- Category : Entertain-Music-Composer/Arranger
- Type : GP
- Profile : 4/6 - Opportunistic / Role Model
- Definition : Single
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Contagion 1
American musician, songwriter and pop vocalist known for his plaintive singing style and his big hit "Town Without Pity." Early in his career he wrote songs for other pop groups and vocalists, including "He's A Rebel", for The Crystals, "Today's Teardrops" for Roy Orbison and "Hello Mary Lou" for Ricky Nelson.
His collaboration with Burt Bacharach and Hal David in 1961 produced his first hit single, "I Wanna Love My Life Away." it was followed by "Town Without Pity" which won a Golden Globe award for Best Song in a Motion Picture and was nominated for an Academy award. In 1963 he had another hit, "Mecca" which seemed to be heavily influenced by Indian music. Some critics saw in the song a precursor to psychedlic themes. His tour of Britain in Europe in 1962, where he sang in Italian and German in those countries, launched his reputation in Europe, and he would receive greater acclaim in England than he did in his home country. In Britain, he made the UK Top Ten six times in 1965-66. Throughout the 1960s, he produced many singles and albums, many of which achieved top-of-chart success. His last chart hit in America was 1969, but he continued to hit the UK charts until 1974. Pitney then got into real estate and his touring and recordiing schedule diminished.
In 2002, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Pitney on one of his rare tours was found dead in a Cardiff, Wales hotel on April 5, 2006.