In 1959, Lynn Easton invited Jack Ely to play with him at a Portland Hotel gig, with Ely singing and playing guitar and Easton on the drum kit. The two teenagers grew up together, as their parents were close friends. Easton and Ely performed at yacht club parties, and soon added Mike Mitchell on guitar and Bob Nordby on bass to round out the band. They called themselves the Kingsmen, taking the name from a recently disbanded group. The Kingsmen began their collective career playing at fashion shows, Red Cross events, and supermarket promotions, generally avoiding rock songs on their setlist.
The Kingsmen were a 1960s garage rock / frat rock band from Portland, Oregon.
They are best known for their 1963 recording of "Louie Louie", which held the #2 spot on the Billboard charts for six weeks.
On November 9, 1998, The Kingsmen were awarded ownership of all their early recordings released on Wand Records from Gusto Records, including "Louie Louie." They had not been paid royalties on the songs since the 1960s.
50s, 60s Hits
The Kingsmen In Person
Louie Louie, oh no
We gotta go
Louie Louie, oh baby
We gotta go
A Fine little girl awaits for me
She's just a trip across the sea
Me sail that all alone
Me never know how I make it home
Three nights and days I sail the sea
I think of girl, 0' constantly
On that ship, I dream she there
I smell that rose hangin' in her hair.
Okay, let's give it to 'em, right now!
Me see Jamaica, the moon above
It won't be long, me see my little love
I take her in my arms again
I tell her I'll never leave again
Let's take it on outa here now