Town Without Pity (song)

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"Town Without Pity" is a song written by composer Dimitri Tiomkin and lyricist Ned Washington. The track, produced by Aaron Schroeder[1], was originally recorded by Gene Pitney for the 1961 film of the same title. In 1962, the song received a Golden Globe award for "Best Motion Picture Song," and was nominated for an Academy Award for "Best Music, Original Song".

Other versions[edit]

Pitney also recorded versions in German (lyrics by Frank Zieboltz[2]), entitled "Bleibe bei mir" ("Stay With Me") and Italian, entitled "Città Spietata". Many artists and bands have recorded cover versions.

Year Performer Album
1966 Danny Williams Only Love
1967 Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass Sounds Like...
1978 Ronnie Montrose Open Fire
1980 Paul Warren & Explorer Takin' Her Back
1982 The Nylons One Size Fits All
1987 Mathilde Santing Out Of This Dream
1988 Thin White Rope Red Sun
1989 The Dickies Second Coming
1990 The Stray Cats Let's Go Faster!
1992 Dave Vanian and the Phantom Chords Town Without Pity (single)
1993 Neil Zaza Thrills & Chills
1996 Eddi Reader Candyfloss and Medicine
1996 The Brian Setzer Orchestra Guitar Slinger
1999 Mandy Barnett A Walk On The Moon (film soundtrack)
2001 Snakeman Show Radio Snakeman Show, Vol. 1[3]
2001 The Quiets Take a flight with The Quiets[4]
2003 Zen for Primates Albatross[5]
2004 Los Straitjackets Play Favorites
2006 Richie Cole & The Alto Madness Orchestra Risë's Rose Garden[6]
2007 Vidar Busk & The Voo Doodz Jookbox Charade

The song was also sung by John Travolta to Kirstie Alley in the 1989 romantic comedy, Look Who's Talking. The lyrics are referenced by Foetus (James Thirwell) in the song, "Descent into the Inferno." The song was also performed by The Voice finalist Lilli Passero, season 12, episode 21, which aired on May 1, 2017.

On Saturday Night Live, (3/26/77) Laraine Newman plays Indira Gandhi and John Belushi plays her young one, who must vacate the premises after losing the election but not before bursting into “Town Without Pity” (New Delhi).


  1. ^ Pitney, Gene, Gene Pitney:25 All-Time Greatest Hits, Varese Sarabande, 1999, liner notes
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "スネークマン・ショー「ラジオ・スネークマン・ショーVOL.01」|ワーナーミュージック・ジャパン". Retrieved 2016-09-26.
  4. ^ "The Quiets - Take A Flight With (CD, Album)". Retrieved 2016-09-26.
  5. ^ "Albatross - Zen for Primates | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. 2003-05-19. Retrieved 2016-09-26.
  6. ^ "Risë's Rose Garden: Richie Cole & The Alto Madness Orchestra: MP3 Downloads". Retrieved 2016-09-26.

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