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The Kingsmen

Louie Louie

Garage Rock
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  • 1963
  • 1964
  • 1965
  • 2012
  • 1986

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“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. A recording by The Kingsmen in 1963 is the best-known version. The Kingsmen’s edition was also the subject of an FBI investigation about the supposed but non-existent obscenity of the lyrics, an investigation that ended without prosecution. The song is ranked #55 on the Rolling Stone magazine’s list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time”. Read on...

Song lines: ♪ Said Louie Louie, oh baby ... Said we gotta go ... Louie Louie, oh no

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This song is listed #55 on Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

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