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Singer Gene Pitney Dies on Tour in Britain


American rock-and-roll singer Gene Pitney has died in Wales while on a tour of Britain. He was 65 years old.

Pitney was found dead in his hotel room in Cardiff Wednesday, one day after giving a concert in the Welsh capital. There is no word on the cause of his death.

Pitney shot to fame in the 1960s with hits including "Twenty-Four Hours from Tulsa" and "Town Without Pity." He also wrote a number of songs made popular by other singers - including "Rubber Ball" by Bobby Vee, "Hello Mary Lou" by Ricky Nelson and "He's a Rebel" by the Crystals.

He also enjoyed success as a country-western singer, teaming up with artists George Jones and Melba Montgomery. In the 1990s, his career had a resurgence in Britain, and his duet "Something's Gotten Hold of My Heart" with Marc Almond hit number one on the charts.

Pitney was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, in 2002.

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