RIP: Etta James

One of the most influential singers of the past 50 years has passed away. A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Blues Hall of Fame, the Grammy Hall of Fame, and recipient of various life achievement awards, this iconic performer has left the land of the living.

Etta James died […]

RIP: Kearney Barton, Legendary NW Recording Engineer & Studio/Label Owner

When I embarked on this documentary project of mine, a bunch of people in the Pacific Northwest told me “Ya gotta interview Kearney Barton!”

I’m so very glad I took their advice.

Kearney Barton recording engineer for many great bands of the Pacific Northwest, has passed away on January 17 at the age of […]

John O’Hara and his Playboys (1964) – LOUIE of the Week

This week’s LOUIE comes all the way from Germany circa 1964. John O’Hara and his Playboys, NOT to be confused with Ron Holden & the Playboys (one of the earliest bands to ever perform LOUIE LOUIE), was a band that was created in Scotland in the late 1950’s. Originally known as “Ralph Danks’ Playboys,” […]

RIP: Tim Alexander, singer-songwriter

A few months ago, I posted something about the death of my friend Shasta Bates, a gifted singer-songwriter that I thought deserved to find success in the music industry.

Sadly, I’ve got another friend that add to to that category.

My friend Tim Alexander was one of the most creative singer-songwriters I’ve ever known. […]

RIP: Jerry Leiber of Leiber & Stoller

Jerry Leiber of Leiber & Stoller has passed away.

It’s difficult to properly convey the cultural impact this songwriting team has had on 20th Century music, so I won’t even bother. There’s certainly others that can do a better job of writing the proper historic overview of this creative team, so I would hope […]

RIP: Larry “Wild Man” Fischer

Today, I’m saddened to report another casualty in the music universe.

Larry “Wild Man” Fischer, as far as I know, didn’t record LOUIE LOUIE, nor did he have any obvious connections to the song.

Wild Man Fischer, was however, the very first musician to record for Rhino Records. The first release was a […]

Steve Plunkett – LOUIE of the Week

As a dedicated archivist, I spent some serious time browsing through record stores, looking for obscure recordings of LOUIE LOUIE. During the 1990s, there were a healthy handful of contemporary LOUIE LOUIE recordings I’d see on a regular basis in the various stores I’d visit.

One of those recordings was done by Steve Plunkett, a […]

Mae West’s New Year’s Resolutions- LOUIE of the Week

For those of you that need some inspiration for the new year’s resolutions you haven’t made yet, here’s a song about new year’s resolutions, with a LOUIE LOUIE beat to it…

In 1966, comedian-actress-movie-icon Mae West recorded an album called “Wild Christmas, featuring a special ditty called “New Year’s Resolution,” which has been named […]

The Ross Wilson interview

On Sunday night in California, Monday afternoon in Australia, a very special interview took place for the LOUIE documentary project.

For years, I’ve been in touch with Ross Wilson. I knew about his history with him being one of, if not THE first musician in Australia to record Richard Berry‘s now-iconic melody. Ross […]

Meet Bob Wayne, of Rhino’s Best of LOUIE LOUIE and Big Daddy

This week, I’d like to introduce the world to someone that was closely involved with the 1983 Rhino record known as THE BEST OF LOUIE LOUIE, a release that was one of the catalysts, along with the KFJC radio marathon, that directly inspired behind this LOUIE LOUIE documentary project. It was the synergy of […]