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 recap […]

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 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 […]

LOUIE event in Venice – August 26th

Here’s an event my friend Gerry Fialka invited me to…

Eric Predoehl (in person) of LOUIELOUIE.NET and producer/director of the upcoming and long-awaited Meaning of Louie documentary, screens rare film clips and probes the history of the world’s coolest rock’n’roll song. Local music icons will perform unique versions of “ultimate party song” written by […]

LOUIE LOUIE radio on KCRW + NPR

Two things i forgot to mention on these pages…

1) KCRW Radio (KCRW.com) launched a new radio series “LOST NOTES,” sharing stories of LOUIE LOUIE for the first episode on April 12, 2018 (one day after International LOUIE LOUIE Day)!

The life of one of the world’s most ubiquitous rock n’ roll anthems – […]

Blast from past – Richard & Dorothy Berry in 1962 Cash Box / non-LOUIE of Week

In course of my research for this project, I’ve uncovered some interesting things connected to the LOUIE LOUIE universe.

Here’s an example of one of those things. This is a page of short record reviews in the December 1, 1962 issue of Cash Box magazine – one year before the Kingsmen transformed Richard Berry‘s […]

The long-lost recordings of Richard Berry

Here’s a little news clipping I found in a 1957 issue of Cash Box magazine. Apparently, when Richard Berry toured the West Coast in Washington and Oregon with Bobby Blue Bland and Junior Parker, there were plans for him to appear on various radio and television programs.

Exactly what TV or radios shows Richard […]

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. […]

Hadda Brooks’ Bully Wully Boogie – Pre-LOUIE of the week

Here’s a catchy little song by Hadda Brooks that feeds in the LOUIE consciousness as a Pre-LOUIE composition that may or may not have contributed to the inspiration of LOUIE LOUIE. “Bully Wully Boogie” was a 1946 recording that was originally released on the Modern Records label. It starts off as a standard piano […]

RIP: Leon Russell / duet with Richard Berry – unreleased song of the week

2016 has been a rough year for losing musicians, and frankly we’re getting a bit tired of this sort of thing. In the past month, we’ve lost Leonard Cohen, Mose Alison, Sharon Jones, and as of yesterday, Greg Lake. In the LOUIE universe, we lost Buck Ormsby and Billy Miller, as well as Leon […]