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Tonight’s Friday night open music thread is pure gold – Town Without Pity, Gene Pitney, 1961.

“Town Without Pity” was Gene Pitney’s first hit. Its success was partly due to it being from the movie of the same name, with the star appeal of Kirk Douglas attracting a lot of attention. The song won the very first Golden Globe award for best original song, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song. This led to Pitney becoming the first pop singer to perform at the Oscars in 1962.