Hello, Today’s Rock & Roll Classic is LOUIE LOUIE by The Kingsmen on the Wand Records label. The Kingsmen were from Portland, Oregon and featured Jack Ely on vocals, Mike Mitchell-guitar, Don Gallucci-piano, Bob Nordby on bass and Lynn Easton on drums. They were one of America’s premier 1960’s garage bands.
Louie Louie was released in November of 1963 and reached the #2 chart position on the Billboard Hot 100. It was #2 for 6 weeks and was on the chart for 16 weeks. Louie Louie was reissued in 1966 and charted briefly at #97. The song has really never faded away. It’s played on oldies radio, at dances, weddings, just about anyplace people gather for a party. I still don’t understand all the words but who cares, it’s got a great beat.
The Kingsmen’s hit was selected by the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame as one of the tunes that shaped Rock And Roll. Louie Louie remains one of the most enduring songs of the rock era.
CLICK ON THE TITLE BELOW TO HEAR THE KINGSMEN SINGING…”LOUIE LOUIE”