Frank Zappa and the US Navy Marching Band – Non-LOUIE of the Week

I’m very excited about the new documentary that Alex Winter is producing on Frank Zappa.

Would you believe this project is the highest-funded documentary ever on Kickstarter? … and the Kickstarter campaign is ending in 30 hours!

While I may be somewhat jealous, and I am also in complete awe over the fact that this […]

Remembering Those We Lost in 2015

Last year, we lost quite a few people in the LOUIE universe. Click on their names to read more about them.

Jack Ely, the original lead singer of the Kingsmen, was one of the two people that inspired this documentary project. I met Jack at the same event where he first met Richard […]

RIP: Gail Zappa, wife of Frank

Gail Zappa, beloved wife to Frank, mother for Dweezil, Moon, Ahmet & Diva, and keeper of the Zappa legacy, has left us.

The official Frank Zappa Facebook page provided this statement:

January 1, 1945 – October 7, 2015

Gail Zappa, nee Adelaide Gail Sloatman, age 70, departed this earth peacefully at her home on […]

Zappa & Mothers open for Lenny Bruce with “Plastic People” – LOUIE of Week

To start 2014 with a bang, the first LOUIE of Week shall be a vintage recording of Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention, opening for Lenny Bruce at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco sometime in June 1966.

The very first song of this set was “PLASTIC PEOPLE” – an inspired […]

RIP: George Duke, jazz pianist

I’m saddened to report that George Duke has passed away. He just released his album- “DreamWeaver,” which debuted at #1 on the Contemporary Jazz Chart. It was a tribute to his wife, Corine, who passed away last year.

George passed away at Monday at St John’s Hospital in Los Angeles, where he was being […]

RIP: Ray Collins of Mothers of Invention / LOUIE of the Week

On Christmas Eve, Ray Collins, original lead singer for Frank Zappa‘s Mothers of Invention, died in Pomona, Calif. He was 76 years old.

Ray Collins began his musical career playing with Little Julian Herrera and the Tigers. When they recorded ‘I Remember Linda’ in the 1950’s, Ray sang high falsetto backing vocals. Shortly after […]

Frank Zappa and Howard Stern 1984 – LOUIE of the Week

Here’s an odd little bit I’m surprised I didn’t find sooner – Frank Zappa appearing on Howard Stern‘s radio show, playing a little bit of LOUIE LOUIE together back in 1984.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZQSMZNPs_Q

On Howard Stern’s HowardStern.com website, this particular moment is considered #98 of the of the “Top 101 Musical Performances onThe Howard […]

Zappnoise – LOUIE of the Week

This week’s LOUIE comes from Stralsund, Germany. Drawing inspiration from both Richard Berry and Frank Zappa, the band known as Zappnoise performs a medley of “Louie Louie” and “Plastic People.”

Zappnoise http://youtu.be/tbD8JkzSr2I

RIP: Larry “Wild Man” Fischer

Today, I’m saddened to report another casualty in the music universe.

Larry “Wild Man” Fischer, as far as I know, didn’t record LOUIE LOUIE, nor did he have any obvious connections to the song.

Wild Man Fischer, was however, the very first musician to record for Rhino Records. The first release was a […]

RIP: Captain Beefheart, visionary (LOUIE of the Week)

Last week, we lost a true visionary with the death of Don Van Vliet, the man also known as Captain Beefheart. Ironically, my last posting in this blog was about his old high school buddy, Frank Zappa, who died 17 years ago.

My friend Theo de Grood of The Louie Louie Pages wrote a […]