Louie Louie The Song
The Kingsmen-Louie Louie
Lyrics to The Kingsmen's version of the song Louie Louie

"Louie Louie" is an American rock 'n' roll song written by Richard Berry in 1955. It has become a standard in pop and rock, with hundreds of versions recorded by different artists. The song is written in the style of a Jamaican ballad; and tells, in simple verse-chorus form, the first-person story of a Jamaican sailor returning to the island to see his lady love. The singer brags of his "fine little girl" to the Louie of the title, presumably a bartender. On April 6, 1963, a rock and roll group from Portland, Oregon, called The Kingsmen chose "Louie Louie" as their second recording, their first being "Peter Gunn Rock. "The Kingsmen recorded the song at Northwestern, Inc., Motion Pictures and Recording in Portland, Oregon. The group paid a small sum of $36 for a one-hour Saturday morning session.

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