Richard Berry, singer, dies
Singer ~ Songwriter

Richard Berry

April 11, 1935, Extension, LA ~ January 23, 1997, Los Angeles, CA

He began singing and playing in local doo-wop groups, recording with a number of them including The Penguins, The Cadets and the Chimes, the Crowns, the Five Hearts, the Hunters, the Rams, the Whips, and the Dreamers, an otherwise all-female quartet from Fremont High. He then joined The Flairs (who also recorded as the Debonaires and the Flamingoes) in 1953. ~ Wikipedia: Richard Berry ~ retrieved January 23, 2015 © Wikipedia

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Even if this man never wrote ‘Louie, Louie,’ he should go down in history as one of the true pioneers in American rhythm & blues, as one of the great songwriters, singers, and ‘musical utility men.’ As a songwriter, he created some great hits for The Kingsmen, Etta James, Louis Prima, The Sonics, and many others. As a singer, often singing bass and tenor in the same song, he inspired many to emulate his style, including Barry White, who performed an incredible version of ‘Louie, Louie’ on his ‘Beware’ album. He is listed as one of Frank Zappa's inspirations on the ground-breaking ‘Freak Out’ debut album by the Mothers of Invention. He is one of the great underdogs in the American music story. He is Richard Berry, and he deserves your attention. ~ Richard Berry ~ retrieved June 14, 2013 ©

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The Kingsmen ~ Louie, Louie (Berry) ~ #157 NME 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time in 2014 ~ The Portland garage band reworked Richard Berry's reggae-tinged 1957 hit as a crude beat-group howl, making it one of the most-covered records ever in the process. ~ 2014 © NME

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