"Louie Louie" / "Haunted Castle"

LABEL: Jerden
SERIAL#: 712
DATE: 1963

MISC NOTES:

4/20/2022. The Seattle Mariners  baseball team announced that The Kingsmen's "Louie Louie" which, for years , has been played over the stadium sound system following Take Me out to the Ball Game during the 7th Inning Stretched was being dropped in favor of a "more current" McLemore song.

LOCATION: Portland, OR.
RECORDING PERSONNEL: Jack Ely [guitar, vocal]; Don Gallucci [keyboard]; Mike Mitchell [Fender Stratocaster guitar]; Bob Nordby [bass], Lynn Easton [drums]
RECORDING STUDIO: Northwestern Inc.
RECORDING ENGINEER: Bob Lindahl

FORMAT: disc
SIZE: 7"
SPEED: 45 rpm
DISC NOTES:

  • The original April 1963, 300-unit pressing of  "Louie, Louie" / "Haunted Castle"  on Jerden has this stamper code:  JERDEN #30 / JERDEN #31.
  • Soon after came the Monarch Records discs with these delta #s: ^47668 / ^47669 - X
  • Later legit (and/or bootleg pressings) have stamper code: JD 30  / JD 31

A-SIDE MATRIX:
A-SIDE STAMPER CODE:
A-SIDE COMPOSER: Richard Berry
A-SIDE PUBLISHER: Limax Music (BMI)

B-SIDE MATRIX:
B-SIDE STAMPER CODE:
B-SIDE COMPOSER: Lynn Easton
B-SIDE PUBLISHER: Burdette Music (BMI)

MISC:
In the wake of the late-1963 national breakout of "Louie, Louie" Jerden was plagued by bootlegged copies of their original 45. The fraudulent discs, however, are not exact reproductions of the originals, having different physical characteristics and stamper codes. While it is not known who was behind these reproductions, it seems likely the bootleggers - and their pressing plants - were active on both coasts as well as in the mid west.

The Kingsmen's original recording of  of "Louie, Louie"  has been issued on numerous "45 rpm oldies" labels. In 1978 both tracks were also reissued on a pink wax replica Jerden 45.

"Louie, Louie" Album Reissues:
"Louie, Louie" has been included on countless albums including the following:

1964. Side One, track #1 The Kingsmen In Person (Lynn Easton - vocas?) Wand #164).

1964.  Side Two, track #1 on The Original Great Northwest Hits - Volume 1 (Jerden JRL - 7001 / JRL - 7001 - S)

1966. Side one track #1 on The Kingsmen's Greatest Hits (Wand 681)

1966. Side ? track #? on The Greatest On Stage (Wand 661)

1967. Side B track #1 on The Groups Are The Greatest and the Greatest Of The Groups (Scepter LP 518)

1972. Side A track #1 on The Best Of The Kingsmen. (Scepter Citation Series CTN 18002).

1973. Side B, track #8 on the 2-disc compilation set Dick Clark 20 Years Of Rock N' Roll (Buddah Records BDS - 5133 - 2)

8.) 1976. Side One, track #6 on compilation album The History Of Northwest Rock Volume I, The Great Northwest Music Company   (GNW 4003)

1982. Side one track #1 on Kingsmen's Greatest Hits (Piccadilly 3348)

1983.  Side Two, track #1 on The Best Of Louie, Louie Rhino Records (RNEP 605)

1988. Side One, Track #1 Golden Nuggets, Vol. 8 - The Northwest Rhino Records, Inc.( RNLP 70032).

Year Unknown. Side two track #5 on Rock & Roll Is Here To Stay (Gusto GT -0065)

1991. Side one track #1 on The Best Of The Kingsmen ( Rhino Records RNLP 126)

2000. Disc one, track #11 on cd compilation album Wild And Wooly: The Northwest Rock Collection (Experience Music Project EMPCD 001)