Richard Berry


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Born: 1935/04/11
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA
Died: 1997/01/23
Years Active: 1950s–1996
Genres: Doo-wop, R&B

Richard Berry (April 11, 1935 - January 23, 1997) was an African American singer and songwriter, best known as the composer and original performer of the rock standard "Louie Louie". He was born in Extension, south of Monroe, Louisiana, and moved with his family to Los Angeles as a baby. He began singing and playing in local doo-wop groups, recording with several of them including The Penguins, The Cadets and The Chimes, before joining The Flairs (who also recorded as The Debonaires and The Flamingoes) in 1953. The Flairs’ 1953 record "She Wants To Rock", on Modern Records, featured Berry’s bass vocals, and was an early production by Leiber and Stoller. A few months later, when the p... Continue Bio >>


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