Mitch Ryder’s version of “”Little Latin Lupe Lu” was competent rock ‘n’ roll but not one of his better efforts.
The song was written by Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers whose version was their first chart entry reaching number 49 on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart during 1963. Mitch Ryder released the song as a single, March 5, 1966, and it rose to number 17.
My favorite version was released by The Kingsmen during 1964, It reached number 46. Still, Ryder’s version was released during the period of time, 1965-1967, when he was one of the better straight forward rock artists working.