Singer Gene Pitney, April 5 Singer Gene Pitney, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame whose hits included Town Without Pity and Only Love Can Break a Heart, died Wednesday, April 5, 2005, at a hotel in Cardiff, Wales, after playing a show. He was 65. Born in Hartford, Conn., Pitney had his first success as a songwriter with Rubber Ball, a Top 10 hit for Bobby Vee in 1961. Later that year, Ricky Nelson had a hit with Pitney's Hello Mary Lou. As a performer, Pitney had his first success that same year with Love My Life Away. But Burt Bacharach and Hal David provided the songs that put Pitney in the Top 10: The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance and Only Love Can Break a Heart, which was Pitney's biggest U.S. hit, peaking at No. 2 in 1962. The No. 1 song at the time was The Crystals' He's a Rebel -- written by Pitney, who is shown here in 1966.
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