A report on Louie Louie

"Louie Louie" 10-note riff
Original release
The cover features Black Flag's singer Dez Cadena and some of his improvised lyrics to "Louie Louie".

Rhythm and blues song written and composed by American musician Richard Berry in 1955, recorded in 1956, and released in 1957.

- Louie Louie

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1963 "Louie Louie" line-up. L-R Don Gallucci, Jack Ely, Lynn Easton, Mike Mitchell, and Bob Nordby

The Kingsmen

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1960s garage rock band from Portland, Oregon, United States.

1960s garage rock band from Portland, Oregon, United States.

1963 "Louie Louie" line-up. L-R Don Gallucci, Jack Ely, Lynn Easton, Mike Mitchell, and Bob Nordby
The Kingsmen in 1966. Clockwise from lower left: Lynn Easton, J.C. Rieck, Kerry Magness, Mike Mitchell, Dick Peterson

They are best known for their 1963 recording of R&B singer Richard Berry's "Louie Louie", which held the No. 2 spot on the Billboard charts for six weeks and has become an enduring classic.

Red Hot Chili Peppers in 2006, showing a quartet lineup for a rock band (from left to right: bassist, lead vocalist, drummer, and guitarist)

Rock music

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Broad genre of popular music that originated as "rock and roll" in the United States in the late 1940s and early 1950s, developing into a range of different styles in the mid-1960s and later, particularly in the United States and the United Kingdom.

Broad genre of popular music that originated as "rock and roll" in the United States in the late 1940s and early 1950s, developing into a range of different styles in the mid-1960s and later, particularly in the United States and the United Kingdom.

Red Hot Chili Peppers in 2006, showing a quartet lineup for a rock band (from left to right: bassist, lead vocalist, drummer, and guitarist)
A simple drum pattern common in rock music
Chuck Berry in a 1958 publicity photo
Elvis Presley in a promotion shot for Jailhouse Rock in 1957
The Everly Brothers in 2006
James Brown performing in 1969
The Beach Boys performing in 1964
The Beatles arriving in New York at the start of the British Invasion, January 1964
The D-Men (later the Fifth Estate) in 1964
Eric Clapton performing in Barcelona in 1974
Joan Baez and Bob Dylan in 1963
The Jimi Hendrix Experience in 1968
Prog rock band Yes performing in concert in Indianapolis in 1977
Jaco Pastorius of Weather Report in 1980
The Eagles during their 2008–2009 Long Road out of Eden Tour
David Bowie during the Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders Tour in 1972
Carlos Santana, New Year's Eve 1976 at the Cow Palace in San Francisco
Led Zeppelin live at Chicago Stadium in January 1975
Bruce Springsteen in East Berlin in 1988
Patti Smith, performing in 1976
Vocalist Johnny Rotten and guitarist Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols
Deborah Harry from the band Blondie, performing at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto in 1977
U2 performing on the Joshua Tree Tour 2017
R.E.M. was a successful alternative rock band in the 1980s/90s
Nirvana performing in 1992
Oasis performing in 2005
Foo Fighters performing an acoustic show in 2007
Green Day performing in 2013
Lo-fi indie rock band Pavement
Linkin Park performing at 2009 Sonisphere Festival in Pori, Finland
Travis in 2007
The Strokes performing in 2006
The 1969 Woodstock Festival was seen as a celebration of the countercultural lifestyle.
Suzi Quatro is a singer, bassist and bandleader. When she launched her career in 1973, she was one of the few prominent women instrumentalists and bandleaders.

"Tall Cool One" (1959) by the Wailers and "Louie Louie" by the Kingsmen (1963) are mainstream examples of the genre in its formative stages.

Vocalist Johnny Rotten and guitarist Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols

Punk rock

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Music genre that emerged in the mid-1970s.

Music genre that emerged in the mid-1970s.

Vocalist Johnny Rotten and guitarist Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols
Characteristic fashion of punks
Iggy Pop, the "godfather of punk"
Facade of legendary music club CBGB, New York
The Clash performing in 1980
The Misfits developed a "horror punk" style in New Jersey.
Flipper, performing in 1984
Debbie Harry performing in Toronto in 1977
Bad Brains at 9:30 Club, Washington, D.C., 1983
Crass were the originators of anarcho-punk. Spurning the "cult of rock star personality", their plain, all-black dress became a staple of the genre.
Ben Weasel of pop punk band Screeching Weasel
Dave Grohl, later of Nirvana, in 1989
Queercore band Pansy Division performing in 2016
Riot grrrl band Bratmobile in 1994
Green Day singer/guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong, with bassist Mike Dirnt to the right
1980s punks with leather jackets and dyed mohawk hairstyles
Rage Against The Machine performing at the Roseland Ballroom in Manhattan, New York. March 1993.

The Kingsmen's "Louie, Louie" is often cited as punk rock's defining "ur-text".

The D-Men (later the Fifth Estate) in 1964

Garage rock

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Raw and energetic style of rock and roll that flourished in the mid-1960s, most notably in the United States and Canada, and has experienced a series of subsequent revivals.

Raw and energetic style of rock and roll that flourished in the mid-1960s, most notably in the United States and Canada, and has experienced a series of subsequent revivals.

The D-Men (later the Fifth Estate) in 1964
The Music Machine, featuring Sean Bonniwell, in 1966
Link Wray, pictured in 1993, who helped pioneer the use of guitar power chords and distortion as early as 1958 with the instrumental, "Rumble", has been cited as an early influence on garage rock.
The Standells in 1965
Count Five in 1966
The Pleasure Seekers in 1966 (Suzi Quatro far right)
Paul Revere & the Raiders in 1967
The Remains in 1966
The Shadows of Knight in 1966
The Five Americans from Oklahoma had a hit with "Western Union" 1967.
The Paupers in 1967
Them, featuring Van Morrison (center), in 1965
The Troggs in 1966
Q65 in 1967
Los Mockers, from Uruguay in 1965
The Spiders in 1966
The Easybeats in 1966
The Electric Prunes in 1966
The Monks's music imbued garage rock with avant-garde elements.
Iggy Pop was a member of the Stooges, who are considered one of the preeminent proto-punk acts.
The Ramones (pictured in 1977), who were influenced by garage rock, spearheaded the mid-1970s punk movement in New York.
The Black Keys performing in 2011

After the demise of Blue Notes, "Rockin' Robin" did a brief stint with the Wailers, and with him on vocals in 1962, they recorded a version of Richard Berry's 1957 song "Louie Louie"—their arrangement became the much-replicated blueprint for practically every band in the region, including Portland's the Kingsmen who went on to achieve a major hit with it the following year.

Richard Berry (musician)

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American singer, songwriter and musician, who performed with many Los Angeles doo-wop and close harmony groups in the 1950s, including The Flairs and The Robins.

American singer, songwriter and musician, who performed with many Los Angeles doo-wop and close harmony groups in the 1950s, including The Flairs and The Robins.

He is best known as the composer and original performer of the rock standard "Louie Louie".

Original line-up in 1965. From left: Pete Quaife, Dave Davies, Ray Davies, Mick Avory.

The Kinks

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English rock band formed in Muswell Hill, north London, in 1963 by brothers Ray and Dave Davies.

English rock band formed in Muswell Hill, north London, in 1963 by brothers Ray and Dave Davies.

Original line-up in 1965. From left: Pete Quaife, Dave Davies, Ray Davies, Mick Avory.
6 Denmark Terrace, the childhood home of the Davies brothers. The front room is where the family's frequent Saturday night parties were held.
Publicity photo taken during a Swedish tour in 1965
Promotional photograph, 1966
Ray Davies plays a Fender acoustic, Dave Davies a prototype Gibson Flying V, on the Dutch TV programme Fenklup on 29 April 1967.
The Kinks, c. 1971. From left: John Gosling, Dave Davies, Mick Avory, John Dalton, Ray Davies (the band's line-up 1970–1976, 1977–1978)
Ray Davies in character as Mr Flash, the anti-hero of the Preservation series
Ray Davies in Brussels, 1985, as the group's popularity began to dwindle
Dave Davies at the Dakota Creek Roadhouse, 2002

"You Really Got Me", a Ray Davies song, influenced by American blues and the Kingsmen's version of "Louie Louie", was recorded on 15 June 1964 at Pye Studios with a slower and more produced feel than the final single.

Black Flag performing at the Electric Ballroom in Camden 2019

Black Flag (band)

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American punk rock band formed in 1976 in Hermosa Beach, California.

American punk rock band formed in 1976 in Hermosa Beach, California.

Black Flag performing at the Electric Ballroom in Camden 2019
Henry Rollins performing in 1983
Black Flag in 2011
Greg Ginn, Mike Vallely, Tyler Smith, and Isaias Gil performing in Denver, Colorado, 2019
Henry Rollins graffiti in Asbury Park, New Jersey by Shephard Fairey
The band's logo was created by artist Raymond Pettibon to symbolize their themes of rebellion and anarchy. As the band gained popularity the logo was graffitied in and around Los Angeles, drawing the attention of the police to the band's activities.
Pettibon's drawing of a police officer being held at gunpoint was used on flyers and merchandise promoting the "Police Story" single. The speech blurb reads "Make me come, faggot!" The text to the left reads "Art: Chuck Higby", a pseudonym.

For the remainder of that gig, the band played an extended version of "Louie Louie" and invited audience members to take turns singing.

The band in 1967. Front L–R: Paul Revere, Mike Smith. Center L–R: Jim Valley, Mark Lindsay. Back: Phil Volk

Paul Revere & the Raiders

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American rock band formed in Boise, Idaho in 1958.

American rock band formed in Boise, Idaho in 1958.

The band in 1967. Front L–R: Paul Revere, Mike Smith. Center L–R: Jim Valley, Mark Lindsay. Back: Phil Volk
Where the Action Is photo of Dick Clark with the group in 1966. Front L–R: Paul Revere, Clark, and Mike Smith. Back L–R: Drake Levin, Phil Volk, and Mark Lindsay.
Paul Revere in 2007

After charting in 1961 with the minor hit "Like, Long Hair" and then in late 1963 just missing Billboards Hot 100 with a cover of "Louie Louie", the band was signed to Columbia Records, under the tutelage of producer Terry Melcher.

The Sonics performing at the Double Door in Chicago on February 27, 2014.

The Sonics

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American garage rock band from Tacoma, Washington that formed in 1960.

American garage rock band from Tacoma, Washington that formed in 1960.

The Sonics performing at the Double Door in Chicago on February 27, 2014.
Andy Parypa, 2011
Rob Lind, 2008

The band performed several early rock standards such as "Louie, Louie", and "Skinny Minnie" as well as original compositions like "Strychnine", "Psycho", and "The Witch".

Dutch single sleeve

You Really Got Me

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Song written by Ray Davies for English rock band the Kinks.

Song written by Ray Davies for English rock band the Kinks.

Dutch single sleeve

According to the band's manager, Larry Page, the song's characteristic riff came about while working out the chords of the Kingsmen's "Louie Louie".