RIP: Ted Gehrke, San Jose blues king + friend of LOUIE

Last weekend, San Jose lost a great man by the name of Ted Gehrke.

Ted was the founder of the San Jose Fountain Blues Festival, the longest running blues festival in the SF Bay Area.

Ted was a good friend, and a big advocate of the LOUIE documentary project.

Here’s a photo of […]

RIP: Peter Tork of the Monkees

Last Thursday, we lost Peter Tork, actor/singer/songwriter of The Monkees. According to his website, he passed away after a 10 year bout with adinoid cystic carcenoma, a rare cancer of the salivary glands.

For those of us that were young ‘uns growing up in the era when the Monkees ruled the airwaves, this hits […]

RIP: Tom Guido, garage rock impresario of North Beach SF

We just lost another San Francisco rocker. Tom Guido, who produced a lot of rock ‘n’ roll shows, passed away a few weeks ago.

Tom Guido was responsible for reviving the legendary Purple Onion, a nightclub in San Francisco that began in the 1950s, and found a new lease on life in the […]

RIP: Penny Marshall, director, actor – LOUIE of the Week

Today, we’re remembering Penny Marshall, a funny and talented lady who died in her Hollywood Hills home on Monday night due to complications from diabetes.

Penny directed some very successful movies, starting off with “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” with Whoopi Goldberg in 1986.

With her second film, “Big,” starring Tom Hanks, she became the first […]

RIP: Pete Shelley of Buzzcocks

Last week, we lost Pete Shelley, lead vocalist, guitarist and chief songwriter of Buzzcocks, one of the most significant and beloved of the original British punk bands. According to the reports, he died of a heart attack on December 6, 2018, in Estonia, where he lived.

I really enjoyed this band, who had […]

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 […]

The Return of Sherlock Holmes w/ mysterious LOUIE – LOUIE of the Week

The Return of Sherlock Holmes

My friend Clay Stabler has been great work documenting the various LOUIE LOUIEs, and shared this update at the LOUIE LOUIE Party group page:

I’m working on revising the Wikipedia section on LL movie versions using Theo’s excellent site, IMDb, and the SoundtrackCollector.com site. My goal is to list […]

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 […]

RIP: Big Jay McNeely – rhythm & blues /rock n’ roll saxophone legend!

Our friend Jim Dawson shared some sad news on Sunday…

“My longtime friend Big Jay McNeely passed away at 6:15 this morning in Riverside, CA. He made his first record in 1948 and played his last gig last June. Our hearts go out to his family.”

Big Jay has been a friend, supporter and […]

RIP: Jerry Dennon, the record company guy who signed The Kingsmen

I recently discovered that Jerry Dennon, the man responsible for unleashing the Kingsmen‘s recording of LOUIE LOUIE to the world, passed away last year on January 2017.

Often credited as the producer of this iconic recording, Jerry Dennon had nothing to do with the original recording session that took place in April 1963 […]