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Louie Louie in the
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Louie Louie is the most recorded rock & roll song in history, and has had an enormous influence on the history of rock music.  So it is fitting that the song, and the artists that most contributed to the Louie Louie story, should be given the recognition they deserve by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Unfortunately, that has not yet happened.

To be fair, there has been some recognition of Louie Louie by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.  Within the exhibit, they have kiosks in which visitors can explore the 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll.  Louie Louie (the Kingsmen version) is included in that list.

There are also a number of inductees who have recorded and released their own versions of Louie Louie.

There are many other inductees who have performed Louie Louie live, but have not officially released a recording of it.  These include (1988), (1993), (1994), (1995), (1999), (2002), (2003), (2006), (2007), and (2007).

But none of most central players involved in the Louie Louie story have yet been inducted.  LLAMAS advocates for the induction of the following artists who have been influential and important in the history of rock and roll.

  • Richard Berry
  • The Kingsmen
  • The Wailers
  • Paul Revere & the Raiders
  • The Sonics
  • Iggy Pop
  • Black Flag

According the website of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, artists become eligible for induction 25 years after the release of their first record. Criteria include the influence and significance of the artistsí contributions to the development and perpetuation of rock and roll.  Each of these artists easily meet those criteria. 

The Hall of Fame describes the selection process as follows:  "The Foundationís nominating committee, composed of rock and roll historians, selects nominees each year in the Performer category. Ballots are then sent to an international voting body of more than 500 rock experts. Those performers who receive the highest number of votes - and more than 50 percent of the vote - are inducted. The Foundation generally inducts five to seven performers each year." LLAMAS urges the nominating committee to put forward these artists, and for all voting members to support their induction. 

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