Thursday, February 17, 2011

Louie, Louie

Forty seven years ago today, February 17, 1964 the Federal Bureau of Investigation launched a sweeping investigation into a problem that threatened to subvert the nation. Namely, were the lyrics to the song, Louie Louie, by the Kingsmen obscene or not? After months of intensive analysis, the bureau was unable to conclude what the actual lyrics were, and the case was dropped. The tune, written by Richard Berry, remains the nation’s most popular party song.

Thanks to my friend Dave Hilsheimer for bringing this important tidbit of musical history to my attention.


  1. And... "Louie Louie" is the state song of the State of Washington!

    BTW: You're welcome.

  2. BTW - no it's not...

    "In 1985, comedian Ross Shafer led a movement to make Louie Louie the state song of Washington, which failed."

    Washington, My Home is the official state song.