Gene Pitney – (The Man Who Shot) Liberty Valance, is a song written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, which was released by Gene Pitney in 1962. It spent 13 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at No. 4, while reaching No. 2 on Canada’s CHUM Hit Parade, and No. 4 on New Zealand’s “Lever Hit Parade”.
Although it was not used in the film, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, there is disagreement about whether the song had been intended to appear in it. Nevertheless, Pitney has stated that the recording session was paid for by Paramount, and that it was midway through the effort when he found out that the song was not going to be included in the film; one of the orchestra members told him that the movie had been released. Session drummer Gary Chester plays on the recording.
The song was ranked No. 36 in the Western Writers of America’s list of the top 100 Western songs of all time, as compiled from a survey of its members.
Gene Pitney – (The Man Who Shot) Liberty Valance
From the album Only Love Can Break a Heart
B-side “Take It Like a Man”
Genre Country pop
Songwriter(s) Burt Bacharach & Hal David