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!


Happy Birthday Jack Ely (original Kingsmen singer) – LOUIE of the Week

Today – September 11 marks a birthday for Jack Ely, original lead singer for the Kingsmen, who created the iconic version of the song heard around the world.

Jack has certainly recorded more than just LOUIE LOUIE. In fact, Jack recently recorded an original composition for his upcoming album.

I’ll let Jack explain […]

RIP: Kearney Barton, Legendary NW Recording Engineer & Studio/Label Owner

When I embarked on this documentary project of mine, a bunch of people in the Pacific Northwest told me “Ya gotta interview Kearney Barton!”

I’m so very glad I took their advice.

Kearney Barton recording engineer for many great bands of the Pacific Northwest, has passed away on January 17 at the age of […]

Sponson Pontoon and the Floaters – LOUIE of Week

This week’s LOUIE is a rare 1980 recording of a band known as Sponson Pontoon and the Floaters, playing at some drunken bash known as “Pig Party” near Yakima, WA.

Larry Baker aka “Sponson Pontoon” is on bass and vocals, joined by John Smestad on guitar, Steve Tytler on guitar, Doug Bennett on drums, […]

Geno Henderson & the Florence Greenberg Broadway show- LOUIEs of the Week

I found a great funky version of LOUIE LOUIE online by a guy named Geno Henderson. He’s got quite a resume behind him, too! As a native of Los Angeles, Geno began playing guitar at the age of nine. He has toured and/or recorded with: The Gap Band, The Pointer Sisters, Billy Preston, Roberta […]

Cheney: I Kept “Louie, Louie” Lyrics Safe After 9/11

The Gerbil News Network shares a poignant excerpt from former Vice President Dick Cheney‘s new autobiography.

WASHINGTON, D.C. Making the rounds of Sunday political talk shows to promote his new book “In My Time,” former Vice President Dick Cheney stood by his story that he was moved to a secure, undisclosed location following the […]

Rocky J. & the Runarounds – LOUIE of the Week

This week’s LOUIE is actually 4 versions by one band – Rocky J. & the Runarounds. The time frame on these versions is 1995-2003, starting off with an early performance in Kansas, and ending with a semi recent show in Las Vegas.

This is a fun little video that combines footage of Rocky J. & […]

The Inspiration of LOUIE

Rev. Mark S. Bollwinkel writes about the inspirational power of music, with a major nod to LOUIE LOUIE in a recent article for the Los Altos Town Crier.

The Rev. Mark S. Bollwinkel is senior pastor of Los Altos United Methodist Church.

Tis a lovely article…..

Jack Ely in Nashville 2011- LOUIE of Week

Jack Ely, the original singer for the Kingsmen‘s LOUIE LOUIE, may be semi-retired from the music biz, but that doesn’t stop him from doing an occasional cameo every now and then.

On July 8th, Jack paid a visit to Nashville, and sat in on a writer’s round with Dawn-joy Thornton, Jeff Cohen, Matt McElravy, Steve […]