The song “Lightnin’ Strikes” was written by Lou Christie and his long-time associate songwriter/psychic Twyla Herbert. (She was a clairvoyant and claimed that they would have hit songs together.) Christie recorded it and released it as a single with “Cryin’ In the Streets” was the B-Side. He also released it on his “Lightnin’ Strikes album. By 1966, the single first went to #1 in Canada, then #1 in the U.S. and #11 in the U.K. It went to #9 in Australia. “Lightnin’ Strikes” sold more than one million copies and was awarded an RIAA gold record. It was fun Sixties popular music.
Charles Calello arranged, conducted and produced it. (Calello was in Frankie Valli’s group The Four Lovers but left before it was The Four Seasons. He did arrange for them, starting in 1962.) Backup singers for the track included Peggy Santiglia, Bernadette Carroll, and Denise Ferri. Instrumentation was provided by Joe Farrell and George Young (baritone sax), Ray DeSio (trombone); Stan Free (piano), Lou Mauro (bass), and Buddy Saltzman (drums) with guitarists Charlie Macy, Ralph Casale, and Vinnie Bell.