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. […]

Lost Lyrics of Famous Songs

Cracked.com had an intriguing article entitled “5 Insane Lost Verses That Change the Meaning of Famous Songs.”

LOUIE LOUIE is not one of the featured songs with the “lost lyrics,” but it is referenced within this article:

It’s been said (by us, right now) that 90 percent of all popular music is about love and […]

RIP: Paul Williams, writer, Crawdaddy publisher

Rock journalist Paul Williams passed away on the evening of March 27th, and it’s taken me a week to come up with the proper words to pay tribute to the man.

I’m very glad to see a wealth of decent obituaries on Paul from major publications, each acknowledging his historic role in creating […]

Her Aim is True – the Jini Dellaccio documentary

If I were in the Seattle area this weekend, I would definitely be at the Highway 99 Blues Club on Sunday night.

Photographer Jini Dellaccio is the subject of a new documentary entitled “Her Aim Is True,” and Sunday is the big night for a benefit concert featuring Northwest music legends Merrilee Rush, Buck […]

RIP: Reg Presley of the Troggs – LOUIE of the Week

Reg Presley, singer with The Troggs, has died at the age of 71. His death came a year after he announced he had lung cancer and retired from the band.

The Troggs’ biggest hit was “Wild Thing,” which many people believe borrowed heavily from LOUIE LOUIE.

The Huffington Post did a nice little write-up:

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The Cover Story – a documentary on album cover art

http://www.thecoverstoryalbumart.com/

For those that love album cover artwork, I’d like to recommend a new documentary entitled “The Cover Story.”

Artists, photographers, models and musicians share some great stories behind the process of creating artwork for various album covers. There’s a lot of famous creative people in this documentary, and there’s also some relative […]

Lenny Kaye & the Jay Vons – LOUIE of the Week

In the world of garage rock musicologists, many of us think of Lenny Kaye as a virtual GOD. He’s had a remarkable career as a musician, producer, and journalist. In 1972, he assembled NUGGETS- one of the first, and certainly one of most influential anthologies to document mid-60s American garage rock.

Steve Huey […]