Portland celebrates 'Louie Louie' day

Portland celebrates 'Louie Louie' day

Portland celebrates 'Louie Louie' day

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Posted on August 27, 2013 at 12:12 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 6 at 6:05 AM

PORTLAND -- One of the most popular songs in the world -- "Louie Louie" -- was honored in Portland Thursday because it was first recorded in the Rose City back in April of 1963 at a studio at 411 SW 13th Ave.

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

"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 also unveiled a commemorative pastry at Thursday's ceremony. Local radio stations were invited to play the song at precisely 4:57 p.m.

Hales will 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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