Tue 02-17-98 6:12 am


LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – ’60s-era pop singer Lou Christie will turn 55 on Thursday (Feb. 19), and the “Lightnin’ Strikes” singer thinks lightnin’ will strike again this year.

Christie has just released his first album of new material in 10 years, which he describes as similar to his “operatically horny” hits of the past but without “...that crazy I- yi-yi stuff.”

He also will be singing all of John Travolta’s songs for an upcoming Grease tribute album on Rhino Records.

And Thursday also marks the 32nd anniversary that “Lightnin’ Strikes” topped the charts.

Christie says he wrote the song with the aid of a professional clairvoyant named Twyla Herbert, who also predicted which songs would be hits.

When “Lightnin’ Strikes” was first released, Christie claims he was nervous because he thought the song sounded “too horny” to get past censors – but Twyla the clairvoyant told him otherwise.

Once the song hit No. 1, he changed his mind. Now he jokes he’d like to see a video of the song with President Clinton as the leading man.

CONTACT: Lou Christie, Arrange with Steve Harris; NYC; (212) 580- ****

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