RIP: Pat O’Day, NW Music Legend

Pat O’Day, the legendary Broadcaster and concert promoter of the Pacific Northwest, has passed away.

During the 1960’s he was the highest-profile disc jockey of Seattle and the region’s dominant dance promoter. He has often been credited as being the primary person responsible from bringing the Seattle music scene to national prominence during that period.

Starting off in 1956, he began by booking teen dance shows at the Astoria, Oregon National Guard Armory, which led to a whole string of other shows at various towns in Oregon and Washington State. His flagship dance club was the Spanish Castle Ballroom located on Highway 99 between Seattle and Tacoma, which was operated by Mr. O’Day from 1959 until its closing in 1964.

The Fabulous Wailers, whose rendition of LOUIE LOUIE was the archetype that inspired a few gazilion interpretations, played over 100 times for Pat O’Day at the Spanish Castle Ballroom. It’s no coincidence that the Wailers second album was recorded live “At the Castle.” The club was loved by the musicians who played there, including a young Jimi Hendrix, who would later write a song entitled “Spanish Castle Magic.”

Pat O’Day was considered the “godfather” of Seattle’s teen dance scene, and after he sold his dance club business, he expanded his operations- Pat O’Day & Associates, eventually renaming the company as Concerts West, which after merging with Kaye-Smith Enterprises, became the largest concert promoter in the world at that time.

At the Pat O’Day Wikipedia page, there was this summary of how this company initiated big changes in the music industry:

Now going by the name of Concerts West, Pat O’Day and his associates design a premium state-of-the-art executive-style service for touring bands, music artists, and their managers. The new concept centered around the fact that live music shows have many components and disparate business needs. Music artists would now be free to concentrate on their music and performances, and the managers could spend more time looking after the artist and their future. All aspects of the shows would be handled by CW. Logistics; air travel, limousines and motels, venues and halls, ticketing and box office, trucking, sound, lights, catering and security—as well as all aspects of promotion; advertising & press, special appearances, and the printing of tickets, CW even acted as comptroller and a central point for the handling of all monies and disbursements (CW typically taking 10-20 percent of net proceeds). All clients were guaranteed that at least one of CW’s principals would be present at every concert. Due to this guarantee and his other responsibilities at various radio stations, Pat O’Day has to work seven days per week.

Pat O’Day had a very diverse career, which included ownership of various radio and TV stations, eventually retiring from the entertainment industry to focus on real estate ventures.

In 1998 a plaque featuring Pat O’Day with a photograph of him was added to the permanent disc jockey exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland, Ohio.

According to his family, he died peacefully at his home on San Juan Island. He was 85 years old.

Pat O’Day is surrounded by members of the Kingsmen, celebrating the release of their new record in 1964 – Jolly Green Giant.

REFERENCE LINKS:
Wikipedia- Pat O’Day
Seattle PI – Pat O’Day obituary
KIRO 7 – Pat O’Day obituary

A Midsummer Update (the 2020 edition)

(from Louis Restaurant Facebook page)

In the city of San Francisco, Geary is a major thoroughfare that runs almost 6 miles east–west, starting off downtown at Market Street, running westbound through the Civic Center area, cutting through what used to be the Fillmore district, with a majority of the street running through the predominantly residential Richmond District before transitioning itself into Point Lobos Avenue around 48th Avenue, which quickly intersects at the Great Highway, providing one of the most spectacular views ever seen of the Pacific Ocean.

It’s at this area where two iconic restaurants are located. One of the restaurants is the Cliff House, a spectacular looking building that had six major incarnations since its inception in 1858. The other restaurant is Louis’ Restaurant, a rather casual diner that’s been owned and operated by one family for 83 years.

Sadly, the corona virus and coordinated efforts to minimize the dangers of this mysterious disease have taken a toll on these restaurants and so many other things we hold precious.

On July 13, Louis’ Restaurant announced it was shutting down permanently, having shut down on March 16th for what they thought would be a temporary closure. A few days later on July 20, the Cliff House also announced they would be shutting down, for what they hoped be a temporary measure.

This is the sort of thing that feels all too common these days, both nationally and internationally, as multitudes of businesses cannot afford to be shut down during this terrible pandemic. Nightclubs, theaters, record stores, bookstores, health clubs and so many other businesses are feeling the pain. In an environment where a business need to “swim or sink,” way too many businesses are drowning.

Last year when I visited the Seattle-Tacoma area to follow up on the LOUIE documentary work, I made a point of visiting three prominent record stores. All three of those record stores – Golden Oldies of Tacoma, Rocket Records of Tacoma and Bop Street Records of Seattle have shut down within the past three months.

For many of us, record stores are the sanctuaries we visit to be amongst kindred spirits. We often find healing and inspiration in unlikely places, be it a vintage Bo Diddley 45 single or a brand new recording by some kid that just shared their masterpiece on a homemade CD being sold on consignment at a local store.

Losing Golden Oldies really hurts. Jeff’s been a great friend, and has provide some solid support for the documentary project. in a perfect world i would have loved to have seen his store transformed into a museum. That being said, I’m glad he’s got his eBay stores – one to sell music-related merchandise and another to sell cool pop culture kitsch.

I wish I had visited this place sooner. It really was an amazing resource. My jaw more than a few times in this place.

My friend Ray Michelsen recommended this place, and I’m glad I visited it. Not did I find some wonderful quirky pop music I didn’t have before, but after I told owner Steve Gaydich about my production, he donated some unique items for the project.

In addition to the restaurant workers and record stores, there’s also the professional musicians, nightclub operators, and associated stagehands that we need to consider.

These folks just lost their livelihoods.

Dave Alvin shared some solid words on this very subject via his Facebook page:

In the late 60s, George Carlin had a comedy bit where he imitated a TV newsperson saying, “This just in…The big bands are coming back! Thats right folks, the big bands are coming back! There’s NO PLACE for them to play but the big bands are coming back.” Sadly, due to the Coronavirus, this joke could come to be a tragic reality. Not only for the remaining big bands but for rock and roll bands, blues blasters, punk shouters, singer-songwriters, psychedelic visionaries, folk strummers, honky tonk combos and just about any musical act playing whatever musical style. The huge concert arenas are owned by big corporations and they’ll survive so eventually The Rolling Stones, U2, Beyonce or Springsteen will be back on stage doing what they do best. For the rest of us musicians, though, we depend mostly on small independent music venues. These threatened clubs are where the artist and audience come together in a true sense of shared community, where we can experiment, grow artistically, make mistakes or beautiful perfect noise and somehow survive doing what we love for the people we love in the venues we love. Please take a moment to check out this important group of independent venues who are fighting to keep their doors open so that when this pandemic is a thing of the past (not soon enough unfortunately) musicians can finally get back to work. Please don’t let Mr. Carlin’s joke become a reality for all of us.

On the NIVA – National Independent Venue Association Facebook page, there’s a call for action.

The #SaveOurStages bill and the RESTART Act, if passed, would help preserve the music ecosystem in our local communities. Your favorite independent venues need your help RIGHT NOW! Help us survive, so we can once again thrive. Go to saveourstages.com and let your legislators know how important independent venues, promoters, and festivals are to you.

These are very difficult times we are living in. If you can reach out, and provide some support for those that are hurting, that would be a very good thing right now.

… and PLEASE, PLEASE PLEASE… wear a mask if you are mingling with the public.

Failing to wear mask in public merely EXTENDS the misery of this rotten pandemic.

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Reference Links:
Louis’ Restaurant – official webpage
Louis’ Restaurant – official Facebook page
Cliff House – official Facebook page
Wikipedia – Cliff House
NIVA – National Independent Venue Association – Facebook page
SaveOurStages.com
Dave Alvin – Facebook message on #SaveOurStages bill and the RESTART Act

RIP: Ennio Morricone, composer of magnificent soundtracks

On Monday, we lost Ennio Morricone, a brilliant composer of many magnificent soundtracks. Morricone created over 400 scores for film and television, as well as over 100 classical pieces. His most famous creation, the score to “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” is considered one of the most influential soundtracks in history and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. In 2007, he received the Academy Honorary Award “for his magnificent and multifaceted contributions to the art of film music.” He was nominated for a further six Oscars, and in 2016, received his only competitive Academy Award for his score to Quentin Tarantino‘s film “The Hateful Eight,” at the time becoming the oldest person ever to win a competitive Oscar. His other achievements include three Grammy Awards, three Golden Globes, six BAFTAs, ten David di Donatello, eleven Nastro d’Argento, two European Film Awards, the Golden Lion Honorary Award and the Polar Music Prize in 2010.

Some of you may be asking …. “What connection would Ennio Morricone have to the song LOUIE LOUIE?”

Luckily, Owen Gleiberman provided the answer to that very question with his celebration of Mr. Morricone in Monday’s Variety.

That said, if I had to choose my favorite Morricone score, apart from the spaghetti Westerns (which I absolutely think are his greatest), it would be the magnificent opening theme music he composed for “Burn!,” a 1969 colonial drama directed by Gillo Pontecorvo that stars Marlon Brando as a British secret agent who foments and manipulates a slave uprising in the Caribbean. The music that opens the film starts off as a single-note organ melody that turns into a stately chant that turns into a slow-groove island hymn that turns into a soaring choral version of “Louie Louie” that turns into the most ecstatic revolutionary anthem this side of “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” You could say that it’s completely uncharacteristic of Morricone, except for one thing: the way it burns itself, forever, into your heart.

Here’s a link to that song..

… and a quick sampler of his most famous compositions.

With big thanks once again to our pal Clay Stabler, who spotted this one!

By the way, the featured graphic of Mr. Morricone is an illustration by my friend Jim Blanchard, who’s done some remarkable work over the years. If you’d like more of his work, which includes some awesome images of Little Richard, Lennny Bruce, John Coltrane, Frank Zappa, Willie Nelson, Richard Nixon and lot of other great pop icons, be sure to visit Jim’s official website at jimblanchard.com.

REFERENCE LINKS:

Wikipedia – Ennio Morricone|

Variety -Ennio Morricone: His Incandescent Film Scores Made the Past Feel Present

JimBlanchard.com

RIP: Arnie “Woo Woo” Ginsburg, legendary Boston DJ

Today, we’re mourning the loss of Arnie Ginsburg, a legendary disc jockey from Boston that played a prominent role in the history of the song LOUIE LOUIE.

In 1963, Arnie was a very popular disk jockey on radio station WMEX in Boston, Massachusetts. In a time when most Top-40 DJs were given non-descript, non-ethnic radio names, Arnie used his real name, adding a “Woo Woo,” as he incorporated a lot of sound effects into his radio show, which he called “The Night Train.”

One of Arnie’s favorite gimmicks on his “Night Train” show was a special segment entitled “the World’s Worst Records.” Arnie would seek out strange and unusual musical recordings, which he would showcase during this special segment. Two years earlier, he introduced on this program – “Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavour (On the Bedpost Overnight?)” by British vocalist Lonnie Donegan, which was a big hit in England, but had been completely ignored in America. After heavy airplay on Arnie’s show, the song became very popular, spread to other stations, and became a nationwide hit, reaching the #5 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1961.

During the Summer of 1963, Arnie found similar success when he discovered an odd sounding single from a teenage band based in Portland, Oregon. Whenever Arnie played this particular song on his show, his audio audience would respond enthusiastically, often demanding that it be played multiple times throughout the radio show.

That song was, of course, LOUIE LOUIE by the Kingsmen. Up until that point, nobody was paying attention to that record. Not even radio stations in Portland, Oregon were acknowledging their homegrown rockers. Arnie’s radio show changed all of that.

Arnie Ginsburg was one of the most successful disc jockeys in the United States during the 1960s. When he was hired to work at WMEX, he refused to take a salary, but instead made a deal to receive 25% from all advertising revenue from his radio show. He wound up becoming the highest-paid disc jockey at WMEX. He developed himself as a special brand in Boston and beyond – sharing musical insights in various trade publications, appearing in a feature length movie and creating his own special “Ginsburger” hamburger.

Over the course of his career in broadcasting, Arnie Ginsburg has not only been a beloved star disc jockey, but he’s also been a general manager, a station manager, an advertising executive and an owner of a television station.

I am very grateful Arnie provided a solid interview for the LOUIE documentary project.

To celebrate Arnie’s life, I’m sharing some previously-unreleased footage from the LOUIE interview sessions. It’s not LOUIE-specific, but it’s a question my friend Phil Milstein was curious about. Did this Boston disk jockey work with Jan and Dean, or was it another guy named “Arnie Ginsburg” that collaborated with an earlier version of that group? (short answer: Yes and Yes)

We’ll save the LOUIE interview for later….

If you’d like to hear what Arnie Ginsburg’s old radio shows sounded like back in the day, I’d recommended tracking down a copy of the “Cruisin 1961” LP or CD, which provides a replication of the type of radio shows he would create for WMEX Radio in 1961.

My thoughts are with the family and friends of Arnie Ginsburg.

Rest in peace, Arnie.

– E.P. of LouieLouie.net


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REFERENCE LINKS:
Wikipedia – Arnie Ginsburg
Boston Globe – Arnie Ginsburg obituary
Cruisn’ 1961- liner notes
Discogs – Cruisin’ 1966 LP

a handful of LOUIEs from Zachary – part 1

We DO live in interesting times that often seems unreal. Rather than write about any of that stuff, I think we’ll just share a handful of LOUIE LOUIEs.

My new friend Zachary F. Lively has been bombarding his Facebook wall with a massive pile of LOUIE LOUIEs. In the spirit of recycling, I’m just gonna share a bunch of Zachary’s posts this week.

Let’s give it to ’em.. right now….

Mysterious sounds reverberating from Gotham…HLY

Robin and the Batmen – Louie Louie
Label: Sara (J-6614)
Batskinner / Louie Louie
via: http://artyfactsinwax.blogspot.gr/

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I met this exotic dancer – she started to take off her shirt, and then put it back on,she then unzipped her trousers, and promptly zipped them back up, then she began to again take off her shirt, before putting it back on, then once more with the trouser routine, unzip, then re-zip.
Turns out, she was a Möbius Stripper. HLY

Les Zéniths – Louie Louie (1966)

Translated from French…
“The group started in the summer of 1964. It was made up of young residents of Saint-Rodrigue, a parish of Charlesbourg, Quebec.

Pierre Plante and one of his friends, Jacques Pépin, are already thinking of forming a group when they contact Pierre Bédard to try to make their project a reality…”

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It’s a day today. HLY.

Bendatron – Louie Louie

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All roads lead to diddly squat. Surely someone in St. Augustine knows where there might be an affordable apartment for rent? DM me if so.
Meanwhile, time marches on. Happy Louie Year.

Dulce Heidi – Louie Louie (2006)

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“It’s got a good beat, and you can dance to it.” HLY.

UPDATE: This version is by Xanax, who provided information about this recording..

This is me (Xanax/Josey) on vocals, just having some fun with karaoke. I also created the video from bits and pieces I gathered around Youtube to create a theme!

Fun stuff!

RIP: Bonnie Pointer, founding member of the Pointer Sisters

I was hoping not to write any more obituaries for people that I’ve met that have provided support for this documentary project.

Sadly, we have lost more of these people, and I feel the urgency to acknowledge those kind souls that made a difference.

Bonnie Pointer was one of those special beings.

In 2011, my friend Phil “Fang” Volk, bass player for Paul Revere & the Raiders from 1965 to 1967, invited me to a rare performance in my neck of the woods – San Francisco Bay Area. His band was headlining at the Zucchini Fest in Hayward, a few miles south of Oakland. On that day – August 20th, Bonnie Pointer was his very special guest.

The Pointer Sisters were a beloved musical institution in the Bay Area. They were the four daughters of Reverend Elton Pointer and Sarah Pointer in Oakland that became show business legends. They had 13 US top 20 hits between 1973 and 1985, won three Grammy Awards and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1994.

It was truly a treat to meet Bonnie. I found her to be quite charismatic with a powerful voice and a wonderful sense of humor. She had just released her latest album – “Like a Picasso,” which she gave me a copy of. She had reason to be proud – it’s an excellent album!

When I told Bonnie about my LOUIE documentary project, she said she loved it, and did an impromptu version of the song in the parking lot!

Today, as we celebrate a life that was cut too short, we share this special video that includes this exclusive performance.

Rest in peace, Bonnie Pointer. We will never forget your beautiful spirit.

– E.P. of LouieLouie.net

Covid-19 Confinement LOUIEs of May-June 2020

It’s time for even more collaborative confinement LOUIE LOUIE recordings created during this special moment in history…

Recycled from our friend Clay Stabler‘s postings at the LOUE LOUIE Facebook Party, here’s a follow up to last week’s collection of collaborative confinement LOUIE LOUIE recordings

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This first one’s from Germany!

Originally posted to YouTube, Apr 27, 2020, I believe this may be the FIRST Covid-19 Confinement LOUIE!

Translated from German to English, here’s their message to the world shared via the YouTube posting:

We, the BigBand of the Siebenpfeiffer-Gymnasium Kusel, are very sad that the school concert cannot take place in May as planned. In order to entertain you anyway, we have come up with something for you.

True to the motto #musicconnects #wehealthy together #stay at home
Filmfabrik Pascal Horbach ©2020

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Here’s the second clip…


20200504 Louie Louie confi…

This one’s by French group Eskirock, posted to YouTube on May 4, 2020

Here’s their YouTube description, also translated to English:

We too can do like stones!
And Hop, a small confined rock …
Take care of yourself 😉

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The third and last one (for today) is also from France.

This one was posted on May 16, 2020

Once again, the translated YouTube description:

Collective video “at a distance” with Students of Trombone Classes from the Conservatory of the Pays de Laon, the Conservatoire du Grand Soissons and the Intercommunal School of Music of the Pays de la Serre

Charline RENARD
Érine MOREAU
Lison BRAEM
Méline DUMONT
Chloé POURRIER
Bastien BARON-ZIÉLINSKY
Eric BARBIER
Hugo GRASSET
Ivan CAREER
Julien LEGRAND
Léo DECROUY
Lorens MAUNIER
Marius MOGLIA
Nathan DESMOULIN
Nolhann JACQUELIN-DELEPORTE
Pierre-Louis PREVOT
Raphaël DELBÉ
Timéo LEROY

and their Professors
Didier BRÉVOT
Vincent RADIX

with the kind participation of
Nicolas SIMON
Conductor, Artistic Director of La Symphonie de Poche and founder of the Philharmonicoeur

Olivier DEVAURE
Bass Trombone solo of the National Orchestra of France & Professor at the C.N.S.M.D of Paris

Yohann PIOT
Percussion teacher at the Conservatoire du Grand Soissons

Covid-19 Confinement LOUIEs of April -May 2020

As the world deals with this awful Covid-19 virus and lockdown, more musicians are exploring the idea of collaborating remotely to create new music.

We are tickled to see some rather brilliant new collaborative confinement LOUIE LOUIE recordings created during this special moment in history.

The first collaborative LOUIE LOUIE came from Les Amis Réunis (which I believe translates to “Friends Reunited”) of France on April 30, 2020:


Louie louie défi confinement les Amis Réunis

Google language tools translated the original French YouTube description to English:

This montage was born during the confinement on an idea of the music chief “of the association the friends reunited” who proposed to the members to film themselves while playing their part with a soundtrack witness.
The choice of the song was voted to humanity by the musicians and it was the title “Louie Louie” which won the vote with 8 Voices.
Each musician therefore sent his recording of the song and it is thanks to these recordings and a few hours of audio and video editing work that we present our “confinement challenge.”

The second video, courtesy of Orchestre d’Harmonie de La Clusaz (translated as “La Clusaz Concert Band,” also from France, was shared on May 1, 2020:


L’Harmonie de La Clusaz confinée

…. with yet another Google Language Tools translation:

Lionel had dreamed of it for several weeks and the musicians realized it:
Here is our confined piece!
Bravo to all the musicians, the rehearsal work continues at home!
#restezzzz #confinement #playathome #laclusaz
🎵 Louie, Louie 🎵
Arranged by Michael Sweeney

The third LOUIE COVID containment video came from Band of Olingen and Mensdorf, who I believe are from Luxembourg. This one was shared on May 15, 2020


Louie, Louie performed by the Band of Olingen and Mensdorf (from Home)

The YouTube description was in English:

Louie, Louie performed by the Band of Olingen and Mensdorf (from Home)
Members of the band of Mensdorf and Olingen are playing Louie, Louie for you.
Take care of you and enjoy
Audio and video produced by Tim Kleren

BRAVO to every person that participated in these wonderful performances!

Big thanks once again to our pal Clay Stabler for spotting these treasures!

The Confidentials – rarely-seen LOUIE from early 80s

Yesterday, my friend Monte Von Struck‎ shared this one on his Facebook feed..

Look what David Jester, just uncovered !
Louie Louie by the Confidentials back in ’82

I had to ask my friend and LOUIE associate producer David Jester “Who are (or were) The Confidentials?… to which he replied..

This was a Power Band in the early 80’s and was pre-grunge, pre-punk, raw talent exploding on the stage at every gig…
The girls always liked the bad boys… LOL…

Our friend SP Clarke, formerly of the Two Louies magazine, also chimed in..

Confidentials appearing in this line-up are Darrel Strong, lead singer/guitar, Alec Burton drums, and it appears Tim Clift on bass. (Clift replaced Ken E. Cooper). Both these songs are covers. First is Louie, Louie, of course. Second song is “Roadrunner” by Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers, not “Radio On.” I don’t remember a whole lot about the Confidentials anymore. This video is probably the best example of the band back in the day:

I asked about the date of this performance, as the video has a 1981 date embedded in the graphics, but the YouTube description labels this as a 1982 performance. The consensus is that this performance probably happened in 1982, when the band was fully active. It also appears that it’s been quite a few years since their last performance.

Here’s a flyer from what might have been one of the shows when this particular LOUIE performance took place..

Alec Burton, the drummer, commented on his Facebook page:

I didn’t know this video existed! We never actually rehearsed these songs but would sometimes pull them out for an encore.

RIP: Little Richard, rock ‘n’ roll legend

We lost a beautiful soul this weekend. Truly, there was no person ever like Little Richard, nor will there ever be another person like Little Richard.

I mean seriously… he WAS the heart and soul of this thing we call rock ‘n’ roll…. a genuine believer in the higher power… and a bonafide supernova of inspiration that transcended the emotional and grammatical range of normal human beings.

There’s the Little Richard method of singing, which is one thing.
There’s also the Little Richard method of explaining things, which is another thing entirely.

… and for those those of you that fail to recognize any of this, my response is simply “Shut up!”

My friend Angeline King said it best…

“Take a moment of silence and then RIP IT UP, because the true Father and King of Rock n Roll has left the building and gone up to the glitter heaven in the sky. His influence on music is immeasurable and the musicians he influenced run deep from The Beatles, to Bob Dylan to Bowie to Prince to Bruno Mars. He broke racial barriers and carried the burdens of being fearless in a racist world. He also carried the burden of his sexuality at a time when being in the closet was the only option.
He was Electric, Flamboyant, inventor of Rock showmanship, and he was the foundation that Rock N Roll was built on. We have so much to Thank him for.
Thank you for everything and God Bless you Little Richard. May the pearly gates be glittery and gold and heaven a shiny stage.”

Anyways, unless you’ve been hiding out in seclusion, i’m sure you already know about the passing of this musical genius, and there’s plenty of other webpages if you want to read a proper obituary.

As this website is the place for all things LOUIE LOUIE, this is the place to discuss whatever connection exists that connect Little Richard to the LOUIE Universe, so let’s break it down..

1) Lucile was a precursor to LOUIE.
Like LOUIE LOUIE, “Lucile” was a song that utilized the “LOU” phrasing, which was also utilized in “Chop Suey Louie” by Jimmy Preston, “Run Joe” by Louis Jordan, and “Louise” by John Lee Hooker, among other songs. While LOUIE LOUIE might have been written earlier (1955 at Harmony Ballroom, Anaheim, CA), we’ll give the nudge to “Lucille,” which was released in February 1957, a few months before LOUIE LOUIE, which came out in April 1957. Brilliant minds think alike, ya know?

2) Little Richard was friends with Richard Berry.
Christy Berry James, daughter of Richard Berry shared this wonderful memory of Little Richard:

“One of the greatest he will be truly missed. I met him when I was 7 years old with my dad in front of a record company when he was demanding his money.
He called my dad to come down and carry picket signs so we did.”

Paula Berry-Wiwuga, one of Richard Berry’s ex-wives, met Little Richard when he came by the Berry house to meet Richard’s mom. He was the perfect gentleman.

3) Richard Berry channeled some Little Richard into his music.
In 2009, Ace Records released Holy Mackerel!, a compilation of cool music released between 1957 and 1965 that attempted to replicate or at least acknowledge the Little Richard style of singing. On this collection, we hear an alternative take of Richard Berry’s “Yama Yama Pretty Mama” which feels a lot like a Little Richard song.

Yes, it’s a keeper… with other tracks by – James Brown, Otis Redding, Etta James, Ike & Tina Turner, among others.. Go get it if you haven’t done so yet!

Holy Mackerel- Little Richard celebration

Berry, Richard – Yama Yama Pretty Mama – 1956

4) Little Richard performed a song called “Louie Louie Louie”
This song had NOTHING to do with the Richard Berry song. This was a song written by by Marcus Miller and Randy Rogel for a children’s animated movie entitled “The Trumpet of the Swan.”

This movie, which is an adaptation of children’s novel by E.B. White, is all about the story of Louie, a mute trumpeter swan, that is given the gift of a trumpet, and finds his voice.

Here’s that song…
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Little Richard – Louie, Louie, Louie (The Trumpet of the Swan)

Last, but not least, this has NOTHING to do with LOUIE LOUIE, but in my humble opinion, Little Richard was the PERFECT entertainer for ANY TV commercial. I don’t even care what the product was, but every commercial I’ve ever seen that featured Little Richard was always worth watching for pure entertainment value..

Here’s a compilation of 15 Little Richard commercials!

Little Richard Commercials

We’ll never forget this guy!

REFERENCE LINKS:
American Songwriter – The “Inventor,” Little Richard, Dead at 87
BBC News – Little Richard: Rock ‘n’ roll pioneer dies
IMDB – The Trumpet of the Swan – the IMDB page
Wikipedia – The Trumpet of the Swan (the film
Holy Mackerel! – Best Roots Rock Compilation of 2009
The Guardian – Little Richard: an ultra-sexual force of anti-nature
Oxford American – Little Richard articles