Richard Berry

Genres: Doo Wop Pop / Rock
Descriptive "tags": rhythm and blues blues doo-wop doo wop jamming rock and roll Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

11 April 1935, Extension, Louisiana, USA, d. 23 January 1997, USA. Berry was raised in Los Angeles, where he learned piano, playing along with the records of Joe Liggins And His Honeydrippers. In high school he formed a vocal group and began recording in 1953 under various names (the Hollywood Blue Jays, the Flairs, the Crowns, the Dreamers, the Pharaohs), as well as doing solo sessions for Modern Records Flair subsidiary. His most famous moments on record are his bass vocal contributions to the Robins’ ‘Riot In Cell Block No. 9’ and as ‘Henry’, Etta James’ boyfriend, on her early classic ‘Roll With Me Henry (The Wallflower)’. His main claim to fame is composing rock ‘n’ roll’s famous standard ‘Louie Louie’, which he recorded in 1956 on Flip Records, but he had to wait seven years for its success with the Kingsmen’s hit. The song spawned countless cover versions, including those by the Kinks, the...

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