Monday, May 22, 2006

‘Louie Louie’: Greatest Mistake Of All Time

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – This year marks the 43rd anniversary of The Kingsmen’s recording of “Louie Louie,” the song that inspired a million toga parties.

Not bad for a song that Kingsmen drummer Dick Peterson admits is a total mistake, albeit one of the most popular of all time.

For instance, there’s an unintelligible vocal by guitarist Jackie Lee that was actually his first time ever singing the song.

He didn’t do too well. After the guitar solo, Lee comes in a verse too early, forcing Peterson to drown him out with a solo.

There are plenty of other musical clunkers in the recording and Peterson says that’s because it was only intended to be heard by the director of a cruise line.

In Peterson’s word, “The manager told us not to worry about the mistakes because they would go by fast and never be heard by anyone else.”

That was a mistake on his part. The recording became a national hit after a disc jockey featured it in a worst record contest – and it won for weeks in a row.

Peterson is the author of a new book, Louie Louie (Authorhouse).

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