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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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