Louie Louie; A Kingsmen One-Off

Well, talk about your one-offs…

Richard Berry's Louie Louie By The Kingsmen. The Most Famous Party Song Ever.

*Fact: With the exception of Paul McCartney‘s “Yesterday,” Louie Louie has been covered more times than any other pop song (over 1,000 versions and counting).

*Fact: KFJC, a college radio station in Los Altos Hills, California, once played it for 63 hours straight without repeating the same recording twice, receiving unprecedented coverage in the Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Tonight, Playboy magazine and various other international media sources.                                                                                    

*A Short History Of Louie Louie Eric Predoehl (©1996, ©1999, all rights reserved)

Richard Berry

Richard Berry wrote and recorded Louie Louie as a latin/calypso thing in 1955 and had some local success in the Los Angeles area. Apparently, when he felt it had run its course, he sold the publishing rights. Oops…

The Kingsmen: L-R Don Galluci, Jack Ely, Lynn Easton, Mike Mitchell, and Bob Nordby

The Kingsmen recorded Louie Louie at Northwestern, Inc., Motion Pictures and Recording in Portland WA in 1963. I was eleven and loved it!

Even now, I really love the guitar and keyboard sharing the line together (thirds I think, with the guitar in octaves?); most of all, I love the energy of the drummer. I think without Lynn Eastman’s take on the bed, the tune would have been sucked up by a black hole, never to be heard again!

Everyone was playing Louie Louie on guitar, even if you didn’t play guitar! We are talking three chords, lyrics that imply, but don’t really say anything and a groove that doesn’t stop tapping you on the shoulder, begging you to dance, sing along, drink beer or anything else that moves you!

Click, sit back and let this phenomenon do what it do…

Personnel as determined: Jack Ely vocal, rhythm guitar; Lynn Easton drums; Mike Mitchell lead guitar; Don Gallucci electric piano; Bob Nordby bass guitar.


As far as the creative side of my musical persona is concerned, I am the sum total of what I have experienced musically. The emotion, the energy and the memories of music collected in my ear have shaped who I am as a composer, player and dreamer.

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