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  1. You might want to open up a debate about whether “Louis, Louis“ is the first riff-rock song, or merely a three chord vamp.

    1. Some 2,000 artists, it’s estimated, have covered the Kingsmen’s ‘Louie Louie’ including the Beatles, Beach Boys, Blondie, the Clash, Bob Dylan, Grateful Dead, Iggy and the Stooges, Led Zeppelin, Otis Reading, Motorhead, the Troggs’ (whose ‘Wild Thing’, incidentally, uses the same chord structure), and Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention. Some describe ‘Louie Louie’ as the first garage rock record although a single from 1958 might stake that claim. It’s ‘She’s My Witch’ by Chicago-born Kip Tyler (1929 – 1996). Featuring a twanging Duane Eddie-style guitar riff, ‘She’s My Witch’ was years ahead of its time. Demonstrating how American rock and roll was shifting to a more modern sound, any potential influence of ‘She’s My Witch’ and Kip Tyler seems to have been swamped by the British Invasion.

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