LOUIE LOUIE Banned in Indiana in 1964

With indiana in the news these days, I thought it’d be a good time to remind everyone of another controversial action by a governor of Indiana…


From the official Indiana Local Government Information website, I present the article ….
Was “Louie Louie” Banned in Indiana?

Give the late Governor Matt Welsh the last word. Dave Marsh interviewed Welsh in 1991, and reported that the former Governor was “frustrated that ‘Louie Louie’ is all he’s remembered for.” Welsh said “I thought the whole thing was a tempest in a teapot, and not worth any extended pursuit. I have no interest in it either way.”

Doin’ It with Richard Berry

Here’s a little graphic shared by Riccardo Lancioni‎ to promote the upcoming “ORME RADIO “LOUIE LOUIE MARATHON” – the very first Italian LOUIE LOUIE marathon that will be taking place on Saturday April 11, 2015!


… and here’s a track called “Doin’ It'” that Richard Berry recorded with Johnny Otis, first shared on the Great Rhythm & Blues Oldies Volume 12 – Richard Berry – 1977- Blues Spectrum album!


Bragg Jack by Mano Negra – LOUIE Mutant of the Week

My friend Clay Stabler shared this one with me!


This one is new to me: “Bragg Jack” by the French group Mano Negra from their 1988 Patchanka LP — named by the French edition of Rolling Stone as the 32nd greatest French album of all time! Who knew? Definitely a LL descendent with the Kingsmen beat at 0:39 and throughout.


A Portuguesse overview of LOUIE LOUIE

Here’s a Portuguesse overview of LOUIE LOUIE, courtesy of Blog Por Dentro do Assunto!


Are you ready for the FIRST Italian LOUIE LOUIE Marathon?

I just received notice about an exciting event that’s taking place on International LOUIE LOUIE Day this year!


OrmeRadio is (reasonably) proud to host the FIRST ITALIAN LOUIE LOUIE MARATHON.


April 11th, 2015 (International Louie Louie Day) – from 4 PM CET onwards

Streaming on air on http://www.ormeradio.it/ and live in Via Pontorme 68 ad Empoli (Firenze)-Tuscany-Italy

We will play every “Louie Louie” version we will be able to find thanks to our collections, and your contributions.

WHO: We, you and everyone who loves rock’n’roll and has a “Louie Louie” to play, sing, act, create, remember and howl

Send your “Louie Louie” version (instrumental, a cappella, acustic versione, etc etc) on file / video / reading / contributions, to [email protected] Come visit us to play a Louie session live and to listen to “Louie Louie” with us. You can also contact us Live trough our Skype contact: ormeradio

More details at the official Facebook page at:


Joint de Culasse (aka Head Gaskets) – LOUIE of the Week

This week’s LOUIE is catchy little version. The musical group is Joint de Culasse (which translates to Head Gaskets).

The YouTube description is in French (which I unfortunately don’t read), but thanks to the power of Google translation tools, I have what I hope is a decent translation:

Proceedings of the concert CHIHUAHUA (“TRIBUTE TO TERMINAL PASCAL”) February 14, 2015 at Cleub in Montreuil (93) on this link…



Thinking about “Sloopy” – a LOUIE relative

Some of you may be asking…..
“What’s all this about LOUIE?
What about SLOOPY?”

Hang On Sloopy by the McCoys

Luckily, History’s Dumpster (a website) has something about that very song.

There actually was a real person named “Sloopy.”

Read the details over at…


Speaking of Sloopy, here’s a version you might have missed, originally posted to these pages a few years ago….

The Pretty Things – LOUIE of the Week

Did you know that The Pretty Things, the legendary British rock band formed in 1963, recored LOUIE LOUIE? Yes, it’s true… the song was part of their 2005 album “Rockin’ the Garage!”

The Pretty Things has had quite a colorful career over the past half-century, playing all over the world, releasing various albums on quite a few labels.

Before creating this band with co-founder Phil May, founder Dick Tayor was part of another band called Little Boy Blue and the Blue Boys, featuring fellow Sidcup Art College student Keith Richards, and Mick Jagger. Those three guys later joined up with someone named Brian Jones to create yet another band that would be known as the Rollin’ Stones. Dick Taylor wound up quitting that particular band when he was accepted to London Central School of Art, where he met Phil May.

…and the rest is history, so to speak….


The Rubinoos – LOUIE (mutant) of the Week


It’s time for we like to call a “LOUIE Mutant” – a song that embraces the essence of LOUIE in a major way, but somehow becomes another song in it’s own right.

Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s a time for a new song by the Rubinoos, simply titled “I Love Louie Louie!”


This particular track is from their latest album entitled “45,” released in November 2014.

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RIP: Leonard Nimoy (Star Trek actor, musician, multi-talented human)


On Friday as I began my day checking email and info feeds via social media, I was alerted to the sad news of the loss of legendary actor Leonard Nimoy.

One of the first things I saw was the Facebook posting of George Takei, a fellow Star Trek alumni.

George Takei on Leonard Nimoy

I saw a lot of love shared this man that so many of us grew up with. Friends shared impressions of his impact on their lives .. not unlike a virtual parent, providing clarity, common sense and an endorsement for that often-ignored concept of “logic.”

Within the LOUIE LOUIE online forum, I received an email from my pal Stretch Riedle, asking the question that needed to be asked…

OK, I don’t think there’s a connection to Louie Louie, but I’ll mention that Leonard Nimoy left us today.

Anyone know if there IS a LL connection?

With this in mind, I took the challenge and applied the “Five Degrees of LOUIE” principle to Leonard Nimoy. Here’s what I came up with:

LOUIE Connection #1


The Sandpipers appeared on American Bandstand (season 10) on December 17, 1966 to perform “Louie Louie.” On the same show, Tina Mason (future wife of Phil Fang Volk of Paul Revere & Raiders) sang “Any Way That You Want Me.”

Eight months later, Leonard Nimoy appeared on American Bandstand TV show (season 10) on August 26, 1967 to perform “Bilbo Baggins.”

LOUIE Connection #2


Leonard Nimoy appeared with Paul Revere & the Raiders on Happening ’68 TV show on January 13, 1968

LOUIE Connection #3


Thanks to various compilations assembled by Rhino Records, LOUIE LOUIE and the music of Leonard Nimoy were exposed to a new audience 20+ years after their initial releases.

OK, that’s the best I can for now. Perhaps there’s more connections I don’t know about. Maybe SOMEBODY has a super-rare recording of Mr. Nimoy performing LOUIE LOUIE? Hey, crazier things have happened, right?

Anyways, here’s a few things about Nimoy that I found especially interesting / not generally shared in the usual articles about the man …

rare photo courtesy of Mark Arnold

rare photo courtesy of Mark Arnold

My friend Mark Arnold obtained this ultra-cool photo of Leonard Nimoy performing live at the Braille Institute in Los Angeles in December 1967. He paid some ridiculously low price for this photo that I’ve NEVER seen anywhere else….

Here’s really funny music video by Bruno Mars that featured Leonard Nimoy.

Nimoy explained it in his own blog posting:

Here’s the deal: I am married to Susan Bay Nimoy and she has a son named Aaron Bay Schuck. His father is John Schuck who played the Klingon ambassador for me when I worked in Star Trek IV.
Aaron who’s been in my life since he was 4 1/2 is now an executive at Electra and Atlantic Records. So he brought Bruno Mars to the label and started recording Bruno.
And Bruno asked Aaron whether I would perform in this music video for him. So that’s how it came about. I think it is very funny I hope, you enjoy it.


Did you know that Leonard Nimoy also directed and starred in a music video with the Bangles?

My friend Thanayi Jackson found out about a 1962 telegram Leonard Nimoy sent to President John F. Kennedy, pleading for a planet free of nuclear weapons and testing…. years before Nimoy became a popular actor with the Star Trek series.

telegram to JFK from Nimoy

Telegram to JFK from Leonard Nimoy, courtesy of John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

… and some cool statements spoken by Mr. Spock:

Top Ten Spock Quotes:

10. Spock: I object to you. I object to intellect without discipline. I object to power without constructive purpose.

09. Spock: It is curious how often you humans manage to obtain that which you do not want.

08. Spock: (Explaining to Kirk how the mirror versions were so quickly spotted) It was far easier for you as civilized men to behave like barbarians than it was for them as barbarians to behave like civilized men.

07. Spock: Those who hate and fight must stop themselves, Doctor, otherwise it is not stopped.

06. Spock: Change is the essential process of all existence.

05. Spock: Humans smile with so little provocation.

04. Dr. Miranda Jones: The glory of creation is in its infinite diversity.

Spock: And the way our differences combine to create meaning and beauty.

03. Spock: Virtue is a relative term.

02. Spock: I’ve noticed that about your people, Doctor. You find it easier to understand the death of one than the death of a million. You speak about the objective hardness of the Vulcan heart, yet how little room there seems to be in yours.
McCoy: Suffer the death of thy neighbor, eh, Spock? You wouldn’t wish that on us, would you?
Spock: It might have rendered your history a bit less bloody.

01. Spock: Live long and prosper.


When I turned on the TV on Friday, would you believe the Futurama* episode with Nimoy was the first thing that popped onto the screen?


In closing, I thank Leonard Nimoy for being a great inspiration for many of us.

Rest in peace, my friend.

Reference Links:

The Musical Touch of Leonard Nimoy
American Bandstand -Season 10 – TV.com
Happening ’68 – TV.com
Leonard Nimoy introduces The Kinks – Milwaukee 6/12/1978

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* LOUIE Connection #4
Some folks have noted that the Futurama theme song sounds remarkably close to LOUIE LOUIE.

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UPDATE March 6th, 2015:

LOUIE Connection #5
From Tommy Dunbar of the Rubinoos – This week’s LOUIE Mutant:

You asked if there was any link between Leonard Nimoy and Louie Louie. Well, it may be a stretch, but…..in a Kevin Bacon sort of way…….

Thanks again for the Mutant award! – Tommy

The original Star Trek theme done in the style of surf music.