Celebrating M. Dung and Richard Berry – LOUIE of the Week

Today is a special celebration for two friends that are deeply missed. We lost Richard Berry in 1989, and Mike Slavko, aka “M. Dung” in 2017.

Today, Mike Slavko is getting inducted to the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame, The Class of 2018.

As Mike has often said, the experience of singing […]

The Maximum LOUIE LOUIE list

In a few hours, I’ll attending a birthday party for Ms. Gloria Jones and then participating in a very special presentation at Beyond Baroque in Venice, CA.

Some of you have asked… “Is there a list of all the 800+ versions that were played at the infamous KFJC MAXIMUM LOUIE LOUIE marathon?”

I shared […]

LOUIE LOUIE radio on KCRW + NPR

Two things i forgot to mention on these pages…

1) KCRW Radio (KCRW.com) launched a new radio series “LOST NOTES,” sharing stories of LOUIE LOUIE for the first episode on April 12, 2018 (one day after International LOUIE LOUIE Day)!

The life of one of the world’s most ubiquitous rock n’ roll anthems – […]

Jim Phelps & the Clandestones (KALX premiere) – LOUIE of the Week

Today, in celebration of International LOUIE LOUIE Day, we’re sharing a very special recording of LOUIE LOUIE by Jim Phelps & the Clandestones that had a special world premiere at the 1984 LOUIE marathon that took place at KALX Radio in Berkeley, California.

Last year, I was fortunate to receive some of the […]

The Return of Stretch – non-LOUIE of the Week

Last Saturday, my friend Jeff “Stretch” Riedle returned to the stage to finish an incomplete show that occurred three months earlier when he experienced a cardiac arrest, and his life could have easily ended that night.

Luckily, his death was not meant to happen. With the heroic efforts of a dear friend Wendy Lang, […]

The Embarcaderos at 1989 LL Parade – LOUIE of the Week

UPDATED RE-POST of an article originally shared on Friday, August 4th:

Here’s a little blast from the past….

Many years ago, back during the early stages of the LOUIE documentary project, myself and my LOUIE co-producer pal Jesse Block captured some video footage of the 1989 LOUIE LOUIE Parade produced and promoted by the […]

RIP: Michael Slavko, aka M. Dung, radio DJ + LOUIE enthusiast

Today I was deeply saddened by the news of the passing of our friend Michael Slavko, aka M. Dung, as shared on Facebook by his fiancee Judy Crum.

Dung was a big advocate of LOUIE LOUIE, and hosted two LOUIE LOUIE Parades in conjunction with KFOG Radio and the Leukemia Society in San Francisco.

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Calamity Jeanne, the Pocket Orchestra – LOUIE of the Week

Last week, Orme Radio of Italy celebrated International LOUIE LOUIE Day with a lively 90 minute special!

They closed the show with a wonderful LOUIE I’d never heard before – a French band known as Calamity Jeanne, the Pocket Orchestra. Here’s a little description they provided of themselves, translated by the Google Language Tools […]

RIP: David Peel, folk-punk singer; LOUIE of the Week

My old friend David Peel died a few days ago.

Believe it or not, he actually had a connection to this LOUIE project.

Years ago, before I ever even thought about LOUIE LOUIE and this documentary project, I wound up working with David Peel.

In 1982, I lived briefly in New York City. […]

Countdown to LOUIE LOUIE Day….

Six days from now, many of us shall be celebrating International LOUIE LOUIE Day! This year will mark the 60th anniversary of the song, which was conceived by Richard Berry in 1955 (Harmony Park Ballroom, Anaheim, CA), but “given birth” with the first unveiling of the song in April 1957, when Flip Records released […]