Lightnin' Strikes

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"Lightnin' Strikes"
Lightnin' Strikes - Lou Christie.jpg
Single by Lou Christie
from the album Lightnin' Strikes
B-side "Cryin' in the Streets"
Released December 1965
Format 7" Vinyl
Recorded September 3, 1965, Olmstead Studios, New York City, New York
Genre Pop
Length 3:05
Label MGM
Songwriter(s) Lou Christie, Twyla Herbert

"Lightnin' Strikes" is a song written by Lou Christie and Twyla Herbert, and recorded by Christie on the MGM label. It was a hit in 1966, making it first to No. 1 in Canada in January 1966 on the RPM Top Singles chart, then to No. 1 in the U.S. on the Billboard Hot 100 in February, No. 3 on the New Zealand Listener chart in May,[1] and No. 11 on the UK Record Retailer chart. RIAA certification on March 3, 1966, garnering gold status for selling over one million copies.


The song was arranged, conducted, and produced by Charles Calello and was recorded on September 3, 1965. The song featured backing vocals from Bernadette Carroll, Peggy Santiglia and Denise Ferri of The Delicates. Session personnel included Joe Farrell and George Young on baritone sax; Ray DeSio on trombone; Stan Free on piano; Lou Mauro on bass; Charlie Macy, Ralph Casale, and Vinnie Bell on guitar; and Buddy Saltzman on drums. Ralph Casale's "stuttering" guitar solo was an overdub.

Chart performance[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

  • "Lightnin' Strikes" was covered by Jan and Dean for their record Filet of Soul in 1966.
  • The song was covered years later by German singer Klaus Nomi, appearing on his 1981 debut album Klaus Nomi, and was the A-side of a 1982 single accompanied by a video.
  • The political satire group Capitol Steps spoofed it as The Right Wing's Striking Again.


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  4. ^ "Top 100 1966". Retrieved 17 June 2016. 
  5. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-2002
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  7. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1966/Top 100 Songs of 1966". Retrieved 2016-09-29. 
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-12-29. Retrieved 2016-06-18. 
  9. ^ "Rock 'N' Roll City". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-09-29. 

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