Reviews

Album cover with painted portraits of Gene Pitney and Neil Sedaka in relaxed pose

Neil Sedaka

Michael did a wonderful job and I am pleased to have contributed.

Dave McGrath who ran Gene Pitney’s Fan Club and merchandising

Michael’s book was a quick and fun read.  I worked closely with Gene for 21 years (1985 – 2006) —and— I learned some things from this book that I never knew. While I was a lifelong Fan of Gene’s —even when I worked with him— I was never a real serious collector of records and memorabilia nor did I have a decided interest in knowing the minutia of Gene’s life and career.  Gene and I were first and foremost business partners as well as great friends. Having said that, I want to make it clear that this book will still surprise and enlighten serious Pitney-philes and it tells Gene’s story quite well to the average fan, too.  Michael has a nice collection of photos he used for the book and a remarkable discography.

I am so glad Michael undertook the effort to put this book together and make it available. It takes great resolve, discipline and ambition to write a book. I know because I am working on three different Pitney book projects! I applaud him on his book. As I told him when he contacted me about writing an essay for the book, “The more books about Gene available to the public the better.”

Lynda Unwin, Queensland, Australia

What I loved most about Michael’s book is the insight into Gene’s personality through the emails he and Gene exchanged. He clearly gave a lot of thought to the advice he gave Michael. This did show the kindness people often refer to about Gene.

The other thing I really appreciated are the great colour photos.

Maxine Gray, Christchurch, New Zealand

Charting The Life Of Gene Pitney is a book that needed to be written. Thank you for keeping this legend’s name and music alive. For me, a big highlight was reading the many comments from Gene Pitney. It was like hearing from the man himself. I was aware of most of what was written but to read what Gene had to say about his songs and music was a wonderful thing especially comments about the recording of Every Breath I Take, my favourite song.

I have just been listening to the interview on your very interesting website. Very impressive. Thank you again.

Sue Slater, New York State

Being an “old timer” (75), I have started listening to my Gene Pitney records and CDs lately (I had forgotten how “addicted” I was to his voice back in the ’60s!) and find I still love his sound. I am interested to find out what I can about him…..I finished your Gene Pitney biography – really enjoyed it! Loved the pictures – excellent quality. The paper quality is very nice. I especially liked the listings of the compositions, the Touring and Holidays and the e-mail! You depicted Gene as the guy next door who worked hard, honed his craft and reached fame but remained grounded. Thanks for writing the book.