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Rare & Scratchy Rock 'N Roll Podcast

"Rare & Scratchy Rock 'N Roll" is a "rockumentary" series telling the greatest rock and roll stories on record. Some of our episodes spotlight specific artists, and others cover various specific subjects. All of them rock as we cover stories and myths about songs you can sing along with.

Sep 15, 2021


This episode spotlights the fascinating history of just one song. And it’s one of the most widely performed rock and roll tunes of all time. I’m talking about the immortal “Louie Louie.”

We’ll trace the musical roots that inspired Richard Berry to compose it. You’ll also hear samples of every hit single version of “Louie Louie,” along with details about the alleged obscenity and the subsequent FBI investigation involved with the Kingsmen’s definitive rendition.

Our rockumentary also includes representative samples from the nearly two thousand remakes of “Louie Louie” that have been recorded in the seven decades since the Richard Berry & The Pharaohs original debuted on your radio and in record stores in 1957. Plus, artists who rewrote the “Louie Louie” lyrics. And answer tunes that continue the saga of this song.

As always, our resident Rockologist, Ken Deutsch, will be along with his customary collection of fascinating factoids. Ken also will join Radio Dave as we present more of the greatest rock and roll stories on record. Hear it all here.