‘’RECORD FOUND FREE OF OBSCENITIES’’

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Shortly after it’s release in 1963, rumors began circulating alleging the lyrics
of the song “Louie, Louie” were laced with a profane depiction of sexuality
between a sailor and his girl. The groups singer Jack Ely had just had his
braces tightened, thus muffling some of the words, making them sound
unintelligible. The song was banned on many radio stations across the
country, but a lengthy investigation by the FBI concluded they were
“unable to interpret any of the wording in the record.”

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Portland, Oregon garage band The Kingsmen from left: Don
Gallucci, Jack Ely, Lynn Easton, Mike Mitchell, and Bob Nordby 

 

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Longtime members of The Kingsmen are Dick Peterson (left) and Michael
Mitchell

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