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Last Updated: Wednesday, 5 April 2006, 13:35 GMT 14:35 UK
Fan's final chat with Gene Pitney
Wendy Brown
Wendy Brown chatted to Gene Pitney hours before the star died
A life-long Gene Pitney fan has described how she chatted to the singer in his dressing room hours before his death in a Cardiff hotel.

Wendy Brown, 59, is front-of-house manager at St David's Hall, where the star played his last concert on Wednesday night.

Here she tells the BBC Wales news website, about their meeting last night and how he dedicated his final song of the night to her:

"I was working with Gene at the hall last night and we were chatting with him in his dressing room before the show. He was on great form and we were reminiscing about the old Double Diamond Club in Caerphilly, where he used to perform many years ago.

He looked fine. He was no different at all to other times I've met him. I just cannot believe it. I'm devastated.

St David's Hall
Gene Pitney received a standing ovation at St David's Hall

I have been a fan of him all my life. I first went to see him in the Capitol Theatre in Cardiff in 1967 where I used to work as an usherette.

I just thought he was fantastic then and he was in great form last night.

He came on and just did one number after another. He was chatting away to the audience and did lots of dedications.

After about 90 minutes, he actually dedicated his last song - Town Without Pity - for me and a friend of mine who was in the audience who was celebrating her 60th birthday.

He performed well, was brilliant with the audience, plenty of jokes. He got a standing ovation and he went onto do three encores.

There were 1,100 people here. He came on the stage about 8.40pm and was on until 10pm. It was a mixed audience with a lot of elderly as well. They were enthusiastic and enjoyed it.

I think every song he ever sang he performed last night.

After the concert, it took me ages to get to sleep last night. All his tunes were going round and round in my head... I just can't believe that he's dead."


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