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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Louie Louie Explained

Jack Ely, who sang the rock classic "Louie Louie" for the Kingsmen, died this week at 71. I never talked to him, but I did interview his bandmate, Dick Peterson, in 2006. He explained why their version was so unintelligible, why J. Edgar Hoover and his FBI went after them, and how having the song banned made it more popular than ever. Listen to that conversation here.