Remembering Rockin’ Robin Roberts – 45 years later

Six years ago, I wrote about Robin Roberts – the first person to record Richard Berry‘s LOUIE LOUIE with the rock ‘n’ roll arrangement used by the Kingsmen, Revere & Raiders, the Kinks, Iggy Pop, and countless others…

Robin died a terrible tragic death a few days before Christmas in 1967 in San Mateo – […]

RIP: Dick Clark, entertainment icon

Today, we lost Dick Clark, a man who made a mighty impact in the entertainment industry.

Before the Fabulous Wailers recorded LOUIE LOUIE with Rockin’ Robin Roberts, they had a successful hit record with “Tall Cool One” on Golden Crest Records. They ventured out from Tacoma to the East Coast in 1959, and one […]

Who were the Sacred Cows? … and WHAT’s their connection to LOUIE universe?

Some of you may be asking “Who are the Sacred Cows?…. and WHAT was their connection to the LOUIE LOUIE universe?”

Luckily, Michael Davies shared an insightful comment to set the record straight …

I have been a fan of the Wailers for many years and believe that Episode 15 of Season Three of […]

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 […]

The Kent Morrill tribute show – LOUIE of the Week

A few weeks ago, there was a big send-off for Kent Morrill of the Fabulous Wailers. Various friends gathered for a big tribute concert in Tacoma, Washington, singing songs made popular by the Wailers, and a lot of favorite rock and roll melodies that Kent would have appreciated.

I was fortunate to attend this event, […]

Little Bill Engelhart (2011) – LOUIE of the Week

Last week, I made a trek to Tacoma for the big Kent Morrill tribute concert that took place at the Temple Theatre. I gave myself a week in town, and had an absolute blast, seeing old friends, visiting favorite stomping grounds, enjoying some superb musical performances, and otherwise having a grand time in Tacoma-land.

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Kent Morrill memorial concert

Next week, there’s going to be a memorial concert for Kent Morrill. I’m recycling the press release from the Fabulous Wailers.com page:

Wailers Concert for Kent May 4, 2011 Wednesday Time: 7:00 PM ‘til 11:00 PM

Temple Theatre – Main Room 47 Saint Helens Ave. Tacoma, WA 98402-2612 253-272-2042

One of the “Boys from […]

RIP: Kent Morrill of the Wailers

Yesterday, we lost another important player in the LOUIE universe.

Kent Morrill of the Fabulous Wailers has left the land of the living.

Just a few weeks ago, I wrote about Kent, discussing his battle with cancer. I was hoping he’d beat that problem, and live to see the completion of my LOUIE […]

Hail Hail, Kent Morrill – LOUIE of the Week

This week, I want to focus the big spotlight on Kent Morrill of the Wailers.

Kent is a founding member of the Wailers, one of the most important rock and roll bands to ever come out of the Pacific Northwest. As I’ve spoken with a lot musicians in that region that performed during […]

Seaside Memories with James Henry & the Olympics

As I continue to assemble the various pieces of this rather challenging documentary, James Manolides recently contacted me to compare notes on the project.

James is a very important player in the LOUIE universe. Playing with the Frantics in the late 50s-early 60s, he was a member of one of the very first […]