There is no question or challenge that this is and was the most popular version ever / #2 BB 1963
But hold on, they would never have used or recorded this song, but when they heard another band in the Pacific Northwest, from Tacoma Washington, Rockin Roberts & the Wailers live, they loved it and decided to learn the song.
OK, that’s fine, but now Rockin’ Roberts & the Wailers, well they heard the original recording. The recording, by Richard Berry who wrote and recorded it in 1957, with his band the Pharaohs. But unfortunately after a few follow up recordings that did nothing, Richard sold the rights to “Louie Louie” to the head of Flip Records for $750 in 1959.
OK, do we have it straight now?? I’m not sure I do.
In 1964, the Beach Boys had a version on there Shutdown Vol. 2 Album
Also in 1964 Otis Redding put it on the Pain in My Heart Album (I own it)
Again in 1964 Paul Revere and the Raiders put it on this album (I own it)
I guess the only Instrumental was recorded by the Ventures in 1965 (yea I own this album too)
In 1978 a Heavy Metal or Hard Rock Group Motorhead recorded it
In the late 70’s the Punk Rock Band The Clash recorded the song
It is now 1981 and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts recorded the song
We also had a little Reggae version in 1972 by Toots & the Maytals
I will end, because there are thousand more, with a man we lost in 2014, Johnny Winter
A Folk Rock trio out of L.A., in 1966 recorded a version in Spanish that went to # 30 BB