Rock Hall of Fame inducts LOUIE LOUIE in the first batch of important singles!

LOUIE LOUIE by Kingsmen on Jerden record label

Billboard shared this important news:

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame began honoring songs in addition to artists at the 33rd annual induction ceremony on Saturday night (April 14) in Cleveland’s Public Auditorium, immortalizing six singles.

Introduced by “Little Steven” Van Zandt, the new Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Singles category is “a recognition of the excellence of the singles that shaped rock ‘n’ roll, kind of a rock ‘n’ roll jukebox, records by artists not in the Rock Hall — which is not to say these artists will never be in the Rock Hall. They just are not in the Rock Hall at the moment.”

The first inductees in the category included “Rocket 88” by Jackie Breston and his Delta Cats (1951), Link Wray and his Ray Men’s “Rumble” (1958), “Louie Louie” by The Kingsmen (1963), Procol Harum’s “A Whiter Shade of Pale” (1967) and Steppenwolf’s “Born to Be Wild” (1968).

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Jim Phelps & the Clandestones (KALX premiere) – LOUIE of the Week

Today, in celebration of International LOUIE LOUIE Day, we’re sharing a very special recording of LOUIE LOUIE by Jim Phelps & the Clandestones that had a special world premiere at the 1984 LOUIE marathon that took place at KALX Radio in Berkeley, California.

Last year, I was fortunate to receive some of the aircheck master recordings from the Amazing Mystery DJ (aka Mel Chelpowitz), and this is the first of what should be many more rarities from this legendary Berkeley radio station.

As some of you may or may not know, KALX Radio had a friendly rivalry with KFJC Radio of Los Altos Hills. At one point, there was an attempt in the San Francisco Bay Area to see if one station could outdo each other in terms of sharing different variations of the song, but after KFJC hosted a 63 hour event that spanned over the course of 4 days with 800 unique versions, it became something of a moot point.

That being said, I applaud the efforts of the Amazing Mystery DJ, who continued to host even more LOUIE specials at KALX Radio, including this one that took place one year after KFJC’s Maximum LOUIE LOUIE event.

Gary Hobish of Armin Hammer Productions was responsible for this inspired recording, which is known as the “IMF version” of the song.

This video was assembled with the help of various public domain films originally produced by the legendary filmmaker Jam Handy, whose work can be found at

NOTE: The contact information listed on the original cassette is no longer valid, so please do not pester whoever shares this address and/or phone numbers.

Gary Hobish provided more details about this one:

“Louie Louie (IMF Version)” is a mashup of LL & Lalo Schifrin‘s Mission Impossible theme, recorded in May 1984 at Fantasy Recording Studios back when I was on staff there. It features local jazz great Jennifer Clevinger (piano), Kirk Felton on drums, bongoes and matches, myself on bass, and that’s Jennifer, me and Martin Clevinger (inventor of the Clevinger electric solid body upright bass) on vocals.

Thanks Eric Predoehl for digging this one out of the archives!

Happy International LOUIE LOUIE Day! (Richard Berry birthday!)

Today is International LOUIE LOUIE Day!

Here’s some images to help celebrate this very special event, which would have been Richard Berry‘s 82nd birthday today!

Bubba the Dog barks a version of LOUIE LOUIE!


For more details about the origins of this special day, be sure to check out
a comic strip created to explain this very event


The Anyday Life page on International Louie Louie Day

Coming soon … a special 40th Anniversary Animal House celebration in Oregon

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RIP: Martin G. Cameron, friend + motion graphics visionary for LOUIE project

I am deeply saddened to report the passing of our dear friend Martin G. Cameron.

Three days after my mother’s ashes were laid to rest, Martin died peacefully in his sleep. I learned about his death from his Facebook page.

Martin aka “Bucky” was a truly a kindred spirit at LOUIE project. We all shared a deep appreciation for art, music, cinema and great storytelling, with a special love for MAD magazine, comic books and the primordial goo of rock music from which the essence of LOUIE LOUIE oozed freely.

Martin was a veteran motion graphics visionary from the LucasArts game universe, and we were overjoyed to be able to bring him into our team.

Here’s a little mock-up he created for the project..

Sadly, so many of our intended animations were never finished. We had a handful of rough mock-ups that didn’t quite make to the finish line, as well as a lot of things we planned to work on as soon as the finances arrived….

Unfortunately, in the course of life, we were thrown a curveball, and lost a dear friend who provided a wonderful level of support for the project.

The day before he passed, Martin shared this beautiful photo of a sunset captured near his home in Petaluma, California.

Our thoughts are with Nicholas, Laurie, his family and extended circle of friends.

We’re going to miss you, my friend.

rest in peace, Bucky.

– Eric Predoehl, producer of LOUIE project


Martin’s DogBrain Studios

Martin’s Vimeo Page

Jimmy and the Riddles – LOUIE of the Week

This week, we’ll point the LOUIE spotlight at Jimmy and the Riddles, who are known as an “Upbeat Reggae Dub Ska Party Band!” They are from a place known as ‘Folkestone.’

I don’t think I’ve been there, but my spies tell me that this is a port town on the English Channel, in Kent, south-east England. According to the Wiki’s, it was an important harbour and shipping port for most of the 19th and 20th centuries, and there has been a settlement in this location since the Mesolithic era!

Anyways, here’s Jimmy and the Riddles playing LOUIE LOUIE at The Railway Bell in Dover. Saturday the 18th of March 2017.

Jimmy and the Riddles – Facebook page

RIP: Nokie Edwards of the Ventures, LOUIE of the Week

Nokie Edwards, guitar player for The Ventures, one of the most successful bands to emerge from the Pacific Northwest during the 1960s, has passed away at the age of 82 years old.

Deke Dickerson shared some wonderful memories of the man on his Facebook page:

NOKIE EDWARDS 1935-2018 Hard to know where to start… Nokie Edwards, to me, was one of the greatest guitar players that ever lived. Nokie was also a huge influence on me. As lead guitar player for the Ventures, almost every other famous guitar player you can think of grew up cutting their teeth learning Nokie’s parts from those great albums. My good friend Crazy Joe, after touring with me for a couple of months, said “I think I have you figured out. Your whole guitar style is 1/2 Nokie Edwards and 1/2 Cliff Gallup.“ Boy, he was right. I was fortunate enough to back up Nokie on many occasions, and we even made a record with him. Just being around the guy was like hanging out with some mythical figure, one of the Founding Fathers or one of the Greek gods right here on earth, sitting there in front of you. Sometimes it was hard to speak, realizing this was the same guy who played the lead on things like “Journey To The Stars” and “Diamond Head.” I went to visit Nokie in late October at his home in Yuma, Arizona. I was shocked at how frail and feeble Nokie seemed when I visited. His health had really taken a turn for the worse. Even though his wife Judy talked about future medical care and upcoming surgeries, it really felt like Nokie didn’t have long. While some people might feel extreme sadness with the passing of a legend like Nokie, it occurs to me that Nokie lived an incredibly rich and full life. He had been inducted into the rock ‘n’ roll Hall of Fame, had gold records on the wall, toured the world for decades, had millions of little geeky kids like myself idolize him, and a good woman who took care of him. And I know that somewhere up there, Nokie’s looking forward to the jam session this evening with his heroes Chet Atkins and Les Paul. Rest In Peace, my friend.

Rest in peace, Nokie Edwards.

Tom Bishop – LOUIE of the Week

For this week’s LOUIE, I’m sharing a performance by Tom Bishop who performs LOUIE LOUIE to honor his late grandparents, Louie and Louise Poltevecque!

His YouTube page provides more details:

Tom Bishop, Louie Louie, Kingsmen. Performed live by Tom Bishop at Fairmont Hot Springs, Montana, September, 2016. Background instruments performed by Tom Bishop. (The refrain is sung “Louie, Louise” in honor of my late grandparents, Louie and Louise Poltevecque. My three sisters were in the audience.)

This one’s for my Mom

I lost my mother almost two weeks ago.

She was an exceptional being on so many different levels.

She was a World War II survivor that witnessed some terrible things.

Continue reading This one’s for my Mom

The Return of Stretch – non-LOUIE of the Week

Last Saturday, my friend Jeff “Stretch” Riedle returned to the stage to finish an incomplete show that occurred three months earlier when he experienced a cardiac arrest, and his life could have easily ended that night.

Luckily, his death was not meant to happen. With the heroic efforts of a dear friend Wendy Lang, who was able to perform CPR, an efficient ER team and some excellent heart surgeons, Jeff survived.

On February 17, 2018, Stretch and his New Shockwaves returned to the stage at the East Cliff Brewery, Santa Cruz, California to finish that incomplete show.

The first song of that show was “Red Triangle,” and I’ve got some video of that particular performance I’d like to share with all of you.

As most of the loyal followers of this website probably know, Jeff “Stretch” Riedle was the man whose efforts jumpstarted the LOUIE LOUIE revival during the 1980s. He was the KFJC disc jockey that created the LOUIE LOUIE radio shows that led to the “Maximum: LOUIE LOUIE” marathon event of 1983 that was literally reported all over the world. Over 800 unique versions of the song were played at this 63 hour event, and it led to the initial video production that became the starting point for the documentary project that this website is based on.

While Stretch is recovering quickly, and has received some wonderful financial support from generous donors via GoFundMe, there are still some unpaid bills that need to be dealt with. If any generous souls are able to provide additional donations to his GoFundMe campaign, that would be a wonderful thing.

To recycle a wonderful quote by Rockin’ Robin Roberts…

“Let’s give it to ’em, RIGHT NOW!”

Jeff “Stretch” Riedle Medical Fund on GoFundMe


Reference Links:

Fundraiser for Stretch Riedle (aka “give the drummer some”) – LOUIEs of the Week

KFJC Maximum LOUIE memories – LOUIE of the Month

Anniversary of KFJC Marathon – LOUIE of the Week

More on the KFJC marathon + 50th Anniversary

KFJC Tomb of the Unknown LOUIEs, part 1

Jeff “Stretch” Riedle Medical Fund on GoFundMe