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SUBJECT: LOUIE,

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DIRECTOR, FBI
Attn: FBI

DAT!-Z2 3/27/6

Laboratory

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JERRY DENNON.

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unknown
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obscene character
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FBI Laboratory
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determine its

l/3 rpm

instead of

should not

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for

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be destroyed
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record
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Section lU65,
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AUSA LESTERR. IRVIN,

facts to

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Title 18

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if records

NDI, Hammond,

possible violation

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side were
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January
29, 1964,
a co-worker
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when played
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words
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examination.

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assisted
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in
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decline prosecution
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Enclosed herewith
for the
FBI Laboratory
is _&#39;!&-1*
one 45 r.p.m. reco
ing entitled
"Louie Louie"
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is
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sis arecording
entitled "Haunted
Castle" sung
by the
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labeled 143-B
50084. Also enclosed for
the
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Laboratory is an eyrelopemarked obscene
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to beheard

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during the

singing
of
"Louie Louie",
when this
record&#39;
is
played on
IMP-In
obscene, as
Louie" is

believed to
be heard
when
played on
33
r.p.n.

. For

New York

the information

Office,

the Detroit

FBI Office

Commission, located

a45

J.
GRACE,

Iichigan, on

FBI Laboratory

are

and

EDI,
839

Federal

3/30/65, contacted

and the

in the

of which

the,recording "Louie

of the

AUSA
ROBERT

Building, Detroit,

garding

words, several

both

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Federal Communtntions

Federal Building,

Detroit, re;

RICHARD &#39;
BERRY!
sung
and
bythe
"Kingsnen".
record
This
isa
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recording with
the address
of 1650
Broadway,
New York,
New York.

r.p.n,,record entitled

The one

side of

"Louie Iouie&#39;1,and the


other

"Louie Louie"

this record

side of

contains the

the record

song

"Haunted

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both aresung
and bythe "Kingsmen".
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145-2961*?
99
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No.

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requested

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Department advised

interpret any

could not

mke

of
the

Ifor your
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lnclosuros !

Q3

8Lab

vore unable

the record

concerning the

intonation, the

Indiana, have

9292

Justice

"Louie Louie"
with
arequest
Ia sof en obscene

that
they

Iordihg in

adecision

Departnont of

to

and, therotore,

setter.

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"Louie
Louie

Richard

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San Diego Office


with
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the

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one record

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records
was

with

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it

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phonograph
record
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was submitted
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3/l7/64
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York; HUI";
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8/27/64

lyrics

definitely
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Indianapolis

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Q3, is
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Louie
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material
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DATE INVESTIGATIVE

OFFICE OF ORIGIN

49 DETROIT

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DETROIT

3/29

-6/11/65

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REFERENCES: Detroit

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letter

letters to
Detroit letter
New York letter
lnterotfice!.

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to
the
Breau, dated
4/22/65.
Detroit two!,
dated 5/17/65.
to
the
Bureau, dated
5/25/65
to
Detroit,
dated 5/26/65
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report
is
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furnished the
Federal Communications
Commission, 1029
Federal Building,
Detroit, Iichigan,
inasmuch as
this recording
of the
song,
"Louie Louie"
was played
over local
radio stations
in
the
Detroit area,
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Federal Communications
Commission
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INTERSTATE TRANSPORTATION

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obscene language
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and SAC Office,

was contained
in
was produced
by the

// :and Management
Corporation,
,NY.
NYC
FBI
Iashington, D:CT,&#39;Tdvised
it was
not possible
is obscene.
record is
claim they

to determine
whether this
recording
Complainants advised
that
when
this
played on
33 r.P.n.
some
teenagers
detect obscene
language.
AUSA
ROBERT

J.
GRACE,

EDM, Federal

Building, Detroit,

advised he is awaiting

opinion from

of Justice,
action should

D.
C.,
in regard

Iashington,
be taken
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Mich.,;

Department

regarding
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to this

recording.

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Attorney AUSA!

JAMS F.
FINN,
Chief, Criminal
Division, Eastern
District
of Michigan,
809 Federal
Building, Detroit,
Michigan, on
March 29,
1965, in
that
he advised
he had received a
telephone

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alleged obscehe
language in

this recording.

On larch
of
Iichigan,

30,

Office

of
the

the Detroit

1965, AUSA
ROBERT
J.
GRACE,
Eastern
839 Federal
Building,also contacted
FBI, and

the Federal

Communications

Commission, 1029
Federal Building,
Detroit, Iichigan,
regarding
the record
entitled "Louie
Louie", sung
by
the
"Kingsmen".
On
and Field
at his

larch

Engineer in

office.

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office
to

ion, 1029

record Ii

recording
record
cater
to

Detroit

also Ias

invited
by

Ir.
GRACE

Federal
to appear

in

listen
to

30, at
concerning the

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at the
speed of
the record
is clear
and undoubtedly

being playe
as
r.p.n.
youngsters are
playing the
so that
they can
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his

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obscene. advised
Ir.
FINN
that the
recording is

Building, Detroit,

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is a 45 r.p.n.
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on local
troit
area radio*

stations. indicated

District

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that
this
aed

bein

Ir. ice
recording.

stated
that
t en
and
claimed that
of
the

song, "Louie

has become
very
the teenage

area,
and

this record

Louie".

popular over
"rock and
roll

is considered

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stated
the radio
fans
in

to be
"a

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ma
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r.p.I.
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stations which
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and suggestive

is

played

on 33 r.p.m.

words can
be

interpreted

in

this song.
They made available
a copy
of
the words
to
this
song as
they
interpreted the
song after
listening
to it
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Ihen
this
played numerous
times on the 33 r.p.n.
speed.
record
was
played
in the
Office
of
AUSA
GRACE on larch
30,
lil
aforementioned
individuals
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Junior
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telephonically
contacted
that he had
found
which

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and
found

unintelligible.

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Road,
the Detroit
FBI
of
paper
on a

asheet

contained
obscene

He stated
he

they
were

words

questioned

to

the

the student

and the student


told his that this is a popular
song, and when
played on
a 33 r.p.n.
speed, the
obscene
and suggestive
wads
can be
fairly
interpreted
in the song "Louie Louie".
He
stated
that he
found
out that nany teenagers
in the Iarren,
Michigan
area are
buying
this record
and playing
it on the
33 r.p.m.
speed.

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larch

30,

1965,

that

he

contacted
the Dearborn,
Iichigan
Radio Station
IKNR,
which
records.
caters
to teenagers
and plays nostly
"rock
and roll"
The station
manager advised
Ir.
GRACE
he
would
telegraph
A
the
record
company in Iev
York
Cty
to
obtain
the lyrics
to
"Loui
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Station
IKNR received
a telegram

from
epter
gv ng the correct

York,

and they

are

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New
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City, New
to "Loui_Louif

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as follows:
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entitled, "Louie

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FBI Office

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recording

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The
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are
both
sung
by the
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recordings are
listed
as
being aJerden
Production by
KEN CHASE
and
JERRY DENNON.
The Detroit

FBI Office

submittedtthe record

to

the FBI
Laboratory, Iashington,
D. C..
The FBI
Laboratory
in acommunication
to the
Detroit FBI
dated lay
17, 1965,
advised
that
three
additional copies
of the
phonograph record
have been
submitted
to
the
Laboratory. One
of
the
records was
submitted by
the Tampa
FBI Office,
and
recording was
distributed by
Linax Iusic,
New York
New York.
Another record
was subitted
by the
San

previous
this

Office, produced

by Iand,

The third
record

was submitted

1650 Broadway,
by the

City,
Diego
FBI

New York,

Indianapolis

New York.
FBI

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50083;

K1ngSmen". This

Office, which

was recorded

by the

"Kingsmen" entitled

"Louie Louie".

51 lyrics of
B1D determined
to
determine

The FBI
Laboratory advised
the recording
"Louie Louie"

in
the

that
because
could
not
be

Laboratory examination,

whether the

recording

itwas

the

definitely

not possible

is
obscene.

dated
The New York FBI
Office by
communication
lay 26
9ice
that on
lay l9,
1965, land
Management
Corpora ion,
Iest
54th
Street, New
York
City,
New York,
made available
to the
New York
Office one
45 r.p.n.
recording

entitled "Louie
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Castle" LYNN

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recording 143-A

BASTON! sung

by the

143-B 50084.

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by the

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received
by
the
concerning the
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letter
from

D.
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Federal
broad-

to

Federal
Communications
dated February

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President of

dated
February

Communications Commission,
concerning complaints
Communications Commission
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Commission, Iashington,
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mately two

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Association of

company has

years
her

the

series or

obscene ver

D.
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broad-

Federal Com

subsequently granted
explained that

aclearance
for approxi-

been receiving

unfounded L

complaints concerning
the recording
"Louie Louie.
advised that
to the
best
of
her knowledge,
the troubb
d
s t arted by
an
uni entitied
college student,
Iho mde
"uie

"and

She
was
up a

then sold

them

to fellow
students. stated,
that it
is her
opinion that
a person
can
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r.p.m.
recordin
and reduce
its
speed
to
33 r.p.n.
and
imagine obscene
words,
depending upon
the imagination
of the
listener.

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TEE

the National

Broadcasters Code
Authority, Iashington,
dated January
28, 1964,
concerning
casting of
the record
"Louie Louie.

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President of

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dated
Iebruary 13,
"1964:
from
the
Federal
Communications
Commiss hington,
D. C"
which was
made available
by
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m"President y
Iand Records

set forth
as follows:

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has received

complaints to

effect
that
certain
radio stations
have, by
your records
titled Louie
Louie, featuring

the

playing one
of
The Kingsnen,

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of obscene,

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the broadcast

profane language.

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has conducted
an inquiry
into these
complaints. Before
terminating its
inquiry the
Commission would
appreciate receiving,
as promptly
as possible,
your comments
on this
matter, including
any information
in your
possession
which might
throw
light
upon
either the
source or
the validity
of allegations
that the
lyrics
as sung
by
the Kingsmen
were in
any way
obscene. Ie
also should
appreciate Your
comment on
whether,
even
though
unobjectionable lyrics,were
used in
recording the
song, there
was improper
motivation on
the part
of
the singers
or anyone
associated with
the production
of the
record in
making the
recorded lyrics
so unintelligible
as to
give rise
to reports
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is set

forth as

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C., dated

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are sure

and comparing
one and

that upon

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any record
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distributed
for sale,
and our
sale figures
indicate any
infringement by
any outside
source.

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was made from atwo
track recording.
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be happy
to
play
the vocal
track for
any of
your representatives
who
would call
on us,
and
this should
clear any
misunderstanding as
to the
lyrics
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our
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will find
them to
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complaints from

being circulated

Association of

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dated

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member stations
with

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1964,
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case pending
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Bureau dated

dated 5/26/65

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has been
receiving unfounded
complaints
concerning the
recording. She
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to the
best of
her knowledge,
the trouble
was started
by an
unidentified college
student who
made up
a series
of obscene
verses for
this recording

Lia

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sold
them

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her opinion

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disturbed by

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the alarming

life for
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increase in

so many years, it

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Junior
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in awar of legal
semantics. it
all began
this winter
when agroup
of vocalists
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Kingsmen" appeared at a

local
hall.

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dollar recordD"Louie, Louie."_ in

a matter of weeks the record was selling


like hot
cakes and rising on
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"Top #0 Show. He became aware of the dual set of lyrics
and that without
a doubt, someone had masterminded an
auditory
illusion. Our
prosecuting
attorney with
who we consulted said,
in his opinion, there
was
nothing_

legally that

can be done since he believed you cannot prove which set of"

lyrics they

are singing.

capitalizing

on
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the obscene

This Seemed

obscenity, and

not the

rather irrelevant

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when every teenager in

were,

the county "heard"

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the record were met with frustration. But
that is
all prologue.
He realize
the damage is done and the__
"Louie, Louie"
purveyors are
getting away with setting
anew precedenceq A

That along with the

movies, the magazines, the paperbacks -- our kids will

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also
been
inhave
contact
with
Lawrence
Hr.U.Attorney
S. Gub
now be

hit with

Detroit, and
in question.
being done?
these type

afourth

front

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he informed us that your bureau was investigating


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what is
!hat can we do to help?
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records are
inevitable?

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perhaps asubliminal

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pornographers? When does obscenity become pornography? And pornography -perversion?

He do not conclude
that
curtailment
of Freedom of the Press or that strong
legislation is
the only alternative. But
how do you begin to reverse
this
trend? Can
itever
be done? ls the Miller Bill
S.l73
a
good one? ls it
worth petitioning
for?
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Our club would like
to do something positive.
to high school students
would be of value?

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what a cross-section

of students

flood of

obscene materials?

would it

be superfluous?

reads

you think

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such answers could be

do think

it has

some merit,

about the

valuable or

would you

be willing

to help

us to

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construct such

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have asked all too

many impertinent

questions, but

they are

genuine as is our concern at


the

alarming rise

in venereal

sion, promiscuity
correlation to
same group?

births
in
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in the
access

teen groups.
ls there
to obscene
materials by

Please, Hr.
action. We
Until I

and illegitimate
the alarming
rise

Hoover, let
us know if and
would appreciate
any help

hear from

you, I

as a

disease, perver-

when we should take


what course
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United

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Communications Commission,
inasmuch as
this recording
over local
radio stations
Communications Commission
acomplaint
regarding this

of Iichigan,

is being

1029
Federal

furnished the

Federal

Building, Detroit,

of the
song "Louie
in
the
Detroit area,
FCC! authorities
record.

Louie" was
and the
at Detroit

lichigan
played
Federal
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For the
information of
all offices
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according to
the letter
received by
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iron the
Office of
the Assistant
Attorney General,
Iashington,
D.C.,
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of
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General:

General is
gation on
this case

Tints: request
of the
Office of
the Assistant
Attorney
basically intended
to accomplish
adefinitive
investiwhich the
Department of
Justice can
satisfactorily close
and neet
anticipated coaplaints
and inquiries.
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perspective
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abasis
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recoaended aaxiaun
investigators both
full-scale criminal
attention as
to the

if these
leads
prosechtion. The

set out
above! indicate&#39;
Department of
Justice

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be exercised
by FBI
to nininize
any appearances
of an
intended
action and
to avoid
any public
notoriety or
perforners and
their related
businesses.

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GRACE, EDI,

Detroit,
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Federal

Building,

advised U.8. Dept.


of
requested
additional

regarding

lyrics

Justice,
inves-

to song "Louie Louie"

as sung by "The Kingsnen",


a vocal singing
in order
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prosecutive
decision

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At Detroit,

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On July

1965,

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District
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Assistant

ROBERT J. GRACE, Eastern


District
of
Detroit,
Iichigan,
advised
that
Justice,
Office
of the Assistant

Iashington,
. .Afr;

team
in

Ir.

Iichigan,
GRACE advised

United

the United

Btates

to conduct
that

States

Attorney

Iichigan,
839 Federal
Building,
the United
States
Department
of
Attorney
General,
Criainal

his
office

After

astudy

of

investigation

Investigation
Office
FBI!
by "The Ringsnen", that

Division,

Attorney&#39;s
Office,

additional

investigation.

received

a letter

dated
July
2, 1965, tron
FRED
I. VIISGI,
JB.,,Assistant
General, Criainal
Division,
United States Departaent
of
Iashington,
D.C., which disclosed the following:
Federal Bureau
of
ing "Louie Louie"

ABBA!

conducted

Attorney
Justice,

by the

Detroit

regarding the recordadditional


investigation

should
beconducted
in orderto bringthecase
to a logical
conc

us

on.

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Attorney General,
citizen complaints
have been frequent from
several geographic
areas
concerning the
recording "Louie
Louie" by
"The Kingsnen"
and that

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apparent popularity

inquiries are

Attorneys Offices
The Office

to the

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York, bereinterviewed ascertain


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ifshe willmake available
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vocal sounds

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for examination
in
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at least,
listen to
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of

what they
the Assistant
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perceive according
Attorney General.

of Justice
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stated that
Scepter rated,

nshed

tR8

to the

letter issued

information whereby
had

recordi from

Crai Cor
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and responsible
for the lyrics and that

has knowledge of "Louie Louie at


for all
Office
that

P or-

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n.sn1ngt<>n. Q;
4.1575
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of
Angeles,-California,
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on July 12, 1965,


AUSA
after additional

Lima: Ius c,&#39;s


ou
d

facts

in
this

case to

be interviewed

the song.

Grace requested
the Detroit rs:

investigation has

his office
be advised
accordingly so
Assistant Attorney
General, Iashington,
of the

lyrics of

rwho ever

effect a

been conducted,

that

that the
Office of
the
D.C., can
be fully
apprised
prosecutive opinion.

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Rose
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Miss Holmesi
Miss Gandyi

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Mr.
J.

Edgar Hoover

Federal
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Investigation //7

Washington, D.
Dear Mr.

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Hoover:

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Thank you so much for your

reply to_my letter of

A3
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June I8.

After reading your two enclosed publications


"Combating Merchants of&#39;
Filth," and
"Poison For Our Youth"!, lfeel more enlightened. The

frustratlons.which you
must encounter daily, make
the ones which we
have met seem rudimentary.
If it
ls possible,
may we have fifty
each
of the

aforementioned publications

for distribution

ourclub?

ALL
b1

Getting back

to our

to the

_0up

mutual friend

members of
|~

- Louie

&#39;Louie,"can
I realize

that

you areunable to
commentyour
on current
inves?T5Yions.dauntBut
less we

are, and

made directly

we now have in

from the

our possession

Hand release

of the

arecording

that was

Kingsmen&#39;s "Louie,Louie."

The #5 RPM "Louie" was played at 78


RPM, taped at twice
the
regular .
speed and then slowed down so that it
now plays somewhere between#5
and 33% RPM. At this speed the 6bscene articulation is
clearer.
The second part of

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our tape was made from the Kingsmen&#39;s recent


per- i

sonal appearanceon Shlndlg" on Nationwide TV on June 23, 1965, when


they sang "Louie, Louie"

The comparison
nation is

-- the

is quite.interesting

the obscene

copywritten lyric
since by

-- intelligibly.

no stretch

tionnaire. Could

of the

imagi-

lyric audible.

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onvalue of ahigh

i_.

you please

let

,_

us
know

your thoughts

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school quesum thisl=

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speed,
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to this

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listening

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John C. Fuhrnann Junior H gh School, 515


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student
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of

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contacted the Detroit FBI,


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contained

the song "Louie Louie".


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speed,
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WKNR whic

"Louis Louis".

lyrics to

"LOUIS
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LOUIS
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received

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"Louis Louis"

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GO

LOUIS LOUIS OH BABY AWAY FINE LITTLE

ME CATCH THE

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record in

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3/30/65, it

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oh

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this
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any
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the FBI

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words

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song.

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distributes it
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royalties
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made by
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3/22/57, and

noted they

are iden

station
said
expressed
version.

are definitely
p blished

for "The

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not obscene

and

Kingsmen"

editorial

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version
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definitely contained

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dated August

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August
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inthestudios o:!;gQ_Mnag
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as follows:

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was recorded.

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recording from

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which
the

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to
making
record "Louie

a copy
of
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143-A
was

Co Street

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above

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track

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is acopy

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made

words
to

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so

"Louie Louie"
143-A
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the listener
in
listening
had made the recording
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a

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original "Louie
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record
"Louie

sound recording
from

believe thatshe

had

of comparing

atwo-

Louie."

tn ere is

t1evo

no
separa

Louie" and

that the

which
the

ce

sound

Iand=rebord

made. She
further explained
that to
aid
to this
sound
track,
her sound
engineers
with the
intent of
bringing out
the voice
their ability.
S

The aforementioned
recording, made
inthe
the Wand
Management
Corporation,
on
August
23, 1965,
was
forwarded to
the Federal
Bureau of
Investigation Laboratory
the purpose

had not

recording but
from aone-track
monaural
her sound
engineers had
simulated a

this
recording

with the

disc

studios of
for
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"Louie Louie"

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143-A was

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recording on
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described above
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on the
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the Detroit
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poor iron
a protesssional
standpoint. Iowever,
stated definitely
it is
not obscene.
:Ie stated
that possibly
rumor
that
the record
was obscene contributed
to
its
sales re-

cord; however,
tirely unintentional.

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Indiana had
banned the
record, and
heard that
the nanagenent
of the
lingsnent
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planning
suit against
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of Iichigan
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Ridgely Drive,

um <>mPan,

Ios Angeles,

me, ea

alifornia, telephone

9311-4033,

voluntarily appeared
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Investigation
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response
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lyrics to

this

song

which had
been submitted
tor eopyrighting
to Washington,
D. C. "
on
March
22, 1957.
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was
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Shreveport,

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acopy
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without

verifying
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when this
record is

calypso

to understand.
He received
played at
33 RPM instead of

the normal
45RIM,
the
pornographic
language
is obvious.
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at a sower
speed
would
slow the
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and
seeking
pattern
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to an
extent that
it would
be very
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understand. &#39;
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being done

in the

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successful so

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or his

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.M

solve this

or The Kingsmen version oi "Louie

this record

on #5 RPM and said it

riddle,

Louie." He

denitely followed

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he
obtained

listened to
the lyrics

as they
had been originally prepared
in 1957.
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found the
language used
to be unintelligible. He
noted that
it
alistener
had ascript
to go by which
claimed to
have the
words

being sung,

the listener

light receive

the impression

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some people thought indicated
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profess

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of the song, Louie

obscene yords in the

Louie" -but so ffar

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establish
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Federal
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words in
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west coast

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nothing was
_
said of
the obscenity
which some jclaim to
hear, or
at least
_
nothing of
the complaint
had come to ~-their attention,
until
it was
banned
-from
radio and
public performance
by the
Governor
of Indiana.
He said
the "Kingsmen"
and their
management
have
attempted to

about it

counter the

the more

charge but

the talk,of

apparently the

the
obscenity

92e does

more said

spreads.

not admittofcomplainants that


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-lregon,
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other members

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of

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believe this

since he

that

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cannot make

the one

believes such

proper 45
RPM
to
play

people con-

contains obscene

is
so

ridiculous because

are A
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speed; but

the record

at

than was intended is


to distort
the vocal
and if
thus became an
obscenity
it would
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4

accidental. ,41" D
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.

any

and that

with the

for over

before making

any statement

obscene words
in the
recording that
others suggest
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had
been told
the obscene
wording is
more under-

considers this

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that e;

group have

said he

to make

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he

or that

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certain there
wasno
deliberate
t

of
theothers

recording they

obscenities are

;-_~ .s;
.

to utter

made of

the song.

actually non-existent.

an obscenity
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of
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as to
the

he could

consult

with

n erv ew ng

an attorney
before

mking

Lf72!_any
statement,thathedidnothave
tomake
any
statement,
and
that any statementhe madecould be used_againsthim in court?

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n

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himself

as

a member

Louie" on

-AI;
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3&#39;5, .

_13, 1963, at the

Northwest
Studios, 11th Avenue,
The Kingsmen" are under the management
of
Seattle,
Washington, and the recording was

Tigql
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selves

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under

the

label

He said

nine

years before

JERDEN".

song and lyrics

_HJ

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one

or them~"

had been written


about

and those used by the "Kingsmen" were the

$53

standard
.recorded

ww-&#39;

standard lyrics
was made by-any
of
the woeal group.
ae said
there was certainly
no attempt made to inJect obscene wording

at any music publisher.


_%he song was quickly
one or two&#39;run+throughs and no change
in
the

they

exist.

sea,std

recorded

tape was used;;~,f

e northwest and about five nonths 1aterj~


it was pressed on the~"Wand"label although it was not re-,

but the original

Around Janary 15, 1964, the &#39;Kingsmeh


received an

fro

one
of

the wire services concerning the suggested

to them put through a call

and said
_&#39;

at a rate
of

2, z =

he had detected

to a hotel where they were staying

obscenity

33 1/3 RPM rather


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when the

FF

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record

than the E53?!


for

4_

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obscene wording and were told that the Governor


of
Indiana had
banned the playing
of
the record on the air or in any public
l
performnce.
A month or so&#39;before
that an individual
unknown

., H.

Sr?
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JERDEN a e

inquiry

V
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and that
he
and the others
do not believe
any such wording
exists
on the record
in
spite
of
those whose minds profess

v.

sold
with

the

of~a
vocal

_.s

_92_
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4 ;&#39;s.., Detroit

was~p1ayed,

which
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at
the FBI
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regard to
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and also
compared with
specimens of
similar records
which may
have
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to the

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upon completion

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lyrics be
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returned to
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