Rockin' Robin Roberts
Country USA City Seattle, Washington
Label Etiquette Records Cat. # ET1
Song title Louie Louie Album title
Recorded 1961 Released 1961
Style r&b Format 45
Time 2:40 Language english
Frontman of the Wailers. Killed in car accident 1967. He first introduced the infamous line 'OK, let's give it to 'em right now' and changed Louie Louie from a calypso into a rock 'n' roll song.
There is an interesting 45 single out (Eticant Records, P.O.Box 682, Tacoma 1, Washington; cat.# ET-86; using the Etiquette logo) which has 'Rosalie' by Rockin' Robin and the Wailers on the A-side and an interview from Bandstand of June 11th, 1959 with them on the flipside.
The liner notes say: "Rockin' Robin Roberts was born in 1940. A native New Yorker he came to the Pacific Northwest as a child with his folks and settled in Tacoma. He started his crooning career with Little Bill and the Blue Notes, but the Wailers quickly stole him away as a featured vocalist. Perhaps his most significant contribution to rock and roll came when he scored a copy of Richard Berry's 'Louie Louie' in a Tacoma thrift store. The Wailers covered it and achieved regional success - a couple years later the Kingsmen covered the Wailers version and hit the motherlode. In the mid 60's Robin moved to California to teach, but was unfortunately killed in a flaming car crash on December 22, 1967. Eticant Records presents this never before released version of 'Rosalie' with the full approval of the Roberts' estate. All rights are Reserved. © 1994".
On the sleeve are these two photographs I have never seen anywhere else before.