This calypso-style Jamaican sea shanty – inspired by "Amarren An Loco"/"El Loco Cha Cha" and (no relation) Chuck Berry's "Havana Moon" – was written by Richard Berry on a napkin in a diner circa 1955. Berry recorded it in 1957 for ~$200 in pay and it was largely forgotten by the public until a cover by Rockin' Robin Roberts in 1961. Roberts' version led to the Kingsmen's (in)famous cover in 1963. Richard Berry didn't receive recognition for the song he wrote - arguably the most famous song in rock & roll history - until the 1990's, by which time he was living in Compton on welfare with the diabitis and his ma.
This 10-year anniversary (1967) version of "Louie Louie" is done in the calypso-style of the original, but with the updated experience of Richard Berry. It appears on the compilation albums "100 Doo Wop Classics" and "100 Happy Days Classics" (Amazon).
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