RIP: Big Jay McNeely – rhythm & blues /rock n’ roll saxophone legend!

Our friend Jim Dawson shared some sad news on Sunday…

“My longtime friend Big Jay McNeely passed away at 6:15 this morning in Riverside, CA. He made his first record in 1948 and played his last gig last June. Our hearts go out to his family.”

Big Jay has been a friend, supporter and […]

Louie Louie for 2018 National Recording Registry

There’s a pile of unfinished posts I’ve been meaning to share after the busy events of August, but we’ll save ’em for another time, as Friday snuck up on me as I was dealing with all sorts of other stuff….

Meanwhile, here’s information about an effort being led by Joe Rallos to include LOUIE […]

LOUIE road trip (August 2018- part 3) (w/ LOUIE of Week)

Sunday, August 26th was one extremely busy day for yours truly!

Months ago, I made big plans to visit Southern California. I already made plans to attend the Animal House Toga Party event featuring the Kingsmen in mid-August. After learning that Gloria A. Jones, a founding member of Richard Berry & the Dreamers, was planning […]

The Maximum LOUIE LOUIE list

In a few hours, I’ll attending a birthday party for Ms. Gloria Jones and then participating in a very special presentation at Beyond Baroque in Venice, CA.

Some of you have asked… “Is there a list of all the 800+ versions that were played at the infamous KFJC MAXIMUM LOUIE LOUIE marathon?”

I shared […]

LOUIE road trip (August 2018- part 2)

The latest Pacific Northwest road trip was a short and power-packed adventure, even if a massive percentage of that time was spent driving.

Wednesday was the big drive from SF Bay Area to Seattle area, something I won’t be repeating in the near future… at least not crammed into one day.

Thursday was a […]

Kingsmen at The Delta House (1983) – LOUIE of the Week

With the upcoming Animal House 40th Anniversary & Toga Party event in Oregon that’s happening a little over a week from now, I thought this would be a fine time to share this classic Kingsmen clip produced by our associate producer David Jester.

Freddie Dennis, who later join the reunited Sonics, is the […]

R.Stevie Moore – LOUIE of the Week

it’s time to share a LOUIE LOUIE that doesn’t fit into the usual LOUIE LOUIE garage rock archetype.

Then again, the creator of this this week’s LOUIE is hardly the type of musician that easily fits into normal musical categories.

This week, I’m proud to point the mighty LOUIE LOUIE spotlight at the artist […]

Peoria LOUIE LOUIE Parade 2017 – LOUIE of the Week

Did you know about the annual LOUIE LOUIE parades in Peoria?

Here’s the word from LouieLouiePeoria.com:

Since 1987, Central Illinois has been kicking off the summer with the St. Jude Louie Louie Parade and RiverJam in downtown Peoria with the sole purpose of raising money for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. We have […]

Out In the Streets – LOUIE of the Week

Here’s an odd one….

When is a LOUIE LOUIE not a LOUIE LOUIE?

There’s a variety of different ways of answering that question, but for today, one example for such a thing would be if the musician(s) choose to call themselves “Louie Louie.”

They aren’t the first ones to do that, and certainly won’t […]

Extension, LOUISiana – birthplace of Richard Berry

One of the more obscure facts is that Richard Berry, creator of the song LOUIE LOUIE, was born in state of LOUISiana, in a town known as Extension.

As I searched to find out more info about “Extension,” I discovered there’s not a lot of online information about this place, but there is a Wikpedia […]