Monday, September 01, 2008

Gene Pitney - Voice Your Choice

Gene Pitney was born a few days after Valentine's Day, on February 17, 1941 in Hartford, Connecticut and later raised in Rockville, Connecticut. Prior to his own solo career, he recorded with Ginny Arnell as the duo Jamie & Jane in 1959. A year later he was still in disguise as he went by the name of Billy Bryan. Apart from writing songs for himself, he also wrote Hello Mary Lou, recorded by Ricky Nelson, He's A Rebel for The Crystals, and Rubber Ball, which Bobby Vee recorded.

He scored a very impressive twenty four appearances on the Billboard chart, including four Top Ten hits. This week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice features Gene Pitney with two of his great hits: I Must Be Seeing Things and Last Chance To Turn Around. Cast your vote for the song you'd like to hear by coming to the Voice Your Choice page. We'll play the winner in Hour 3 of next week's show.