LIGHTNIN' STRIKES
LOU CHRISTIE

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Released October 6, 2008

First-ever Lou Christie
MGM Retrospective
From The Original Master Tapes

LOU CHRISTIE
ORIGINAL SINNER:
THE VERY BEST OF
THE MGM RECORDINGS

(RPM 284)

All Tracks Written by
LOU CHRISTIE and TWYLA HERBERT
Except #s 09 & 10

Stereo Except #s
07 - 08 & 19 - 22 Mono

01. LIGHTNIN' STRIKES (3:01)
Billboard #1, Cash Box #1,
Record World #1

02. BABY, WE GOT TO RUN AWAY (2:55)

03. CRYIN' IN THE STREETS (2:44)

04. TRAPEZE (2:27)

05. DIARY (2:46)

06. JUNGLE (2:54)

07. RHAPSODY IN THE RAIN
Uncensored (BANNED) Version (2:48)

08. RHAPSODY IN THE RAIN
Censored Version (2:54)
Billboard #16, Cash Box #20,
Record World #20

09. YOU'VE GOT YOUR TROUBLES (3:15)

10. SINCE I DON'T HAVE YOU (2:23)
Cash Box Looking Ahead #1,
Billboard #102

11. PAINTER (3:03)
Record World #73,
Cash Box #77,
Billboard #81

12. LITA (2:12)

13. LITA
Alternate Mix

14. INDIAN SUMMER (3:05)

15. HOLLYWOOD'S MY STOP (2:39)

16. DU RONDA (3:06)

17. BACK TRACK (2:29)

18. SUMMER SNOW (3:16)

19. WATCH YOUR HEART AFTER DARK (3:32)

20. IF MY CAR COULD ONLY TALK (3:19)
Billboard #118

21. WILD LIFE'S IN SEASON

22. SONG OF LITA (2:14)

Produced, Arranged and Conducted by Charles Calello
Except #s 19 - 22 by Jack Nitzsche

Compilation Produced by Harry Young
Photos and Memorabilia:
Lou Christie, Harry Young
Design and Artwork by Paul Bevoir
for Love Melody
Mastering by Ian Shepherd, SRT,
St Ives, Cambridge
Album Coordination by Mark Stratford, RPM Productions, ltd



LOU CHRISTIE & THE TAMMYS
EGYPTIAN SHUMBA CD
HOME PAGE


EGYPTIAN SHUMBA Versions

RPM CD 330, Track 16 (2:32, Intro 0:06) Stereo
Second Overdub Take Two
Same performance as original Mono single
All original Mono single overdubs present, including ghost vocal 0:42 and following
Correct fade-out as original Mono single
First verse edited back in 1:57

RPM CD 330, Track 22 (2:45, Intro 0:03) Stereo
Different (earlier) vocal and instrumental performance than RPM CD 330, Track 16 and RPM CD 274, Track 22
Fade-out
No vocal or instrumental overdubs
First verse not edited back in 1:58

RPM CD 274, Track 22 (2:41) Stereo
Take Two Basic Egypt
Same performance as original Mono single and RPM CD 330, Track 16
Several overdubs missing including ghost vocal 0:34 and following
No Fade-out (cold ending)
First verse not edited back in 1:55


If you thought The Bangles were the first to walk like an Egyptian, you'd be wrong by a couple of decades.

LOU CHRISTIE &
THE TAMMYS:
EGYPTIAN SHUMBA:
THE SINGLES AND
RARE RECORDINGS 1962-1964

RPM CD 330 (55:15)
Released January 28, 2002

All Tracks Written by
LOU CHRISTIE and TWYLA HERBERT
except #s 17 and 19 - 21.

All Tracks feature THE TAMMYS
except #s 01 - 03.

LOU CHRISTIE:
01. THE GYPSY CRIED
(Mono) 2:09
~ C and C single 102 B and Roulette single R-4457 B, recorded September 1962, released October 1962

02. TWO FACES HAVE I
(Wide Stereo) 2:47
~ Roulette single R-4481, recorded and released February 1963

03. SUMMER SNOW
(Mono) 2:43
~ intended third Roulette single, recorded May 1963, released March 1988

04. OUTSIDE THE GATES OF HEAVEN
(Mono) 2:27
~ Co & Ce single 235, recorded for Roulette January 1964, released February 1966

05. GUITARS AND BONGOS
(Mono Single Version, First Time On CD) 2:45
~ Colpix single CP-735, recorded June 1964, released July 1964

06. MERRY-GO-ROUND
(Mono) 2:31
~ Colpix single CP-735 B, recorded June 1964, released July 1964

07. MAKE SUMMER LAST FOREVER
(Stereo) 2:47
~ Colpix single CP-770 B, recorded June 1964, released March 1965

08. BACK TRACK
(Stereo) 2:10
~ Colpix single CP-778 B, recorded June 1964, released May 1965

09. HAVE I SINNED
(Stereo) 2:33
~ Colpix single CP-753, recorded and released October 1964

10. POT OF GOLD
(Stereo) 2:39
~ Colpix single CP-753 B, recorded and released October 1964

11. TOO MANY MILES
(Stereo) 2:28
~ Colpix album cut, recorded October 1964, released February 1966

THE TAMMYS:
12. PART OF GROWING UP
(First-Time Stereo) 2:01
~ United Artists single UA 632 B, recorded July 1963, released August 1963

13. TAKE BACK YOUR RING
(First-Time Stereo) 2:08
~ United Artists single UA 632, recorded July 1963, released August 1963

RITCHIE & THE RUNAROUNDS
(Kripp Johnson of The Del Vikings,
Lou Christie and
The Tammys)
:
14. DON'TCHA BACKTRACK
(Mono) 2:10
~ Ascot single AS 2136 B, recorded July 1963, released August 1963

15. LOST IN THE CROWD
(First-Time Stereo) 2:36
~ Ascot single AS 2136, recorded July 1963, released August 1963

THE TAMMYS:
16. EGYPTIAN SHUMBA
(Single Version in First-Time Stereo) 2:31
~ United Artists single UA 678, recorded and released November 1963

17. WHAT'S SO SWEET
ABOUT SWEET SIXTEEN
(First-Time Stereo) 2:38
~ United Artists single UA 678 B, recorded and released November 1963

18. GYPSY
(First-Time Stereo) 2:21
~ Veep single V 1210 B, recorded December 1964, released March 1965

19. HOLD BACK THE LIGHT OF DAWN
(First-Time Stereo) 2:34
~ Veep single V 1210, recorded December 1964, released March 1965

20. BLUE SIXTEEN
(First-Time Stereo) 2:17
~ recorded December 1964 (Previously Unreleased Veep single V 1220)

21. HIS ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS
(First-Time Stereo) 2:42
~ recorded December 1964 (Previously Unreleased Veep single V 1220)

22. EGYPTIAN SHUMBA
(Stereo, Previously Unreleased Alternate Take) 2:45
~ recorded November 1963


GIRLS GO ZONK!!
A Fab Collection Of Rare And Hard To Find US Beat Chicks And Harmony Honeys Of The 60s

RPM 274 (54:09)
Released February 2, 2004
Ad, Record Collector #294, February 2004
Review, Shindig! February 2004
Review, Now Toronto
February 23 - March 3, 2004

Review, Mohair Sweets February 26, 2004
Review, Goldmine #616, March 5, 2004
Review, Gullbuy March 16, 2004
Review, Record Collector #296, April 2004
Review, Uncut #83, April 2004
Musical Taste, April 2, 2004
WFMU Heavy Airplay (Top 30), May 19, 2004

GIRLS GO ZONK!!
Track 22: EGYPTIAN SHUMBA
- THE TAMMYS
Previously Unreleased Stereo Alternate Version (2:41)


Lou Christie's
Birthday Shabang

February 18, 2003

The New Yorker Magazine:
BOTTOM LINE 15 W. 4th St., at Mercer St. (212-228-6300) Feb. 18: Before the sixties became the decade of love, Lou Christie (Lugee Alfredo Giovanni Sacco) had a series of Top 40 hits with such songs as "Two Faces Have I" and "Lightnin' Strikes." He trots out his patented falsetto in celebration of his sixtieth birthday.


In 1980 Lou Christie sang on Richie Havens' Connections album:
Reissued On CD (42:49)
April 30, 2002.


The 90 minute PBS TV concert special "Let's Do It Again!" (2001): Performing in front of a live Las Vegas audience on May 24, 2001, nine of the world's most popular, number one hitmakers came together for a revival of 50s, 60s and 70s music. Hosted by Frankie Avalon, the program stars LOU CHRISTIE, Marilyn McCoo, Billy Davis, Jr., Peter Noone and Herman's Hermits, B. J. Thomas, Lesley Gore, The Spinners, Bobby Rydell and Gary Puckett.

On SRI Records:
6221V Let's Do It Again VHS
6221D Let's Do It Again DVD
36621 Let's Do It Again - Vol#1 CD
36622 Let's Do It Again - Vol#2 CD
CD Vol. #1 contains [live version of]:
LIGHTNIN' STRIKES - LOU CHRISTIE
CD Vol. #2 contains:
No Lou Christie Tracks


Lou Christie & David Bowie meet Princess Margaret
1969


Monday night
January 21, 2002
Lou Christie
appeared on the Joey Reynolds show (Midnight-5AM EST) on WOR 710AM 800-321-0710 and WYNZ 1250AM


Chic Christy
HAC Records


Compilation Man Supreme
BOB HYDE
(d. 13 July 2001)


Lou Christie mentioned in Bonny Lee Bakley article, Entertainment Weekly June 22, 2001


Lou Christie
The Daily News
June 8, 2001


Released November 12, 2002:

Rock, Rhythm & Doo Wop
(Rhino DVD)
The PBS TV program.


Released September 17, 2002:

Rock, Rhythm & Doo Wop: The Concert (PBS TV Soundtrack) (Rhino CD R2-73769) w/
Lou Christie's re-mixed 3:41 PBS TV version of "Lightnin' Strikes" (recorded live in Pittsburgh, May 2001) previously only available on the FOURTH CD of the PBS version of the Rock, Rhythm And Doo Wop: The Greatest Songs From Early Rock 'N' Roll box set.


Rhino's Rock, Rhythm & Doo-Wop Page

October 24, 2001
PBS-TV carried a nationwide feed of
Rock, Rhythm & Doo Wop
starring Lou Christie.

Pittsburgh Rock, Rhythm and Doo Wop Review 8/12/01

Released November 06, 2001
on Rhino Records:
Various Artists - Rock, Rhythm And Doo Wop: The Greatest Songs From Early Rock 'N' Roll
(3 CDs w/ No Tracks by Lou Christie).
Lou's re-mixed 3:41 PBS TV version of "Lightnin' Strikes" (recorded live in Pittsburgh, May 2001) is only available on the FOURTH CD of the PBS version of the Rock, Rhythm And Doo Wop: The Greatest Songs From Early Rock 'N' Roll box set. The 38:15 Fourth CD has 12 live Tracks but only one by Lou Christie.

Released January 16, 2002
on Rhino Handmade:
Rock, Rhythm And Doo Wop Volume 2:
More Of The Greatest Songs From Early Rock 'N' Roll

(3 CDs w/ No Tracks by Lou Christie).

Lou Christie
Pgh Post-Gazette
May 17, 2001:

May 15 & 16, 2001
Benedum Center
Pittsburgh, PA
Rock, Rhythm and Doo Wop
PBS TV Taping.

For Rock, Rhythm and Doo Wop
& Producer TJ Lubinsky, see WQED.org.


As detailed by Bob Stanley on Page 115 of MOJO COLLECTIONS, Autumn 2001 Issue (David Bowie cover), on Thursday, 28 July 1966, Jack Nitzsche produced & arranged
LOU CHRISTIE'S
"If My Car Could Only Talk" (L117),
"Song Of Lita" (L119),
"Wild Life's In Season" (L118) &
"Watch Your Heart After Dark" (L116).

For "If My Car,"
go HERE


UK MOJO magazine #82 (September 2000) included Bob Stanley's excellent full-page piece about Lou Christie's 1971 Paint America Love LP.


The Complete Co & Ce /
Roulette Recordings

Taragon Records
TARCD-1042
August 1998 (53:15)

Taragon Lou Christie CD reviews

The Gypsy Cried (Mono)
Red Sails In The Sunset (Mono)
Two Faces Have I (Stereo)
All That Glitters Isn't Gold
(First-time Stereo)
Stay (Stereo)
Tears On My Pillow (Stereo)
Have I Sinned (Stereo)
Summer Snow (Mono)
When You Dance (Stereo)
Money (That's What I Want)
Previously Unreleased (Stereo)
Tonight (I Fell In Love) Stereo
To Be Loved (Forever) Stereo
How Many Teardrops (Stereo)
Mr. Tenor Man (Stereo)
You And I (Have A Right To Cry) Stereo
Shy Boy (Mono)
It Can Happen (Mono)
There They Go (First-time Stereo)
Maybe You'll Be There (Mono)
You May Be Holding My Baby
(First-time Stereo)
Outside the Gates Of Heaven
Mono Hit Version &
Alternate Stereo Version


LOU CHRISTIE sang back-up on the chorus of "WE'LL BE MAKIN' OUT" (© May 13, 1966) by JESSICA JAMES AND THE OUTLAWS (dynoVoice single 220, Billboard review May 21, 1966) on
Bob Crewe Presents
The dynoVoice Story
The Label That Had To Happen
1965-68
Westside WESD 226
2 CD Set
57 Tracks
Released April 2001
Deleted October 2001

JESSICA JAMES AND THE OUTLAWS (= Denise Ferri, Bernadette Carroll and Peggy Santiglia) sang back-up on most Lou Christie MGM recordings including "RHAPSODY IN THE RAIN" (recorded January 8, 1966) which was BANNED in March 1966 because of the line "We were makin' out in the rain." The drummer on "We'll Be Makin' Out" plays several fills that recall Lou Christie's "TRAPEZE."


Lou Christie was a live (in-studio) guest on Joey Reynolds' syndicated radio show April 27, 2001. Joey Reynolds is on WOR-710AM in the New York area, also broadcast live @
http://www.wor710.com/
Joey uses Lou's "Beyond The Blue Horizon" as his nightly "sign-off."


"Hittsburgh"
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
February 11, 2001

The Daily News
February 9, 2001 :
WQED to Profile Pittsburgh 'Oldies'


Unreleased
Lou Christie
song(s) ~ Real Player


Lou Christie appears in
VH1's Badfinger
~ Behind The Music
.
The show first aired:
SUN 11/5/00.
More
~ w/ Message Board

Lou Christie is mentioned numerous times in


Lou Christie
in Montgomery, Alabama
May 2000

Lou Christie
in Montgomery &
Birmingham, Alabama
1966-1969


Holland
Lou Christie / Tommy Roe CD Front & Back

"Tomorrow Will Come" (STEREO) also detected on the 16 track European Best Of Lou Christie (Pegasus CD 230, 1999).


Marcie Jones recorded Lou Christie's "I'm Gonna Get Married" (Australia).


DOO WOP 50
Thursday June 22, 2000
New York Channel 21
WLIW PBS-TV
Lou Christie did numerous live interviews during the pledge breaks of Doo Wop 50.


Burnzy's Last Call
Motion Picture Soundtrack

(Ripe & Ready / Cellsum 2230, August 17, 1999)
w/ LOU CHRISTIE:
I CAN'T STOP THE RAIN
Written & Performed by
Lou Christie
Produced by Mark Suozzo

ALBUM REVIEWS
Billboard
August 14, 1999
VARIOUS ARTISTS
"Motion Picture Soundtrack:
Burnzy's Last Call"

Cellsum/Ripe & Ready

Don't feel left out if you've never heard of "Burnzy's Last Call." Despite winning an award at the Atlantic City Film Festival and airing on the Sundance Channel, the flick hasn't exactly burned up the silver screen, despite a cooler-than-cool soundtrack and an ensemble cast that includes David Johansen and actors from "Law & Order," "ER," and "The Sopranos." Spearheaded-and largely written and produced-by Uptown Horns saxophonist Crispin Cioe, "Burnzy's Last Call" operates on a simple principle: well-known artists (Johansen, Deborah Harry, the Smithereens, Graham Parker, Evan Dando, et al.) are "cast" as fictitious one-hit wonders and asked to contribute original songs in the style of a predetermined performer. Approached in an appropriately lighthearted vein, the formula yields wonderful results, particularly in cuts by Johansen (the David Bowie glam send-off "Space Monkey" and the Louis Prima-inspired "I Want To Be At My Own Funeral"), Harry (the unabashed Mary Hopkin ripoff "So We Danced Again"), and LOU CHRISTIE, the only artist on the soundtrack who plays himself, contributing the tune "I CAN'T STOP THE RAIN." Other highlights include the Smithereens' Gene Pitney-esque "I Don't Want To Look In The Mirror" and the Four Seasons-patterned "What Will I Do With My Heart," written and performed by Smithereens drummer Dennis Diken and musical collaborator Pete DiBello. A great idea that makes you wonder why no one thought of it sooner.

More

See http://www.aimcd.com

The film
Burnzy's Last Call &
Rockville Pictures


Pittsburgh DJ Clark Race d. July 28, 1999 1 & 2


Beyond The Blue Horizon /
Hey You Cajun

Varese Vintage VSD-5947
November 3, 1998


LOU CHRISTIE /
LOU CHRISTIE STRIKES AGAIN

Collectables CD 6229
June 22, 1999
Featuring
THE TAMMYS

Colpix CD Reviews


Various Artists:
Rock & Roll Legends Live
Volume 2
Lou Christie And Friends

(RKO Unique CD RKO 1010, August 17, 1999)

w/ Lou Christie:
The Gypsy Cried
Two Faces Have I
Lightnin' Strikes
Rhapsody In The Rain &
I'm Gonna Make You Mine
Studio Re-Recordings Produced by Ron Dante
More


Klaus Nomi's version of
"Lightnin' Strikes" appeared on
Eclipsed: The Best Of Klaus Nomi
Razor & Tie CD 82207-2
Street date August 24, 1999
See Klaus Nomi: Keys Of Life (I WON)


Lou Christie appears on
THE ADMIRAL'S LAST ADVENTURE AT SEA &
FEATHERED HORSE
on
Dmitri Strizhov & OBERMANEKEN
Walks Under A Northern Sky

Compact Disc DS001
Ripe & Ready 7001 (1998)

Abstract Russian Language Poetry and
Radical electronic music!


The Skyliners'
40th Anniversary Edition

Featuring Janet Vogel &
Robbee Records'
Lennie Martin

w/ Viscount & Calico Stereo

"A fool but once /
This I Swear"


Produced by Nick Cenci &
Arranged by Ty Lemley:
DEBBIE DOVALE:
(17757)
Hey Lover
(Don Covay-John Berry)
© September 11, 1963 /
(17758)
This World We Love In
© July 20, 1960
~ Roulette R-4521
BB ad Oct 5, 1963
BB rvw Oct 12, 1963
CB ad October 12, 1963:
"11 1/2 years old"


By Dimitri Vassilaros
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Saturday, April 19, 2003

Groovin' at the Grove

If you remember the teen dance shows on local TV hosted by Pittsburgh deejays Clark Race or Chuck Brinkman, you might want to see "Pittsburgh Bandstand," premiering at 8 p.m. Wednesday on WQED (Channel 13). Two back-to-back half hour shows will include 50-somethings and older couples dancing to classic Pittsburgh oldies at the Linden Grove in Castle Shannon. Or "groovin' at the Grove" in South Hills-speak.

The headliner is Pittsburgher Lou Christie, who is from Glenwillard, singing "Two Faces Have I," The Gypsy Cried" and "I'm Gonna Make You Mine." These three monster Pittsburgh hits originally were recorded in a studio above a National Record Mart on Grant Street, says the show's host and producer, T.J. Lubinsky.

"Pittsburgh Bandstand" will air every Saturday from 6 to 6:30 p.m. If the voiceover announcer on the show sounds vaguely familiar, it's because Hank Simms also was the announcer for several classic Quinn Martin TV shows such as "Cannon," "Barnaby Jones" and "The Streets of San Francisco."


MOJO Ultimate Jukebox
The 100 Singles You Must Own
Given Away Free With
MOJO #113,
April 2003
Page 30, #40
LOU CHRISTIE
I'm Gonna Make You Mine / I'm Gonna Get Married Buddah 1969
Lou's Bubblegum smash was the perfect accompaniment to days bunked off school in the corner cafe. The falsetto washed the tea down, the harpsichord and bicycle bell percussion soundtracked the daydreams. The A-side was penned by Tony Romeo, then of The Trout, later to rack up hits with The Partridge Family. The flip was written by Christie and his Gypsy Queen sidekick, Twyla Herbert. At a gig in Birmingham two years later, Lou met Miss UK, Frances Winfield, and duly popped the question.
~ (Bob Stanley)
Page 65, My Top 10 by Nick Hornsby
#6 Lou Christie I'm Gonna Make You Mine (Buddah)


WBAM Montgomery, Alabama


By: Dave Sallinger, Daily News Entertainment Editor December 28, 2002
Moon Twp's Lou Christie ("Lightning Strikes," "The Gypsy Cried") sings during tomorrow's Pittsburgh Steelers' halftime break. In turn, Steelers have been invited to go over to Mellon Arena to sing with Lou, who's headlining "The Pittsburgh Holiday Reunion" concert. That lineup, put together by Richard Nader (from Fayette County, who many years ago got the oldies concert ball rolling in New York City), also features The Drifters, Penguins, Eddie Holman, Frankie Ford and others. Music begins at 5 o'clock.


January 9 &
January 11, 2002
Lou Christie
appeared on
HOLLYWOOD SQUARES.

Week of August 26-30, 2002
Lou Christie 'Hollywood Squares' episodes re-run.

Photos of
Lou Christie
on Hollywood Squares, January 9, 2002.

Auction Kicks Off During Series' 'Classic Music Week,' Airing January 7-11, 2002

Popular syndicated game series Hollywood Squares brings a select group of music legends together for a special "Classic Music Week," airing nationally on January 7-11, 2002. In addition to testing their tic-tac-toe skills, music legends LOU CHRISTIE, Dionne Warwick, Frankie Valli, Pat Boone, Mary Wilson, Martha Reeves, James Darren, Gary Lewis, Little Anthony, Sheena Easton, Mark Lindsay, Ronnie Spector, Freddy Cannon, Marilyn McCoo, Billy Davis, Jr., Gary Puckett, Gary U.S. Bonds, Lesley Gore and Mitch Ryder literally have lent their "names" to one of the world's oldest and most beloved charities, Helen Keller Worldwide. Each of the musicians/singers has autographed a collector's edition vintage 1959 Continental 2 Stereo jukebox and autograph book, which will be auctioned off separately on eBay.com during January 10-20, 2002, with all proceeds benefiting Helen Keller Worldwide.




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LOU CHRISTIE
CONCERT DATES

More Info
Or Call The Lightnin' Line
(516) 741-0102

WBAM Memories
WVOK Memories

Wed 12/17/08
Jupiter, FL
Maltz Jupiter Theatre
Charles Calello:
The Master Behind The Music
w/ Denise Ferri and Bernadette Carroll
Photos Of This Legendary Event

Fri 08/07/09
Uncasville, CT
Mohegan Sun

Sat 09/05/09
Pittsburgh, PA
Benedum Center

Sat 09/12/09
Westbury, NY
The Capital One Bank Theatre At Westbury

Sat 10/10/09
Red Bank, NJ
Count Basie Theatre

Sat 11/14/09
Westport, CT
Westport Country Playhouse

Sat 12/05/09
Glenside, PA
Keswick Theatre

Sun 12/06/09
Glenside, PA
Keswick Theatre

Sat 12/12/09
Tarrytown, NY
The Tarrytown Music Hall

Sat 01/09/10
Lancaster, PA
American Music Theatre

Sun 01/24/10 -
Sun 01/31/10
Port Canaveral, FL
Royal Caribbean's Freedom Of The Seas

Tue 03/02/10
Naples, FL
Philharmonic Center For The Arts

Thu 05/13/10 -
Mon 05/17/10
Tampa, FL
Carnival Cruise Line's Inspiration


Keep Rockin'
July / August 2009

Lou Christie
Interview


LOU CHRISTIE
SUMMER IN MALIBU

01. Here Comes Summer
02. Riding In My Van
03. Hollywood's My Stop
04. I Carry The Music
05. Shy Boy
06. Outside The Gates Of Heaven
07. A Teenager In Love
08. I'm Gonna Get Married
09. Big Time
10. Rake Up The Leaves
11. Guitars & Bongos
12. Make Summer Last Forever
13. Summer In Malibu
(Vocal Version)
Bonus Track:
14. Non So Perche


April 30, 2009

LOU CHRISTIE
STUDIO 102 ESSENTIALS

(Madacy On Demand CD-R) 30:59

Original Title
LOU CHRISTIE DOES DETROIT!
51 West / CSP LP / Cassette Q16260
Billboard September 10, 1983

Original Sequence
07, 03, 10, 06, 01,
09, 08, 05, 04, 02

01. Baby I Need Your Loving
02. If You Really Love Me
03. I'm Gonna Make You Love Me
04. My Girl
05. Since I Lost My Baby
06. This Old Heart Of Mine
07. What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted
08. You Can't Hurry Love
09. You Just Keep Me Hangin' On
10. You Really Got A Hold On Me


LOU CHRISTE Has Been Inducted Into
The Hit Parade Hall Of Fame

A Personal Message From Lou Christie:

It is a great honor to be inducted into the Hit Parade Hall Of Fame. I want to thank all my fans and friends for their continued support. What a nice feeling to see how the music of our time has kept us all together.

Starting on a small label in Pittsburgh, having my Dad drive me to record hops for Clark Race, Chuck Brinkman or "Pork the Tork"...my path was already chosen all the way up the charts and around the world. They say vinyl is making a comeback - I'm ready, are yuns?

Thank you, again and again and again!
Lou Christie


Black Kids have recorded EGYPTIAN SHUMBA. See the video Here


New!
LOU CHRISTIE
HEY, MAY


Released October 27, 2008

Lou Christie Sacco
Paint America Love

Rev-Ola CR REV 267
9 Tracks
Total Time (35:48)


LOU CHRISTIE
YOUTUBE
CHANNEL


March 29, 2008
The 20th Anniversary of
EnLIGHTNIN'ment:
The Best Of Lou Christie
(Rhino CD R2 70246)

Featuring:

The Previously Unreleased SUMMER SNOW - Lou's intended third Roulette single which had been suppressed for 25 full years (1963 - 1988),
RHAPSODY IN THE RAIN (Uncensored, makin' out version), the Previously Unreleased 1966 Jack Nitzsche MGM production WATCH YOUR HEART AFTER DARK as well as SELF EXPRESSION (The Kids On The Street Will Never Give In), SHAKE HANDS AND WALK AWAY CRYING and BACK TO THE DAYS OF THE ROMANS, all three in First-Time Stereo on CD - Mono on LP and Cassette

Original CDs:

CAPITOL JAX (Jacksonville, IL pressing plant) around the disc's inner spine; Back cover WITHOUT the oval Rhino logo

Sample 1988 CD Reviews:

Dave DiMartino, Musician Magazine
Why this fab collection really had to be issued was to prove that at one point in the 60s, one man and one man alone saw fit to force his back-up singers to bark in unison like Chihuahuas. And when you get right down to it, Outside The Gates Of Heaven and Cryin' In The Streets, loaded with such percussive effects, could have been written by Morrissey last week.

New York Daily News
A perfect rock n roll singles singer, with that unforgettable high voice. It's no accident his songs stuck in Bruce Springsteen's head and they're all here.

Mark Jenkins, 'Original Sinner,'
Washington, D.C. City Paper
Richly layered, complexly structured records like Rhapsody In The Rain are landmarks in the evolution of a tradition of delirious production-number pop that stretches from Spector right up to Scritti Politti's latest, the intoxicating Boom! There She Was... [Christie's] music remains at least as vital and reliable a force in the pop universe as teen lust.

Chuck Eddy, Boston Phoenix
The resulting sound is immense. It's also powerful. Sometimes frighteningly so: Lightnin' Strikes, which topped the charts in '66, offers both the most ornate and the most ominous romantic dismemberment here. A tinkling church piano beckons you into this sandstorm of drum rolls and horns and raspingly rough-hewn guitar itches, and Christie's contradictory diatribe revels in extreme emotional instability.


September 15, 2007
Lou Christie
YouTube Video
(In Italian)
Non So Perche
(I Can't Stop The Rain)
Lou Christie:
I've got a new project that I would like to share with you. I have written and recorded a song in Italian [NON SO PERCHE] and I would like to perform it at the Sanremo Music Festival in Italy next Spring. If you like the song and think I should sing it at the music festival in Sanremo I would appreciate your feedback. Please post your comments on YouTube at www.youtube.com.
Ciao!


October 30, 2007

Ellen Foley
Another Breath

(Wounded Bird)
Originally
Epic / Cleveland International album BFE 38459
Billboard New Release February 19, 1983
Billboard Review March 12, 1983
w/
LOU CHRISTIE
Back-up Vocal on Boys In The Attic


Lou Christie
Surfin' Again


Wednesday August 8, 2007
Lou Christie
On TV Land Confidential


(Run mouse over
ORIGINAL SINNER cover at top of left column)
August 1, 2007
Lou Christie
MGM
Backing Vocalist
Denise Ferri
When You're Hot

You're Hot
by Ken Charmer

Jersey Girls Sing

Denise Ferri
Girl Group Renaissance
The Delicates
by Andrew Merey
Blue Suede News #79, Summer 2007


October 3, 2007
What's your favourite girl group song?
by Joseph Ridgwell

But with so much glorious competition, what is the song that gets my nod for the controversial title of best girl group song ever? Well, readers, it has to be the breathtaking, foot-stomping, soul-shaking, Egyptian Shumba by the Tammys. Who? I hear you say. The little known Tammys were originally backing vocalists for Mr Tenor Man himself, Lou Christie, before they broke out on their own and recorded the mesmerising Egyptian Shumba in 1964.

From the very first bar you instantly realise you are hearing something special, and as soon as the girls belt out the classic line, "Last night I dreamt I was on the Nile, dancing with you Egyptian style", all hell breaks loose. The instruments start freaking out, the production goes into overdrive, and the girls start screaming and grunting until you no longer know where you are.


STATE
EX-TAMMYS HOPE FOR GRAMMYS
OLDIES GET NEW LIFE
Joe Pinchot, The Associated Press
Sunday 21 January 2007
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
FIVE STAR
B-8
Caption: PHOTO: RPM Records/Associated Press: The front of the album featuring Lou Christie & The Tammys, "Egyptian Shumba: Singles And Rare Recordings 1962-1965." The Tammys' soprano harmonies managed some Pittsburgh and Cleveland radio play in the 1960s, but were mostly forgotten until their music was reissued on "Egyptian Shumba" in 2002.

Kenosha Woman Up For Grammy 44 Years Later
Single Was Included In Box Set

Kenosha News
February 12, 2007

Grandma Up For Grammy
w/ Video

Milwaukee TV TMJ4 NBC
January 26, 2007

Remember The Shumba
The Derrick
Oil City, PA
(Front Page)
January 22, 2007

Hermitage Church Musician's
Performance Up For Grammys

Erie, PA Times-News
(Requires Registration)
February 10, 2007

Despite Loss, Grammys Add To Memories
Erie, PA Times-News
(Requires Registration)
February 12, 2007


LOU CHRISTIE &
THE TAMMYS
EGYPTIAN SHUMBA
HOME PAGE


December 7, 2006
Two Grammy Nominations
Best Historical Album
Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package
Rolling Stone's #1 Reissue Of 2005

ONE KISS CAN LEAD TO ANOTHER:
GIRL GROUP SOUNDS, LOST & FOUND (Rhino)
, an incredible 107-artist, 120-song, four-CD boxed set featuring the US CD debut of THE TAMMYS' EGYPTIAN SHUMBA - Stereo (2:27) (Disc 2, Track 27).

A labor of love from Sheryl Farber and co-producer Gary Stewart, ONE KISS follows in the tradition of Rhino's revelatory, genre-defining boxed sets like Nuggets, Beg, Scream & Shout: The Big Box Of '60s Soul, and Loud, Fast & Out Of Control: The Wild Sounds Of '50s Rock by bringing listeners dozens of shoulda-been-classics. And Rhino has given this boxed set the kind of over-the-top packaging it deserves. ONE KISS CAN LEAD TO ANOTHER: GIRL GROUP SOUNDS, LOST & FOUND comes in a mod black-and-white hatbox, while the four digipak CDs inside resemble '60s makeup compacts, and the book, which contains essays by Gerri Hirshey and Gene Sculatti and a track-by-track by Sheila Burgel, looks like a girl's diary.

It's not just that this girl group's gone wilder than any garage band on the list -- it's that they're possessed. The Tammys bop hard and bratty, but by the chorus they're literally growling, barking, and squealing like sexed-up hyenas; in the bridge you can hear them shudder and jerk their way into a frenzy. It's their party and they'll scream if they want to.
~ Nitsuh Abebe
Pitchfork Media
August 14, 2006

The Chiffons, Lesley Gore, The Shirelles, The Ronettes, The Angels, they're all here; however, the secret weapon of the set is the songs you would never hear if not for Rhino. For instance, "Egyptian Shumba" by The Tammys is one of the most peculiar girl group songs I've ever heard, sounding like the modern freak folkers the Animal Collective produced the song as The Tammys' Chipmunk-harmonizing bleeds into refrains of backup singers mimicking shrieking monkeys. Catchy and eclectic, it would blow the minds of indie-music blogs everywhere if released today.
~ Jeremiah Tucker
Joplin Globe
June 23, 2006

Hatbox Hits:
Zircons Amid Generics and Bombs
2/27. The Tammys: "Egyptian Shumba." Shimmy-shimmy-shimmy-shy-eye-missyness meets monkey noises. On the Nile.
~ Robert Christgau
Village Voice
February 15- 21, 2006

However, some of the most-fun moments on the set are the tracks that are nearly unbelievable in that they exist at all. The Tammys' insane "Egyptian Shumba" is filled with yelps and whoops that are nearly orgasmic. Add to that "The Peanut Duck," a dance single so odd that it didn't find release until a few years ago and the singer has still not been identified.
~ Wayne Bledsoe
Knoxville News-Sentinel
November 6, 2005

But for all this talk about love, the real prize on One Kiss Can Lead To Another is "Egyptian Shumba," a goofball dance track about boogying along the Nile constructed by falsetto weirdo Lou Christie around a set of voices even squeakier than his own. They belonged to a group called The Tammys, and their squiggly harmonies and delirious yelps seem to point toward Rough Trade punks like Liliput and the Raincoats, and even more directly toward the B-52s' Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson.
~ Keith Harris
Seattle Weekly
October 19, 2005

And then, of course, you've got your weirder gems that never could have been a hit -- "Egyptian Shumba" by The Tammys chief among them. It's the box set of the year, and would be even if the package were only half as brilliant.
~ Ed Masley
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
December 8, 2005


Released
June 14, 2005

THE NOMI SONG DVD
Award-Winning Documentary
With Lou Christie Interview
And Klaus Nomi Performing
Lou Christie's
Lightnin' Strikes
Several Times
(Lou Christie discussion
in director's audio
commentary)


Lou Christie
Live Videos
on TV4U.com

From Norway
The Marble Kings'
LOU CHRISTIE TRIBUTE
MP3 and Video

Gypsy green eyes of a visionary
The surname of a Saviour
The lyrical sense of a poet in love
The four-octave voice of an Angel above

He's got something for me, something for you
Something mysterious, special and cool
Ethnicity, electricity
Something Lou Christie will give you and me

Pouty red lips. Tight leather pants
Gyrating hips. This is more than a dance
Falsetto voice high and baritone smooth
Gypsy green eyes and wicked moves

He's got something for me, something for you
Something mysterious, extra and cool
He's got sanctity, sexuality
Something Lou Christie will give you and me


Goldmine #656,
September 16, 2005

Lou Christie:
Beyond Teen Idol
Cover Story
by Jim Bagley


Released
April 04, 2005

HEARING IS BELIEVING:
THE JACK NITZSCHE STORY

(Ace CDCHD 1030)
76:28
w/ Lou Christie's
Wild Life's In Season
And Lou Christie's
Jack Nitzsche Essay

Billboard
April 30, 2005
Hearing Is Believing:
The Jack Nitzsche Story (1962-1979)

Nitzsche is best-known as the arranger / conductor on most of Phil Spector's greatest hits, piano player for the early Rolling Stones and a studio foil for Neil Young. Nitzsche, who died in 2000, was a pervasive presence in Los Angeles pop music. This 26-song compilation foresakes his many hits for obscure gems and fabulous no-hit wonders. It is music of bipolar extremes: The cocky confidence of Gene McDaniels' "Walk With a Winner" is countered by the suicidal wail of "But Not for Me," which you wouldn't guess is Bobby Darin. Among other surprises: Lou Christie goes psychedelic, Frankie Laine is nearly hip, and Round Robin offers one of the catchiest novelty songs ever ("Kick That Little Foot Sally Ann"). Distributed in the United States by DNA and City Hall, this is music from a phantom jukebox that sounds collectively like a parallel secret history of pop.
~ Wayne Robins


Released
February 28, 2005

Early Girls, Volume 4
(ACE CDCHD 1045)
Various Artists
w/
MARCY JO
(Marcy Joe):
RONNIE
(ROBBEE single R-110, March 1961)
With Lou Christie Backing Vocal


Released
June 28, 2005

Salute!
The WWII Tribute Album
(Curb)

w/ DREAM
BY LOU CHRISTIE
and cuts by LeAnn Rimes,
Kimberly Locke, Crystal Gayle
and Lee Greenwood

"Salute! The World War II Tribute Album" features popular songs from the World War II era performed by some of America's leading contemporary recording artists. The mission of The Tribute Album is to provide a lasting tribute to the exceptional generation of Americans who served both in the trenches as well as on the home front through a pivotal moment of American history. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the Album will be donated to the American Experience Foundation to benefit America's veterans.


Released
August 3, 2004

Lou Christie:
Greatest Hits Live At The Bottom Line
(Varese Sarabande) 58:50
Live Album Recorded at NYC's Bottom Line, October 21, 2003

01. I Still Wanna Rock & Roll With You
02. The Gypsy Cried
03. Rhapsody In The Rain
04. Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me
05. Two Faces Have I
06. Beyond The Blue Horizon
07. The Heart Of Saturday Night
08. It's Over
09. I'm Gonna Make You Mine
10. Rita, Joanie, And The Wayward Wind
There ain't no promise when their passion rules the night
Got what they wanted till they saw the morning light
Silent moods, silent dreams they can't capture
Bye Bye Baby
That's just the way it is
That's all that he could give
Should have listened when he sang
To The Wayward Wind
You bought the show
You bought the shadow in the spotlight
Just tequila doin' the talking after midnight
You're on your own
You see the side that you can't capture
Bye Bye Baby
That's just the way it is
That's all that he could give
Should have listened when he sang
To The Wayward Wind

11. I Sure Fell In Love With You
12. Mack The Knife
13. Lightnin' Strikes
14. Never My Love
Bonus Track:
15. Christmas In New York


Released July 6, 2004
Lou Christie's TRAPEZE (Stereo) in
'Music From The Motion Pictures
Before Sunset and
Before Sunrise'
(Milan CD M2-36089)

The 'Before Sunset' Soundtrack (combining tracks from 'Before Sunrise,' for which there was never a soundtrack album) is a romantic musical journey, featuring TRAPEZE by LOU CHRISTIE plus tracks by the film's star Julie Delpy, Johann Sebastian Bach and Henry Purcell plus Igor Kipnis, Loud, Harald Waiglein, Laurence Dreyfus and Kathy McCarty.

'Before Sunrise' (the film) appeared on many 'Best of 2004' lists. See the excellent Julie Delpy Tribute Site


Released November 12, 2002

Rock, Rhythm & Doo Wop
(Rhino DVD)
The PBS TV program.


Released September 17, 2002

Rock, Rhythm & Doo Wop: The Concert
PBS TV Soundtrack
(Rhino CD R2-73769)
w/
Lou Christie's re-mixed 3:41 PBS TV version of "Lightnin' Strikes" (recorded live in Pittsburgh, May 2001)


As reviewed in the April / May 2002 issue of Country Music magazine,
LOU CHRISTIE
Compiled, Produced & Wrote The Liner Notes For
ABBIE NEAL & HER RANCH GIRLS:
AMERICA'S FAVORITE ALL GIRL WESTERN BAND

42 Track CD (LC4951, November 2001)(79:23):

w/ Live Radio & TV shows and the Singles "If Again" (Written by Doug Kershaw © May 5, 1957, Admiral 45-1006) & "Hillbilly Beat" (Admiral 45-15000, May 1956)
Abbie Neal CD
Information


Obituary: Abbie Neal
Country music pioneer Wednesday, February 25, 2004
By John Hayes, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Abbie Neal, one of the sweetest TV cowgirls of the 1950s, sang about landing "EZ Credit," rolling with the "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" and "Ridin' Down to Santa Fe." In her day, Miss Neal was a world-class fiddler and star of several live TV and radio shows throughout the Pittsburgh region.

Miss Neal died Feb. 15 in Reno, Nev., of a cancer-related illness. She was 85.

Born in Brookville, Jefferson County, Miss Neal learned to play music at an early age and by 7 was playing duets with her brother at nearby churches and grange halls. After winning a fiddle contest at 10, she studied classical violin and performed with the Du Bois Symphony.

Her love of country music was overwhelming, however, and in two years she traded violin-style bowing for down-home fiddle scratching and joined Cowboy Phil's country band on Greensburg's WHJB radio, where she worked for 13 years.

Miss Neal later led the Wilkens Westernaires, a radio band named for their jewelry store sponsor. As the leader of Abbie Neal and Her Ranch Girls, she hosted a show on WAMO radio when it played country, and starred on several daily TV shows at Johnstown's WJAC, Pittsburgh's WENS and WDTV, precursor of KDKA.

In her Western-fringed skirt and Stetson hat, she projected a kindly, maternal image, her younger band mates respectfully flocking around her like chicks to a mother hen.

Following a traffic accident that left her hospitalized for 16 weeks, Miss Neal moved to Nevada in 1958 and headlined at resorts in Las Vegas, Reno and Elko.

She won a national women's fiddle championship, and played steel and acoustic guitar. Miss Neal performed for U.S. soldiers in USO shows in South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Guam, Hawaii, Greenland and five tours through Vietnam.

After a long stint at Las Vegas' Golden Nugget, Miss Neal retired in 1975.

One of her early fans, 7-year-old Lugee Sacco, of Glenwillard, never forgot her. By 1966, Sacco had changed his name to Lou Christie and struck gold with his No. 1 hit "Lightning Strikes."

In the late 1970s, after learning that she had retired in Reno, he called her. They forged a 20-year friendship that continued to her death.

"Every morning before I went to school, I called her when she was a DJ on WAMO and requested 'If Again' by Doug Kershaw," said Christie, from his home in New York City. "I belonged to her fan club when I was 8 or 9 years old and I remember my dad taking me to the Allegheny County Fair and the WWVA Jamboree in Wheeling to see her. There was a kindness and sincerity that she projected, like the mother who didn't holler at you."

Christie said the tight vocal harmonies of his 1960s hits, including "Lightning Strikes," "The Gypsy Cried" and "Two Faces Have I," were inspired by Miss Neal and her country-western contemporaries.

"Because of her influence, I started listening to Hank Williams and other people in country who did those twangy, two-part harmonies," he said. "From there I graduated to The Everly Brothers and other bands, but my music has always had lots of vocal harmonies, and that goes back to Abbie Neal."

After years of correspondence, Christie assembled dozens of snippets from Miss Neal's TV, radio and stage performances and produced what became her final album, "Abbie Neal and Her Ranch Girls," available only on his Web site at www.louchristie.com.

"She was a true pioneer of country music," Christie said. "She was a very modest, very wise woman. Everything that she did she approached with an honesty, sincerity and kindness that you don't see anymore."


Reno country musician dies after lengthy illness

by Guy Clifton
RENO GAZETTE-JOURNAL
2/21/2004

Abbie Neal, a country musician who entertained audiences in Reno and around the world for more than 50 years, died Feb. 15 at Manor Care Health Services after a lengthy illness.

She was 85.

A Pennsylvania native, Neal moved to Reno in 1958 when her band Abbie Neal and Her Ranch Girls were booked to play at the Mapes Hotel. She ended up calling the Silver State home and played regularly at the Riverside and Holiday hotels, plus venues at Lake Tahoe, Elko, Ely and Las Vegas.

It soon dawned on me that there was the Mustang Ranch (brothel), so we changed the name to the Abbie Neal Show, she joked during a 2000 interview in the Reno Gazette-Journal.

Her music career started when she was 8 years old after her brother taught her to play the violin. At age 12, she played for square dances with her brothers and cousins. A multi-talented musician, she specialized in the violin and steel guitar.

Between 1944 and 1965, she performed for U.S. military troops in Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Guam, Hawaii, Greenland and in the South Pacific. She toured Vietnam five times.

She ended her career in 1975 after a stint at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas.

After her retirement, she and several other retired musicians continued to entertain senior citizens at convalescent facilities, hospitals and senior centers in the Truckee Meadows.

Before moving to Nevada, Neal had a radio show at WAMO in Homestead, Pa., and her own television show in Pittsburgh.

In 1951, she was injured in an accident and spent 16 weeks in the hospital. Her fans in Pennsylvania rallied to help her.

I got over 600 hankies and little kids were sending in their allowance to help me pay my hospital bills, she said during the 2000 interview. We donated that money to help the crippled children.

The handkerchiefs were used to make a bedspread.

She remained popular with her fans after retirement.

In 1998, her longtime friend Joyce Linscott of Reno threw a surprise 80th birthday party for her. Neal received more than 700 birthday cards and dozens of flowers from family, friends and fans. She also received birthday greetings from President and Mrs. Clinton and letters from Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge and Pittsburgh Mayor Tom Murphy.

Neal was married to University of Nevada Hall of Famer Merrill H. (Mac) McKinnon for 27 years until his death in 1995. She is survived by a step-son, Barry McKinnon.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the First Congregational Church, 627 Sunnyside Dr., Reno.



Lou Christie's 'Lightnin' Strikes' in the Turner Network Television (TNT) Original movie BAD APPLE


May 23, 2004
'Summer Snow' by Lou Christie in Episode 64 of The Sopranos


April 18, 2004
'The Gypsy Cried' by Lou Christie in Episode 59 of The Sopranos


April 18, 2004
Lou Christie studio guest on Little Steven's Underground Garage syndicated radio show.


The Rubinoos'
New Album
"Crimes Against Music" contains a GREAT version of Lou Christie's "If My Car Could Only Talk"

"Crimes Against Music" released in the US by Zip Records May 1, 2003.


Released in Japan
December 25, 2002

BUNNY FUZZY: 'EGYPTIAN SHUMBA' (1:51)
on
CYBER GIRLS ATTACK!
Psychobilly Garage Rustic Girls Various Artists Compilation
(Cyber Label 666 Grim 666C-030)

BUNNY FUZZY:
Ramona (Guitar, Vocal)
Yummy (Drums)
Vanessa (Bass, Lead Vocal on 'Egyptian Shumba')

Official Web Site
http://bunnyfuzzy.at.infoseek.co.jp/


LOU
SEASONS GREETINGS

CHRISTMAS IN NEW YORK
YouTube Video

Rockin' Christmas Party, Volume 1
(Digital Musicworks International DMI-879254001336) 36:24
Track 02. CHRISTMAS IN
NEW YORK
(LOU CHRISTIE)

Track 08. O HOLY NIGHT
(LOU CHRISTIE)


CD Single

LOU CHRISTIE
FEATURING THE CRAYONS
(MARY FOX AND JENE HERNANDEZ)
THE COLDEST NIGHT OF THE YEAR (3:15)
Writers: Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil
Publisher: Screen Gems / EMI (BMI)
Producers: Lou Christie, Mark Suozzo
Engineer: Ted Spencer
www.louchristie.com


The Ultimate Christmas Album,
Volume 3

w/ LOU CHRISTIE:
O HOLY NIGHT
The Ultimate Christmas Album,
Volume 3

(Collectables CDs:
WODS FM, WCBS FM, WOGL FM, WJMK FM, 3WS FM, KFRC FM, K-Earth FM+)


CD Single
Released October 21, 2003

LOU CHRISTIE
CHRISTMAS IN NEW YORK (2:51)
Producers: Lou Christie, Mark Suozzo
Writers: Lou Christie, Twyla
Publisher:
Lightning Strikes, BMI
Featuring: The Crayons
Reviewed in Billboard December 6, 2003
Reviewed in the Knoxville News-Sentinel and Memphis Commercial Appeal December 12, 2003

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