Pitney Passes Peacefully

Published: 2006-04-06
Sixties singer-songwriter Gene Pitney passed away in his hotel room in Wales on March 5, he was 65 years old.

According to the Associated Press, Pitney made waves with songs he wrote for himself, as well as those he penned for others. "During a long career, Pitney had hits as a singer '24 Hours from Tulsa,' '(The Man Who Shot) Liberty Valance,' and 'Half Heaven, Half Heartache.' As a writer, he penned 'Hello Mary Lou' for Ricky Nelson and 'Rubber Ball' for Bobby Vee."

Pitney was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame in 2002.

On his European tour, Pitney played a show in Wales on the evening of March 4. On the morning of March 5 he was found in bed with all of his clothes on, as if he had just laid down. His tour manager told the Associated Press, "we don't have a cause of death at the moment but it looks like it was a very peaceful passing."

Pitney is survived by his wife and three children.

Writer: Michelle Garcia



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