Ron’s Golden Oldies – Featuring – GENE PITNEY

Ron is featuring pioneer Rock and Roll artist GENE PITNEY on the program this Thursday

Streaming Live on  Northside Radio FM99.3 Sydney’s leading Community Radio Station.

Gene Francis Alan Pitney (February 17, 1940 – April 5, 2006) was an American singer-songwriter and musician. Pitney charted 16 top-40 hits in the United States, four in the top ten. In the United Kingdom, he had 22 top-40 hit singles, including 11 in the top ten.

Among his most famous hits are “Town Without Pity“, “Twenty Four Hours from Tulsa”, “I’m Gonna Be Strong”, “It Hurts to Be in Love“, and “Something’s Gotten Hold of My Heart“. He also wrote the early 1960s hits “Rubber Ball” recorded by Bobby Vee, “Hello Mary Lou” by Ricky Nelson, and “He’s a Rebel” by the Crystals.

In 2002, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Pitney’s early influences were Clyde McPhatter and doo-wop groups such as The Crows. He attended Rockville High School where he formed his first band, Gene & the Genials.

He is also remembered for the Burt Bacharach–Hal David song “(The Man Who Shot) Liberty Valance“, which peaked at No. 4 in 1962. Though it shares a title with the John Wayne western, the song was not used in the film because of a publishing dispute.

Pitney was touring the UK in the spring of 2006 when his manager found him dead in his hotel room following a concert in Cardiff, Wales, on April 5. An autopsy found the cause of death to be a heart attack and that he had severely occluded coronary arteries.

His final show at Cardiff’s St David’s Hall had earned him a standing ovation; he ended with “Town Without Pity“. He was laid to rest at Somers Centre Cemetery in Somers, Connecticut.

 Ron will play many of Gene’s big hits during the show. Text your 1955 – 1965 jukebox requests to Ron on… 0418 2468 12.

Tune in this Thursday, noon to 4pm right here on Northside Radio

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