The Man who Shot Liberty Valance and If I Didn't Have a Dime would be my favorites. A great singer with a great voice. Did he also do Ride Away?
True Love Never Runs Smooth, my fav, also I'm Gonna Be Strong, Last Chance To Turn Around, Looking Through the Eyes OF Love, Backstage[I'm Lonely] and Only Love Can Break a Heart....A style all his own....some of these songs just don't "sound" right sung by someone else...IMO...there are still other singles and songs he wrote for others...quite the talent...
I have a few of his old albums, even though his kind of pop isn't always totally up my alley. But I recognize his prodigious talents, playing multiple instruments, overdubbing his wide-ranging vocals into choruses, writing a bunch of great songs, producing records, and even recording with the early Rolling Stones. (Gene's British publicist was Andrew Loog Oldham, the Stones' manager, and Gene -- who was even a bigger star in the UK than he was in America -- played piano with them in the studio on a few tracks, plus the maracas on their cover of Buddy Holly's "Not Fade Away". The group refered to him as Uncle Gene, and Jagger and Richards gave him their composition "That Girl Belongs To Yesterday", which in Gene's recording became the pair's first US chart success as writers, even though it's far from being a great song.)
My nomination goes to one of Gene's compositions recorded by others, "He's A Rebel" by The Crystals (1962, actually Darlene Love recorded by Phil Spector under The Crystals' name, and Pitney's only US number one chart hit as a writer or performer, ironically holding his own recording of the Bacharach/David composition "Only Love Can Break A Heart" to the number two position).
All great songs, thank you one and all. I just listened to I'm Gonna Be Strong--wow, what a dramatic, powerful voice and song.
Zaikesman, thanks also for the Pitney trivia, which I did not know.
Pawlowski6132, you really should listen to some of his songs mentioned here. From the comments you see on this thread you can tell he was a special talent.
I was lucky,...very lucky to see Gene Pitney at Summerfest in Milwaukee about 10 years ago. I have seen many, many people live...both from the past and from the present. This guy was just super live. I will never forget how much energy, effort and style he put into his performance. And where many sound poor live compared to their recordings....Pitney was better live than on disc.