March 24, 2015 Records of the Day

In 1963 the Kingsmen’s version of “Louie Louie” became one of the most controversial records of all time. The lyrics were thought to be obscene but in reality the words were simply about a man telling a bartender about his girl in Jamaica. The bartender’s name was Louie. The original lyrics are by the original singer, Richard Berry. The Kingsmen’s 45, released on Wand records, is worth up to $40.00. Released six years before the Kingsmen’s classic, Richard Berry’s version was released on Flip records and can sell for $300.00 today. “Louie Louie” is just one of the over 1,000,000 records you’ll find listed on the Mighty John Record Appraisal Guide. It’s available in the left hand column.


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