April 11th marks International “Louie Louie” Day, celebrating the classic rock song on the birthday anniversary of its original writer/singer, Richard Berry.
The beloved song has long been associated with wild nights of drinking and toga parties thanks to its prominent feature in Animal House, but “Louie Louie” is much more than a party song. To celebrate “Louie Louie” Day, we’re taking a look at the history of the song you might not know about!
1. The original version of the song was penned by singer Richard Berry in 1955, who got his inspiration to write the song lyrics while performing at a gig in Olympia, Washington. Inspired after performing the song “El Loco Cha Cha” with Ricky Rillera and the Rhythm Rockers, Berry went straight to the men’s room to write the lyrics of “Louie Louie” down on toilet paper. True story.