The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
Gene Francis Alan Pitney (February 17, 1940 – April 5, 2006) was an American singer-songwriter and musician.
Pitney charted 16 top-40 hits in the United States, four in the top ten. In the United Kingdom, he had 22 top-40 hit singles, including 11 in the top ten. Among his most famous hits are “Town Without Pity“, “(The Man Who Shot) Liberty Valance“, “Twenty Four Hours from Tulsa“, “I’m Gonna Be Strong“, “It Hurts to Be in Love“, and “Something’s Gotten Hold of My Heart“. He also wrote the early-1960s hits “Rubber Ball” recorded by Bobby Vee, “Hello Mary Lou” by Ricky Nelson, and “He’s a Rebel” by the Crystals. In 2002, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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As a fan of Bonanza, Gunsmoke, The Lone Ranger and all the other TV westerns that flooded our screens in the 50s and 60s, the music and narrative of this classic song still holds up.