Since he and I were both teenagers I have rarely missed a tour in Perth Western Australia of which there were many. Starting at the old Capitol Theatre and the last about 18 months ago at the Burswood. He was part of my growing up and I loved every concert. Great guy. Good bye and God Bless.
June W. Perth Western Australia
In Memory of Gene Pitney whose beautiful songs enhanced our lives and will continue to do so for many years to come. Our sympathy to Gene's family and those closely connected with him. May God Hold Him in The Palm Of His Hand
From Pattie and Diane Cagney
I've always been fond of Gene Pitney, and had recently bought
his greatest hits CD. Cardiff, where he died, is only a few miles from
where I live, and although I feel very sad to hear of his passing, I also
feel honoured, in a way, that he should have been so close to us at the
time. He was truly a legend.
I was saddened to hear of Gene Pitney's death today.
A sad day indeed. My love and prayers to Gene's wife and
A very sad day for music, a rare talent and great singer my sympathy is with his family
Gene has always been my favourite US male singer and has been appreciated and loved in the UK for over 40 years. My wife and I were very saddened by the news of his sudden death and our prayers and thoughts go out to his family, friends and fans.
Saw him live on three occasions, twice in the 60’s and then at Southport about three years ago.
I have many of his vinyl recordings along with compilation CDs of his songs which are played regularly. Gene was the consummate professional and a gentle man. He had a unique and powerful voice and his live performances of “I’m Gonna Be Strong” with “that” ending, which still makes the hairs on the back of neck stand up, will live with me forever.
Another 60’s ICON has gone to join the all time greats in heaven, Elvis, Roy Orbison, John Lennon, Billy Fury to name a few.
God Bless Gene sleep well, your memory and music will last forever.
John and Pauline Hankin
Shock was the only word I can use to descibe the news of
Gene Pitney's death. I have been a fan since first hearing a Street Called
Hope when I was four years old. I saw Gene in concert on Sunday at Birmingham,
and had a wonderful evening. His vitality and the sheer emotion of the
performance left me elated. His loss now, is a tradegy, and I feel very
sad. I would like to offer condolences to his family, and ask them to
remember that Gene died doing what he loved best - singing his songs and
Goodnight and God Bless to a great artist! Gene has touched so many of our lives with his unusual and stunning voice! There is a quiet hush over England from so many of his fans! Our deepest condolences to all his family, safe now in the knowledge that although gone to that Great Music Hall in the sky he will always stay in our hearts as a True Talent! Sleep tight, gone to join that select party of so many who have gone before you Gene, your voice rings out loud and clear in Heaven. R.I.P xxx
I grew up Listening to Gene Pitney, Roy Orbison now they
are both gone what a sad day but their music will live on forever the
same as Elvis so they have a left us all a legacy with their music.
I'm sure he will now have time to sing with the many singing
angels that have gone before him.
I was not his biggest fan, but my wife was.
im very sad to hear the bad news. he was a superb singer his music will live on thanks gene.
john feest worthing
the news was texted to me around midnight - what a shock
- we went to his last concert here in Christchurch New Zealand a few years
ago - wonderful memories.
I would like to extend my sympathy, to the family of Gene
Pitney. He was a wonderful person. I have been a fan of his for a lot
of years. Ken Gusmaano who helped with the Fan Club, was a dear friend
of mine. Now, Gene, and Ken are together again. He will surely be missed,
by many fan's.
his music will last for ever, he was alongside all the other greats of the 6o's, god bless gene.
tim morris, england.
What a sad time. I lovely memory of a man who shared my
teenage years through to my old age... gone but never forgotten when his
music fills my memories.. Rest in Peace my friend.
I would like to express my sincere sadness of the passing of Gene. He was a legend. I grew up with his songs due to my mum being an avid fan and we are much saddened by the loss of a STAR!
It was with great sadness whilst on the web to hear of the
death of that great singer Gene. Gene's distinctive voice and the great
songs Gene sang, gave us tremendous pleasure. I had the opportunity on
two occasions to see the great man on stage in recent years and what a
performance he gave,truly remarkable.Thank you Gene for sharing your talent
with us.God bless you.
My husband and I are so very sad to hear the news of the
passing of Gene. We are in our early sixties, so remember his songs very
well and have heaps of his recordings. To his wife and sons, please accept
our heart felt condolences.
A sad day for all of Gene Pitney's fans. He has passed our
way and left us with fond memories and wonderful music and he will be
There will never be another voice like Gene's. It was matched
only by his writing talent. I am sorry for his family's great loss.
So many music greats have passed and I'm sorry to hear of the passing of Gene Pitney.I heard on the radio this morning as I was drinking coffee and a wave of sadness rushed over me.Being a singer/songwriter myself I guess it affected me more.I was just listening to a CD of his a couple of weeks ago and I always enjoyed his music growing up in the 60's.I've even performed a few of his songs in the past when I use to play out with different bands I was in.Even my wife was a fan of his,so we'll really miss his talent.Please pass our feelings along to his family.
I was shocked to hear this morning that Gene had died. His
music is still and always has been alive with me. I was a fan the moment
I heard Louisiana Mama. I later learned that my real father was from Shreveport,
Louisiana. That song just clicked
Gene's music to me always had a kind of "magical"
quality to it. his
It's a sad day indeed. I grew up as did millions of others listening to Gene. He was our youth. I still play "Half Heaven Half Heartache to this day my favourite Pitney song. He will be greatly missed. My condolences to his family.
I first heard of Gene through trawling through my dad's
Like all Gene Pitney fans..I was shocked...devestated to
hear that he had passed away in Wales while on tour. How well I remember
the early 60's..when I first heard Gene singing Town Without Pity and
finding myself totally entralled with his voice. That encounter on the
radio started 40 plus years of following all his music...I was priviledged
to have seen him in concert 6 times thru the years...as a young man and
then as a mid 50's fan!! There was something in his voice..the way he
sang the words...so much emotion there...and we as young teens could relate
to his heartfelt songs....they spoke of lost loves and unrequited loves
which we all have experienced. How well I remember my brother and I skipping
school years ago..and riding up to Rockville to try and find his childhood
home on Hammond Street. And we were successful...but too chicken to knock
on the door...LOL ! Then years later I wrote an article and sent it to
Teen Magazine which was published..it was a short piece describing Gene
and his singing of Backstage...and this brought a letter from his Mom
thanking me for writing the short story and that it would be placed in
a scrapbook for Gene..I can only hope he may have read it at some point.
I have kept that letter from his Mom for 41 years now...and will always
hold it dear. My heart weeps for Gene..and his loving family....I pray
he rests in Peace..and takes the lead in the choir of angels!! Goodbye
Gene..and heartfelt thanks for all the music and all the memories!
He will be sadly missed! One of the best of all time!
I feel like I have lost a dear friend. My mum, friends and
myself spent many nights with Gene singing in the background enjoying
everbody's company. Saw him several times in Brisbane, Australia and his
voice just kept getting better. Thanks for the memories Gene!
In retrospect, so glad that my wife and I had the opportunity
to see Gene perform at Westbury Music Fair here on Long Island only six
months ago...A true gentleman, he will be missed by not only those closet
to him, but by all of us who marveled at his wonderful talents, that truly
defined an era. God bless his soul.
I truly was a fan, and still am, of your wonderfully talented
Gene. My daughter called this morning and said "Did you hear, Mom?
Gene Pitney passed away, and I know how bad I feel so you must be really
sad"......(You see, I made sure my kids were raised listening to
his great talent too!) I have many of his albums and will cherish them
even more now. I hope and pray you find solace in how many people around
the world loved Gene Pitney.....You were blessed to have known and loved
him personally. Anyone who wrote music and performed like him had to be
sent straight from Heaven.....I'm sure he has returned there now.
To me this is the day the music died. I fell in love the first time to only love can break a heart.... and I never stopped loving his music.....
John McCormick, Deland Florida
As a long time fan of Gene Pitney, I shall always remember
meeting him as a "starry eyed" 19 year old in Melbourne, Australia.
I have always loved his music and saw him several times over the years
at Twin Towns, Gold Coast Queensland. He and his music will be sorely
missed - sincere thoughts at this time for his family and friends.
I couldn't leave this site without writing something. I
am very saddened by Gene Pitney's passing. My love for music began at
avery early age. Between the ages of 11 to 13 I remember listening and
singing along to Gene Pitney songs. I thought about how unique his voice
was and how I wish I could sing like him. There is no one on this planet
who has a voice remotely close to his. When one hears it, one knows it
could only belong to one person. How richly blessed we have all been by
having the presence of that person's talent in our life times. My thoughts
are with his family at this sad time.
was fortunate enough to attend Gene’s last concert in Adelaide, South Australia. Gene was a wonderful man, entertainer and singer and I would like to send my condolences to his wife, sons, family and all his fans. It is a sad time for us all.
We were very saddened to hear of Gene's passing. He was a great talent and he will be missed. Our singer, Richie Rotkin, an original member of The Rip Chords from the 60's, was talking to me tonight about the "Dick Clark Caravan Of Stars" tours that Gene was on with the original Rip Chords. Gene and Richie became very friendly during those years, and it was great to hear some of the stories from those days. It was very emotional. Richie and I drove around tonight listening to Gene Pitneys Greatest Hits CD.
I was shocked and saddened to hear of Gene's passing. I was just telling my wife in Feb., when I heard it was his 65th birthday, that the next time he played Las Vegas we were going to go. I'll always regret that I never went before. I hadn't realized that he was only 3 years older than I. He's been a favorite of mine since "Town Without Pity". His Greatest Hits album was the first music I downloaded to my iPod, and I listen to it often. Our thoughts are with his wife and children.
Ed & Catherine de los Rios
I am very shocked and sadden to hear of the passing of Gene
I am sad to learn that a man, whose music touched my life
in so many ways, died today. I have sung his songs since I was a teenager
in the early 60's and continue to do so today. My daughter went to UCONN
in the late 80's and met his son who was also a student there. We send
his entire family our condolences and prayers.
I was quite taken back when my husband told me of Gene Pitney's
passing this noon at lunch. When I questioned him he said he heard it
on XM Radio.
So very sad - please accept my condolences from a life time fan.
yes I am also sad to hear this news: How I got to know Gene; (which I never met him in person). I researched and found his email and asked him if this was the real Gene Pitney. I said in the email just to joke and get his attention. Because of him I lost my virginity. Well of course he wrote back and said that intrigues him and wanted to know why he was to blame. I wrote him back and said I was in the back seat of a "57" chevy and was with my high school sweetheart and his song "Only Love can Break a Heart" came on the radio and I got weak and surrendered my all to him. Of course Gene thought that was some story and ever since then we would say hi via email and he told me that one of his sons shared a birthday on the same day. He even called my beauty salon in Ohio because I told him that the girls at the shop didn't believe that I talked to him. He has made me smile and wrote me a precious email when I lost my Mother. Anyway that is my story how I knew Gene besides loving all his music. He did have a good humor and you could tell he loved his family and dog. May God bless everyone that loved him so and keep his memory forever.
Gene Pitney was one of the Greatest of all time. His songs
My first heartbreaks were soothed by Gene Pitney's beautiful, emotional songs. I feel like part of my youth is suddenly gone, hearing about his passing. He will always be in my heart, and part of my life. Godspeed Gene.
Lana, a lifelong fan. USA
I would have to say I am currently in shock and very saddened
by the news of Gene Pitney's death. Having been a fan of Gene for over
40 years now I have seen him perform numerous times and actually 'talked'
my husband into seeing him perform at Frankston Arts Centre several years
ago. My Husband was so taken by the performance he came back with me again
for the next concert.
I am 25 years old and although not around when Gene was at the height of his career, his music has impacted my life. I am honored to have had the opportunity to see him live. Greatly missed and always loved.
We love Gene Pitney so very much as he had become a friend
I have just learned of Gene Pitney's death when I went into
Another great is gone. I am listening to his greets hits as I rue this. He will be missed
As an old AFRTS (Armed Forces Radio & Television) person, I am saddened at the passing of a legend. I played a lot of Gene and His songs to the troops and he will be missied. God Bless his family. He has truly gone to "Rock & Roll Heaven.
Doc from California
Being probably the only Gene Pitney Impersonator I am deeply
saddened by the passing of the man who I consider to be the greatest singer
who ever lived. I hope I can carry on his memory for a long time to come,
I love you Gene.
it was with great sadness that I heard of his passing, In my mind there was gene, Elvis, and Ricky nelson and in that order. When they we say we have lost a great entertainer that is and understatement we have lost the best in rock and roll. To the family my condolences and prayers.
We had tickets to see him perform. It saddens us that we never got the chance to see him perform one last time. Our heart goes out to his wife Lynne, and his three sons, David, Todd and Chris. He gave a lot to the music world, and I am sure I speak for a lot of people when I say, his songs made a difference as I was growing up, and helped me get through those horrid teens. Gene will be greatly missed, and fondly remembered by my generation.
I send my condolances to Gene's family. He's joined the best of the best today. I had the thrill of seeing Gene perform live on Long Island last year. It was one of the best shows I've seen. He sung his heart out and the packed house loved him. A legend of R & R is gone but his music will go on. So long , Gene. Rest in peace.
Dennis C from Long Island, NY
i saw gene pitney last october at turning stone casino. i couldn,t believe how great he sounded. it took me back in time to so many great memories. it was a night i will never forget nor will i ever forget one of the greatest singers of our time.
danny bridgeport ny
I wish to express my sincere condolences to the family, friends and fans of Gene Pitney. I will never forget his song "Town Without Pity" and the movie starring Cristine Kaufman. God bless you sweet man.
I am so sad. I am glad I got to see him last year in concert. He was my all time favorite.
I was so saddened and was reduced to sobbing when I heard
of the passing of the wonderful Gene.
To the family of Gene Pitney:
I cannot begin to tell you how bereft I feel, Lord knows how his family are feeling. Was due to see Gene in Edinburgh on Sunday, have seen him for most tours and always awaited eagerly his concerts, my hairs stood on end and knees shook the whole time he was on, a wonderful wonderful entertainer and lovely man, cant imagine never seeing him again, and I am not a 'silly teenager' a mature woman of 52 and have loved him since I was 14 ! It is like I have lost a family member.
Jay Young Youngies Oldies Scranton PA
Ann and Mary
I would like to say how saddened I am to hear of Gene's
As a young teen in the early 60's, feeling all the confusion and doubts that accompanies that age, Gene Pitney gave voice to what I could not. His legacy will endure and my remembrance of him is surely "Half Heaven, Half Heartache".
Wayland, Ma. U.S.A.
...I think I was 12 maybe 13; the first 45 single I ever
bought was "Only Love Can Break a Heart." I live in Las Vegas
now, and was able to shake Gene's hand at the Stardust a couple of years
ago. In my opinion, Gene's songwriting and musical arrangements are unique
and underrated. Obviously, he wrote and performed from the heart; he touched
so many. More than 30 years past, "Half Heaven" continues to
be my favorite pop ballad of all time! Carl Wilson once said that "Songs
are Spirit" in this sense, Gene will always be with us.
Wow. The King of Heartache is gone. It didn’t matter if the songs that he sung were happy or sad, that voice still broke your heart. I remember seeing him on American Bandstand in ’61 singing “I’m Gonna Love My Away”, that was a long time ago. “True Love never Runs Smooth” was my favorite. Adios to the guy who there for our blush of a teen age crush.
Today is a sad day for rock'n'roll. I saw Gene Pitney at the Westbury Music Fair a number of years ago, and of course he was great. I was glad he made it to the R & R Hall of fame. Now he's in Rock 'n Roll Heaven. God bless his wife and sons.
Bill in Sparks, NV
STEPHANIE FROM ADELAIDE S.A.
I'm saddened and shocked to find that we've lost this wonderful man. I was unaware of this until I read an email from Lou Christie. My sympathies are here for everyone who cared for Mr. Pitney, and especially for his widow and family. I assume the report I've read was accurate, and he went very peacefully. For that we can all take comfort, and hope to be that fortunate. Eternity is a far richer place now......for that wonderful singer is there now. I still remember the boy who "Want(ed) to Love His Life Away", all those years ago. WHAT a beautiful thought to put to music. Gene, we're all going to miss you and reminisce with your beautiful music.
i am so deeply sadened by the passing of gene pitney he was always my idol & i still have all of his music he will be sadly missed .. my condolences to his wive & sons..
I just wanted to say how much I loved Gene's music. I heard one of his songs being played on an oldies channel and had never known of him until then. Being he was 24 years older then I. Once I heard that song I was hooked..The song was "It hurts to be in love" Then I heard " A town without pity" Now I have a lot of his music and was greatly sadden and shocked at hearing of his passing. God Bless his Family and Rest In Peace Dear Gene.
Kim Hammar USA
a beautiful voice that gave me something to sing about .may God bless you all and we will always hear your music
C.J Himes @ adelphia.net
Always the professional. Great career. Great voice.
I must believe that, for Gene, it'll be full (not HALF)
heaven. A voice truly his alone: the ache of longing, coupled with the
peerless falsetto, drove him his message in myriad ways. Gene was our
adolencent yearning; our mirror.
I grew up loving his songs, The man who shot Liberty Valance
was my hero (It was Gene) my childhood friend is no longer there and a
little bit more of me has now grown up and gone!!!
I took my wife and my now late youngest daughter to see Gene on his Australia tour in 1992, This show was excellent, Gene was a great performer, He will be sadly missed,
Henry Spiken, Australia/USA.
Gene was no fading star and his performances were always
Rest in Peace Gene knowing you gave the world so many years
of joy and
Adrienne from Suburban Pittsburgh, PA
Our thoughts go out to the family of Gene Pitney on this sad day. Gene's unique talent will be missed, but he will live on in our hearts with his beautiful music, I heard his beautiful rendition of ' I must be seeing things" on radio the other day and realised how his music had affected our lives. God bless Gene and his family always.
I am deeply sadden about the death of GENE PITNEY. We used to live across the street from his Parents and Sister Nancy on Hammond St. in Rockville. My heart goes out to them all.
Although I never met him, and unfortunately never got to
hear him perform live, I truly feel like I've lost a friend. Gene's music
was a background to my life as a teenager in the early sixties, and I
have remained a fan of his remarkable music to this day. Some people like
Gene and Roy Orbison manage to touch you forever with their tremendous
artistry, and they will remain with us always.
Deepest sympathy to his wife Lynne and thanks to her that she let him travel to provide such enjoyment - you can see it on the faces in the DVD's. You felt like you knew him personally - he gave his all. Sympathy also to his three sons - they will miss their dad, but what a unique and beautiful singer he was.
We were planning to send him an email for his next visit. We will be having a Gene memorial weekend soon.
We are all still numb with shock
Jill Ryan, Margaret Farrell and Sandii Ryan (No 1 Fan)
Richard Bailey, Lynchburg, Virginia USA
Today is one of the saddest days of our lives with the passing of Gene.We feel like we have lost a family member.We saw Gene perform many times in Auckland New Zealand,and loved the man and his music.Our deepest sympathy to his wife and sons.Enjoy the fishing Gene, up there in the big ocean in heaven.Loved you for 45 years,will love you forever.
Two devoted fans,Auckland NZ.
I am so,so sad. Gene Pitney has been a part of my life for
nearly as long as I can remember. A fantastic singer/songwriter and a
truly beautiful man. I loved him so, his music is and always will be timeless.
My kids grew up on his music and they loved him, as do my grandchildren
VICKIE AND RON ARNOTT