The Kingsmen and “Louie Louie” are true legends of rock and roll music. Worldwide, scores of millions of people recognize the opening strains of the hit song “Louie Louie” the instant they hear them. People of all ages and backgrounds break into smiles the moment that primal riff first tickles their ears. On a multitude of levels, “Louie Louie” has embedded itself deep within our collective consciousness and become a permanent element of our culture. Yet, few know the true story behind this legendary recording and its aftermath.
Throughout the years, the Kingsmen have told a seemingly limitless number of stories about “Louie Louie”, the Kingsmen and their experiences, to friends, family, acquaintances and interviewers. Here is a window into their world today and days past.
The humorous, sometimes unbelievable, details of what really happened to The Kingsmen and “Louie Louie” are revealed for the first time by Dick Peterson in his book Louie Louie Me Gotta Go Now.