Rock life onstage & offstage, and 30 years of record stores...
Day and nightNight and dayIt hurts to be in love this way---From Gene Pitney's 1964 hit, "It Hurts To Be In Love"The great Gene Pitney has passed.The Gene Pitney Music Vaultwww.gene-pitney.com
BackstageI'm lonelyBackstageI cry
The great Andrew "Ace" Rogers was kind enough in his lifetime to tab some of the great Gene Pitney / Bacharach numbers...so they made it into my little kitchen table covers list. Nothing more fun than playing "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence" or "24 Hours from Tulsa" or "True Love Never Runs Smooth"...and trying (vainly, in every sense) to sound like Gene. Their music takes you utterly somewhere else, and beautifully back in time; one of the great combos ever. And another occasion for me to reiterate my call for Mr. Bacharach to be ushered into the R'n'R hall of fame, tout suite.
I wuzza 'bout 14-16 when that dude had his day. You get different opinions about his voice and a lotta folks put him in "the guilty pleasure" category...Either way, I bought every album he recorded and still think his singing style was pretty damned original..Tellya what...If you were goin' thru a break-up with a teenage girl at the time...Pitney could bringya to tears.......Never hadda #1..."Only Love Can Break a Heart" hit #2...Yup! Beat out by "He's a Rebel" by the Crystal's...penned by Pitney..
Great comments Stevo, but boy do I wish the phrase "guilty pleasure," as it pertains to music, could be wiped off the face of the earth. My motto is, don't ever apologize for the music you like or dislike. Gene Pitney was definitely one of the gods...
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