Hail Hail Arthur Lee Maye!

My friend Gene Maye, just launched a website dedicated to his brother Arthur Lee Maye.

Arthur Lee Maye (1934-2002) was a singer of great Doo-Wop melodies, a major league baseball player, and a very close friend of Richard Berry, author of LOUIE LOUIE. Gene was a member of Richard Berry & the Pharaohs, […]

Hail Hail Kim Fowley! (LOUIE of the Week)

Last week, I had an opportunity to meet and shoot an interview with Kim Fowley for the long-awaited documentary on the song LOUIE LOUIE. Kim worked with Richard Berry in early 1960’s – after Richard made his original LOUIE recording of 1957, but before the Kingsmen made their iconic hit recording of the song. […]

RIP: Ray Manzarek of the Doors – LOUIE of the Week

It was a very sad Monday when we learned that we lost Ray Manzarek to cancer. That very same morning, one of my old friends, Mike Sullivan, lost his wife Lori to cancer. A few weeks earlier, another friend of mine underwent some major surgery to remove his cancer-infected jaw. It seems like no […]

(ex-Black) FLAG 2013 Performance – LOUIE of the Week

From the YouTube description….

In 1979, Black Flag played their first show at Moose Lodge 1873 in Redondo Beach, California. Last night, more than 34 years later, Flag — a group comprised of former members Keith Morris (vocals), Chuck Dukowski (bass), Dez Cadena (guitar/vocals) and Bill Stevenson (drums), with Descendents/All guitarist Stephen Egerton — […]

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. […]