The City of Portland and the Oregon Music Hall of Fame announce a celebration of 50 years of Louie Louie.
Why is this is going to happen? In 1963 five young Portlanders went into the studio at 13th and Burnside and recorded a version of Richard Berry’s west coast hit, Louie Louie. What followed was perhaps the biggest shift in popular music in the region and a mega hit of worldwide proportions. It reached #2 in the world in early 1964.
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When is it going to happen? Sept 5th 2013 is the official plaque dedication ceremony. 4pm start time with the official unveiling at 4:45. Media will have access at 3 pm. The day before, Sept. 4th, in the Portland City Council Chambers, the mayor will have declared Oct. 5th Louie Louie Day.
Where is it going to be? The Plaque dedication and ceremony will take place at the site of the original studio. Still occupied as a business, the building holds historical significance because of the Louie Louie record. Address is 411 SW 13th avenue.
What is going to happen? A Plaque ceremony with dedication and music. The City will shut off the street to have four area high school bands playing Louie Louie, led by the mayor to honor the Kingsmen.
LOUIE LOUIE FAST FACTS
- Reached Number #2 in the world
- Probably the most recorded song in history with over 1600 versions on record
- Featured in over 200 feature films and television shows such as Animal House, American Graffitti and Old School
A change in the way we record and listen:
“This record was a seminal point in the music industry, not only in Portland in particular but worldwide after Wand records released it on a large scale. It transformed music and studio performances from that point on. Perhaps the first real underground pop song that was ever made, its influence can still be heard in the punk grunge scene of the past 30 years and today.”
President Oregon Music Hall of Fame.