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Gene Pitney が Cardiff で逝去

Gene Pitney  ご存知ですか?Gene Pitney
私は彼の unique な声が好きで、もともとは父の影響なんですがけっこう好きなんです。

 昨晩、私の叔母が勤める St. David's Hall で Gene Pitney の concert が行われました。
私も義母と叔母と 3 人で見に行ったのです。


 おじいちゃんになっちゃったけど、stage はすばらしかった。
感動してたんですぅ。


ところが・・・
今朝午前 10 時に彼が宿泊していた Hilton Cardiff の彼の部屋の bed の中で亡くなってたっていうじゃありませんか。
報道よりも先に叔母から聞いたんです。
記事はコチラ
Hilton Cardiff についてはこのblogにも多く entry してるように、我が家から歩いて3分くらいの所です。


 びっくり!なんてもんじゃないですよ・・・


 私はヤジウマ大好きですので、Hilton まで行ってみました。
というのも、私と J の gym が Hilton なもんで^^;


 BBC をはじめ取材陣でごった返していました・・・。
私は pass を持ってるので中に入れたのですが、これ持ってないと宿泊客でもない人は入れてくれないようでした。


 いや、もう事後だったのでなんてことはない見物だったのですが。


 死因は今の段階でまだわかってないそうです。
前兆もなかったと。
そうですよ、昨晩あんなに元気に stage をこなしてたんですもの。


 彼の concert tour は半ばにして以後 cancel になりました。 
fan の方で御花を供えている人もいました。


 現場をウロウロ背伸びして見てるときに・・・

すぐ近くに、J がいました(爆)


なんちゅー夫婦じゃ・・・^^;
J の office も Hilton Cardiff の近くなんで^^;
仕事しろよ(爆)


 


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Gene Pitney found dead in hotel

American superstar Gene Pitney has been found dead aged 65 in his bed in a Cardiff hotel.

Pitney - who found fame with Twenty Four Hours From Tulsa - was pronounced dead at the Hilton hotel at 1000 BST.


He was on a UK tour and had shown no signs of illness. The cause of death is not yet known but is not suspicious.


His biggest success was in the 1960s and he enjoyed a 1989 revival with his chart-topping duet, Something's Gotten Hold of My Heart, with Marc Almond.


Almond said he was "saddened and shocked" at the news. "Together we had one of the biggest hits of 1989 with Something's Gotten Hold Of My Heart and it was an honour to have worked with him," he said.


"He was a great, unique singer of great, unique songs. Today is a sad day."


Mark Howes of his management company In Touch Music said the singer was found in his bed.


Mr Howes told BBC Wales that everyone had been shocked by the death and there had been no signs that he was ill.


"He did a good show last night at St David's Hall and it was wonderful," he said.


"I've seen him quite a few times on this tour and he was fit and well. He said it was the best tour he had done for quite a few years."


Pitney has continually toured over the last 40 years.


He received a glowing review for the South Wales Echo - "non-stop enthusiastic performance" during what proved to be his final concert in Cardiff.


He had nine dates left on his 23-date UK tour and was due to appear at Bristol's Colston Hall on Wednesday.


Pitney's songs have been recorded by some of the world's biggest stars - Hello Mary Lou was released by Rick Nelson, Roy Orbison recorded Today's Teardrops as the B-side to his million-selling single, Blue Angel.


He is also credited with helping the Rolling Stones break the American market with his endorsement of the band.


Mick Jagger and Keith Richards wrote his hit That Girl Belongs to Yesterday which became the Stones duo's first composition to reach the American charts.


The son of a mill worker, Pitney said childhood ambitions of becoming a performer could not have been further from his mind.


He once recalled how his first solo performance at school degenerated into an embarrassing whimper as Pitney was petrified by the expectant audience.


Overcoming his nerves over the next few years, Pitney learned to play the guitar and piano and formed a schoolboy band.


It was during one of their gigs that his distinctive voice was discovered by the "the proverbial fat man with a cigar" who took him off to New York.


He is survived by his wife Lynne and three sons who live in his native Connecticut.

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英国はウェールズに移住した主婦。地方都市(適度な都会/適度な田舎)なCardiffの生活が心地良い。


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