"Lou Christie" (born "Luigi Alfredo Giovanni Sacco" on February 19, 1943 in Glenwillard, Pennsylvania) is an American singer-songwriter best known for a string of pop hits in the 1960s.
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Raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Sacco traveled to New York City after graduating from Moon Area High School and found work as a session vocalist. He also recorded a few unsuccessful discs of his own for various labels in both New York and Pittsburgh. One of his singles, ''"The Gypsy Cried"'' was released on the tiny C&C label and credited to "Lou Christie" without Sacco's permission or consent. (He has stated that he hated the name for decades afterward.) It features the vocal style that would categorize all of Christie's biggest hits: verses sung in his normal register and then a dramatic shift to his falsetto on the choruses.
After the C&C release became a hit in his home town of Pittsburgh, the song was picked up by Roulette Records and charted nationwide, peaking at #24. ''"The Gypsy Cried"'' was the first of numerous songs Christie co-wrote with his songwriting partner Twyla Herbert, a self-described eccentric and mystic, who was over 20 ...