RIP: Lady Bo (short version)

I received word that Lady Bo (Peggy Jones Malone), whose band backed up Richard Berry and Jack Ely at the KFJC Maximum LOUIE LOUIE marathon, has passed away.

I will be sharing more words and a video tribute within the few days

My heart goes out to her husband / musical partner Wally Malone […]

KFJC Maximum LOUIE memories – LOUIE of the Month

Today is the big anniversary for the KFJC Maximum LOUIE LOUIE Marathon = the event that sparked the documentary project and subsequent webpage you’re viewing right now.

For 63 hours, this song was played with over 800 unique versions of the song.

Can you believe it all started on August 19, 1983?

How […]

RIP: Jack Ely, original lead singer of the Kingsmen

Jack Ely, the original lead singer on the most popular version ever recorded of the song LOUIE LOUIE, died this week at his home in Oregon.

Jack was a member of the Kingsmen, but he left the band not long after recording the song, and never had the opportunity to rejoin the band after […]

Blast from Past – KQAK visits KFJC Max LOUIE

Thanks to my friend Jennifer of Radiosurvivor, I found this cool archival photo on Facebook!

This is Belle Nolan and Mike Koste of KQAK (aka The Quake) visiting the KFJC Maximum Louie Louie Marathon that began on August 19, 1983. Over the course of 63+ hours, KFJC played over 800 different versions. This photo […]

R.B. Firebirds (KFJC version #152) – LOUIE of the Week / KFJC Max LL database notes

This week, we share another tasty nugget from the LOUIE archives.

Back in the early 80s, there was a rockin’ little band in the San Jose area that provided some fine music in a handful of little bars. The R.B. Firebirds was a dynamic band featuring Kelly Smith, Paul “Bosco” Haggard, Tony “Butthouse” […]

Fink Ployd – (Dark Side of the) LOUIE of the Week

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Here’s a super-rare version of LOUIE LOUIE that very few people have ever heard.

This is “Dark Side of the LOUIE” by a band known as “Fink Ployd.”

I have NO idea who these people are, but I do know they submitted this recording for the infamous KFJC Maximum LOUIE LOUIE Marathon that […]

Caffeine Junkies (KFJC version #108) – LOUIE of the Week

Here’s a song for those of you requiring some coffee to deal with your Monday morning blues…

This is LOUIE LOUIE by the Caffeine Junkies – yet another recording that was unleashed during the legendary KFJC MAXIMUM LOUIE LOUIE Marathon.

I have no idea who the Caffeine Junkies were, but apparently they were based in […]

Unknown LOUIE (KFJC version #332) & other ponderings- LOUIE of the Week

This week, the LOUIE spotlight is on yet another Unknown LOUIE LOUIE recording from the KFJC Maximum LOUIE LOUIE Marathon.

A few years ago, I wrote up a post entitled “KFJC Tomb of the Unknown LOUIEs” which sought to identify some of the recordings that couldn’t be identified. Since that particular posting, a […]

The Soft Jews (KFJC version #374) – LOUIE of the Week

By special request, I’m sharing a very special, ultra-rare performance of the song from the LOUIE archives. It’s a recording by a band known as The Soft Jews, and as far as I know, it was only heard ONCE* on the radio. (…or so I thought… – SEE UPDATE at end of this post)

I […]

Buffalo Chips (KFJC version #379) – LOUIE of the Week

Today is August 19th – a very special day in the LOUIE Universe!

Many years ago on this date, a little radio station known as KFJC 89.7 began a marathon called “Maximum LOUIE LOUIE,” with the sole purpose of sharing every known version of the song LOUIE LOUIE.

For 63 hours, over 800 unique […]