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Bet those five guys from Portland, Oregon never imagined that one $36.00 song would have over 40 years of staying power (and going strong) when they recorded it.

From the moment they uttered those infamous words (just what are those words anyway?), they were launched into America’s mainstream rock and roll conscience and they’ve never looked back.

“Louie Louie” is such a cult favorite it is considered by some to be the “party anthem of the universe”. In fact, at one point there was a campaign to make it the state song for the State of Washington. It is used as background and theme music for a variety of television shows, motion pictures and advertising campaigns. It was recently voted one of the greatest songs of the century by the Grammy Hall of Fame panel and is considered by VH-1 to be the 11th best rock and roll song ever recorded. Quite an honor for a song once banned from the radio because the lyrics were wrongly considered inappropriate and even lewd!

THIS IS ROCK AND ROLL HISTORY ! And just in case you’re wondering, The Kingsmen are still rockin' and rollin' and sounding better than ever. Original band members Dick Peterson and Mike Mitchell are joined today by Steve Peterson, Todd McPherson and Dennis Mitchell to create that unique sound that makes The Kingsmen the greatest party band of all time!

News Update!!!

Recently, The Kingsmen performed on AM Northwest, the popular Portland, Or. morning show on KATU. We have uploaded the performance and you can watch it Here
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Cool things you need to know about The Kingsmen !
Kingsmen NewsSeptember 24, 2005 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Recording Academy (Grammy Foundation) for “Outstanding Contributions to the music community.

2007 The Kingsmen recording of Louie Louie is named by Rolling Stone Magazine “The #4 most influential recording of all time.”

Louie has been in countless motion pictures including, Animal House, Mr. Holland's Opus Quadrophenia, Coupe de Ville, Spaced Invaders, Naked Gun, Past Away, Dave, Jennifer 8, and Down Periscope.

Named by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the 50 most important recordings in the 20th Century.

They’ve performed the National Anthem at Sea Hawk Stadium, The Kingdome, Wrigley Field, Peoria Sports Complex, Rice University, SAFECO Field, Oregon State University to name a few!

The Kingsmen performed on Hullabaloo once, American Bandstand 3 times, Shindig 5 times and appeared in the beach party movie with Annette and Frankie, “How To Stuff A Wild Bikini.”

The Kingsmen were the subject of a VH-1 Special in 2000 which discussed the infamous “Louie Louie” FBI case.

Not only did they OPEN the Experience Music Project in Seattle, Washington in 2000, but they also have a permanent display there, as part of the Northwest Passage exhibit.

They performed at the 40th Anniversary of the Space Needle in Seattle, Washington in April 2002.

They appeared in a PBS special entitled “Red, White and Rock”. This special, which began airing in December, 2002 is a celebration of Americana and Rock and Roll’s contribution to all that makes this country wonderful!

“Louie Louie” was voted one of the best dance songs of all times.

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