Two versions of "Louie, Go Home" were issued. The original (with sax opening) was only released as a single. A re-recorded version (with guitar opening) was featured on the Midnight Ride album in 1966 as well as the group's first Greatest Hits compilation the following year.
In 1964 the young David Bowie, then still called David Jones, recorded the song with his band Davie Jones and the King Bees. He titled it "Louie, Louie Go Home" and released it as the B-side of Bowie's first ever single "Liza Jane".
Bowie's version of the song also appeared on the compilations Another Face (1981) and Early On (1964-1966) (1991). Bowie borrowed the call-and-response refrain of 'Just a little bit louder now' for the track "She'll Drive the Big Star" in 2003.
The Who also recorded the song as "Lubie (Come Back Home)" in 1965. It was first released on the 1985 compilation Who's Missing.
A French version was released in 1964 as "Louie Reviens Chez Toi" by the Belgian group Ariane et Les 10/20.
Other cover versions include the A-Bones (1993), Chambermen (1966), Chesterfield Kings with Mark Lindsay (1998), Jack Ely and the Courtmen (1966), Fireballs (1966), Fugitives (1966), Hypstrz (1981), Images (Italy, 1970), Missing Lynx (1967), Mussies (1966), Shades of Grey (1966), Time Beings (1996), Transatlantics (UK, 1966), Vandells (1967), and Danny Zella and the Zell Rocks (1996). A 1966 single released with the same title by the Campus Kingsmen is a different song.
Answer song versions include "Louie Come Home" by the Epics in 1965 and "Louie Louie's Comin' Back" by the Pantels in 1966.