Twenty Four Hours From Tulsa – Gene Pitney

THIS DAY IN MUSIC………………………………on October 3rd of 1963 Gene Pitney’s  single”Twenty Four Hours From Tulsa” is released the song is featured on his upcoming album “Blue Gene”. Written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David the songs success in the UK, Canada and Australia enabled Pitney to become an international star. In the US, Pitney peaked at #17 on the pop chart. After another low-charting single, 1964’s “Yesterday’s Hero”, Pitney rebounded with another string of hits in the mid-1960s, including the 1964 singles “It Hurts to Be in Love” and “I’m Gonna Be Strong”, which reached No. 7 and No. 9, respectively, in the U.S., and 1966’s “Nobody Needs Your Love”, which peaked at No. 2 in the UK, matching the No. 2 UK peak of “I’m Gonna Be Strong”. “It Hurts to Be in Love” had been planned for and recorded by Neil Sedaka, but RCA refused to release it because Sedaka had recorded the song outside RCA Victor in violation of his contract. The writers, Howard Greenfield and Helen Miller, presented the song to Pitney. Miller replaced Sedaka’s voice with Pitney’s, though Sedaka’s trademark backing harmonies were left intact.  Pitney charted 16 Top-40 hits in the United States, four in the Top 10. In the United Kingdom he had 22 Top-40 hits, and 11 singles in the Top Ten. He also wrote the early 1960s hits “Rubber Ball” recorded by Bobby Vee, “He’s a Rebel” by the Crystals, and “Hello Mary Lou” by Ricky Nelson. In 2002, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.