Lou Christie's chart topping, multi-million selling career as a songwriter, recording artist, and performer started in a two-track studio in Glenwillard Pennsylvania, his rural hometown near Pittsburgh. Lou's first million selling song, THE GYPSY CRIED, transformed a local choirboy, Lugee Alfredo Giovanni Sacco, into LOU CHRISTIE - national teen idol, while still a teenager himself.
Over the decade of the 1960's Lou followed success with greater success. TWO FACES HAVE I was his next big hit featuring his stratospheric falsetto. LOU forever embedded himself and his uniquely talented voice into America's consciousness with his number 1 multi-million selling success LIGHTNING STRIKES. LOU'S chart topping success continued with two more million selling hits, RHAPSODY IN THE RAIN and I'M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE. RHAPSODY'S success was fueled by the fact that it was the first song banned on the radio due to its suggestive lyrics.
LOU was more than just your average teen idol. He was one of the decades first singer-songwriters. Together with his eccentric collaborator, Twyla Herbert, LOU co-wrote nearly all of his songs. Twyla, nearly 30 years LOU'S senior, was a classically trained musician. It was the perfect partnership since LOU had no formal musical training.
Highlights from LOU'S performing career include appearances on "Dick Clark's Caravan Of Stars", sharing 72 consecutive one-nighters with Diana Ross and the Supremes, and a command performance for Queen Elizabeth and the Royal Family. Lou has shared the stage with many of the greats of Rock 'n' Roll including The Rolling Stones, The Who, Neil Diamond, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Little Richard.
Elton John, John Lennon, Madonna are among the music legends upon whom Lou has had an effect. Elton John played piano for LOU during LOU'S 'London Period' in the early 70's and recorded LOU'S song, SHE SOLD ME MAGIC. John Lennon repeatedly pointed out in his interviews that "LOU CHRISTIE was one of my influences". And, Madonna thanked LOU in the liner notes of her ten million selling Immaculate Collection LP.
Over the past decade, Lou has led the resurgence of Rock 'n' Roll heroes performing through out the world. LOU'S fans recognize his distinctive vocal and writing performances in major motion pictures. Many distinguished directors are also fans. Films that feature Lou's songs include Barry Levinson's -RAINMAN, Whit Stillman's - BARCELONA and THE LAST DAYS OF DISCO, Tony Bill's - A HOME OF OUR OWN, Richard Linklatter's - BEFORE SUNRISE, John Hughes - DUTCH, Michael de Avila's - BURNZY'S LAST CALL, and Oliver Stone's TV mini series - WILD PALMS.
LOU'S records are still selling today! And, in addition to recent international re- releases, his most famous tracks can be found on "Greatest Hits" and other collections on Varies Saraband and Rhino Records. LOU recently released PLEDGING MY LOVE, a collection of newly recorded songs, including seven CO-written by LOU himself. LOU is also a major contributor to the Rhino Records release, GREASE IS THE WORD, a newly recorded version of the soundtrack from the motion picture Grease.