Lost Treasures: Gene Pitney – (The Man Who Shot) Liberty Valance

From 1962 on Musicor Records comes Gene Pitney’s “(The Man Who Shot) Liberty Valance written by well-known songwriting team Hal David & Burt Bacharach.  The song was supposed to be the movie title track of the John Wayne film of the same name, it was not used in the film due to a publishing dispute.  The western ballad is perfectly suited to Gene’s country-pop style & was one of 16 charted tacks in the US.  In Britain where Gene Pitney was even more popular, he had 22 top 40 hits to credit.  He was also a prolific songwriter, penning winning tunes for Bobby Vee, Ricky Nelson & The Crystals. In the mid-60’s he recorded a pair of popular country albums with George Jones.  Gene managed to maintain his popularity in the UK as a performer long after the hits dried up & eventually moved there to live. He passed away in 2006 of a heart attack while on tour in Wales.  The sunshine returns for the weekend – enjoy it & thanks for making Puget Sound Media part of your day!

Author: Mike Cherry

retired broadcaster: on-air, MD, PD, asst PD, Prod Mgr, IT, station technician/engineer, pioneer Internet webcaster, station installation/maintenance; 12 years in commercial radio, 17 years volunteer in campus/community radio in B.C., Alberta & Wash. Amateur radio operator & "DXer" specializing in AM night-time DX, short-wave DX/listening & remote SDR DXing/listening

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