Here’s a little something from two years ago that I recently stumbled across- The Sonics performing “He’s Waiting” and “LOUIE LOUIE” with special guests Wayne Kramer of MC5 and Jake “The Preacher” Cavaliere of Lords of Altamont – live at the Regent Regent Theater on May 9, 2015.
A performance of LOUIE LOUIE by the family of the man who wrote the song – Mr. Richard Berry, who passed away in 1997.
Absolutely worth a second viewing!!
This week’s LOUIE is by the Berry Family, featuring members of the songwriter Richard Berry‘s family.
Dorothy Berry Durr, Richard Berry’s first wife is singing with daughter Pamela Berry. Richard Marcel Berry, son of Richard & Dorothy, is playing bass, with his son Richard D’Juan Berry on keyboards. The unseen drummer is Donto James, son-in-law of Richard Berry, and son of Etta James. The man with the black hat is Lucky Otis, grandson of Johnny Otis. Lucky Lloyd is the guitar player, and the male background singer is someone named Daryl, who sings with the Medallions. This performance took place on May 20th at A-Mi Hacienda in Pico Rivera, CA.
Big thanks to Richard D’Juan for sharing this clip honoring his granddaddy!
Here’s a cool vintage discovery from the early 1960s – another band known as “the Kingsmen” that had NOTHING to do with the band with the LOUIE hit recording. This is a Filipino ‘Kingsmen” rock band playing “Hitchhike.”
For this one, I’ll recycle the YouTube description that Paquito Dela Cruz posted with his clip:
The Pinoy rock group “The Kingsmen” was founded on July 1, 1961 by J. Ramón “Mon” Faustmann (Arranger & Rythmn Guitar), Carlos Faustmann (Bass), Carlos “Charlie” de Oglou (Lead Guitar — a cousin of Ernesto “Ernie” Delgado of “The Electromaniacs“), and Jon Achával (Drums).
“The Kingsmen” would later meet up with “The Silvertones” and invite the band members to play together. Here is the story according to bandmember J. Ramón Faustmann:
“I met the Nubers in a Manila Yacht Club Regatta to Cabcaben, Bataan, around a campfire, where, as usual, I was jamming with my guitar! They were there too, also with their guitars. We struck up a friendship, and they invited me to their SanLo [San Lorenzo Village, Makati City] home to play with them and also teach them, as well. The were already getting lessons from a professional jazz guitar player, where they had learned a few songs. They called themselves ‘The Silvertones’ (their amps were all Silvertone Amps bought from SEARS), and I played with them in several places, and in time, I invited them to meet and play with the rest of the group, ‘The Kingsmen!'”
However, on several occasions the band had changed its name to: “Bob Dunn and the Kingsmen“, and later to the “Royal Kingsmen” in order to differentiate themselves from the Seattle rock group, “The Kingsmen” (who recorded the popular hit “Louie, Louie”).
According to bandmember J. Ramón Faustmann:
“I remember very clearly we recorded ‘Exodus’ (as well as ‘Miserlou,’ ‘Hitchhike’ and ‘Honky Tonk’) around September or October, 1963 in the studio. ‘Exodus’ was then played during the Kennedy Assassination in November, 1963 on DZHP. Sometime in October 1963, we obtained two Beatle albums from friends in England, and we learned the songs in a week, in time to play them at various school fairs and TV appearances. We can claim that we were the first band to play Beatles [songs] in the Philippines. They were introduced in the USA in February 1964 at the Ed Sullivan Show. The ‘Kingsmen’ had been playing Beatles for five months!”
TO THE MEMORY OF MY FRIEND, BROTHER LIKE, COMRADE, AND FAMILY MAN CARLO DRIGGS
It’s with a heavy heart we share to you, that former Raider Carl (Carlo) Driggs has passed away. Carl was the lead vocals for the group from 1983 through 2004. His pristine vocals captured the energy of the hits and songs of Paul Revere & The Raiders.
Carl has had a successful career in music. In the early 70’s Carl was lead singer for the band Kracker, that had modest success, enough to get the attention of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, and sign them as the first group to their Rolling Stones record label, and as their opening band on European tours. After Kracker, came more success for Carl with the group Foxy, where they charted #9 on Billboard and #1 on Soul for the hit song “Get Off”, followed by other songs that charted in the Top 100.
Then in 1983, Revere hired Carl to be the lead singer of his group until parting in 2004. Carl continued in music, and just recently released his book, “A Lead Singer’s Life” by Carlo Driggs.
Our thoughts are with his wife Tabatha, his children, family, friends and fans!
Carl, Thank you for all that you’ve given the world through your voice and music, and the energy you exuded in every show! A true entertainer and friend!
…. and course, here’s Carlo singing THAT SONG, captured live with the Raiders back in 1986!
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 side.
It definitely wasn’t the same Kingsmen from Portland, Oregon with the 1963 LOUIE LOUIE recording. That particular band hadn’t even been formed yet.
I’m guessing this may have been first and only time B.B. King recorded with a band known as “The Kings Men,” and I’m pretty sure it wasn’t the same “Kings Men” that also backed Big Crosby on a handful of different records.
Over the years, there were actually a few bands that called themselves “The Kingsmen / Kings Men,” including Elvis Presley‘s back up band, Maceo Parker‘s band, the Statler Brothers and even a San Francisco band in the early 1960s that would rename themselves the Flamin’ Groovies.
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 boogie-woogie type song, and somewhere after the 30 second mark, we hear Hadda sing the phrase “Bully Wully,” which flows a bit off the tongue like LOUIE LOUIE, and of course “Wooly Bully” by Sam the Sham.
I’ve been informed that this song may have been recorded 70 years ago today in 1946, but I don’t have a definitive confirmation on that.
Both Hadda Brooks and Richard Berry were signed to Modern Records, but not at the same time. Hadda left Modern in 1950 to pursue bigger dreams in the entertainment industry, and became second African-American woman to host her own television show with “The Hadda Brooks Show” in 1957… the year LOUIE LOUIE was released.
She was considered the “Queen of the Boogie” and had quite a interesting career, appearing in various movies, tourng around the world including a performance for the Queen of England and a private audience with Pope Pius XII.
In 1995, at the age of 79, 50 years after making her first recording with Modern, she returned full-circle by signing with Virgin, the record label that had acquired the Modern masters. In 1996 she released a CD of new recordings, followed by a double-CD retrospective of her work in 1998.
Here’s another clip of Hadda Brooks that I really enjoyed – she performs “I Hadn’t Anyone ‘Til You” for a somewhat distracted Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame in the 1950 feature film “In A Lonely Place,” directed by Nicholas Ray.
Last week, Orme Radio of Italy celebrated International LOUIE LOUIE Day with a lively 90 minute special!
They closed the show with a wonderful LOUIE I’d never heard before – a French band known as Calamity Jeanne, the Pocket Orchestra. Here’s a little description they provided of themselves, translated by the Google Language Tools robots…
A bitter blues, a light-hearted guajira (?), a retro-fanciful swing, a sophisticated reggae, an impertinent folk, a undulating bossa … you will get Calamity Jeanne, the Pocket Orchestra, a bold vibe to warm your old bones and To embrace your hearts.
Take a listen to their BandCamp post, and buy a copy of their album if you like ’em!
I do think it’s a keeper, and I hope they play San Francisco some day!
… and if you want to hear the full Orme Radio LOUIE Special of 2017, click on THIS!
Yes, once again… its that special time of the year!
Celebrating the spirit of Christmas and the always-relevent theme of recycling, we bring you a semi-modern classic holiday LOUIE mutant-bastard recording by one of our favorite musical pranksters, the legendary Mojo Nixon!
It’s time to point the mighty LOUIE LOUIE spotlight at an oldie but goodie….
Stiv Bators (aka Steven John Bator), the singer from The Dead Boys and The Lords of the New Church, who lived from October 22, 1949 until June 4, 1990, once recorded an inspired version of LOUIE LOUIE, which used different lyrics and was retitled as “L.A. L.A.” Apparently, this was from a previously unreleased 1980 jam session, and it came out in 1994 on a CD compilation of the same name from Bomp Records.
As the songwriter credits was attributed to Stiv Bators, we’ll label this one as a “LOUIE Bastard.”