RIP: Paul Williams, writer, Crawdaddy publisher

Rock journalist Paul Williams passed away on the evening of March 27th, and it’s taken me a week to come up with the proper words to pay tribute to the man.

I’m very glad to see a wealth of decent obituaries on Paul from major publications, each acknowledging his historic role in creating […]

RIP: Ray Collins of Mothers of Invention / LOUIE of the Week

On Christmas Eve, Ray Collins, original lead singer for Frank Zappa‘s Mothers of Invention, died in Pomona, Calif. He was 76 years old.

Ray Collins began his musical career playing with Little Julian Herrera and the Tigers. When they recorded ‘I Remember Linda’ in the 1950’s, Ray sang high falsetto backing vocals. Shortly after […]

RIP: Sherman Hemsley, actor/ musician

Sherman Hemsley passed away on Tuesday, July 24th. Most people remember him for for his acting role as George Jefferson, which began on the 1971 grounds-breaking TV comedy “All In the Family,” which spun off to another hit series “The Jeffersons,” which had a very successful 11 season run. Years later, he was also […]

Kenny Vance & The Planotones – LOUIE of the Week

Back in the 1960s, Kenny Vance was a founding member of Jay and the Americans, which he opened for both The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. Years later, he wound up as a music supervisor for a bunch of motion pictures, and music director for Saturday Night Live during the 1980-1981 season.

One of […]

The Berry Family – LOUIE of the Week

Here’s something that you don’t see every day!

This week’s LOUIE is by the Berry Family, featuring members of the songwriter Richard Berry‘s family.

Dorothy Berry Durr, Richard Berry’s first wife is singing with daughter Pamela Berry. Richard Marcel Berry, son of Richard & Dorothy, is playing bass, with his son Richard D’Juan Berry […]

Rock Bottom Remainders – LOUIE of the Week

This week, we’re still thinking of our friend Kathi Kamen Goldmark, who left us too soon.

On the WELL (an early online social network), Kathi wrote about bringing unlikely singers on stage to sing LOUIE LOUIE with the Rock Bottom Remainders…

We’re a truly bad-to-mediocre band, but we know how to get publicity. […]

RIP: Kathi Kamen Goldmark, writer, musician, friend of LOUIE

Last week, we lost another friend to cancer.

Kathi Kamen Goldmark, the woman responsible for the creation of the band known as the Rock Bottom Remainders, left us on Thursday.

It’s a shock that someone like Kathi would die. I had no idea she was even sick.

Just a few weeks ago, […]

Nightlife featuring Mark Terpening- LOUIE of the Week

This week, the LOUIE of the Week spotlight is focused on a 20+ year old clip that was unveiled on YouTube a few months ago. The performance took place place in Anaheim – the town where Richard Berry wrote the song in 1955 at the Harmony Ballroom.

The YouTube description describes it as such:

Mark […]

RIP: Don Cornelius, host of Soul Train (with Barry White -LOUIE of Week)

Don Cornelius, creator and host of the tv show SOUL TRAIN has left us.

There’s a lot of great articles on the legacy of Mr. Cornelius and his Soul Train TV show, but here’s a few key points that I thought were especially worth mentioning:

Don Cornelius was the first Black owner of a […]

RIP: Etta James

One of the most influential singers of the past 50 years has passed away. A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Blues Hall of Fame, the Grammy Hall of Fame, and recipient of various life achievement awards, this iconic performer has left the land of the living.

Etta James died […]