LOUIE LOUIE

Latest update on 20/12/2016

Artist: Richard Berry
Author: Richard Berry
Label: Flip
Year: 1957

Inspired by the intro of El Loco Cha Cha, literally a crazy cha cha cha by Filippino brothers Bobby & Barry Rillera and their group The Rhythm Rockers. Richard Berry actually sang with Ricky Rillera & The Rhythm Rockers. El Loco Cha Cha was cut by Cuban Perez Prado look-alike René Touzet for his lp From Broadway To Havana (GNP 22), reissued on the Crescendo cd The Best Of René Touzet. Not Touzet, but Rosendo Ruiz Jr. is credited as composer here. That's another Cuban, who wrote and recorded it earlier on as Amarren El Loco, but minus this particular riff. Many Louie Louie versions feature that dominant latin sound rather than garage rock. Furthermore, Richard Berry admits lyrical influence from One For My Baby (And One More For The Road) (see there), Havana Moon by Chuck Berry ('56) and Run Joe by Louis Jordan ('46), while rhythm and lingo were influenced by Nat King Cole's Calypso Blues ('49).

Covers:

1961:

Rockin' Robin Roberts & The Wailers [group from Seattle; oldest garage rock version]

1963:

Kingsmen [another Pacific Northwest group; n°2 US; pole position was held by a nun (Soeur Sourire)]

1963:

Paul Revere & The Raiders

1963:

Surfaris

1964:

Joske Harry's & The King Creoles [in Dutch; lyrics by Nelly Byl]

1964:

Kinks

1964:

Beach Boys

1965:

Turtles

1966:

Sandpipers

1966:

David McCallum

1967:

Otis Redding

1967:

Sonics

1968:

Troggs

1968:

Julie London

1969:

Mothers Of Invention

1971:

Iggy & The Stooges

1973:

Toots & The Maytals

1974:

George Duke

1975:

Flamin' Groovies

1978:

John Belushi

1978:

Motörhead

1978:

Blondie

1979:

Kids

1981:

Barry White

1981:

Jim Capaldi

1982:

Last

1983:

Black Flag

1983:

Les Dantz

1986:

Cult

1988:

Fat Boys

1991:

Johnny Thunders

1993:

Billy Childish & The Blackhands [as Louis Riel]

1993:

Walter Grootaers [in Dutch]

1993:

Iggy Pop [with political lyrics]

2006:

Demi Moore [lounge version in film Bobby; copying Julie London]

Along with Summertime, Rock Around The Clock, The House Of The Rising Sun and Yesterday one of the only songs that generated a whole book. Covering this rock 'n roll classic became a sport. The list is endless and exotic. Rhino Records released multiple Best Of Louie Louie compilations, but don't rely on them for the original: their Richard Berry version is not the real thing. The original, once the B-side of You Are My Sunshine, was reissued on Born Bad #4. Ace released a Louie Louie Files cd featuring El Loco Cha Cha. Berry who sold his copyright in '58-'59 to finance a wedding, missed out on the Kingsmen cover revenues completely. That first Best Of Louie Louie on Rhino was part of a campaign to regain his full copyright, finalized in '92.

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