Mike Mitchell, who recorded one of the most famous guitar solos of all time for the Kingsmen’s Louie Louie, has died aged 77.
No cause of death was given. Kingsmen drummer Dick Peterson told Rolling Stone: “We are deeply saddened by Mike’s passing. He was the kindest and most generous man on the planet … Mike was a favourite for his comedic nature as well as his musicianship.”
Mitchell was the last remaining original member of the group, who formed in Portland, Oregon in 1959. Their cover version of the R&B song Louie Louie, released in 1963, reached No 2 in the US charts and became the definitive version.
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