Legendary Stardust Cowboy and his Rotten Teeth – non-LOUIE of the Week

This week, I’m sending out a shout-out for my friend Norman Odam, aka the Legendary Stardust Cowboy. Apparently he needs some serious dental work he can’t really afford.

He’s got a GoFundMe page that explains exactly what he needs…

My right salivary gland does not work. Therefore, I have dry-mouth, and most of my teeth have become bad.
I need root canals, crowns, and two teeth implants.

$17,000.00 is what he needs right now, and he’s not exactly rolling in dough these days, so whatever you can donate would be wonderful.

For those you unfamiliar with the Legendary Stardust Cowboy, he is a singer-songwriter who is considered one of the pioneers of the genre that came to be known as psychobilly in the 1960s.

In 1968, he wrote and recorded a song called “Paralyzed,” which featured T-Bone Burnett on drums. The song was picked up by a major label, Mercury Records, eventually entering the Billboard Top 200. His popularity prompted an appearance on NBC’s Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-in comedy television series.

bowie-and-ledge

David Bowie acknowledged that the Legendary Stardust Cowboy was a direct inspiration for the creation of Ziggy Stardust.

https://youtu.be/XmyFJ8-sqk8

Here’s a little video I shot with the Ledge back in the early 1990s at my favorite long-gone nightclub in San Jo’.


https://youtu.be/Y-jCDicX-0I

Anyways, if any of my friends out in cyberspace could make some donations towards this man’s extensive dental repair, that would be much appreciated.

Reference Links:

The GoFundMe page for Legendary Stardust Cowboy- Norm Odam
https://www.gofundme.com/help-ledge-keep-his-teeth

Wikipedia – Legendary Stardust Cowboy
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legendary_Stardust_Cowboy

LOUIE REPORT – RIP: David Bowie (aka Davie Jones) – LOUIE of the Week
http://www.louielouie.net/blog/?p=7551

Paul Shaffer on 1990 David Letterman show – LOUIE of the Week

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In celebration of David Letterman‘s amazing television legacy this week, here’s Paul Shaffer and the World’s Most Dangerous Band performing a lively version of “Louie Louie” on Letterman’s Late Night TV show on January 11, 1990.

I love this version. Paul Shaffer had just released a solo album entitled “Coast to Coast,” and for this performance pays tribute to Paul Revere & the Raiders with the revolutionary war-type outfits.

I’m really going to miss seeing David Letterman on late night television. He was just like the TV nephew of MAD Magazine‘s Alfred E. Neuman, sharing a wicked sense of humor that both celebrated and sauteed the absurdities of the show biz universe. Exploding watermelons, stupid pet tricks, messing with customers at crappy fast food eateries, and ripping into the hypocrisies of the show-biz/political phonies were just a few of the things that Letterman truly excelled at.

Thank you David.
Thank you Paul.

It was a fantastic run!


https://youtu.be/aX78UFBTjiM

Sonny & Cher – LOUIE (mutant) of the Week

It’s time for another rarity borrowed from the LOUIE YouTube universe.

Brother Louie” is perhaps the most popular LOUIE LOUIE mutant. A lot of people get it confused with Richard Berry‘s “LOUIE LOUIE.” Written and sung by Errol Brown and Tony Wilson of the group Hot Chocolate, it was a top 10 hit in the UK Singles Chart for the band in 1973.

In the USA, the song became a big hit it was covered by The Stories (featuring Ian Lloyd on lead vocals) six months later, becoming a number one hit record on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. When Louis C.K. created his “Louie” sitcom in 2010, this song was used as the theme song.

This particular version of “Brother Louie” was performed by Sonny & Cher on their “The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour,” which aired on February 20, 1974 on the CBS network.

http://youtu.be/c9egnEoi2cE

Like Richard Berry’s “LOUIE LOUIE,” the song “Brother Louie” uses the phrase “Louie Louie” as a major part of the song.

So far, I’ve yet to hear of a mash-up of both songs… but I have a feeling that could change soon….

Hail Hail David Jester and the Jesterfest!

This week, we want to tip our hat to David Jester of Portland, Oregon, who’s spent many years documenting the music scene of Portland, which included producing a cable television program in conjunction with the TWO LOUIES magazine. David is currently dealing with the big challenge of preserving his video archive, and he decided to create an event to raise some desperately needed funds.

On Sunday, March 2, 2014, there will be a “JesterFest” at Oddessypdx, 521 N Tillamook, Portland, Oregon 97229.

David describes his situation at his Facebook event page

I have recorded over 10,000 musicians over the last 36 years… Videotape was only expected to last for 10 years… I have found that about 75% of the tapes are still good… It is time to digitize them all, or not worry about taking care of them any more… I need help to do this… I don’t have 5,000 hours left on my 65 year old bones to finish this project… I want to share as much of the “good ol’ days” as I can… I would love to have all of my friends come down to visit with me and interact with each other… 99% of us share the same “Love of Music” and the common “Love for Our Fellow HuMans”… If you would like to enjoy what I have to give, PLEASE JOIN US, at this event… The music is going to be awesome, and Vintage Antique Videos will play on the big screen between bands.. This is all ages, so bring your family… Please Share this Event on your page, and Invite all of your Friends…

Here’s a video clip from the TWO LOUIES cable TV show. This is the very first episode, which by some coincidence is the story of LOUIE LOUIE!


http://youtu.be/HHj-dqhbuu4

Seven dollars is a helluva cheap deal for this fundraiser. I’d like to encourage all of my friends in the Portland to support this event, and David’s effort to digitize his video archives.

More details and updates on this event can be found at the official Facebook event page at:

https://www.facebook.com/events/283277865161481/

Be sure to tell ’em that E.P. of LouieLouie.net sent cha!

Rue ’66 “Roller Girl” – LOUIE of the Week

This week, we point the LOUIE spotlight at what my fellow LOUIE enthusiasts in the LLAMAS community refer to as a “LOUIE Mutant” or a “LOUIE Clone” – a song that isn’t technically LOUIE, but one contains so much in common with LOUIE LOUIE that it feels like a blood relative.

The song is a Serge Gainsbourg composition entitled “Roller Girl” and it’s performed by Rue ’66 – a San Francisco-based band that specializes in peforming French pop songs.

The event was a big benefit show for Norton Records, a record label that suffered some damages with Hurricane Sandy. Rue ’66 was one of the bands that performed at the Elbo Room on December 16, 2012, along with Roy Loney & the Phantom Movers, Overwhelming Colorfast, The Chuckleberrys, The Tomorrowmen, The Devil-ettes, and The Dirty Robbers.

Cyril Jordan of the Flamin’ Groovies was a special guest that night, sitting in with Rue ’66, Overwhelming Colorfast, and his old bandmate Roy Loney. In this clip, you can see him playing guitar on “Roller Girl.”

This particular video was actually produced by yours truly – the team responsible for the LouieLouie.net experience- Eric Predoehl and Jesse Block. Our friend Ken “Easy Ed” Edwards provided audio recording for this video, and our pal Ken Kaffke provided some assistance with cameras.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6J87JtClCdM

The original version of “Roller Girl” was sung by actress Anna Karina in the 1967 French TV musical comedy “Anna,” directed by Pierre Koralnik. An accompanying soundtrack LP of the same name was released by the Phillips record company.

featuring Roller Girl


Anna Karina – Rollergirl by clkleb

Brother Lincoln- spoof of Brother Louie

Just in case you missed it, on Saturday Night Live a few nights ago, Louis C.K. did a little spoof of his own “LOUIE” TV show, transforming Abraham Lincoln into a standup comedian. For the theme music, Ian Lloyd of the Stories did a revision of his hit song “Brother LOUIE,” which became “Brother Lincoln.”

What the hey… We had Abe Lincoln – Vampire Killer.

Why not Abe Lincoln – Standup Comedian?

I think it’s only a matter of time before we see Abe Lincoln – Rock Star!


http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/lincoln/1422756/

RIP: Sherman Hemsley, actor/ musician

Sherman Hemsley passed away on Tuesday, July 24th. Most people remember him for for his acting role as George Jefferson, which began on the 1971 grounds-breaking TV comedy “All In the Family,” which spun off to another hit series “The Jeffersons,” which had a very successful 11 season run. Years later, he was also a regular actor in two other successful TV series – “Amen” and “Dinosaurs.”

In the LOUIE LOUIE archival circles, he is known for his 1992 recording of the song “LOUIE LOUIE” which appeared on his “Dance” album/CD. It’s a pretty decent version with a cool funk sound.

It’s been out of print for quite a few years, and not available on iTunes, so you’ll have to dig around to get a copy of this.

With his recent death, I found some interesting articles about his life. One aspect I found especially intriguing was the fact that he loved psychedelics, progressive music, and even tried to produce an album with Jon Anderson of Yes that was never released.

Dangerous Minds dug up the details on Sherman…

Sherman Hemsley was known to be a huge fan of prog rock, especially Gentle Giant, Nektar and Gong.

Hemsley collaborated with Yes’s Jon Anderson on a funk-rock opera about the “spiritual qualities of the number 7” (never produced). Hemsley also did an interpretive dance to the Gentle Giant song “Proclamation” on Dinah Shore’s 70s talkshow, that was apparently somewhat confusing for her.

But the best story, I mean the best story of all time, is the one told by Gong’s Daevid Allen about his encounter with the beloved 70’s sitcom star.

You read the full story, as told by Gong’s Daevid Allen in an article for Magnet magazine.

I couldn’t find any YouTube clips of Sherman singing “LOUIE LOUIE” or even his notorious Dinah Shore appearance, but I did find a clip of Sherman performing “Ain’t That A Kick in the Head,” one of the other songs on the “Dance” album.


http://youtu.be/v7LOEl9xGOE

Speaking of Sherman Hemsley and his TV show “The Jefersons,” here’s a little graphic I just had to share…

Rest in peace, Sherman.

Who were the Sacred Cows? … and WHAT’s their connection to LOUIE universe?

Some of you may be asking “Who are the Sacred Cows?…. and WHAT was their connection to the LOUIE LOUIE universe?”

Luckily, Michael Davies shared an insightful comment to set the record straight …

I have been a fan of the Wailers for many years and believe that Episode 15 of Season Three of Get Smart entitled ‘The Groovy Guru’ and starring Larry Storch as the Guru features a trio of Musicians called the Sacred Cows who perform a whacked out song called KILL, KILL, KILL. My research indicates this group was comprised of Jerry Scheff, Ben Benay and John Greek. Hope you all find this of interest. RIP John

John Greek of the Wailers

And there you go… the late John Greek was a founding member of the Wailers, the Pacific Northwest band that many folks believed created the consummate version of the song LOUIE LOUIE. John actually left the Wailers before they recorded the song with Rockin’ Robin Roberts, but I think the band was performing it prior to John’s exit…

You can learn more about John Greek by visiting the obituary I wrote for him in a previous LOUIE REPORT blog entry.

Here’s a clip of the Sacred Cows, as seen on the Get Smart television show…


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGwSgk5U0Zk

RIP: Don Cornelius, host of Soul Train (with Barry White -LOUIE of Week)

Don Cornelius, creator and host of the tv show SOUL TRAIN has left us.

There’s a lot of great articles on the legacy of Mr. Cornelius and his Soul Train TV show, but here’s a few key points that I thought were especially worth mentioning:

Don Cornelius was the first Black owner of a nationally syndicated TV franchise. Starting with one TV station in Chicago, Soul Train spread to dozens of markets and lasted for 35 seasons.

Soul Train was a great showcase for Afro-centric perspective, broadcasting to a wide audience of Americans — Black, white, Latino and Asian.

The Soul Train brand was expanded to other business areas, such as the Soul Train award shows.

In 1981 Barry White appeared on Soul Train to perform LOUIE LOUIE, fully acknowledging Richard Berry, another black man, as the writer of his iconic song.

I’m almost tempted to post the Soul Train video clip with Barry White, but I’d rather not annoy the folks I’m working with to properly license this footage, so you’ll probably have to wait until my documentary comes out to see this thing, or maybe just wait until someone else gets around to doing that sort of thing….

In meantime, I’ll share a YouTube clip that features the audio of Barry White’s version from the Beware album.

We’ll call it this week’s LOUIE of Week..


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lj6M4Mz0O68

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RELATED LINKS:

Five Ways “Soul Train” Changed America

VH1 Rock Docs – Soul Train: The Hippest Trip in America

Cornelius memorial at the Soul Train website

Factbox: Key facts about Don Cornelius and “Soul Train”