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An Evening with Lou Christie & Gary Lewis and the Playboys

September 29, 2021

Overview

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 1960s 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 #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.

Gary Lewis and the Playboys were about as close to being an “overnight success” in the recording field as anyone can get. Just because it happens so seldom, it is always a special thrill when show business lightning strikes twice in the same family. The comedy antics of Jerry Lewis skyrocketed him to fame when he was just barely out of his teens. No. 1 son Gary had achieved comparable success in the music field. It was the summer of 1964 when Gary Lewis and the Playboys were discovered. Their first single, “This Diamond Ring” went straight to number one. After their second hit titled “Count Me In” went to number two, Gary and the band proved that they would be a continued success. They followed with more Top 10 songs such as “Save Your Heart For Me,” “Everybody Loves A Clown,” “She’s Just My Style,” “Sure Gonna Miss Her” and many more.

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