Louie-Palooza: 11 Killer Covers for International “Louie Louie” Day

“It is the best of songs, it is the worst of songs,” writes rock journalist Dave Marsh in his indispensible 2004 tome Louie Louie: The History and Mythology of the World’s Most Famous Rock ’n Roll Song. Marsh’s assessment is spot-on, of course, and on April 11—a date registered with and recognized by the National Special Events Registry and Chase’s Calendar of Events as officially being International “Louie Louie” Day—let us celebrate rock’s ultimate alpha-and-omega party anthem properly.

First, take a listen to the original calypso-tinged R&B sing-along “Louie Louie” by Richard Berry and the Pharaohs from 1957. Berry not only sings “Louie Louie,” he wrote it. His birthday is April 11, prompting its demarcation as International “Louie Louie” Day.

“Louie Louie” – Richard Berry and the Pharaohs

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