The Soft Jews (KFJC version #374) – LOUIE of the Week

By special request, I’m sharing a very special, ultra-rare performance of the song from the LOUIE archives. It’s a recording by a band known as The Soft Jews, and as far as I know, it was only heard ONCE* on the radio. (…or so I thought… – SEE UPDATE at end of this post)

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Zappa & Mothers open for Lenny Bruce with “Plastic People” – LOUIE of Week

To start 2014 with a bang, the first LOUIE of Week shall be a vintage recording of Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention, opening for Lenny Bruce at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco sometime in June 1966.

The very first song of this set was “PLASTIC PEOPLE” – an inspired […]

Iggy & Stooges at C2SV Fest San Jose – LOUIE of the Week

Some things take a little longer to process than others. This week’s LOUIE is one of them.

About a week and a half ago, Iggy Pop and the Stooges made a special appearance in San Jose as part of the very first C2SV Tech and Music Conference. Iggy & the Stooges were the headliners […]

LOUIE of Week? – hopefully by Thursday!

This week’s LOUIE of the Week has been delayed by a very hectic work schedule by your truly, and should be ready by Thursday, if all goes as planned…

Those of us that attended the special San Jose event on Saturday featuring THE SONG… will have to wait a few more days for an […]

Thirty Years Ago Today…

Thirty years ago today, Richard Berry, author of the song “LOUIE LOUIE” met Jack Ely, the original vocalist for the Kingsmen, at KFJC Radio, Los Altos Hills, California. The date was August 20, 1983 – the second day of the legendary “Maximum: LOUIE LOUIE” radio marathon which played every known version of the song […]

The Cover Story – a documentary on album cover art

http://www.thecoverstoryalbumart.com/

For those that love album cover artwork, I’d like to recommend a new documentary entitled “The Cover Story.”

Artists, photographers, models and musicians share some great stories behind the process of creating artwork for various album covers. There’s a lot of famous creative people in this documentary, and there’s also some relative […]

RIP: Michelle Costa, friend of the LOUIE project

Last week, we’ve lost our friend Michelle Costa, who passed away on January 13th at the age of 47 years old.

I met Michelle 10 years ago. She lived within a mile from my post office box in Santa Clara, CA for most of her entire life, but I didn’t make a connection […]

Richard Berry, Ry Cooder & Steve Douglas in 1990 – LOUIE of the Week

The year was 1990. It was a special private party hosted by John Goddard for friends and family of Village Music of Mill Valley, California.

A couple of nights before this show, I picked up Richard Berry at the Amtrak station in San Jose. I took him over to visit Bob Sidebottom‘s Comic Collector […]

Remembering Rockin’ Robin Roberts – 45 years later

Six years ago, I wrote about Robin Roberts – the first person to record Richard Berry‘s LOUIE LOUIE with the rock ‘n’ roll arrangement used by the Kingsmen, Revere & Raiders, the Kinks, Iggy Pop, and countless others…

Robin died a terrible tragic death a few days before Christmas in 1967 in San Mateo – […]

Grateful Dead – LOUIE of the Week

This week, I’m backlogged again with more things, and the LOUIE of the Week is late again… so it’s time for an oldie, but goodie…

It’s a band that was loved by Richard Berry.

It’s the Grateful Dead with Brent Mydland on vocals. Here’s a pirate clip on YouTube of the band performing on […]