"Louie Louie" / "Maryann"

SERIAL#: ET-1
DATE: 1961-03

MISC NOTES: This version of "Louie Louie" became an instant #1 radio hit in Seattle during  March, 1961. It resurfaced again as a local radio hit in the spring/summer of 1962 during the "Century 21" Seattle World's Fair.

LOCATION: Seattle
RECORDING PERSONNEL: The Wailers
RECORDING STUDIO: Joe Boles Custom Recorders
RECORDING ENGINEER: Joe Boles

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

[HEAR IT HERE] "Louie Louie"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gb9JTI3TBRw

[HEAR IT HERE] "Maryann"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xu2p1t4Luok

Known Label Designs:

1PA.) A - B promo disc. White label background. Black top hatted logo, numerals and lettering. Distributed by Liberty Records Sales Corp. Los Angeles, Calif.  AUDITION RECORD lower right of spindle hole..

(Not known if white/black promo labels existed prior to Liberty Records assuming distribution duties.)

1RA.) A - B retail disc.  Red label background. Black top hatted logo, numerals and lettering. No distribution wording.

1PB.) A - B promo disc. White label background. Black top hatted logo, numerals and lettering. Distributed by Liberty Records Sales Corp. Los Angeles, Calif. lower left of spindle hole. No promotional/audition wording. *

1RB.) A - B retail disc. Red label background. Black top hatted logo, numerals and lettering. Distributed by Liberty Record Sales Corp. Los Angeles, Calif. lower left of spindle hole.

"Louie, Louie" Album Reissues:
1.) 1964. Side one track #3 on compilation lp The Wailers & Co. (Etiquette #022)

2.)1983. Side one, track #3 on compilation lp The Best Of Louie, Louie. (Rhino
Records RNEP 605)

A-SIDE MATRIX:
1PA.)  45 - "Louie Louie" (etched wax); E - 001(label)
1RA.) 45 - Louie Louie (etched wax); None (label)
1PB.) Inf. Not Avail. (wax); Inf. Not Avail. (label)
1RB.) 45 - Louie Louie (etched wax); E - 001 (label)
A-SIDE STAMPER CODE:
1PA.) ^38481 - X (March/April, 1960)
1RA.) ^38481 - X (March/April, 1960)
1PB.) Inf. Not Avail.
1RB.) ^38481 - X (March/April, 1960)
A-SIDE COMPOSER: Richard Berry
A-SIDE PUBLISHER: Limax Pub. (BMI)

B-SIDE MATRIX:
1PA.) 45 - Mary Ann (etched wax); E - 002 (label)
1RA.) Mary Ann (etched wax); None (label)
1PB.) Mary Ann (etched wax); E - 002 (label)
1RB.) Mary Ann (etched wax); E - 002 (label)
B-SIDE STAMPER CODE:
1PA.) ^38481 (March/April, 1960)
1RA.) ^38481 (March/April, 1960)
1PB.) Inf. Not Avail.
1RA.) ^38481 (March/April, 1960)
B-SIDE COMPOSER: Ray Charles
B-SIDE PUBLISHER: Progressive (BMI)

Don Blocker with the Promotion Dept. at Liberty Records:  "(In 1961) Liberty had (distribution for) the original rock version of 'Louie, Louie.'  It was on Etiquette Records by (Rockin' Robin Roberts and) the Wailers. I bought the master because it was selling in the Northwest. But I couldn't convince anyone to go out and work it, especially Bob Skaff, who was head of promotion at the time. He said 'It's a white group, but they sound R & B, I can't promote that.' He wouldn't work it, and he didn't work it. Then  (in 1963) the Kingsmen came out with an identical version. Our version was first, and (in 1964) I got it released on [the] Imperial album [Tall Cool One LP-9262] but (again) could not convince anyone that it was a hit."

(Adapted from: Liberty Records A History of the Recording Company and Its Stars 1955 - 1971 Vol. 1 pg. #383. Michael "Doc Rock" Kelly 1993)