Lugee Alfredo Giovanni Sacco, 19 February 1943, Glen Willard, Pennsylvania, USA. A former student of classical music, Christie moved to New York in 1963 where he sang backing vocals on a variety of sessions. Before beginning his string of hits, Christie recorded unsuccessfully with such groups as the Classics, Lugee And The Lions and the Tammys. Although his high falsetto was reminiscent of an earlier era, and similar to that used successfully by Frankie Valli and Del Shannon, The Gypsy Cried, the artists debut solo single, achieved sales in excess of one million in 1963. The following year Two Faces Have I proved equally successful but, unable to avoid the US military draft, Christies career was interrupted. He achieved a third golden disc with Lightnin Strikes (1966), considered his finest record, which pitted the singers vocal histrionics against a solid, Tamla/ Motown Records -styled backbeat. The...
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