Happy International LOUIE LOUIE Day 2019!

Today is International LOUIE LOUIE Day!

It’s also the day when Richard Berry would have celebrated his 84th if he was still with us!

Today in the LOUIE LOUIE Party community page on Facebook, Len Sarfati shared a link to his LOUIE video with this special comment:

This is the 2009 comment Jack Ely made on the YouTube video I made back in 2007 “The True Lyrics to Louie Louie”

luiluiely • 10 years ago


My name is Jack Ely and I sang those lyrics on that recording and you are pretty close but no cigar. I am constantly interchanging the words “we” and “me” as in “me gotta go” and “me see” and I also use “me” as the pronoun to keep it in the Jamaican dialect like, “me find little girl, she waits for me.” I also sometimes interchange “ya, ya, ya, ya, ya, ya, ya” for “nah, nah, nah, nah, nah, nah” but which are which? I do say “think of little girl, ah, constantly.”


Len also shared the followup ….

I responded by thanking him for his comment, then I also said something dumb along the lines of ‘thanks for not suing me for posting this.’ His response was…

luiluiely • 10 years ago

I don’t think anyone should be able to sue anyone about Louie Louie unless they are making money off my vocal performance, which no youtube user is. After (all) Louie Louie is Americas’ song, and I’m just grateful I had the good fortune to be able to show that to the world.

So there you have it, Jack Ely’s response to Len’s video “The True Lyrics to Louie Louie” …. by the one person who would know exactly what was being sung on the Kingsmen’s 1963 recording …. the original vocalist!

We do miss our friends Richard and Jack, but their music lives on…

Anyways, today’s a great day to celebrate Richard’s most famous song, so let’s give it to ’em right now, OK?

Go listen to or perform your favorite version of LOUIE!

Go visit your favorite record store!

Go dance and shout and work it on out!!

Go check out some LOUIE LOUIE YouTube clips!

…. and then, there’s this one I’m quite attached to….


The Official International Louie Louie Day webpage
The LOUIE LOUIE Party community page on Facebook

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