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Lou Christie

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Lugee Alfredo Giovanni Sacco (born February 19, 1943), known professionally as Lou Christie, is an American singer-songwriter best known for three separate strings of pop hits in the 1960s, including his 1966 smash, “Lightnin’ Strikes” and his incredible 3 octave vocal range.

Sacco was born in Glenwillard, Pennsylvania[1] and raised in suburban Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Sacco traveled to New York after graduating from Moon Area High School and found work as a session vocalist.
His sister Susan Christie had a minor hit with the novelty song “I Love Onions”, which peaked at #63 on the Hot 100 in 1966.

Robbee and Roulette: 1961-1963

Sacco also recorded a few unsuccessful discs of his own for various record labels in both New York and Pittsburgh, most notably “The Jury” (as by “Lugee & The Lions”) on the Pittsburgh-based Robbee label, which achieved local success. “The Gypsy Cried” features the vocal style that would characterize all of Christie’s biggest hits: verses sung in his normal register, and then a dramatic shift to his falsetto on the choruses. That song was released in 1962 on the tiny C&C label and unexpectedly credited to ‘Lou Christie’ without Sacco’s permission. Sacco had been working on a list of potential stage names, and he has stated that he hated the name for decades afterwards: “I was pissed off about it for 20 years. I wanted to keep my name and be a one-named performer, just ‘Lugee’.”

After the C&C release became a Pittsburgh hit, “The Gypsy Cried” was picked up by Roulette Records and charted nationwide, peaking at #24, selling over one million copies, and receiving a gold disc.

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  • deejayfooey

    no but Lou Christie is Count of Mountie Christie's great-great etc grandson...when the count finally got out of the Bastille, he made up for lost time and actually had quite a few grandkids...funny what a couple decades in a prison will do to some guys...Fooey

    26 Aug 10:51am Reply
  • WarriorJones

    Cool tunes. Is he Chris Christie's grandfather?

    5 Jun 6:35pm Reply
  • Nimbie

    well this is the guy who invented The Tammys, therefore he is automatically cool

    24 Jan 8:03pm Reply
  • richardneal

    We can safely say that Mr. Christie's favorite vowel is "i" yi yi yi yi...

    7 Dec 2012 Reply
  • BlueOclock

    Two Faces Have I is a good one.

    2 Nov 2012 Reply
  • catholicbird

    dat falsetto

    15 Jul 2011 Reply
  • eriqk

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gma5IUNMTn0

    4 May 2011 Reply
  • juantheowl

    best songwriter

    7 Dec 2010 Reply
  • funnyguydidit

    as shrill and girlish as lou christie's falsetto is, i'll never be half the man that he is

    15 Sep 2010 Reply
  • suicideblondyn

    I dont get it. His greatest song is SHE SOLD ME MAGIC! Why you people dont understand that?

    23 Aug 2010 Reply
  • johntardsbaby66

    Whoa. His voice. Is high.

    12 Jul 2010 Reply
  • qaroliina

    LOU CHRISTIE ES UN GRAN CANTANTE ORIGINAL Y CON VOZ ESPECIAL POR LO MENOS LO FUE EN LOS 70 AS MUY ORIGINAL FUE COMPARADO VOCALMENTE CON EL TIMBRE DE TRINY LOPEZ Y CON FRANKY VALLY PERO NADA DE ESO SU ORIGINALIDAD LLEGO MAS ALLA AUN YA ADULTO SIGE DELEITANDONOS CON SU MUSICA. THANK S EVERYONE SU AMIGO MARK

    8 May 2010 Reply
  • tj66stang

    Some Awesome tracks!

    6 Jun 2009 Reply
  • Cajungrandma

    What a Hunk..... Great Voice..... Nice Guy too !

    23 Apr 2009 Reply
  • badgerdrive

    I was that girl. but I got him.

    16 Apr 2009 Reply
  • LIL-GYPSY

    some of the best music every made

    22 Nov 2008 Reply
  • pins

    Paint America Love is set to be reissued on Revola on 27th October this year. Woohoo!! :D

    15 Oct 2008 Reply
  • PappaWheelie

    Another deserved mention for Paint America Love. Excellent album.

    4 Feb 2008 Reply
  • menslar

    Amazing falsetto.

    1 Dec 2007 Reply
  • ldexterldesign

    there's one of his tracks on the Before Sunrise (1995) & Before Sunset (2004) ost - can't find anything else, which is a bit disappointing :(

    19 Nov 2007 Reply
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