Top Ten Songs by Gene Pitney

Feb 17, 2014

By Valerie Massie

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The Top Ten Songs by Gene Pitney, including 3 huge hits he wrote for others. He was born today, February 17th, in 1940 and would have been 74 today. He died in 2006.

10. Town Without Pity – Gene Pitney (peaked #13 in 1961)

9. Half Heaven, Half Heartache – Gene Pitney (peaked #12 in 1962)

8. Mecca – Gene Pitney (peaked #12 in 1963)

7. I’m Gonna Be Strong – Gene Pitney (peaked #9 in 1964)

6. Hello Mary Lou – Ricky Nelson (peaked #9 in 1961)

5. It Hurts To Be In Love – Gene Pitney (peaked #7 in 1964)

4. Rubber Ball – Bobby Vee (peaked #6 in 1960)

3. Man Who Shot Liberty Valence – Gene Pitney (peaked #4 in 1962) – written for film but not used

2. Only Love Can Break A Heart – Gene Pitney (peaked #2 in 1961) – kept from #1 by next song which he wrote!

1. He’s A Rebel – Crystals (peaked #1 in 1961)


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