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Thursday, April 06, 2006 |
( 4/06/2006 12:37:00 PM ) Bill S.
"IT ISN'T VERY PRETTY WHAT A TOWN WITHOUT PITY CAN DO!" – So Gene Pitney, master of the melodramatic pop single, has passed on at the age of 65. As a 'tween boy in the early sixties, I was a major fan of Pitney – one of the great pre-Beatles rock 'n' roll crooners – and I had copies of his two big movie soundtrack singles, "Town Without Pity" and "Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" (which, interestingly, doesn't appear in the actual movie) in my small library of Woolworth's purchased 45's. I suspect I was just the right age for both songs, but they still both sound great to my ears – did my heart good to hear "Pity" being used to make a thematic point in John Waters' Hairspray, too. Looks like I'll be putting on Rhino's Anthology when I get home this evening . . .
(Thanx to Ivan G. Shreve for pointing this out to me.)