Gene Pitney was unique in the world of popular music.He recorded in many genres,including pop,rock,country,movie themes and r&b.He played piano,drums and guitar,and was an excellent songwriter,penning hits for Ricky Nelson and Bobby Vee as well as for himself.He played piano on the first Rolling Stones album and had an affair,chronicled in her autobiography,with Marianne Faithfull.He was famous for hitting high notes that "only dogs and managers could hear".When his string of hits ran out in 1968 he continued to perform and record.My biggest regret now is that I never got to see him live.Nik Cohn described the effect of one of his concerts as "like swimming in a cement mixer".
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