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Gene Pitney

Pitney in 1966
Background information
Birth name Gene Francis Alan Pitney
Also known as Billy Bryan
Born (1940-02-17)February 17, 1940
Hartford, Connecticut, U.S
Origin Rockville, Connecticut, U.S.
Died April 5, 2006(2006-04-05) (aged 66)
Cardiff, Wales, UK
Genres Pop music
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, musician
Instruments Guitar, piano, drums
Years active 1961–2006
Labels Musicor, Columbia

Let's say I'm not feeling well, and somebody would say to me, 'Just do an easy show, just go out and do a light…' – I can't! I cannot do that kind of a show. I have to still put 150 percent into it, and it's funny: it's so healing to do that.
Gene Pitney
I was just different. When the other kids gravitated to football or basketball, I went fishing and skating. I was into trapping animals, pheasants and squirrels. Not only was I trapper, I was a taxidermist.
Gene Pitney
I always feel that it's great when you can be happy when you're by yourself. That's not a bad thing.
Gene Pitney
The thing I always liked best about touring abroad was constantly running into different people, different cultures, different foods. It really pumped up my batteries… I'm constantly playing to a demographically diverse audience… one generation is driven by nostalgia, the next by curiosity. And that's why I have no plans to retire.
Gene Pitney
I'm a performer. I've tried everything there is.
You have 'listeners' ears' when you're just starting out, and your 'listeners' ears' tell you what will work. You lose those ears later, when you break songs down into production elements too much.
Gene Pitney
People tell me all the time that I must be so sad. I never was. It's just the way I sing.
Gene Pitney