Luigi 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 hit, “Lightnin’ Strikes“, and his three-octave vocal range.
Sacco was born in Glenwillard, Pennsylvania and raised in suburban Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He traveled to New York after graduating from Moon Area High School and found work as a session vocalist. [—]
Christie was frequently written off by critics as an imitator of Frankie Valli, as both men possessed similar falsetto vocals and the ability to change almost effortlessly between their falsetto and normal registers. Later reviewers have been less harsh, noting that Christie was one of the first singer-songwriters of the era, a status later noted by John Lennon, who referred to Christie as “A truly creative person”.