Monday, April 11, 2011

April 11 Is International "Louie Louie" Day

I'm glad there's a day set aside to honor Richard Berry's iconic tune, Louie Louie, first recorded in 1957. Since our favorite radio station, KFJC, played it for 63 hours straight without repeating the same recording twice, the least we could do on the blog today is spotlight a handful of worthy renditions, starting with Richard Berry's.

Berry's magnum opus would be immortalized just a few years later by Pacific Northwest garage bands The Kingsmen and Paul Revere & The Raiders - and was soon covered by Southern California's pride, The Beach Boys and British invasion faves The Kinks.

There's even a reggae version of "Louie Louie".

The following version by The Doors has terrible sound quality and would appear to be an example of Jim Morrison's 1970-1971 downhill spiral - but here it is, nonetheless. This blogger can imagine "Light My Fire", "Touch Me" or "L.A. Woman" morphing deftly into "Louie Louie" in a Doors set.

Once The Lizard King himself had sung "Louie Louie", every punk and proto-metal band on and off the block would follow suit.

Even Frank Zappa and The Mothers Of Invention got into the act, at the Royal Albert Hall no less!

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