The year was 1990. It was a special private party hosted by John Goddard for friends and family of Village Music of Mill Valley, California.
A couple of nights before this show, I picked up Richard Berry at the Amtrak station in San Jose. I took him over to visit Bob Sidebottom‘s Comic [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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,” [...]
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 [...]
This week’s LOUIE comes from Stralsund, Germany. Drawing inspiration from both Richard Berry and Frank Zappa, the band known as Zappnoise performs a medley of “Louie Louie” and “Plastic People.”
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 [...]
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 [...]
Time for a blast from the past….
My friend Michael “Mickey Dreadlocks” Dresbach recently shared a special LOUIE LOUIE he recorded for the KFJC Maximum LOUIE LOUIE marathon of 1983. This is one of the handful of LOUIEs that he recorded for this event.
Michael not only recorded some different LOUIEs for the event, [...]