Which artist sang the song Rubber Ball

Gene Pitney was born on February 17, 1940 (according to other sources 1941) as Gene Francis Allan Pitney in Hartford, Connecticut. The son of Polish immigrants grew up on his parents' farm in Rockville, later studied electronics at the "University of Connecticut" and while still in high school he directed his own country and western band called Gene Pitney & The Genials "called. Together with Ginny Arnell he recorded his first record as "Jamie & Jane" in 1958, then made solo records under the name "Billy Bryan" and sang under his real name since the early 1960s. The year 1961 brought the breakthrough with the title song of the movie "Town Without Pity" recorded for "Musicor"1) (City of No Pity) with Kirk Douglas. Pitney had his first "Top 10" success in the spring of 1962 with the number "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance", written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David. The song was inspired by the John Ford western of the same name starring John Wayne, James Stewart, Vera Miles and Lee Marvin, but was not sung in the film itself. The follow-up single "Only Love Can Break A Heart" then reached number 2 in the charts in the fall of the same year.
  
In 1963 Gene Pitney went to London, where he was successful with titles such as "24 Hours From Tulsa", "Lookin 'Through The Eyes Of Love" and "Princess In Rags". In Great Britain alone, the singer had ten "Top 10" hits between 1963 and 1967, almost all of which were gold-plated; the most successful were "I'm Gonna Be Strong" in 1964 and "Nobody Needs Your Love" in 1966. Gene Pitney was regularly featured in the charts until the mid-1970s, when he decided to "cut corners" in favor of his family. In 1989 he succeeded together with the Briton Marc Almond1) and a new recording of "Something's Gotten Hold Of My Heart" once again topped the list in Great Britain and Germany. The following album "Backstage" reached number 17 in Great Britain in 1990. In 1993 the artist celebrated another furious success at a gala evening in New York's "Carnegie Hall"; sold out.
  
In the course of his career, Pitney has given countless concerts around the world, appeared on television and sold his singles and albums millions of times. The extremely linguistically gifted singer recorded many of his English titles in different languages ​​of the countries he visited. With the Italian sung title "Nessuno mi puo giudicare" he took second place at the 1966 festival in San Remo. Various albums were produced especially for certain countries, such as "Gene Español" or "Gene Italiano".
Gene Pitney also had success as a songwriter for other artists, especially in the early stages of his musical career: for example, he wrote for Bobby Vee1) the hit "Rubber Ball" (1960), for Ricky Nelson2) the legendary song "Hello Mary Lou" (1961), for "The Crystals"1) the front runner "He's A Rebel" (1962) or for Roy Orbison2) "Today's Teardrops" (1963).
Until recently, Gene Pitney, who had built up a media cartel with music publishers, advertising agencies and record productions through his royalties, was on stage and published his CDs. The singer with the characteristic high-pitched voice, who always seemed a bit tormented, also performed at oldie concerts and not only delighted older fans with his legendary hits. He lived with his wife, Lynn, whom he married in 1966, in Connecticut near Rockville, where he had spent his youth.

Gene Pitney, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 20021) died on April 5, 2006 at the age of 65 in Cardiff (Wales); he was on a tour of Great Britain, the night before he had been on stage. The next morning he was found dead in his hotel room. According to the police, there was no evidence of an unnatural cause of death. Pitney left behind his wife, Lynn, and their three sons, Todd, Chris and David. He found his final resting place in the Center Cemetery in Somers (Connecticut).