Venue Details

4675 Star Starred
The Grove Theatre
276 E. 9th Street Upland, CA 91786
909-920-4343
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3.5 / 5 Rated by 2 members
Review from Bevdoch
22 events 13 reviews

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...continued

reviewed Jun 02 2007 report as inappropriate
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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

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