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Louie Louie singer Richard Berry honored with Music Trail marker

The Northeast Louisiana Music Trail will honor Louisiana's Rock & Roll pioneer Richard Berry. Berry was born in Extension, Louisiana and wrote one of the most covered songs of all time Louie Louie.

Berry's family moved to California where he sang with doo-wop groups. Berry wrote the song and set it to a Latin tune. He sold the rights for $750 to pay for his wedding. The songs was recorded over 1,000 times. The songwriter later was awarded $2,000,000 in a settlement deal over the songs royalties.

Richard Berry
Doyle Jeter
NELA Music Trail
Richard Berry

Berry's daughter Christy Berry James and her husband Donto James are travelling to Louisiana for the first time for the marker unveiling. Donto James is the son of Etta James.

The marker will be placed at Locust Hill Baptist Church in Extension. The day will also feature a concert with Doug Duffey and the Locust Hill Baptist Church Choir from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, April 14.

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