Unknown LOUIE (KFJC version #332) & other ponderings- LOUIE of the Week

This week, the LOUIE spotlight is on yet another Unknown LOUIE LOUIE recording from the KFJC Maximum LOUIE LOUIE Marathon.

A few years ago, I wrote up a post entitled “KFJC Tomb of the Unknown LOUIEs” which sought to identify some of the recordings that couldn’t be identified. Since that particular posting, a […]

The Soft Jews (KFJC version #374) – LOUIE of the Week

By special request, I’m sharing a very special, ultra-rare performance of the song from the LOUIE archives. It’s a recording by a band known as The Soft Jews, and as far as I know, it was only heard ONCE* on the radio. (…or so I thought… – SEE UPDATE at end of this post)

I […]

Buffalo Chips (KFJC version #379) – LOUIE of the Week

Today is August 19th – a very special day in the LOUIE Universe!

Many years ago on this date, a little radio station known as KFJC 89.7 began a marathon called “Maximum LOUIE LOUIE,” with the sole purpose of sharing every known version of the song LOUIE LOUIE.

For 63 hours, over 800 unique […]

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 […]

RIP: Bob Dye, Northwest DJ / Promoter

Bob Dye, a radio DJ and promoter from Ontario, Oregon, has recently passed away.

The Finley-Sunset Hills Mortuary and Sunset Hills Memorial Park provided a nice overview of his career:

Bob spent most of his early years in the Huntington and Ontario where his radio career began. He did the play-by-play for several basketball […]

The Stevens LIVE at KFJC 1983 – LOUIE of the Week

Lately, I’ve been celebrating a little more than usual. For years, I’ve been pestering my pal Buddy Awreetus to get off his proverbial heinie and do some proper digital transfers of the barely-heard audio recordings of his old “Live Open Mike” shows that he hosted on KFJC radio way back in the early 1980s.


Dave Glovin and the KFJC April Fool DuoCast

Regular readers of this blog know the significance of KFJC Radio, as it was the location where a 63 hour marathon entitled “Maximum LOUIE LOUIE” took place in 1983, providing the radio airwaves with over 800 unique versions of the song, and what became a major turning point in the career of Richard Berry, […]

Frank Zappa and Howard Stern 1984 – LOUIE of the Week

Here’s an odd little bit I’m surprised I didn’t find sooner – Frank Zappa appearing on Howard Stern‘s radio show, playing a little bit of LOUIE LOUIE together back in 1984.


On Howard Stern’s HowardStern.com website, this particular moment is considered #98 of the of the “Top 101 Musical Performances onThe Howard […]

RIP: Bob Summerrise, legendary Seattle DJ / record store owner

This is actually old news, but I just found out that Bob Summerrise has passed away in 2010.

Bob Summerrise was the highly influential disc jockey and record store owner in Seattle during the 1950’s that exposed a lot of kids to rhythm & blues music, including Richard Berry‘s LOUIE LOUIE.

I’m very fortunate I […]

RIP: Danny Holiday, Seattle DJ / Music Historian

The Pacific Northwest music scene has lost another legend.

Seattle DJ & music historian Danny Holiday, has passed away after an extended illness. Looking at the various online articles about Danny, I discovered….

– Danny was born Daniel Prescott Thygesen in March 23, 1943 in Everett, Washington.

– Danny was a disc jockey […]