KFJC Battle of the Surf Bands 2019

This week, I’m sharing something that’s not obviously LOUIE-related, but ties into the LOUIE Universe via osmosis.

Every year, KFJC Radio, the community radio station where the LOUIE documentary project began with a 63 hour Maximum LOUIE LOUIE marathon (over 800 versions!), celebrates a month of MAYHEM. Along with a series of different radio […]

RIP: Mike Wilhelm of the Charlatans, Flamin’ Groovies, Loose Gravel

On Tuesday we lost another good guy.

Michael Wilhelm was a true original. He was a founding member of the Charlatans, the pioneers of the psychedelic wild west that forged a pathway in San Francisco for the Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service, and all those who followed.

There’s a lot of […]

RIP: Peggy Lipton, actress + singer

Today, we learned that actress + singer Peggy Lipton died from cancer at the age of 72.

“She made her journey peacefully with her daughters and nieces by her side,” Lipton’s daughters said in a statement to the Los Angeles Times. “We feel so lucky for every moment we spent with her.”

Born in […]

LOUIE LOUIE graphics from Madrid

Sometimes Facebook can be a place for lovely distractions.

Case in point, LOUIE LOUIE of Madrid, a nightclub we mentioned a few years ago with our special LOUIE LOUIE Clubs/Stores of the World feature, has been sharing a lot of really fun flyers on their Facebook page.

There’s no specific references to the song […]

RIP: Barrie Jackson, manager of Wailers, Sonics

On April 5th, my friend Dennis Flannigan shared some sad news about his old friend Barrie Jackson, who used to manage The (Fabulous) Wailers and The Sonics.

There are the good ones, and the great ones, and beyond those are the friends that always stay on the front page. Such was Barrie Jackson, a […]

At Last! (the Etta James song that Richard Berry recorded 6 years earlier)

I just learned that today is the 16th anniversary of the moment in time when Etta James was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame April 18, 2003 in Hollywood, California.

With this in mind, I thought I’d provide a little history lesson about a song that became Etta’s most popular […]

RIP: Gary Stewart, Rhino Records A&R legend

We recently lost Gary Stewart, who was an integral part of the Rhino Records legacy.

A lot of of Gary’s friends shared some beautiful thoughts about him on Facebook…

Rhino Records

“Gary Stewart was a great man and a dear friend. He was truly the architect and guiding spirit of Rhino. He defined […]

a Seattle LOUIE update + Little Bill Birthday Party

Time has such a funny way of sneaking up on us. Some folks are really good at keeping track of such things. For me, it’s a serious struggle. There never seems to be enough time to do it all, and by the time I get around to finishing things, so many of the folks […]

RIP: Dick Dale, legendary surf guitar player

Eleven days ago, we lost Dick Dale, an innovative guitarist that inspired a generation of musicians. He was called the “King of the Surf Guitar,” as he somehow created a music genre that celebrated two things that he truly loved – surfing and guitar playing.

He was born Richard Monsour in Boston, Massachusetts […]

LOUIE on TV – part 6 (Happy Days, Fall Guy + Meatloaf)

This week, the latest LOUIE on TV update is provided by two longtime LLama associates !!

We begin with two updates from special LLama associate Clay Stabler:

Happy Days (CBS) Season 8 / episode 5 / 1980-12-09 “Joanie Gets Wheels”

A version of LL plays on Potsie’s car radio from 3:45-3:52. Didn’t recognize the […]