Mike Mitchell, The Kingsmen co-founder and Louie Louie guitarist, dies aged 77

Mike Mitchell
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Mike Mitchell, co-founder of 1960s garage rock band The Kingsmen and guitarist behind hit track Louie Louie, has died at age 77.

The news was confirmed by Kingsmen drummer Dick Peterson, who revealed in a statement given to Rolling Stone that Mitchell had “peacefully passed away” on his 77th birthday on April 16. No cause of death was given.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.