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Album Review

A fair collection of typically melodramatic mid-'60s Pitney, with an Italian opera-pop touch on much (though not all) of the material. Includes "Nobody Needs Your Love," one of Randy Newman's earlier compositions (and a big hit for Gene in the U.K.), and a cover of "Pretty Flamingo." The hidden treasure, though, is "River Street," one of Pitney's moodiest and most streetwise performances.


Born: February 17, 1941 in Hartford, CT

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

One of the most interesting and difficult-to-categorize singers in '60s pop, Gene Pitney had a long run of hits distinguished by his pained, one-of-a-kind melodramatic wail. Pitney is sometimes characterized (or dismissed) as a shallow teen idol-type prone to operatic ballads. It's true that some of his biggest hits -- "Town Without Pity," "Only Love Can Break a Heart," "I'm Gonna Be Strong," "It Hurts to Be in Love," and "Twenty Four Hours From Tulsa" -- are archetypes of adolescent or just-post-adolescent...
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