So Night Ranger’s drummer Kelly Keagy had this kid (well, teenaged) sister named Christy, and she was growin’ like a weed back in Oregon. After a visit home one time, he noticed how she had quickly become a woman… so he wrote a song for her: Sister Christy.
He takes it back to the boys in the band, and they, of course, love it (c’mon, it’s one of the 80s’ seminal ‘hard rock’ ballads). They get to rehearsing it, so they can record it for their second album, Midnight Madness, and, heck, lead singer Jack Blades likes Kelly’s new song so much that everyone agrees Kelly should go ahead and sing lead on it.
It’s not until a little later that the fellas stop mid-rehearsal one day and ask Kelly what exactly he’s singing.
“Sister Christy,” he says. “Why?”
“Whoops, we’ve been singing ‘Sister Christian’ all along,” they say. “Our bad.”
‘Whoops’, indeed– but by that point it was too late, and the song became “Sister Christian”.
To this day we’re still not sure what Christy was more surprised about… that her big bro wrote a song about her (“Where you goin’ what you lookin’ for? You know those boys don’t want to play no more with you…”) or that her name somehow became ‘Christian’ along the way.
Either way, “Sister Christy” (or whatever) spent 20 weeks on the Billboard charts, peaking at #5 in June 1984, making it Night Ranger’s biggest hit.
And, yes, we’re motoring, and THAT’S our price for flight.
We ♥ Sister Christian.