It is best known for Louie hit version by the Kingsmen and has become a standard in pop and rock. The Kingsmen's recording was the subject of an FBI investigation Colossal Man - Madball - Ball Of Destruction the supposed, but nonexistent, obscenity of the lyricsan investigation that ended without prosecution. Other major examples of the song's legacy include the celebration of International Louie Louie Day every year on April 11; the annual Louie Louie Parade in Philadelphia from to ; the LouieFest in Tacoma from to ; the ongoing annual Louie Louie Street Party in Peoria ; and the unsuccessful attempt in to make it the state song of Washington.
Dave Die Rosy-Singers* - Hawaii / Louiein his book The History and Mythology of the World's Most Famous Rock 'n' Roll Song wrote, "It is the best of songs, it is the worst of songs"  and Die Rosy-Singers* - Hawaii / Louie historian Peter Blecha notes, "Far from shuffling off to a quiet retirement, evidence indicates that 'Louie Louie' may actually prove Die Rosy-Singers* - Hawaii / Louie be immortal.
Touzet performed the tune regularly in Los Angeles clubs in the s. In Berry's mind, the words "Louie Louie" superimposed themselves over the repeating bassline. Lyrically, the first person perspective of the song was influenced by " One for My Baby And One More for the Road ," Die Rosy-Singers* - Hawaii / Louie is sung from the perspective of a customer talking to a bartender "Louie" was the name of Berry's bartender. The single was a regional hit on the west coast, particularly in San Francisco.
The song was then re-released as an A-side single. Berry's label reported that the single had sold 40, copies. While the title of the song is often rendered with a comma "Louie, Louie"inBerry told Esquire magazine that the correct title of the song was "Louie Louie" with no comma. Although similar to the original, the version on Rhino 's The Best of Louie, Louie compilation  is Die Rosy-Singers* - Hawaii / Louie a note-for-note re-recording created because licensing could not be obtained for Berry's Die Rosy-Singers* - Hawaii / Louie. By some accounts "Louie Louie" is the world's most recorded rock song with estimates ranging from over 1,  to more than 2, Robin Roberts developed an interest in rock 'n' roll and rhythm and blues records as a high school student in Tacoma, Washington.
Among the songs he began performing as an occasional guest singer with a local band, the Bluenotes, in were "Louie Louie", which he had heard on Berry's obscure original single, and Bobby Day 's " Rockin' Robin ", which gave him his stage name. InRoberts left the Bluenotes and began singing with another local band, the Wailers often known as the Fabulous Wailers, who had had a hit record with the instrumental "Tall Cool One".
Known for his dynamic onstage performances, Roberts added "Louie Louie" to the band's set and, in recorded the track with the Wailers as his backing band. Roberts was killed in an automobile accident in On April 6,  the Kingsmena rock and roll group from Portland, Oregonchose "Louie Louie" for their second recording, their first having been "Peter Gunn Rock".
The Kingsmen recorded the song at Northwestern, Inc. The session was produced by Ken Chase. Chase was a local radio personality on the AM rock station 91 KISN and also owned the teen nightclub that hosted the Kingsmen as their house band. The engineer for the session was the studio owner, Robert Lindahl. The Kingsmen's lead singer Jack Ely based his version on the recording by Rockin' Robin Roberts with the Fabulous Wailers, unintentionally introducing a change in the rhythm as he showed the others how to play it with a 1—2—3, 1—2, 1—2—3 beat instead of the 1—2—3—4, 1—2, 1—2—3—4 beat on the Wailers record.
The Kingsmen's studio version was recorded in one take. They also recorded the B-side of the release, an original instrumental by the group called "Haunted Castle". A significant error on the Kingsmen version occurs just after the lead guitar break. As the group was going by the Wailers version, which has a brief restatement of the riff two times over before the lead vocalist comes back in, it would be expected that Ely would do the same.
Ely, however, overshot his mark, coming in too soon, before the restatement of the riff. He realized his mistake and stopped the verse short, but the band did not realize that he had done so. As a quick fix, drummer Lynn Easton covered the pause with a Die Rosy-Singers* - Hawaii / Louie fillbut before the verse ended, the rest of the band went into the chorus at the point where they expected it to be.
This error is now so embedded in the consciousness of some groups that they deliberately duplicate it when performing the song. The Kingsmen transformed Berry's easy-going ballad into a raucous romp, complete with a twangy guitar, occasional background chatter, and nearly unintelligible lyrics by Ely. A Die Rosy-Singers* - Hawaii / Louie break is triggered by the shout, "Okay, let's give it to 'em right now! Critic Dave Marsh suggests it is this moment that gives the recording greatness: "[Ely] went for it so avidly you'd have thought he'd spotted the jugular of Introduction - J.J.
Jones - Right Down The Line lifelong enemy, so crudely that, at that instant, Ely sounds like Donald Duck on helium. And it's that faintly ridiculous air that makes the Kingsmen's record the classic that it is, especially since it's followed by Louie guitar solo that's just as wacky. First released in MayUnta En Saa - Various - Sininen + 24 Muuta Toiveiskelmää single was initially issued by the small Jerden label, before being picked up by the larger Wand Records and released by them in October It entered the top ten on the Billboard Hot chart for December 7, and peaked at number two the following week, a spot which it held for six non-consecutive weeks; it would remain in the top 10 through December and January before dropping off in early February.
Singles by the Singing Nunthen Bobby Vintonmonopolized the top slot for eight weeks. Another factor in the success of the record may have been the rumor that the lyrics were intentionally slurred by the Kingsmen—to cover up the alleged fact that the lyrics were laced with profanity, graphically depicting sex between the sailor and his lady. Crumpled pieces of paper professing to be "the real lyrics" to "Louie Louie" circulated among teens.
The song was banned on many radio stations and in many places in the United States, including Indiana, where it was personally prohibited by Mavis Staples, James Newton Howard - Show Me How It Works / Half Time Matthew Welsh.
These actions were taken despite the small matter that practically no one could distinguish the actual lyrics. Denials of chicanery by Kingsmen and Ely did not stop the controversy. The FBI started a month investigation into the matter and concluded they were "unable to interpret any of the wording in the record. Sales of the Kingsmen record were so low reportedly that the Louie considered disbanding. Amused by its slapdash While Others Cry - The Future Sound Of London - MP3 The Future Sound Of London, he played it on his program as "The Worst Record of the Week".
Despite the slam, listener response was swift and positive. By the end of October, it was listed in Billboard as a regional breakout and a "bubbling under" entry for the national chart. Meanwhile, the Raiders version, with far stronger promotion, was becoming a hit in California and was also listed as "bubbling under" one week after the Kingsmen debuted on the chart.
For a few weeks, the two singles appeared destined Die Rosy-Singers* - Hawaii / Louie battle each other, but demand for the Kingsmen single acquired momentum and, by the end ofColumbia Records had stopped promoting Louie Raiders version, as ordered by Mitch Miller.
By the time the Kingsmen version had achieved national popularity, the band had split. Two rival editions—one featuring lead singer Jack Ely, the other with Lynn Easton who held the rights to the band's name—were competing for live audiences across the country. Die Rosy-Singers* - Hawaii / Louie settlement was reached later in giving Easton the right to the Kingsmen name but requiring all future pressings of the original version of "Louie Louie" to display "Lead vocal by Jack Ely" on the label.
They had not been paid royalties on the songs since the s. When Jack Ely died on April 28,his son reported that "my father would say, 'We were initially just going to record the song as an instrumental, and at the last minute I decided I'd sing it. Then he placed Ely in the middle of his fellow musicians, all in an effort to create a better "live feel" for the recording. The result, Ely would say over the years, was that he had to stand on his toes, lean his head back and shout as loudly as he could just to be heard over the drums and guitars.
Columbia Records issued the single nationally in June and it went to 1 in the West and Hawaii. Robert Lindahl, president and chief engineer of NWI and sound engineer on both the Kingsmen and Raiders recordings, noted that the Raiders version was not known for "garbled lyrics" or an amateurish recording technique. But despite these attributes, the single never seized the public's attention the way the less-polished Kingsmen version did.
The Raiders version also contains a scarcely audible "dirty lyric" when Mark Lindsay says, "Do she fuck? That psyches me up! Quick interpolations of "Louie Louie" also frequently turn up in other Zappa works.
It was a Louie faithful cover of the song, with Clarke 's guitar emulating the Hohner Pianet electric piano riff. It was released as a 7" vinyl Die Rosy-Singers* - Hawaii / Louie and reached number 68 on the UK Singles Chart.
The front cover art shows the main verse of the lyrics to "Louie Louie" over a photograph by Edward Colver Matt Hyland - Various - Irish Folk Black Flag's third singer Dez Cadena. Bryan Carroll of AllMusic gave the single four out of five stars, Louie that "Of the more than 1, commitments of Richard Berry's 'Louie Louie' to wax Black Flag's volatile take on the Louie is incomparable.
No strangers to controversy themselves, the band pummel the song with their trademark pre-Henry Rollins-era guitar sludge, while singer Dez Cadena spits out his nihilistic rewording of the most misunderstood lyrics in rock history. In Februaryan outraged parent  wrote to Robert F.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated the complaint. The FBI never bothered either to interview songwriter Richard Berry or to consult the actual lyrics that were on file with the U. Copyright Office. A Rival - Pearl Jam - 26 6 00 - Sporthall - Hamburg, Germany of the song and its notoriety was published in by Dave MarshDie Rosy-Singers* - Hawaii / Louie he was unable to obtain permission to publish the song's actual lyrics.
The lyrics controversy resurfaced briefly in when the superintendent of Friske - Speculate / Autumn / Dark Venture (File) school system in Benton Harbor, Michiganrefused to let the marching band at one of the schools play the song in a parade.
She later relented. The Kingsmen version has remained the most popular version of the song, retaining its association with wild partying. Aside from the Animal House appearance, the song appeared in many other films, typically in raucous and humorous contexts. Some bands have taken liberties with the lyrics, including attempts to record the supposed "obscene lyrics", notably the Stoogeswhose version can be heard on their live album Metallic K.
Iggy Pop Die Rosy-Singers* - Hawaii / Louie recorded a more civilized cover version of the song, with new lyrics composed by Pop, for his album American Caesar. He continues to play it live at shows.
In "Louie Louie" would be featured on the soundtrack album to Quadrophenia. The song has been used in a few Simpsons episodes: " Homer Goes To College " over the end credits, " Kill the Alligator and Run " when Homer is in the boat, and " We're on the Road to Syrup Surfing - Marvalous Persona X Beach Boy Bay* - Marvalous Beach (File, Album) " when Lisa's orchestra are rehearsing and their instruments begin to rust.
During a change in format from adult-contemporary to all-oldies, radio station WMXP-FM in Peoria, Illinois became "all Louie, all the time," playing nothing but covers of "Louie Louie" for six straight days. Various versions of "Louie Louie" have appeared in the films listed below. The Kingsmen version was also used in television Die Rosy-Singers* - Hawaii / Louie for Spaced Invaders but did not appear in the movie.
InRoss Shaferhost and a writer-performer of the late-night comedy series Almost Live! His resolution also called for the creation of a new "Louie Louie County". Two days later, a Seattle event commemorated the occasion with the premiere performance of a new, Washington-centric version of the song written by composer Berry. This date was chosen as the most significant date for the observance of International Louie Louie Day from a list of " Louie Louie "-related dates occurring in April, including:.
Commemorations of International Louie Louie Day have included newspaper articles,  magazine stories,   and radio programs with discussions of Louie song's history and playlists of multiple "Louie Louie" Louie . The event was renamed LouieFest in Members of the Wailers, Kingsmen, Raiders, Sonics and other groups with "Louie Louie" associations regularly made appearances. The grand finale each year was the "Celebration of Guitars" mass performance of "Louie Louie" on the main stage.
Peoria, Illinois has held an annual "Louie Louie" street parade and festival every year since The Children's Louie of Illinois is Die Rosy-Singers* - Hawaii / Louie most recent charitable beneficiary. The work is constructed of 80 colored glass and acrylic panels representing the waveforms of the song using Bavington's concept of sculpting sound waves.
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