Happy 75th for Little Bill Engelhart- LOUIE of the Week

Today marks the 75th birthday for one of the first performers to ever cover Richard Berry‘s immortal LOUIE LOUIE.

Happy Birthday to Bill Engelhart – aka Little Bill of Little Bill & the Blue Notes as well as Little Bill with the Adventurers and the Shalimars.

Little Bill’s recording of the song was […]

RIP: Joe Bihari, co-founder of Modern Records

Joe Bihari, the last surviving member of the Bihari brothers, recently passed away on November 28th at the age of 88 years old.

Richard Berry, Howlin’ Wolf, BB King, Etta James, John Lee Hooker, Ike Turner, Elmore James and Little Richard were all musicians signed by the Bihari brothers during the early stages of […]

RIP: Dick Dodd of The Standells, LOUIE of the Week

Dick Dodd, vocalist and drummer for The Standells for their 1966 hit recording “Dirty Water,” has died at the age of 68 years old. He had been admitted to a hospital in Orange Country for stage 4 cancer, where he passed away.

Jonny Whiteside provided an excellent biographical overview of Dick Dodd at LA […]

Leonardo da Vinci’s Viola Organista – 500 years in the making!

Some projects do take longer than others.

It took 500 years for Leonardo da Vinci‘s “viola organista” instrument to be built!

The Sydney Morning Herald has the story…

A bizarre instrument combining a piano and cello has finally been played to an audience more than 500 years after it was dreamt up Leonardo […]

RIP: Lou Reed, poet musician extraordinaire – LOUIE of the Week

“One chord is fine. Two chords are pushing it. Three chords and you’re into jazz.” – Lou Reed

Lou Reed has left the land of the living. He died on a Sunday, four days before Halloween. A lot of great memories came flooding back, with a wealth of fine articles and tributes reminding us […]

ZZ Top and the LOUIE connection

Some tasty treats from the TWO LOUIES archives, courtesy of publisher Buck Munger!

ZZ Top meets the Kingsmen! From left to right: Lynn Easton, Billy Gibbons, Jack Ely and Mike Mitchell.


Parallel Paths of Another Uncredited Songwriter (all about MONEY)

Consider the story of a relatively unknown rhythm & blues singer-songwriter that released a song in the 1950s that became very famous, yet he languished in obscurity, barely receiving any credit for his very popular composition.

Imagine this song covered by the Kingsmen, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Doors, the Flying Lizards and […]

Thirty Years Ago Today…

Thirty years ago today, Richard Berry, author of the song “LOUIE LOUIE” met Jack Ely, the original vocalist for the Kingsmen, at KFJC Radio, Los Altos Hills, California. The date was August 20, 1983 – the second day of the legendary “Maximum: LOUIE LOUIE” radio marathon which played every known version of the song […]

Hail Hail Arthur Lee Maye!

My friend Gene Maye, just launched a website dedicated to his brother Arthur Lee Maye.

Arthur Lee Maye (1934-2002) was a singer of great Doo-Wop melodies, a major league baseball player, and a very close friend of Richard Berry, author of LOUIE LOUIE. Gene was a member of Richard Berry & the Pharaohs, […]

Hail Hail Kim Fowley! (LOUIE of the Week)

Last week, I had an opportunity to meet and shoot an interview with Kim Fowley for the long-awaited documentary on the song LOUIE LOUIE. Kim worked with Richard Berry in early 1960’s – after Richard made his original LOUIE recording of 1957, but before the Kingsmen made their iconic hit recording of the song. […]