Eugene Sampson Pitt born November 6, 1937 in Brooklyn, New York, USA was the founding member of The Jive Five.
He first formed a group with some schoolfriends in 1954 called the Genies, in which he was the lead singer. There were no recordings from this group.
In 1959 he, together with Jerome Hanna, Richard Harris, Norman Johnson, and Billy Prophet, formed The Jive Five. Among their classic doo-wop recordings released on Beltone Records, were "My True Story", "Never, Never", and "What Time Is It?".
In 1985, Eugene and The Jive Five were introduced to New York cable TV branding consultants Fred Seibert and Alan Goodman by his latest producer, Ambient Sound's Marty Pekar. Together they embarked on an almost ten-year relationship, creating and singing the a cappella signature sound of the American kids' television network Nickelodeon.
Terry Stewart, President & CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, has called Pitt "the most underrated soul singer in America."
- Rock Library Profile
- An Interview with Eugene Pitt at Soul Express in 2009
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