Playboy, LOUIE LOUIE and the Pursuit of Happiness (RIP: Hugh Hefner)

Last month, we lost Hugh Hefner, the creator of Playboy magazine.

A lot of things have been written about this man and the empire he created. When he started this magazine his initial goal was simply to create a publication that featured the best writers, some great cartoonists and some beautiful photos of some […]

Please Help Freddie Dennis! (singer w/ Sonics, Kingsmen) – LOUIE of Week

A few months ago Freddie Dennis suffered a medical setback with two strokes and now needs some help with his bills as he continues to recover.

A fundraising campaign for Freddie has been set up at YouCaring.com.

if you can help Freddie, that would be wonderful!

Screamer Freddie Dennis will Rock the House […]

B.B. King & the Kings Men – LOUIE distant relative of Week

Did you know that one of B.B. King‘s earliest recordings was with the Kings Men?

Absolutely true. In 1954, RPM Records released a recording by B.B. “Blues Boy” King* And The Kings Men entitled “Sneakin’ Around,” with “Everyday I Have The Blues” by B.B. “Blues Boy” King* And His Orchestra on the flip […]

Fifty-four years ago yesterday….

My friend Clay found a wonderful little article in the Portland Orbit that celebrates LOUIE LOUIE as “THE greatest moment in rock-and-roll.”

As this article points out, April 6, 1963 was the day that the Kingsmen stepped into the recording studio to make some history..

Will Simmons from the Pittsburgh Orbit wrote some […]

In Search of 1983 Tacoma Dome show footage!

I thought I’d throw out yet another public request as I continue my search for media coverage of the 1983 Tacoma Dome event that featured the only time Richard Berry ever appeared with the Fabulous Wailers.

The date was Wednesday, December 28, 1983, just a few months after KFJC Radio had their legendary 63 […]

Anniversary of KFJC Marathon – LOUIE of the Week

On Friday, August 19, 1983, KFJC began what turned out to be a major turning point in LOUIE LOUIE history with the MAXIMUM LOUIE LOUIE marathon:

1) The first meeting of Richard Berry, author of the song LOUIE LOUIE and Jack Ely, original vocalist with the Kingsmen, whose voice was heard on the world’s […]

Phil “Fang” Volk w/ the Kingsmen – LOUIE of the Week

Phil “Fang” Volk, an alumni of Paul Revere & the Raiders, shared a special LOUIE LOUIE performance on his Facebook page– a recent collaboration with the Kingsmen!

Phil “Fang” Volk playing bass guitar and singing “Louie Louie” with the Kingsmen at their Cannery Concert in Las Vegas, Nevada, May 28, 2016. In honor of […]

Al Dote & the Kingsmen – Hang On Sloopy (LOUIE relative of Week)

This week, the LOUIE spotlight is on a LOUIE-relative (a category that includes brother, sister, bastard or distant cousin) performed by band known as “the Kingsmen,” which as far as I can tell has absolutely no connection with the successful band from Portland, Oregon with the same name.

This band was known as Al […]

RIP: Buck Munger, publisher of Two Louies, NW music industry legend

On Tuesday night, I received some sad news on Facebook about my friend Buck Munger.

April 19, 2016 just before 2:00 on a beautiful afternoon. Buck Munger joined his favorite dog Lucee, his favorite bass player John, his best friend Jack and the best soft player he ever played with Richard on the other […]

David Bowie + LOUIE LOUIE part 2 / Les Dantz – LOUIE of Week

Following up on last week’s tribute / celebration / acknowledgement of David Bowie‘s legacy, here’s even more thoughts on his connection within the LOUIE LOUIE universe…

1983 was a very important year for David Bowie. This was the year that David Bowie achieved his biggest commercial success with the release of his “Let’s Dance” […]