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Hephaestion
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posted 05 April 2006 09:18 AM      Profile for Hephaestion   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 


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Gene Pitney, the American singer best known for his hit song Twenty-Four Hours From Tulsa, has been found dead in his hotel bed midway through a UK tour.


Times Online

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skdadl
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posted 05 April 2006 09:25 AM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Gee, there are songs I remember better than those - "Only Love Can Break a Heart," or "Liberty Valance," or "Town without Pity."

Well. Life is fragile. He died with his boots on, and I hope it was fast and quiet.


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Hephaestion
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posted 05 April 2006 10:17 AM      Profile for Hephaestion   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Maybe they meant best known for that song in Tulsa, skdadl...

But the ones you mentioned are the ones I always hear, yes.

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Américain Égalitaire
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posted 05 April 2006 11:29 AM      Profile for Américain Égalitaire   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I always thought The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance was his best and most famous song. I'll have that in my head today all day.

But if you're going to go, its nice to have had the great adulation the night before he died in Cardiff. I didn't even know he was still performing. He obviously had a full life.


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M. Spector
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posted 05 April 2006 03:38 PM      Profile for M. Spector   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Some of the songs he wrote [or co-wrote] were just as popular as those he sang - the Crystals with He's A Rebel, Ricky Nelson with Hello Mary Lou, Bobby Vee with Rubber Ball, Roy Orbison with Today's Teardrops.

Pitney played maracas on the Rolling Stones' recording of Not Fade Away, and piano in the background of some other songs by the Stones.

I always like Mecca:

I live on the West side, she lives on the East side of the stree-ee-eet
And though they say that East is East and West is West
And never the twain shall meet
Each morning I face her window and pray that our love can be
'Cause that brownstone house where my baby lives
Is Mecca (Mecca, Mecca, Mecca) Mecca (Mecca, Mecca) to me-e-e-e-e-e.


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deBeauxOs
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posted 06 April 2006 01:28 AM      Profile for deBeauxOs     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
What an amazing life ... he died doing what he loved, it seems. As an angst-ridden teenager, I was quite moved by the lyrics to his songs. His delivery was powerful and effective, too.

And so I cry a little bit (hurts to be in love)
Oh I die a little bit (hurts to be in love)
Day and night, night and day
It hurts to be in love this way.


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Joel_Goldenberg
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posted 06 April 2006 11:45 AM      Profile for Joel_Goldenberg        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
My Fave was Something's Got A Hold of My Heart, the '67 original, not the later hit with Marc Almond. Huge production and great song.
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