Pitney in 1966
|Birth name||Gene Francis Alan Pitney|
|Also known as||Billy Bryan|
February 17, 1940|
Hartford, Connecticut, U.S
|Origin||Rockville, Connecticut, U.S.|
|Died||April 5, 2006
Cardiff, Wales, UK
|Occupation(s)||Singer, songwriter, musician|
|Instruments||Guitar, piano, drums|
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.
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.
I always feel that it's great when you can be happy when you're by yourself. That's not a bad thing.
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.
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.
People tell me all the time that I must be so sad. I never was. It's just the way I sing.