RIP: Toots Hibbert of the Maytals, inventor of reggae

This one hurts. We just lost Toots Hibbert of the Maytals.

Yesterday, on September 11, his family released this statement:

“It is with the heaviest of hearts to announce that Frederick Nathaniel ‘Toots’ Hibbert passed away peacefully tonight, surrounded by his family at the University Hospital of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica.

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LOUIE LOUIE in Video Games

This week has been a hectic one at ye LouieLouie.net offices, made even more stressful by the recent fires that were too close for comfort at our homebase in the San Francisco Bay Area.

It’s been a challenge to focus on the LOUIE blog, but luckily our pal Clay Stabler has shared some […]

Thinking of Toots, pandemics and misplaced LOUIEs

This has been a challenging year, to put it mildly. The world is experiencing a pandemic unlike any other, and there’s some radical changes taking place that could permanently alter the way society deals with public events, with scary repercussions for those in the music industry. The death count for those infected by covid-19 […]

Identifying the first pressings of Kingsmen LOUIE LOUIE

This week, we’re sharing some of the great research our friend Clay Stabler had conducted to identify the first pressings of the 1963 Kingsmen LOUIE LOUIE recording. He’s been sharing his research notes at the LOUIE LOUIE Facebook party, so we’re going to provide some LouieLouie.net real estate as a means of sharing these […]

RIP: Pat O’Day, NW Music Legend

Pat O’Day, the legendary Broadcaster and concert promoter of the Pacific Northwest, has passed away.

During the 1960’s he was the highest-profile disc jockey of Seattle and the region’s dominant dance promoter. He has often been credited as being the primary person responsible from bringing the Seattle music scene to national prominence during that […]

A Midsummer Update (the 2020 edition)

(from Louis Restaurant Facebook page)

In the city of San Francisco, Geary is a major thoroughfare that runs almost 6 miles east–west, starting off downtown at Market Street, running westbound through the Civic Center area, cutting through what used to be the Fillmore district, with a majority of the street running through the […]

RIP: Ennio Morricone, composer of magnificent soundtracks

On Monday, we lost Ennio Morricone, a brilliant composer of many magnificent soundtracks. Morricone created over 400 scores for film and television, as well as over 100 classical pieces. His most famous creation, the score to “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” is considered one of the most influential soundtracks in history and […]

RIP: Arnie “Woo Woo” Ginsburg, legendary Boston DJ

Today, we’re mourning the loss of Arnie Ginsburg, a legendary disc jockey from Boston that played a prominent role in the history of the song LOUIE LOUIE.

In 1963, Arnie was a very popular disk jockey on radio station WMEX in Boston, Massachusetts. In a time when most Top-40 DJs were given non-descript, non-ethnic […]

a handful of LOUIEs from Zachary – part 1

We DO live in interesting times that often seems unreal. Rather than write about any of that stuff, I think we’ll just share a handful of LOUIE LOUIEs.

My new friend Zachary F. Lively has been bombarding his Facebook wall with a massive pile of LOUIE LOUIEs. In the spirit of recycling, I’m just […]

RIP: Bonnie Pointer, founding member of the Pointer Sisters

I was hoping not to write any more obituaries for people that I’ve met that have provided support for this documentary project.

Sadly, we have lost more of these people, and I feel the urgency to acknowledge those kind souls that made a difference.

Bonnie Pointer was one of those special beings.

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