The song was originally written as a Jamaican love song by Richard Berry. His recording was released in April of 1957.
Six years later, the Kingsmen’s version of Louie Louie was the second-biggest hit in the USA.
Ironically, you couldn’t hear the record in certain parts of the country. The song was said to contain “dirty” lyrics and many radio stations didn’t play it. Governor Matthew Welsh banned the song in the state of Indiana.
Even the FBI got involved in the controversy surrounding Louie Louie. However, on April 17, 1964, an FBI lab in Washington reported that it could not determine the lyrics to the song.
Coincidentally, one year later (4/17/65) RCA and the LearJet Corporation announced some big news. Their new 8-Track tape player/car radios would become available in the 1966 model cars that fall.
Even if you don’t have an 8-track player, you can listen to Louie Louie right here: