“My parents were very into music. The whole family was musical, really. So I remember playing my mother’s big heavy 78 records of Peggy Lee, Bing Crosby and Perry Como.
Then I graduated to 45s and listened to the Four Lads, the Aces and lot of R&B, that were called race records back then.
But as far as albums go, I think that one of the first 12-inch records that I ever bought was by the Platters. I love that album cover, and to this day, I can still see it – the way they were posed in that photograph.
That was one of the first albums I bought, and I learned all of the vocal parts on that record. So besides the lead vocals, I also sang all of the background parts along with my sister.
And then I bought records by the Everly Brothers, the Del Vikings and thing like that.
You know, I think I still have those albums up in the attic of my mother’s house.”
Lou Christie – whose hits include “Lightning Strikes,” “Rhapsody in the Rain,” “The Gypsy Cried” and “Two Faces Have I” – performs at the Golden Oldies Spectacular at Proctors in Schenectady at 7pm on Saturday (October 26). The line-up also includes Kenny Vance & the Planetones, Charlie Thomas’ Drifters, Sonny Turner (former lead singer of the Platters), Nicole Ortiz and the Oldies Show (with special guest Trish Anderson). Tickets are $36.75, $44.75 & $51.75.