Portland to celebrate, honor "Louie Louie"

 Portland to celebrate, honor

Portland to celebrate, honor "Louie Louie"

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by KGW Staff

kvue.com

Posted on August 27, 2013 at 2:37 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 27 at 2:43 PM

PORTLAND -- A plaque, high school bands and a commemorative day will recognize one of the most popular songs in the world -- "Louie Louie" -- recorded in Portland in April of 1963 at a studio at 411 SW 13th Ave.

A plaque will be unveiled at the site of the original recording at Thursday, Sept. 5th, at 5:05 p.m., according to the Oregon Music Hall of Fame, which organized the event.

The ceremonies begin at 4 p.m. with high school marching bands playing "Louie Louie."  The recording studio is gone but the current business, Skylab Architecture, endorses the plaque being placed on the building.

"Louie Louie" and the Beatles "Yesterday" are considered the two most covered songs ever. While musician Richard Berry wrote "Louie Louie" in 1955, it was the Kingsmen cover that made it legend.

The song is staple of popular culture, heard or sung in "American Graffiti" "Animal House" and "Old School."

VooDoo Doughnuts plans a commemorative pastry to be unveiled at the ceremony. Local radio stations have been invited to play the song at precisely 4:57 p.m.

Hales will also declare Oct. 5 as "Louie Louie Day" to mesh with the annual Hall of Fame induction event which will include a performance by the Kingsmen.

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