The song was written by Lou Christie and his long-time associate songwriter/psychic Twyla Herbert. She was a “bohemian gypsy, psychic, and former concert pianist.” She was a clairvoyant and claimed that they would have hit songs together. And they did have a Top 40 hit in 1963 with “The Gypsy Cried,” as it went to #24 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.
Lou Christie was born Lugee Alfredo Giovanni Sacco in Glenwillard, Pennsylvania. Roulette Records changed his name to “Lou Christie” without Sacco’s permission. He did not like that: “I was pissed off about it for 20 years. I wanted to keep my name.” Christie was among the first singer-songwriters of the era, and he is known for his ability to change effortlessly from normal register to falsetto. John Lennon always liked Christie’s music and referred to Christie as “a truly creative person.” Christie continues to tour and perform.