The Kingsmen Greatest Hits

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The Kingsmen Greatest Hits
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Compilation album by The Kingsmen
Released 1966
Genre Garage rock
Length 33:43
Label Wand
Producer Paul Tannen, Mark Wildey
The Kingsmen chronology
The Kingsmen Up And Away
The Kingsmen Greatest Hits
The Best of the Kingsmen

The Kingsmen Greatest Hits is the seventh album by the rock band The Kingsmen, released in 1966.

Release and reception[edit]

The Kingsmen's seventh album completed their career arc in the 1960s with a compilation of previous releases including all eight of their Billboard Hot 100 singles. One new song, "Don't Say No" (released as a single in 1967), was also included. The album did not make the Billboard LP chart. [1]

Both mono (WDM 681) and stereo (WDS 681) versions were released. International releases included Canada (Wand 681) and United Kingdom (Marble Arch MAL829, different cover). The album has not been reissued on CD.

Track listing[edit]

  1. Louie, Louie – 3:00 (Richard Berry)[2]
  2. Jolly Green Giant – 1:56 (L. Easton, Don Harris, Dewey Terry)[3][4]
  3. Long Green – 2:36 (L. Easton)[5]
  4. Little Latin Lupe Lu – 2:22 (P. Medley)[6]
  5. The Climb – 2:32 (L. Easton)[7]
  6. Annie Fanny – 2:05 (L. Easton)[7][8]
  7. Money – 2:25 (B. Gordy-J. Bradford)
  8. Killer Joe – 2:15 (Russell-Elgin-Medley)[2]
  9. Something's Got a Hold on Me – 3:07 (P. Woods-E. James-L. Kirkland)[6]
  10. A Hard Day's Night – 2:20 (J. Lennon-P. McCartney)[7]
  11. Mother In Law – 2:31 (A. Toussaint)[3]
  12. Don't Say No – 1:58 (Bartholemew-Richardson)[9]
  13. David's Mood – 2:06 (D. Lewis)[6]
  14. Death of an Angel – 2:30 (D. Woods)[6]

Musicians and production[edit]

All tracks except as noted below:

  • Lynn Easton: vocals, saxophone
  • Mike Mitchell: lead guitar
  • Dick Peterson: drums
  • Barry Curtis: keyboards
  • Norm Sundholm: bass

Louie Louie

  • Jack Ely: vocals, guitar
  • Lynn Easton: drums
  • Mike Mitchell: lead guitar
  • Don Gallucci: keyboards
  • Bob Nordby: bass


  • Lynn Easton: vocals, saxophone
  • Mike Mitchell: lead guitar
  • Gary Abbott: drums
  • Barry Curtis: keyboards
  • Norm Sundholm: bass

Don't Say No

  • Mike Mitchell: lead guitar, vocals
  • Dick Peterson: drums, guitar, vocals
  • J. C. Rieck: keyboards, vocals
  • Jeff Beals: bass
  • Producers: Paul Tannen & Mark Wildey
  • Liner notes: Sam Goff
  • Art direction and cover design: Burt Goldblatt


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1996). Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Albums. Menomonee Falls, WI: Record Research Inc. ISBN 0-89820-117-9. 
  2. ^ a b Previously released on The Kingsmen In Person and 15 Great Hits.
  3. ^ a b Previously released on The Kingsmen Volume 3.
  4. ^ The LP credits the Kingsmen's Lynn Easton only, but Don "Sugarcane" Harris and Dewey Terry were added later as songwriters after it was determined that "Jolly Green Giant" was a rewrite of their "Big Boy Pete" released by the Olympics in 1960.
  5. ^ Previously released on both Volume II and Volume 3.
  6. ^ a b c d Previously released on The Kingsmen Volume II.
  7. ^ a b c Previously released on The Kingsmen On Campus.
  8. ^ Title taken from the Little Annie Fanny comic strip published in Playboy magazine.
  9. ^ Bartholemew and Richardson are Barry Curtis and Dick Peterson of the Kingsmen. Released as a single on Wand 1157 in 1967.