Gene Pitney

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Gene Pitney


He could blaze through a rock hit or deliver a slow burn ballad.

The smoldering teen idol had more range than you think. In addition to singing, songwriting and playing various instruments, he carried songs with influences as diverse as country and R&B.

Hall of Fame Essay


Andy Schwartz

Of all the American Rock & Rollers to emerge in the period between Elvis Presley’s induction into the army in 1958 and the arrival of the Beatles in 1964, Gene Pitney is one of the select few to have not just survived but also prospered into the Twenty-first Century.

At age sixty-one, the singer still performs to adoring audiences on four continents. In 1999-2000, for example, Pitney headlined sold-out tours of Australia and the U.K., including the London Palladium; taped a widely aired PBS concert special; mixed and edited with his son, Todd, in his home studio, the CD and DVD versions of the performance; and tended to the administration of his impressive catalogue of songs and other, extra musical investments.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Program Cover 2002
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