Universal Music Group’s 2008 fire disaster + LOUIE LOUIE ?

Yesterday, thanks to the New York Times, we learned of a terrible fire disaster that took place in 2008 at the Universal Music Group vault, which apparently destroyed over 500,000 master recordings.

Amongst the reported lost recordings by Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Al Jolson, Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, Louis Jordan, Chuck Berry, […]

RIP: Anthony Randall, lost son of Johnny Flamingo

A few days ago, I received some very sad news from my friend Joe Macoll…

Hello Eric, it breaks my heart to tell you Anthony Randall has died after a battle with motor neurone disease, he was a lovely man.

I remember when Joe introduced me to Tony back in 2008..

Hi Eric, today […]

RIP: Roky Erickson, psychedelic garage rock icon

We are saddened to learn that Roky Erickson, singer-songwriter of the 13th Floor Elevators, has left the land of the living. He passed away today at the age of 71 in his hometown of Austin, Texas.

Years ago, I shared a memory of Roky Erickson on these pages on my LOUIE comic blog post […]

RIP: Mike Wilhelm of the Charlatans, Flamin’ Groovies, Loose Gravel

On Tuesday we lost another good guy.

Michael Wilhelm was a true original. He was a founding member of the Charlatans, the pioneers of the psychedelic wild west that forged a pathway in San Francisco for the Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service, and all those who followed.

There’s a lot of […]

RIP: Peggy Lipton, actress + singer

Today, we learned that actress + singer Peggy Lipton died from cancer at the age of 72.

“She made her journey peacefully with her daughters and nieces by her side,” Lipton’s daughters said in a statement to the Los Angeles Times. “We feel so lucky for every moment we spent with her.”

Born in […]

RIP: Barrie Jackson, manager of Wailers, Sonics

On April 5th, my friend Dennis Flannigan shared some sad news about his old friend Barrie Jackson, who used to manage The (Fabulous) Wailers and The Sonics.

There are the good ones, and the great ones, and beyond those are the friends that always stay on the front page. Such was Barrie Jackson, a […]

RIP: Gary Stewart, Rhino Records A&R legend

We recently lost Gary Stewart, who was an integral part of the Rhino Records legacy.

A lot of of Gary’s friends shared some beautiful thoughts about him on Facebook…

Rhino Records

“Gary Stewart was a great man and a dear friend. He was truly the architect and guiding spirit of Rhino. He defined […]

RIP: Dick Dale, legendary surf guitar player

Eleven days ago, we lost Dick Dale, an innovative guitarist that inspired a generation of musicians. He was called the “King of the Surf Guitar,” as he somehow created a music genre that celebrated two things that he truly loved – surfing and guitar playing.

He was born Richard Monsour in Boston, Massachusetts […]

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 […]