RIP: Keely Smith, jazz and pop vocalist

My friend David Richoux relayed the sad news of the passing of Keely Smith..

“Only half Louie related, but another obit…”

Jim Harrington shared an overview of Keely’s career in the San Jose Mercury News:

Keely Smith, the iconic jazz and pop vocalist who achieved success as both a solo artist and with her […]

RIP: Pat DiNizio of the Smithereens (friend of LOUIE project)

This week, we lost Pat DiNizio of the Smithereens.

Denis Diken shared the news on his Facebook page on Tuesday night.

Today we mourn the loss of our friend, brother and bandmate Pat DiNizio. Pat had the magic touch. He channeled the essence of joy and heartbreak into hook-laden three minute pop […]

Fundraiser for Stretch Riedle (aka “give the drummer some”) – LOUIEs of the Week

One week ago, my good friend Jeff Riedle (aka “Stretch“), who’s been a major advisor to the LOUIE project, suffered a cardiac arrest on Saturday night, and has been in the hospital ever since.

Actually, I think he just got moved from one hospital to another. It has been a very hectic week…


RIP: Bobby Lloyd Hicks of Dave Alvin’s Guilty Men – LOUIE of the Week

We’re a bit late in reporting this, we wanted to acknowledge the passing of Bobby Lloyd Hicks, who died on February 19, 2017.

Bobby Lloyd Hicks performed an inspired version of LOUIE LOUIE when he was a member of Dave Alvin & the Guilty Men. Wedged between “Abilene” and “Thirty Dollar Room,” the band […]

RIP: Fred Cole of Dead Moon

Fred & Toody Cole (Dead Moon, Pierced Arrows), The Hague Dec 2013 (Mammal Inc. / Arjan van den Berg)

Sad news with the death of Fred Cole of Dead Moon. His death was reported today in the Dead Moon Facebook group:

I’m so sorry to have to let you know that Fred lost his […]

RIP: Stephen Parr, owner of Oddball Films

We lost another friend.

Stephen Parr was someone I’ve known for many years. Stephen owned Oddball Films, a stock footage company in San Francisco that supplied a lot of wonderfully quirky material for a lot of different film productions.

Before Stephen was running Oddball, I knew him as the guy who assembled some of […]

Celebrating the legacy of Fats Domino (RIP)

We lost Fats Domino last week.

He was an early pioneer of the music genre we call “rock ‘n’ roll music,” and became one of the first rhythm and blues musicians to gain popularity with white audiences.

Fats sold more than 60 million records, with more hit records between 1950 and 1963 than Chuck […]

Playboy, LOUIE LOUIE and the Pursuit of Happiness (RIP: Hugh Hefner)

Last month, we lost Hugh Hefner, the creator of Playboy magazine.

A lot of things have been written about this man and the empire he created. When he started this magazine his initial goal was simply to create a publication that featured the best writers, some great cartoonists and some beautiful photos of some […]

RIP: Tom Petty / LOUIE of the Week

Monday was a day of anger, sadness and shock.

One of the worst mass shootings ever in USA. Another great singer-songwriter left us. More natural disasters and a clueless elected official that continues to make even more stupid, insensitive statements via Twitter.

Just another day in America that sadly felt all too familiar, unfortunately. […]

Please Help Freddie Dennis! (singer w/ Sonics, Kingsmen) – LOUIE of Week

A few months ago Freddie Dennis suffered a medical setback with two strokes and now needs some help with his bills as he continues to recover.

A fundraising campaign for Freddie has been set up at

if you can help Freddie, that would be wonderful!

Screamer Freddie Dennis will Rock the House […]