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The Kingsmen (60s)

A rock & roll band from Portland, OR, the Kingsmen's one big hit, "Louie, Louie," defined the garage band style and became one of the all-time classics. The original lineup included Jack Ely (lead singer and guitar), Lynn Easton (drums), Mike Mitchell (lead guitar), Bob Nordby (bass), and Don Galucci (piano). After Ely had "incorrectly" taught the rest of the band the Wailers version of Richard Berry's "Louie Louie" (thus altering the basic rhythm into the now famous duh-duh-duh, duh-duh, duh-duh-duh, duh-duh riff that has become the only way anyone has played it since), they recorded it for fifty dollars at a primitive local recording studio with only three mikes, Ely hollering the lyrics into an overhead boom mike suspended ten feet in the air. Released on a local label, the record went nowhere after Paul Revere & the Raiders quickly covered it in the Northwest market, although it had quickly become a standard for all teen bands in that area. In 1964, the record started to break nationally, causing the breakup of the original lineup when Easton copyrighted the group's name, informing the other members that he was now sole owner of the Kingsmen and its new lead singer. Ely formed his own Kingsmen, touring at the same time as Easton, who was lip-synching the record whenever possible. Only Easton and Mitchell were left from the original lineup, but they kept scoring big with frat-band versions of "Money" and "Little Latin Lupe Lu," reaching their peak with "The Jolly Green Giant," while Ely languished in relative obscurity and Gallucci formed Don & the Goodtimes. By the early '90s, history had redressed itself somewhat. While replacement members from the Easton version of the band toured as the "original" Kingsmen, Jack Ely finally received some of his due, headlining the 30th Anniversary Louie Louie tour. Though the song itself has been covered repeatedly, the version by Ely and the original lineup remains definitive. ~ Cub Koda, Rovi
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w1111c
Credit where credit is due: Pandora now has a profile for the right band (the Kingsmen of Portland, Oregon) associated with Louie, Louie.
Does Pandora actually believe THIS is the same band??? LOL
Portland Oregon The Kingsman
purpleangel2
We can't fix this s**t?
Great bio. Almost as good as the Cirque du Soliel one that was just shown for a Beatles song. Maybe we can keep the streak going with a bio for Dan Folgerberg when a Stones song starts playing.
purpleangel2
Maybe the bio is by the same bunch that screws up the rest of them.
What! No lyrics? This little gem always gets me on my feet. Let's give it to 'em..right now!
Looking at the post this error has been around for quite a number of years. Not likely to be corrected in our lifetime.
Don't think this is quite in the right spot?
Pandora blows oit again. LOUIE LOUIE with the bio for a gospel band.
The bio attached to the Kingsmen is really for a different gospel group called the King's Men quintet/quar t e t - - n o t to be confused with the Portland, OR-based garage band the Kingsmen
love the soniics.by the way. you look like a young jagger
If you liked this, check out another NW band from the period named The Sonics. They sounded like a mix of garage rock, Little Richard and that sound your amplifier makes when you drive a pick-axe through it. Really good stuff. Check it out.
If no one knew Louie Louie is about a love sick Jamacan sailor.
so little comments i just have to say louie louie is awesome
hhrothman
lOUIE louie... 1 OF THE BEST 1 HIT WONDER GROUPS howie
he's hiding
I remember this song being banned from the radio in N.C.
corvairjim
Finally, vindication for "Cousin Jack"! He didn't so much teach the band the song "incorrectly " as take the song and make it into something unique. After all, where's the art in coveringa song the same way somebody else already did it? Lynn Easton was a royal jerk to try to screw his bandmates like that, and then Mike Mitchell had to go and sell out and go with him. Jack Ely was the heart, soul, and moving force behind what was one of the defining sounds of the time.
runmot
You don't have to hear the lyrics to understand them
Original jive music!!!!
still listen for those secret words
jacket2011
Why was it the FBI was concerned with these lyrics? It's good our paranoia has abated if only marginally!
this is good music
buzzsuz
Ahhhh - memories! Lyrics are top secret!
rebvirgins
okay, where are the lyrics to louie louie??
Yeah, I used to jam to Louie Louie in the choir loft at the first baptist church,it was pretty cool, the pastor would pick up on lead vocals, and the deacons wife would jam on keyboards. We had a blast!
Pretty funny... I was wondering why I keep getting Gospel on my oldies rock station and now I know.
Those of you looking for the Gospel group just need to add a '+gospel' to the end of the url. i.e.
http://www.p a n d o r a . c o m / m u s i c / a r t i s t / k i n g s m e n + g o s p e l
The 'Similar Artists' list is WAY off too...
nc_glenn
Trust me on this ... not the same group. There have been multiple groups to use "Kingsmen" in their name. The song that was played (when I searched for Randy Travis' "When Mama Prayed," by the way) was by The Kingsmen gospel group. Read the Wikipedia entry on the rock band's name and the separate and entirely different gospel band is mentioned (among others) as additional groups known as The Kingsmen. ... http://en.wi k i p e d i a . o r g / w i k i / T h e _ K i n g s m e n
It is the same group. Play Louie Louie on your player, click on the artist and you are brought here. Read the bio above... it even mentions Louie Louie as one of their songs.
The Kingsmen is a quartet of Southern Gospel Music. Most of the Kingsmen fans don't use "Quartet" at the end of the name.
I agree these are two different groups, I grew up with the gospel group, The Kingsmen. This group in the picture is not what I asked for. You need to pick the right pic with the right group.
your article that has been written is totally off from what I'm hearing. I've been listening to the Kingmen's for years and this song doesn't resemble nothing that I've heard.
bobkat5491
this artist is not the kingsmen but is the kingsmen quartet.. they were not rock -n- roll of the 60's as you have them on my stations .....
bob blevins ''bobkat5491 @ c o m c a s t . n e t please change thank you /..
read the comments please there is a BIG BIG difference in LOUIE LOUIE and what these boys play!!!!
You have the wrong group in the picture and biography... T h e group I am listening to is the southern gospel group.."The Kingsmen"... I have never heard the group you have a picture of.....Obvio u s l l y you do not read these comments..
sassyjan
Yes I was just about to point that out.
the song playing is by the gospel group The Kingsmen - different from the rock group

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