Hundreds gathered in suburban Hartford, Connecticut, today for the funeral of singer Gene Pitney, who died last week at age 66 while touring in Wales.
Pitney was remembered as a friend and neighbor who, regardless of where he traveled, cherished coming back to his native Connecticut to be with his wife and three sons.
Pitney’s keening voice produced a string of hits including “Town Without Pity” and “Only Love Can Break a Heart.” He was found dead of natural causes April 5 in his hotel room a day after he had played a concert that fans claimed was one of his best.
About 300 mourners attended the service. Fans from around the country and the world expressed their condolences on the Web site of the funeral home that handled the arrangements.