Mark Your Calendar – LOUIE LOUIE Day in Portland – September 5th

Hot breaking news from OregonMusicNews.com:

It’s the song that wouldn’t die. And now it will be commemorated for the ages. To mark the spot where a Portland band, The Kingsmen, recorded Richard Berry’s hit song in 1963, Terry Currier from the Oregon Music Hall of Fame will present Portland Mayor Charlie Hales with a […]

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 […]

LOUIE LOUIE as an art installation in Federal building

Here’s a nice little story about a new art installation at a Federal building in Portland, Oregon = the town where the Kingsmen recorded LOUIE LOUIE, courtesy of OregonLive.com:

May 29, 2013 – Portland, OR – Artist Tim Bavington turned sound waves from the song “Louie Louie” by The Kingsmen into a colorful sculpture […]

The FBI Investigation Revisted….

The FBI investigation of LOUIE LOUIE has received a lot of extra attention this week with the recent Smithsonian article on the subject, as summarized by Daily Caller:

What you may not know is that person responsible for setting off the investigation — which, amazingly, lasted two long years — appears to have been […]

Freddie & the Screamers – LOUIE of the Week

“A Little Sea Shanty” is the way Barry Curtis liked to describe it.

Along with Freddie Dennis, Andy Parypa and Steve Peterson, they are a mixture of former and current members of the Kingsmen (and one former member of the Sonics) performing live at Ted Brown Music Outreach “Bands for a Benefit” at Louie […]

Yes, today is….

For those of you that might have forgotten, today, April 11, is International Louie Louie Day!

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the 1963 recording of the Kingsmen’s recording!

Here’s a recycled snippet of a comic strip created 6 years ago…

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Twas 50 years ago today….

Would you believe that today, April 6th, is the 50th anniversary of the day The Kingsmen stepped into a studio to record to create what they initially thought was a “terrible version” of song that was a regional hit for Rockin’ Robin Robert & The Fabulous Wailers?

Funny how things turn out sometimes…

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RIP: John W. Thoennes, NW musician + promoter

I’m saddened to report that my friend John Thoennes has passed away. John was a musician from Seaside, Oregon that played with a variety of different bands – Patriot, Washington Merry-Go-Round, the All-American Band, Pretty Face, the Disko Band, and his latest band – Yellow Bird.

I first made contact with John back […]

Soul Benders with special guests Jack Ely & Norm Sundholm of Kingsmen – LOUIE of Week

Here’s something you don’t see every day – a special performance by two former members of the Kingsmen that never toured together.

The Soul Benders were performing live in Bend, Oregon, and they had two special guests for their show – Jack Ely and Norm Sundholm of the Kingsmen.

Jack Ely was a founding […]

Salem’s Rockin’ 60’s Show – LOUIE of the Week

This week’s LOUIE is a cavalcade of Northwest superstars- live at the “Salem’s Rockin’ 60’s Show” on October 20, 2012 in Salem, Oregon. In this performance, you can see The Kingsmen (Mike Mitchell & Dick Peterson), Merrilee Rush, Jim Valley, The Live Five and Moger W. Morgan belt out that very special song!

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