Most famous for their US #2 classic "Louie Louie", the Kingsmen hailed from Oregon and secured their moment in pop history with their definitive recording of the Richard Berry song. Rolling Stone magazine voted is as “The #4 most influential recording of all time” in 2007, and it is universally acknowledged as a classic party anthem.
Hailing from the Pacific North West of the USA in the early to mid 1960's, the Sonics were a legendary hard hitting rock and roll outfit whose influence (not unlike that of the Velvet Underground) extended way beyond their limited market. Bands such as the Stooges, Kinks, The Fall, the Sex Pistols and the White Stripes have all acknowledged the influence that they drew from the music and attitude of The Sonics, and Nirvana's Kurt Cobain said of the band "They got the most amazing drum sound I've ever heard. Still to this day, it's still my favorite drum sound."
In the early 1960's this pioneer of Rockabilly and Rock'n'Roll recorded cracking new versions of some of his classic hits. Available recordings include versions of his biggest hits "Be Bop A Lula" and "Pistol Packin' Mama".