2009-04-03 / Entertainment/Lifestyles

Dion, Lou Christie At Capital One Bank Theatre

Dion, Lou Christie At Capitol Bank One Theatre

Lou Christie
Live Nation presents Dion & Lou Christie at the Capital One Bank Theatre at Westbury on Sunday, April 19 at 7 p.m.

Dion is well known for blending the elements of pop, doo-wop, and R&B. He began his career with a group of friends who used to sing on Bronx street corners. They called themselves Dion and the Belmonts and their song "I Wonder Why" reached #22 on the US National Charts in 1958. In March 1959, their next single, "A Teenager in Love," was released, making #5 in the US pop charts and #28 in the UK. Their biggest hit, "Where or When," was released in November 1959, and reached #3 on the US charts.

In 1960, Dion released his first solo album, Alone with Dion, and the album's single "Lonely Teenager," rose to #12 in the US charts. Throughout the 1960's, Dion had a string of top 10 hits including "The Wanderer," "Lovers Who Wander," "Little Diane," "Love Came to Me," "Ruby Baby" and "Drip Drop." In 1968, Dion recorded the song "Abraham, Martin and John" in response to the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King and Robert F. Kennedy.

In 1988, Dion's autobiography titled The Wanderer: Dion's Story was published and the following year he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. More recently, Dion released the album Bronx in Blue in 1996. The album is a mix of blues and country standards, which was critically acclaimed and nominated for a Grammy. In November 2007 he issued a follow-up in similar vein, Son of Skip James. In October 2008, he released Heroes: Giants of Early Guitar Rock, an album of his covers of early rock and roll songs he considers seminal to the genre. The album includes versions of songs originally recorded by Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, Ricky Nelson, Johnny Cash and many other early rock guitarists.

Lou Christie's first hit single, "The Gypsy Cried," was released in 1962 on the tiny C&C label and features the vocal style that would categorize all of Christie's biggest hits: verses sung in his normal register, and then a dramatic shift to his falsetto on the choruses. Christie had a number of hits throughout the 1960's including "Two Faces Have I," "Lightening Strikes," "Rhapsody in the Rain" and "I'm Gonna Make You Mine."

Christie became active on the oldies circuit starting in the early 1980's, and even scored another U.S. chart hit, credited as "Summer '81 Medley" by The Cantina Band featuring Lou Christie, in 1981. On it, Christie performs a medley of Beach Boys classics. In 2004, Christie released his first concert album, Greatest Hits Live From The Bottom Line, which featured studio recording "Christmas In New York" as a bonus track. In addition to the occasional new release, Christie remains a popular concert act on the oldies circuit in the U.S. and UK.

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