RIP: Toots Hibbert of the Maytals, inventor of reggae

This one hurts. We just lost Toots Hibbert of the Maytals.

Yesterday, on September 11, his family released this statement:

“It is with the heaviest of hearts to announce that Frederick Nathaniel ‘Toots’ Hibbert passed away peacefully tonight, surrounded by his family at the University Hospital of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica.

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A Midsummer Update (the 2020 edition)

(from Louis Restaurant Facebook page)

In the city of San Francisco, Geary is a major thoroughfare that runs almost 6 miles east–west, starting off downtown at Market Street, running westbound through the Civic Center area, cutting through what used to be the Fillmore district, with a majority of the street running through the […]

RIP: Bonnie Pointer, founding member of the Pointer Sisters

I was hoping not to write any more obituaries for people that I’ve met that have provided support for this documentary project.

Sadly, we have lost more of these people, and I feel the urgency to acknowledge those kind souls that made a difference.

Bonnie Pointer was one of those special beings.

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RIP: Little Richard, rock ‘n’ roll legend

We lost a beautiful soul this weekend. Truly, there was no person ever like Little Richard, nor will there ever be another person like Little Richard.

I mean seriously… he WAS the heart and soul of this thing we call rock ‘n’ roll…. a genuine believer in the higher power… and a bonafide supernova […]

LOUIE LOUIE in Rap Music

This week, we’re going to take a look at how LOUIE LOUIE has been utilized in rap music.

Werner Von Wallenrod is a serious hip hop enthusiast that created a series of videos that documented the various fusions of LOUIE LOUIE with rap music.

He’s done a great job of documenting this, and we’re […]

Follow-up on 2020 Intl. Louie Louie Day -the Quarantine Edition

On Saturday, over at LouieLouie.net, we celebrated ” International Louie Louie Day – the Quarantine Edition”.. for hopefully the first and only time.

It was a challenge to find a way to celebrate this day with all the shelter restrictions in place, but we did manage to assemble a last minute Zoom teleconference / […]

RIP: John Prine, singer / songwriter

With the passing of John Prine, I’m gratified to see so much appreciation for his music on the social networks. He was a brilliant singer-songwriter.

In the back of my mind, I kept thinking I had already written something on these pages about John and his special LOUIE reference with his song entitled “Lake […]

LOUIE bits of March 2020 – Clay Day!

As March 2020 comes to close with minimal blog activity, this seemed like a good time to do a little recycling to make up for lost time.

Our friend Clay Stabler has shared some assorted LOUIE bits over at the LOUIE Party located at Facebook, so with his permission, we’re bringing mo these bits to […]

RIP: Neil Innes, music/comedy genius of Rutles, Monty Python, Bonzo Dog Band

Devastated.

One month after receiving handwritten lyrics from Neil Innes, and writing about his misadventures with Pledge Music on my LL blog, he passes away.

Very saddened by his passing, but feeling so very grateful that I saw him perform three times – a Rutles reunion at BeatleFest in Los Angeles, and two […]

RIP: René Auberjonois, Star Trek actor

Actor Rene Auberjonois has passed away after a battle with lung cancer.

The New York-born Auberjonois began his career in the theatre in the 1960s, and made his feature film debut in Robert Altman’s M*A*S*H. in 1970, portraying the character of Father Mulcahy.

Auberjonois would go on to become a prolific character actor, enjoying […]