Tribute to 1960s Hit Singer-Songwriter Gene Pitney: Town Without Pity
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The last date listed for Town Without Pity: The Very Best of Gene Pitney was Saturday June 2, 2007 / 7:30pm.
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Featured review from Bevdoch
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The venue was charming and small town and we were treated nicely by the staff. The disappointment with the show was based on the fact that we were serious Gene Pitney fans and the group who performed played his music with a tongue in cheek approach. It was not performed seriously and it almost felt like they were mocking him. Silly hand motions and humor was added in the middle of what were serious songs that some of the audience remembered fondly from younger days. The whole performance just felt silly and although the performers had good voices their interpretation of Pitney's music was disappointing to say the least. The performance would also have been greatly enhanced by adding a drummer, a better balance in the sound system and a longer show that 45 minutes of his music. The entire show was only about 1 hour and it included three songs by another artist who performed Dusty Springfield music.
Town Without Pity is a tribute to Gene Pitney, one of the most under-recognized pop stars of the 1960s. Within a period of five years, Pitney wrote hits for The Crystals and Ricky Nelson, worked with Phil Spector and the Rolling Stones, sang an Oscar-nominated song and was voted Italy’s #1 recording artist.
Gene Pitney was a chart-topping singer and a successful songwriter whose “Rubber Ball” was a hit for Bobby Vee, “Hello Mary Lou” a hit for Ricky Nelson and “He’s a Rebel” a #1 hit for The Crystals. On his very first recording he played piano, guitar, drums and sang, “I Wanna Love My Life Away.” His recordings in Italian and Spanish earned him top honors at the San Remo Song Festival in Italy, while “Only Love Can Break a Heart,” “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance,” “Town Without Pity,” “Half Heaven, Half Heartache,” “It Hurts to Be in Love,” “I’m Gonna Be Strong,” “24 Hours from Tulsa” and “Mecca” got him inducted into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2002. Pitney had sixteen Top 40 hits in the U.S. and was on England’s Hit Parade 40 times.
Conceived and staged by Richard Hochberg
Musical direction by Jerome Kurtenbach
Starring PJ Griffith, Joe Settineri, Jonathan Redford and Alistair Tober