RIP: Young Jessie, founding member of the Flairs w/ Richard Berry

Another great singer – Young Jessie aka Obediah Donnell “Obie” Jessie, who was one of Richard Berry‘s earliest musical collaborators, passed away on April 27th.

Obediah Donnell Jessie was born on December 28, 1936 in Lincoln Manor, Texas, a suburb of Dallas. His father was a cook, and his mother, who had a brief […]

a cool Richard Berry photo with Wanda Coleman and Michelle T. Clinton

© Heather Harris

My friend Heather Harris shared this wonderful photograph on Facebook!

For Black History Month, one of the most important persons ever in Rock & Roll: this man wrote “Louie, Louie.” Richard Berry flanked by Wanda Coleman and Michelle T. Clinton.

Heather shared some history on how this photo happened..

I […]

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) […]

Noel Coward’s LOUIE LOUIE – live in Venice 2018 (!)

It’s been a year since I was invited to attend my friend Gerry Fialka‘s “WE GOTTA GO: LOUIE LOUIE” event that took place at Beyond Baroque in Venice, CA on August 26, 2018.

This event was not only a place to see a little snippet of this long-awaited documentary of mine, but it […]

Paul Revere & Raiders 2019 Revival

2019 has been a very good year for fans of Paul Revere & the Raiders music. With the recent release of Quentin Tarantino‘s latest feature film, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” which prominently features four songs by Revere & the Raiders, there’s been a lot more interest in this great rock ‘n roll […]

LOUIE production update – June 2019 with Don Gallucci

photo by Laurelish Rudy

About a week and a half ago, I had an opportunity to visit with the man formerly known as Don Gallucci.

Don’s kinda like the lost and forgotten member of the original Kingsmen that recorded LOUIE LOUIE back in 1963. His keyboard playing is the very first sound you […]

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: 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 […]

RIP: Peter Tork of the Monkees

Last Thursday, we lost Peter Tork, actor/singer/songwriter of The Monkees. According to his website, he passed away after a 10 year bout with adinoid cystic carcenoma, a rare cancer of the salivary glands.

For those of us that were young ‘uns growing up in the era when the Monkees ruled the airwaves, this hits […]

RIP: The Last of Richard Berry’s Pharaohs

Richard Berry & the Pharaohs 1956: Richard Berry, Noel Collins, Godoy Colbert, Joe Morgan

Sometimes these blog posts take a bit longer than usual to assemble. This was one of those posts.

It appears that all of the members of Richard Berry‘s Pharaohs have passed away.

To begin, let’s start off with a […]