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. […]

B.B. King & the Kings Men – LOUIE distant relative of Week

Did you know that one of B.B. King‘s earliest recordings was with the Kings Men?

Absolutely true. In 1954, RPM Records released a recording by B.B. “Blues Boy” King* And The Kings Men entitled “Sneakin’ Around,” with “Everyday I Have The Blues” by B.B. “Blues Boy” King* And His Orchestra on the flip […]

FLASHBACK- Christopher Doll’s Unlikely History of Sixties Rock and Roll

I’m a bit swamped by various things going on right now, so I won’t be assemble a fresh blog post this week.

Instead, I’ll simply recycle and update a posting from the past for a “Flashback Friday”…

Three years ago, my friend Christopher Doll, of Rutgers University, gave a special presentation at the […]

Hadda Brooks’ Bully Wully Boogie – Pre-LOUIE of the week

Here’s a catchy little song by Hadda Brooks that feeds in the LOUIE consciousness as a Pre-LOUIE composition that may or may not have contributed to the inspiration of LOUIE LOUIE. “Bully Wully Boogie” was a 1946 recording that was originally released on the Modern Records label. It starts off as a standard piano […]

RIP: Billy Miller of Norton Records / A-Bones (with a LOUIE relative of the Week)

In the midst of a week filled with rotten news, things were made even worse when we lost a kindred spirit…

Billy Miller was a true champion for the foot-stomping, hip-shaking, soulful roots music we call rock ‘n’ roll. Along with his beloved companion / partner Miriam Linna, they established an incredible legacy designed […]

Happy 90th Birthday Chuck Berry – Pre-LOUIE of the Week

Today, we celebrate Chuck Berry‘s 90th birthday, who’s still rockin’ live for fans all over the world!

For the record, Chuck Berry is definitely NOT related to Richard Berry, author of the song “LOUIE LOUIE.” That being said, there was one particular song that Chuck wrote and released in 1956 that may have had […]

Stella Burns and The Lonesome Rabbits – LOUIE of the Week

This week’s LOUIE comes from Livorno, Italy, courtesy of my friend Caterina Di Biase at Orme Radio:

Hello Eric!

After the very 1st LL marathon here in a web radio called #OrmeRadio (only 24 hours ~ April 11 2015) one of the “new” versions we got from Italian musicians, a band called Stella Burns […]

RIP: Pete Fountain, jazz clarinetist – LOUIE of the Week

“Pete Fountain, the goateed clarinetist who became a global ambassador of New Orleans jazz with his flawlessly slippery technique and joyful sound, died Saturday of heart failure while in hospice care in New Orleans.”

I borrowed that opening sentence from Randy Lewis’s fine obituary that was shared on August 6th in the Los Angeles […]

RIP: Jim Manolides, legendary musician with Frantics, Dave Lewis, and more….

Jim Manolides has left the land of the living.

I asked my friend Barry Curtis of the Kingsmen (now retired) and the Daily Flash, to share a few words..

We are incomplete without Jimmy.

He was a walking Northwest music history encyclopedia. He knew virtually everyone from those 50’s ~ 70’s glory days. He […]

The Pink Chunk / Conrad Uno – LOUIE of the Week

This week’s LOUIE came about via a Facebook post by Art Chantry…

Back in the 1970’s, Seattle had it’s fair share of “proto-punk” bands. in the very early part of the decade, there was Ze Whiz Kidz (more of a performance troupe rather than strictly a band). toward the end of the 70’s, there […]