Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Lou Christie and the Classics on Alcar

Lou Christie and the Classics

16347 ~ Close your eyes
16348 ~ Funny Thing

Alcar 207

First issued on Starr 508 in 1960 as by The Classics

Lou Christie and The Classics

16349 - Tomorrow Will Come
16350 - You're With It

Alcar 208

Christie and writing partner Twyla Herbert

Inaccuracies abound on the internet regarding the life and works of Lugee Alfredo Giovanni Sacco born in Glen Willard, PA in 1943, better known as Lou Christie. And no serious information can be found on these four sides recorded by The Classics and later re-issued on the Alcar label, in-house label of Rite Records. Almost certainly recorded by Fee Bee Records owner Joe Averbach in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1960. Two were issued on the Starr label, one of the Fee Bee Records subsidiary label. The two others are likely from the same session(s) and were not issued at the time.

Twyla Herbert was the song writing partnter of Lou Christie for 30 years. Together they wrote hundreds of songs yielding a dozen hits including the no 1 song "Lightin' Strikes" and the hits "The Gypsy Cried", Two Faces of I", and "Rhapsody in the Rain," and "She Sold Me Magic. Lou Christie call her a genious. Herbert and Christie also composed songs for the girl group the Tammys, including the single "Egyptian Shumba," .

Twyla was born in 1921 in Riverside California and spent most of her lifetime in Pittsburgh. She performed as a classical concert pianist and described herself as a "bohemian gypsy, clairvoyant mystic". Twyla allegedly predicted which of her Lou Christie songs would become hits. She died in Phoenix, Arizona in 2009, at the age of 87.


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