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 […]

The Doors + the Rui Silva book – LOUIE of the Week

This week’s LOUIE is a rare live recording of the Doors performing LOUIE LOUIE in San Diego in 1970. High fidelity is something this recording is definitely not. It’s a low-grade, distorted audio recording that will probably never get released on any official Doors product, but it is indeed a historic moment that has luckily […]

Richard Berry & the Pharaohs 1996- Have Love Will Travel- LOUIE of the Week

It’s too late to share this one for Valentine’s Day, but here’s a special treat that I’ve assembled to celebrate a special moment in time when very big things are happening on the other side of the planet from me.

Richard Berry & the Pharaohs was the very first band ever to record the […]

Luie Luie “EL Touchy” – LOUIE of the Week

This week’s LOUIE is a LOUIE that’s not the Richard Berry song. There’s a musician in Southern California named Luis Johnston that uses the stage name of “Luie Luie.” He released an album called “Touchy” in 1974 that’s been getting some attention 30+ years later. I’ve had a handful of friends mention this guy to […]

Meet Bob Wayne, of Rhino’s Best of LOUIE LOUIE and Big Daddy

This week, I’d like to introduce the world to someone that was closely involved with the 1983 Rhino record known as THE BEST OF LOUIE LOUIE, a release that was one of the catalysts, along with the KFJC radio marathon, that directly inspired behind this LOUIE LOUIE documentary project. It was the synergy of […]

Victoria Williams with Pappy & Harriet’s All-Stars – LOUIE of the Week

Sometimes, in the course of my adventures, I literally walk into unexpected LOUIE LOUIEs. Last month, I attended a comic book convention where I witnessed Spider-Man dancing to Iggy Pop‘s version of LOUIE LOUIE.

This time, it was a just a casual little mention of my project that led to an entirely new version of […]

Etta James does NOT have Alzheimer’s disease

Last week, there were news articles that mentioned that Etta James was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

This afternoon, I did a Google search for “Etta James Alzheimer’s” and noticed there were 36,500 entries for this subject. News certainly travels fast.

As it turns out, Etta James does not actually have Alzheimer’s disease.

How do […]

Remembering Those We Lost in 2009

As 2009 can now be considered history, I’d like to pause and reflect on those that we lost last year…

First, there’s the artists that were a direct influence on this ongoing LOUIE documentary project…

Drake Levin

It was somewhat ironic that the guitar player for “America’s answer to the Beatles” died on July […]

RIP: Rip Spencer of Marvin & Johnny, the Valiants, more..

“Rip” Sheridan Spencer of Marvin & Johnny, The Valiants, the Chavelles, the Sabers, the Gents, and the Untouchables is dead.

The Los Angeles Times had a simple obituary with no real mention of his musical career.

Sheridan Spencer, a 70-year-old black man, was shot and killed Wednesday, Dec. 9, in the 1600 block […]

The Gun Club in 1984 – LOUIE of the Week, maybe the Year?

My friend Theo de Grood of The LOUIE LOUIE Pages sent a message to the LOUIE Yahoo group that was too good to not share on this LOUIE blog…

Yesterday I bought the European 2CD extended edition of the 1984 Gun Club album ‘The Las Vegas Story’. Another one of those shamefully underestimated bands […]