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July 19, 2015
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Jamie and Jane – Gene and Ginny

ginny-arnell-hes-my-little-devil-1964PITNEY FIRST

This was one of Gene Pitney’s earliest recordings – according to the “45 Cat” – Performing with Ginny Arnell as “Jamie and Jane” in May of 1959. Ginny Arnell would later become a more-or-less one hit wonder with “Dumb Head” in November of 1963.  Ginny had that teenage “girl group sound” but by the time “Dumb Head” hit the charts she was nearly 22 years old.

Arnell was a solo act on the Decca label from March of 1959 through June of 1960.  Gene and Ginny would release one more Decca single together.  Gene then went to the Blaze record label where he released one single under the name of “Billy Bryan” in November of 1959.  Then it was on to Musicor Records where he found lasting fame kicking off a long string of hit records with “I Wanna Love My Life Away” in November of 1960.

Ginny Arnell was born Virginia Mazarro.  She retired from the record business forever in 1965 being lured back one time for an encore performance in 2010

Gene Pitney (Gene Allen Francis Pitney) who is counted among the “Brill Building” composers, wrote some biggies such as the Crystals “He’s a Rebel”, Ricky Nelson’s “Hello Mary Lou” and Bobby Vee’s “Rubber Ball”.  Gene died in 2006 in the U.K. after a performance – a victim of a heart attack at the age of 66.

JAMIE AND JANE - DECCA ADD A JAMIE AND JANE - DECCA ADD B

BILLY BRYAN 01 BILLY BRYAN 02

2 Comments

  1. I’m on a campaign to catch up with some older posts – I have the Billy Bryan 45 somewhere in the deep recesses of my collection. Hear both sides here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NS__0PlVA-s . I used to like the uptempo side more, but the ballad now speaks to me more – a lot of Gene’s acknowledged Clyde McPhatter influence shows up on both sides.

    A different duet than the one illustrated is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_eM9-cQ0O9Y and here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_Y72O4_Tjw

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