Radio Mans fave with Lou Christie


Lightnin’ Strikes

Luigi Alfredo Giovanni Sacco (born February 19, 1943), known professionally by his stage name Lou Christie, is an American pop and soft rock singer-songwriter known for several hits in the 1960s, including his 1966 US chart-topper “Lightnin’ Strikes” and 1969 UK number-two “I’m Gonna Make You Mine“.

Early life and career

Christie was born Luigi Alfredo Giovanni Sacco[2] on February 19, 1943, in GlenwillardPennsylvania,[1] and grew up in suburban Pittsburgh. While attending Moon Area High School, he studied music and voice, served as student conductor of the choir and sang solos at holiday concerts. His teacher, Frank Cummings, wanted him to pursue a career in classical music, but Sacco wanted to cut a record to get on American Bandstand. At age 15 he met and befriended Twyla Herbert, a classically trained musician 20 years his senior, who became his regular songwriting partner and wrote hundreds of songs with him over the next 30 years until her death in 2009. Sacco performed with several vocal groups and between 1959 and 1962 released several records on small Pittsburgh labels, achieving a local hit with “The Jury” by Lugee & The Lions (a group consisting of Sacco, Twyla Herbert’s daughter Shirley, and two others) released on the Robbee label.[3][4] After graduating from high school in 1961, Sacco traveled to New York City and worked as a session vocalist.

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