‘Louie Louie’ gets plaque, celebration

A banner for "Louie Louie Day" in Portland, set for Oct. 5, 2013, was displayed on Sept. 5, 2013 (KOIN 6 News/Gary Kahne)
A banner for "Louie Louie Day" in Portland, set for Oct. 5, 2013, was displayed on Sept. 5, 2013 (KOIN 6 News/Gary Kahne)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A bronze plaque will be placed on Thursday afternoon at the site where The Kingsmen recorded “Louie Louie” in Portland 50 years ago, kicking off a month-long series of events culminating with “Louie Louie Day.”

Richard Berry wrote the song and The Kingsmen recorded it in 1963 at a facility at 411 SW 13th Ave. The plaque will be given to Mayor Charlie Hales at what is now the home of Skylab Architecture.

A special "Louie Louie Day" confection was made by Voodoo Doughnuts, Sept. 5, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)
A special “Louie Louie Day” confection was made by Voodoo Doughnuts, Sept. 5, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)

Marching bands will play the song beginning at 4 p.m. with the plaque ceremony shortly after 5 p.m.

On Oct. 5 — proclaimed “Louie Louie Day” in Portland —  The Kingsmen will play at the Aladdin Theater for the induction ceremony for the 2013 class of the Oregon Music Hall of Fame. The Kingsmen were inducted in 2007.

This year, seven performers and two non-musicians will be inducted:  trumpeter and composer Chris Botti; alternative band Hazel;  Poison Idea, a hard rock group formed in 1980; Portland blues guitarist Kelly Joe Phelps;  roots band Richmond Fontaine; pianist Janice Scroggins; drummer/engineer Gregg Williams; journalist Marty Hughley and former Mayor Bud Clark.

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