September 11 and the LOUIE LOUIE Connection

Mention the day “September 11,” and you cannot help but be reminded of certain events that took place in semi-recent American history.

For some of us, September 11 is a day to celebrate the birthday of loved ones, like my sister Ann, for example.

As this is “the website for all things LOUIE LOUIE,” this […]

KFJC Maximum LOUIE memories – LOUIE of the Month

Today is the big anniversary for the KFJC Maximum LOUIE LOUIE Marathon = the event that sparked the documentary project and subsequent webpage you’re viewing right now.

For 63 hours, this song was played with over 800 unique versions of the song.

Can you believe it all started on August 19, 1983?

How […]

Richard Berry music for auto insurance!

Richard Berry‘s music has been used for a variety of different commercials, but most of the time it’s been utilized in the form of the Kingsmen‘s version of “LOUIE LOUIE.” In the past 10 years, we’re seen more companies embrace some of Richard’s other music for TV commercials, particularly the Sonics version “Have Love Will […]

Richard Berry National Examiner story

Richard Berry‘s life story was the subject of a 2 page article in the May 11, 2015 issue of National Examiner.

It’s wonderful to see Richard’s story getting some attention, and I appreciate the comment about this song being the “most recorded tune in history” (which is what I’ve been saying for ages), but […]

RIP: Jack Ely, original lead singer of the Kingsmen

Jack Ely, the original lead singer on the most popular version ever recorded of the song LOUIE LOUIE, died this week at his home in Oregon.

Jack was a member of the Kingsmen, but he left the band not long after recording the song, and never had the opportunity to rejoin the band after […]

Doin’ It with Richard Berry

Here’s a little graphic shared by Riccardo Lancioni‎ to promote the upcoming “ORME RADIO “LOUIE LOUIE MARATHON” – the very first Italian LOUIE LOUIE marathon that will be taking place on Saturday April 11, 2015!

… and here’s a track called “Doin’ It’” that Richard Berry recorded with Johnny Otis, first shared on the […]

RIP: Kim Fowley, co-producer of Richard Berry post-LOUIE songs

Kim Fowley, the legendary Hollywood huckster, eccentric music producer, singer-songwriter, Svengali music biz mastermind, and author of the autobiography “Lord of Garbage,” has died at the age of 75 years old.

Kim Fowley lived an extremely vivid life filled with incredible stories with a multitude of people in the entertainment industry.

About a year […]

The Soft Jews (KFJC version #374) – LOUIE of the Week

By special request, I’m sharing a very special, ultra-rare performance of the song from the LOUIE archives. It’s a recording by a band known as The Soft Jews, and as far as I know, it was only heard ONCE* on the radio. (…or so I thought… – SEE UPDATE at end of this post)

I […]

RIP: Nina Broadwater-Johnson, daughter-in-law of Richard Berry

I am saddened, shocked and speechless by the sudden death of Nina Broadwater-Johnson, who was once a daughter-in-law of Richard Berry (author of LOUIE LOUIE). My heart goes to out to Richard D’juan Berry and Devin Berry over the loss of their beloved mother. She was a kind woman that I feel so very […]

Barry Rillera, Bobby Kennedy, Demi Moore + Five Degrees of LOUIE – LOUIE of Week

Last week, I was alerted to an excellent article in the Huntington Beach Independent on Barry Rillera of the Rillera Brothers. The Rillera Brothers had a band in the 1950s called the Rhythm Rockers that played regularly at the Harmony Park Ballroom in Anaheim, CA. One of their special guest vocalists for these shows […]