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 […]

RIP: Johnny Otis, R&B / rock ‘n’ roll pioneer

Last week, we lost Johnny Otis. He was truly a renaissance man with many different talents – singer, songwriter, disc jockey, keyboardist, drummer, bandleader, talent scout, music producer, television show host, record label owner, cartoonist, painter, politician, organic farmer, and so much more.

He’d been called “the godfather of rhythm and blues,” often […]

RIP: Daryl Lewis of the Six Teens, the Elgins, the Bagdads, and more..

Daryl Lewis, a member of the Six Teens, the Elgins, the Elements, the Bagdads, and the Truth Messengers has passed away on November 10th at the age of 72 years old from lung cancer.

He was one of the many people I’ve interviewed for the LOUIE documentary project. His first band, the Six Teens, […]

RIP: Jerry Leiber of Leiber & Stoller

Jerry Leiber of Leiber & Stoller has passed away.

It’s difficult to properly convey the cultural impact this songwriting team has had on 20th Century music, so I won’t even bother. There’s certainly others that can do a better job of writing the proper historic overview of this creative team, so I would hope […]

RIP: Larry “Wild Man” Fischer

Today, I’m saddened to report another casualty in the music universe.

Larry “Wild Man” Fischer, as far as I know, didn’t record LOUIE LOUIE, nor did he have any obvious connections to the song.

Wild Man Fischer, was however, the very first musician to record for Rhino Records. The first release was a […]

RIP: Carl Gardner of the Robins & the Coasters

On Sunday, we lost another rock music pioneer. Carl Gardner, founding member of the Robins, which evolved into the Coasters, has passed away. The 83 year old singer died of congestive heart failure. He had battled Alzheimer’s disease and passed at Florida’s Port St. Lucie Hospice Home, according to a statement made by his […]