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 […]

In Memory of Andrew Peejack and Eagle Buckett – LOUIE of the Week

photo of Andrew by Matt Herman; photo of Eagle by Eric Predoehl

Earlier this year, my friend Andrew Pejack sent me a special message…

Hi Eric ! Not sure if you have this LL version, from SJ’s own Eagle Buckett. He released an album ‘Black Diamond Street’, and then had a 2nd album in […]

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 […]

RIP: Martin G. Cameron, friend + motion graphics visionary for LOUIE project

I am deeply saddened to report the passing of our dear friend Martin G. Cameron.

Three days after my mother’s ashes were laid to rest, Martin died peacefully in his sleep. I learned about his death from his Facebook page.

Martin aka “Bucky” was a truly a kindred spirit at LOUIE project. We all […]

RIP: Nokie Edwards of the Ventures, LOUIE of the Week

Nokie Edwards, guitar player for The Ventures, one of the most successful bands to emerge from the Pacific Northwest during the 1960s, has passed away at the age of 82 years old.

Deke Dickerson shared some wonderful memories of the man on his Facebook page:

NOKIE EDWARDS 1935-2018 Hard to know where to […]

Tom Bishop – LOUIE of the Week

For this week’s LOUIE, I’m sharing a performance by Tom Bishop who performs LOUIE LOUIE to honor his late grandparents, Louie and Louise Poltevecque!

His YouTube page provides more details:

Tom Bishop, Louie Louie, Kingsmen. Performed live by Tom Bishop at Fairmont Hot Springs, Montana, September, 2016. Background instruments performed by Tom Bishop. (The […]