British pop star Marc Almond will pay tribute to GENE PITNEY by including a version of the late singer's 1966 hit BACKSTAGE on his upcoming album. Almond befriended Pitney when they recorded SOMETHING'S GOTTEN HOLD OF MY HEART together - topping the UK singles chart in 1989. And the former SOFT CELL star was left heartbroken when he learned his pal had died of a heart disease last week (05APR06).