE) Gene Pitney
24 Strolling (Through The Park) (& JAMIE & JANE) Gene Pitney
25 Faithful Our Love (& JAMIE & JANE) Gene Pitney
26 Make Believe Lover (demo) Gene Pitney
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"Gene Pitney"

Gene Pitney

Gene Pitney starb Geboren 1940 in Conneticut USA, war Sänger und Komponist. Er schrieb Hits für Ricky Nelson, Poy obison und Andere, 1961 sein erster eigener Hit.  Gene Pitney starb am 05. April 2006.

Hits and Misses auf Bear Family Records

Hier ist eine einzigartige Sammlung, die jeder Gene Pitney Fan haben moechte. Hier sind nicht nur einige seiner groessten Hits wie The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, 24 Hours From Tulsa , Town Without Pity sondern dieses Set enthaelt auch seine ungemein seltenen fruehen Aufnahmen fuer Decca 1959, darunter seine Jamie & Jane Duette und seine deutsche Version von Town Without Pity aus dem Jahre 1962.

Dazu seine eigenen Versionen von Hello Mary Lou , Today's Teardrops sowie fruehe unveroeffentlichte Demos mit den Embers aus 1958. Here's a unique collection that every Gene Pitney fan will want. Not only are some of Gene's greatest hits here, such as The Man Who Shot Liberty Vallance, 24 Hours From Tulsa, Town Without Pity but this set also includes his ultra-rare early recordings for Decca in 1959, including his Jamie & Jane duets, as well as his German language recording of Town Without Pity from 1962, plus his own renditions of Hello Mary Lou, and Today's Teardrops, and some early unreleased demo's with The Embers from 1958. 

 

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Tracklist
Pitney, Gene - Hits & Misses (CD) CD 1
01 The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
02 Twenty-Four Hours From Tulsa
03 Town Without Pity
04 Hello Mary Lou
05 Today's Teardrops
06 Sure Fire Bet
07 Donna Means Heartbreak
08 If I Didn't Have A Dime
09 (I Wanna) Love My Life Away
10 Every Breath I Take
11 Mecca
12 True Love Never Runs Smooth
13 Teardrop By Teardrop
14 Dream For Sale
15 Half Heaven, Half Heartache
16 Only Love Can Break A Heart
17 Bleibe bei mir (Town Without Pity) (german)
18 I'll Find You
19 Cradle Of My Arms
20 Please Come Back, Baby
21 I'm Going Back To My Love
22 Classical Rock And Roll (& JAMIE & JANE)
23 Snuggle Up Baby (& JAMIE & JANE)
24 Strolling (Through The Park) (& JAMIE & JANE)
25 Faithful Our Love (& JAMIE & JANE)
26 Make Believe Lover (demo)