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THE KINGSMEN
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The Kingsmen is a 1960s garage rock band from Portland, Oregon, United States. They are best known for their 1963 recording of Richard Berry's "Louie Louie", the single has become an enduring classic. "Louie Louie" was kept from the top spot on the charts in late 1963 and early 1964 by the Singing Nun. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. The B-side of the single was an instrumental, "Haunted Castle". The band attracted nationwide attention when "Louie Louie" was banned by the governor of Indiana, Matthew E. Welsh, and attracted the attention of the FBI because of alleged indecent lyrics in the Kingsmen's version of the song. The lyrics were, in fact, innocent, but all of this attention only made the song more popular. In April 1966 "Louie Louie" was reissued and once again hit the music charts. After the success of "Louie Louie", the members of the Kingsmen took varied paths. Easton, whose mother had registered the name of the group and therefore owned it, declared that from this point on he intended to be the singer, forcing Ely to play the drums. This led Jack Ely and Bob Nordby to quit the group. Gallucci would become a record producer with Elektra Records, with his most famous production being The Stooges' seminal second album. "Louie Louie" was frequently performed at Stooges concerts. The two remaining original Kingsmen, Lynn Easton and Mike Mitchell, toured as the official band. Following legal action on both sides, Easton established his right to the "Kingsmen" name. Thus Ely was forced to stop using it, and Easton was forced to stop lip syncing to Ely's vocals. This initially hurt the Easton Kingsmen's popularity, after audiences realized that this was no longer the band they had come to see. 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.

MEMBERS:

Jack Ely - Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
Lynn Easton - Drums
Mike Mitchell - Lead Guitar
Don Gallucci - Electric Piano
Bob Nordby - Bass

BEST LINK:

Official Kingsmen webpage



Annie Fanny
Give Her Lovin'
Germany
Vogue DV 14394
Value: 30

Children's Caretaker
Grass Is Green
Japan
Teichiku/Scepter US-248-S
Value: 150

How To Stuff A Wild Bikini / Give Her Lovin'
Annie Fanny / Don't You Just Know It
France
Vogue INT 18025
Value: 65

Killer Joe
Little Green Thing
Denmark
Scepter STU 42242
Value: 50

Killer Joe
Little Green Thing
Holland
Scepter HS 1003
Value: 40

Little Latine Lupe Lu
David's Mood
Germany
Vogue DV 14175
Value: 25

Little Latine Lupe Lu / David's Mood
Searching For Love / Death Of An Angel
France
Vogue EPL 8273
Value: 35

Louie Louie
Money
France
Vogue S 12080
Value: 5
REISSUE

Louie Louie
Haunted Castle
Germany
Vogue DV 14114
Value: 80
MISPRINT

Louie Louie
Haunted Castle
Germany
Vogue DV 14114
Value: 40

Louie Louie
Searching For Love
Japan
Teichiku/Scepter US-194-S
Value: 60

Louie Louie / Haunted Castle
Joko Henderson: A Little Bit Of Everything / Blast Off To Love
France
Vogue EPL 8172
Value: 20

Louie Louie / Haunted Castle
Money / Bent Scepter
UK
Pye Int. NEP 44023
Value: 25

Mojo Workout
Money
Germany
Vogue DV 14139
Value: 40

Mojo Workout / You Can't Sit Down
Long Tall Texan / Night Train
UK
Pye Int. NEP 44040
Value: 30

Money
Bent Scepter
Holland
Fontana 271 90 YF
Value: 50
FAVORIETEN EXPRES

Money
New Orleans
Japan
Teichiku/Scepter US-242-S
Value: 125

Money / The Waiting
Long Tall Texan / Mojo Workout
France
Vogue EPL 8209
Value: 45

Money / Twist And Shout
Louie Louie / You Can't Sit Down
Spain
Fontana 466 802 TE
Value: 50
EN PERSONA

The Climb
The Waiting
Germany
Vogue DV 14352
Value: 25

The Climb / Comin' Home Baby
Long Green / The Jolly Green Giant
France
Vogue INT 18015
Value: 35

The Gamma Gootchie
De Boom Le Boom
Germany
Vogue DV 14455
Value: 25

The Gamma Gootchie / De Boom Le Boom
It's Only The Dog / Rosalie
France
Vogue INT 18065
Value: 25

The Jolly Green Giant
Long Green
Germany
Vogue DV 14291
Value: 20

The Jolly Green Giant
Long Green
Holland
Fontana 271 818 TF
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The Krunch
The Climb
USA
WAND 1118
Value: 40
PROMO

The Waiting / Twist And Shout
Fever / Mashed Potatoes
UK
Pye Int. NEP 44063
Value: 30
FEVER

Today
You Better Do Right
France
Capitol 2C006-81420
Value: 10

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