Saturday, 11 April 2020


Observed on this day, the birthday of the composer of the original song lyrics and melody based off a traditional Latin American tune doo-wop artist Richard Berry, Jr (*1935 – †1997)—the Louie Louie Advocacy and Music Appreciation Society has been sponsoring and promoting the international celebration of his most famous, enduring and reprised piece since 2007.
Although the 1963 version recorded by the Kingsmen is the standard and propelled the number’s popularity (below but find your favourite version in the original or among the hundreds out there), there are countless worthy covers, tributes and homages throughout the decades, including Paul Revere and the Raiders, Otis Redding, the Kinks, Frank Zappa, Jim Morrison, Jan & Dean, Motรถrhead, Led Zepplin, Blondie, Nick Cave, Joan Jett, the Grateful Dead, Tommy Petty, Tina Turner, John Lennon, Iggy Pop, David Bowie, Robert Plant and the Dave Matthews’ Band—just to name a select few.