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Teen idol Christie keeps the fantasy alive

Lou Christie
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In 1962, when Lou Christie recorded his first single, “The Gypsy Cried,” at age 19, he was an anomaly — a teen idol who wrote his own songs. Christie, born Luigi Alfredo Giovanni Sacco, wrote most of his biggest hits, from his best-known single “Lightnin’ Strikes” to the controversial, sexually charged “Rhapsody in the Rain,” with self-described mystic and classically trained pianist Twyla Herbert, who was more than 20 years older than him. The unusual ...

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