May 17, 1965

On This Date in! in 1965 the song “Louie Louie” was officially declared unintelligible. Rumors were rampant about the song lyrics containing obscene material and parents were sending letters of complaint to the government demanding that it be banned. The FBI launched a formal investigation and on this date declared that the lyrics were “unintelligible at any speed” and therefore could not be considered obscene.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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