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.
Christine Belanger, Rhode Island
Several months ago I purchased your book “Charting the Life of Gene Pitney” and I just wanted to let you know how much I have enjoyed it! Thank you for including the appendices with all that wonderful information. They have answered many of my questions about his recordings.
On Wednesday I will be driving to Somers CT to leave some flowers at Gene’s last resting place. A small thank you for all the years of wonderful music.