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Musicians
    (1959- )
    Formed in Portland, Oregon
    1963 line-up:
    Jack Ely - lead singer, guitar
    Lynn Easton - drums
    Mike Mitchell - lead guitar
    Bob Nordby - bass
    Don Galucci - keyboards
    Best known for the song 'Louie, Louie'
    Also recorded 'Little Latin Lupe Lu,' 'The Jolly Green Giant' and 'Money'
    Made a cameo appearance in 'How To Stuff a Wild Bikini (1965)'
    Galucci produced and played keyboards for The Stooges second album 'Fun House (1970)'
    There have been groups before and after them named The Kingsmen, including a side project formed by Bill Haley's Comets and the group later renamed Sha Na Na.
    They recorded 'Louie, Louie' in 1963, but it took until 1964 for it to become a hit.
    They recorded in a 'hollow sounding' studio for 50 bucks.
    The barely intelligible lyrics were incorrectly thought to be obscene, prompting an FBI investigation.
    After it became a hit Ely and Easton formed separate bands - with Easton copyrighting the name, claiming ownership and making himself lead singer.
    Easton can't sing 'Louie, Louie' properly, so he's been known to lip-sync it at gigs.
    'Louie, Louie' spent 16 weeks on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart in 1964 and reached #2.
    Many artists (estimates are over 1,000) have recorded the song, but none more famously or successfully as them.
    Their recording of 'Louie, Louie' is listed as #6 in Rolling Stone magazine's '50 Moments that Changed Rock and Roll' (2004).
    Their record company had not paid the band royalties owed them for over 30 years until a court ruling awarded them their overdue cash.
    Thanks in part to the 1978 movie 'Animal House,' the song is one of the all time favorite college frat party songs.

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