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: Paul Allen, philanthropist, tech pioneer, music supporter

On Monday, October 17th, we lost Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, owner of Vulcan Inc., the Seattle Seahawks, the Portland Trailblazers, Stratolaunch Systems and founder of Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, as well as many other ventures.

I never met the man, but I love the fact that he was passionate about music, and […]

Celebrating M. Dung and Richard Berry – LOUIE of the Week

Today is a special celebration for two friends that are deeply missed. We lost Richard Berry in 1989, and Mike Slavko, aka “M. Dung” in 2017.

Today, Mike Slavko is getting inducted to the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame, The Class of 2018.

As Mike has often said, the experience of singing […]

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 […]

Extension, LOUISiana – birthplace of Richard Berry

One of the more obscure facts is that Richard Berry, creator of the song LOUIE LOUIE, was born in state of LOUISiana, in a town known as Extension.

As I searched to find out more info about “Extension,” I discovered there’s not a lot of online information about this place, but there is a Wikpedia […]

RIP: Chuck Rubin, helped Richard Berry reclaim his rights

Chuck Rubin, the man who helped songwriter Richard Berry reclaim his copyright and publishing rights for the song LOUIE LOUIE, passed away last month.

Here’s Chuck’s official Legacy obituary, which was shared in the New York Times:

Charles Rubin passed away on Sunday, April 15th. Chuck began his career as a young gun agent […]

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 […]

Happy International LOUIE LOUIE Day! (Richard Berry birthday!)

Today is International LOUIE LOUIE Day!

Here’s some images to help celebrate this very special event, which would have been Richard Berry‘s 82nd birthday today!

For more details about the origins of this special day, be sure to check out a comic strip created to explain this very event…

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Incredible LOUIE Birthday Coincidences!

It blows my mind to think about how the man who wrote LOUIE LOUIE and the man who sang the most famous version of LOUIE LOUIE both became fathers for the very first time on January 10th!!

What’s also incredible is that Richard Berry‘s youngest daughter and Jack Ely‘s youngest son also share a […]