i just read the news that gene pitney has died and while i won’t attempt an obituary i wanted to mark it with a post all the same. gene pitney was exactly the kind of unique and masterful vocalist that we are lacking in the current music scene. our obsession with ‘perfection’ only results in the vast sea of pop-idol blandness that would never allow a gene pitney, or a roy orbison or even a del shannon the same kind of success withought smoothing out everything that makes a vocal interesting and special.
there is an obitury on the bbc site here and some other good links here, here and here.
town without pity :[audio:http://marilynshampoo.co.uk/audio/pity.mp3%5D
24 hours from tulsa :[audio:http://marilynshampoo.co.uk/audio/tulsa.mp3%5D
something’s gotten hold of my heart (with marc almond) :[audio:http://marilynshampoo.co.uk/audio/heart.mp3%5D