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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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 […]