love his voice, which reminds me of johnnie ray, who of course, was the gay one. Heres the marc almondgene pitney clip from top of the pops. Gene pitney was born on february 17, 1940 in rockville, connecticut, the son of anna a. In high school, he was part of the band gene pitney and the genials. Gene pitney was born on february 17, 1940 and died on april 5, 2006. Gene pitney would have been 66 years old at the time of death or 75 years old today. pitney developed a routine of touring britain twice a year, earning himself a plaque from the gene pitney appreciation society in the process, and most of his biggest hits would be in britain. Gene pitney, the dramatic 1960s voice of 24 hours from tulsa, died suddenly yesterday. Hours earlier he had received a standing ovation from a cheering crowd of 1,100 fans at st davids hall, cardiff. Aaron schroder and gene worked up a scheme to determine how royalties worked best. I think gene wrote song on one side for bmi, and his mothers maiden name was used on the flip side for ascap - the song eventually was a hit for bobby vee called rubber ball. Hundreds of mourners turned out yesterday for the funeral of singer gene pitney in his us home town. The 66-year-old, who was found dead in his hotel room in cardiff last week, was buried in. quptefor the last 40 years i thought black is black was a gene pitney song. I am astonished to just learn that the song was by a spanish group with a german singer, los bravos. In england, the los bravos version was always the big hitgolden oldie.