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Tommy Carey Remembers Gene Pitney at New Brighton’s Floral Pavilion Theatre

12th August 2015

Categories: News

Gene Pitney and Tommy Carey at the Floral Pavilion Wirral

This celebration concert in honour of one of pop music's greatest stars features Tommy Carey as Gene Pitney with the Liberty Valance Big Band & Singers.  With musical hits including 24 Hours from Tulsa, Something’s Gotta Hold of my Heart and Hello Mary Lou, REMEMBERING GENE PITNEY (1940-2006): 24 HOURS FROM TULSA is at the Floral Pavilion, New Brighton on Wednesday 9th September.

The pop world was rocked when in April 2006 American superstar, Gene Pitney, died suddenly while he was touring the United Kingdom.  Hours after stepping off stage to a standing ovation, Pitney, who soared to fame with Twenty Four Hours From Tulsa, was found dead in his Cardiff Hotel room. He was 66. Following a string of hits in the 1960s, Pitney enjoyed a 1989 revival with his chart topping duet, Something’s Gotten Hold of My Heart with Marc Almond.

During the 1960s and 70s at a time when tribute shows we’re unheard of, Ireland’s Tommy Carey regularly drew crowds to his Music of Gene Pitney show. In the days of the booming Dance Halls, sing-along bars and late night clubs, he played to packed houses across the greater Dublin area where his show was the biggest draw in Ireland’s booming cabaret circuit. Gene even attended one of Tommy's show’s and congratulated him on his life-like impersonation.

Dublin born Liberty Valance’s Eugene McCarthy (piano, keyboards, vocals, arranger) has long been a stalwart of the Irish music scene.  His band are Adam Taylor (bass), Steve McCann (drums), Steve McDonald (trumpet), and Michael Buckley (saxophone) with singers Karen Black and Aileen Pringle.

Now, as we approach the 10th anniversary of Gene Pitney’s death, Tommy takes his Remembering Gene Pitney (1940-2006):24 Hours from Tulsa show on its first tour of the UK with his Liberty Valance Big Band and Singers.  Also using original audio visual material they will perform 30 songs spanning Gene Pitney’s career.

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