RIP: Neil Innes, music/comedy genius of Rutles, Monty Python, Bonzo Dog Band

Devastated.

One month after receiving handwritten lyrics from Neil Innes, and writing about his misadventures with Pledge Music on my LL blog, he passes away.

Very saddened by his passing, but feeling so very grateful that I saw him perform three times – a Rutles reunion at BeatleFest in Los Angeles, and two […]

Days of Christmas LOUIE – part 1




This week, our friend Clay Stabler shared a handful of cool versions of LOUIE LOUIE over at the Facebook LOUIE LOUIE PARTY group as part of a “Days of Christmas” theme.

Here’s an overview of Clay’s first four…

On the 1st day of Christmas — Louie Louie as a power ballad by Ben Caruso/Desire:

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Happy Holidays w/ vintage Johnny Flamingo Christmas PSA song

It’s that time of the year again.

We’re celebrating the holidays – Christmas, Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, Kwanzaa, Festivus and all the other assorted December festivities as we come to the close of 2019, while preparing ourselves for the new year.

For many of us, it’s also a special time to remember lost loved […]

RIP: Dorothy Berry, high school sweetheart + first wife of Richard

I’m saddened to report that Dorothy Berry (Durr), high school sweetheart and first wife of Richard Berry, passed away on Friday, December 20th. She suffered with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and died at the age of 79 years old.

Dorothy met Richard Berry during her time at Jefferson High School (Los Angeles) […]

RIP: Roy Loney, founding member of Flamin’ Groovies

Last week, we lost a dear friend.

Roy Loney, a founding member of the Flamin’ Groovies, died on Friday the 13th of December. He passed away at Sutter Health’s California Pacific Medical Center Davis Campus. As noted in the SF Chronicle, the cause of death was severe organ failure, according to Vivian Altmann, his […]

RIP: René Auberjonois, Star Trek actor

Actor Rene Auberjonois has passed away after a battle with lung cancer.

The New York-born Auberjonois began his career in the theatre in the 1960s, and made his feature film debut in Robert Altman’s M*A*S*H. in 1970, portraying the character of Father Mulcahy.

Auberjonois would go on to become a prolific character actor, enjoying […]

Neil Innes and the PledgeMusic fiasco

This post has very little to do with LOUIE LOUIE, but it does address a terrible situation that occurred with a rocker we’re quite fond of.

Neil Innes is a brilliant singer-songwriter that created quite a few wonderful, iconic songs over the course of five decades. Sadly, he’s had to deal with some ugly […]

RIP: Don Baskin of Syndicate of Sound (w/ rare LOUIE recording)

We recently lost Don Baskin, singer / founding member of Syndicate of Sound. His death was announced on the Syndicate of Sound Facebook page:

Don Baskin 1946 – 2019

Don died peacefully October 22, 2019 in his sleep. We are all saddened and shocked by Don’s unexpected passing. He was a founding member of […]

Update on KFJC 60th Anniversary

Last Sunday, October 20th, KFJC Radio held an Open House as part of their 60th Anniversary celebration.

As many of you probably know, KFJC Radio was the place where the legendary “Maximum LOUIE LOUIE” marathon took place many decades ago. Songwriter Richard Berry met original Kingsmen vocalist Jack Ely for the very first time, […]

RIP: Kim Shattuck, of the Muffs, the Pandoras and the Coolies

This week, I was shocked and saddened to learn that Kim Shattuck passed away.

Kim was a rock ‘n’ roll woman blessed with a wealth of charisma and a wicked sense of humor. As New York Times so eloquently pointed out, she was a member of the “vanguard of punk bands crashing into the […]