RIP: Young Jessie, founding member of the Flairs w/ Richard Berry

Another great singer – Young Jessie aka Obediah Donnell “Obie” Jessie, who was one of Richard Berry‘s earliest musical collaborators, passed away on April 27th.

Obediah Donnell Jessie was born on December 28, 1936 in Lincoln Manor, Texas, a suburb of Dallas. His father was a cook, and his mother, who had a brief […]

LOUIE Micro-Mentions #1 (Don Imus, John Fogerty, Frank Zappa)

It’s time to make note of a special category of LOUIE moments.

“LOUIE Micro-Mentions“- is the special type of moment when the song LOUIE LOUIE is mentioned, but not performed.

We’ll start off with these three Micro-Mentions…

1) Don Imus, the controversial disk jockey that recently passed away last month, released a LOUIE-related 45 […]

The Latest List of All Known Versions of LOUIE LOUIE

With the beginning of the new year, we thought this would be a good time to acknowledge the latest efforts to answer the question “How many versions of LOUIE LOUIE are there, anyways?”

Our friend Clay Stabler has created a special Wikipedia page to answer that very question.

“Making progress on the LL […]

RIP: Kim Shattuck, of the Muffs, the Pandoras and the Coolies

This week, I was shocked and saddened to learn that Kim Shattuck passed away.

Kim was a rock ‘n’ roll woman blessed with a wealth of charisma and a wicked sense of humor. As New York Times so eloquently pointed out, she was a member of the “vanguard of punk bands crashing into the […]

At Last! (the Etta James song that Richard Berry recorded 6 years earlier)

I just learned that today is the 16th anniversary of the moment in time when Etta James was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame April 18, 2003 in Hollywood, California.

With this in mind, I thought I’d provide a little history lesson about a song that became Etta’s most popular […]

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 […]

Blast from past – Richard & Dorothy Berry in 1962 Cash Box / non-LOUIE of Week

In course of my research for this project, I’ve uncovered some interesting things connected to the LOUIE LOUIE universe.

Here’s an example of one of those things. This is a page of short record reviews in the December 1, 1962 issue of Cash Box magazine – one year before the Kingsmen transformed Richard Berry‘s […]

RIP: Fred Cole of Dead Moon

Fred & Toody Cole (Dead Moon, Pierced Arrows), The Hague Dec 2013 (Mammal Inc. / Arjan van den Berg)

Sad news with the death of Fred Cole of Dead Moon. His death was reported today in the Dead Moon Facebook group:

I’m so sorry to have to let you know that Fred lost […]

William Shatner’s Garbage Man – LOUIE relative of the Week

This week, the mighty LOUIE spotlight is pointed at William Shatner‘s inspired rendition of The Cramps‘ “Garbage Man.”

Or as Captain Kirk might say, this rendition may …“Boldly Go Where No Garbage Man Has Gone Before…”

This recording is from the upcoming “Dr. Demento Covered in Punk” compilation being released by Demented Punk Records […]

RIP: Tom Petty / LOUIE of the Week

Monday was a day of anger, sadness and shock.

One of the worst mass shootings ever in USA. Another great singer-songwriter left us. More natural disasters and a clueless elected official that continues to make even more stupid, insensitive statements via Twitter.

Just another day in America that sadly felt all too familiar, unfortunately. […]