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 […]

RIP: Paul Revere, rock ‘n’ roll legend – LOUIE of the Week

Very sad news in the rock ‘n’ roll universe with the passing of our friend Paul Revere.

My friend Phil “Fang” Volk sent me this sad news on Saturday night:

Dear Friends,

Very sad news…Paul Revere passed away today at 2:45pm surrounded by his wife and a few close relatives and friends. He died […]

The 2013 Portland Plaque

My friend Wm. Christman, a KFJC Max LOUIE alumni, just sent me this photo from Portland, Oregon. This is the new plaque at the location where the Kingsmen recorded their version of LOUIE LOUIE back in 1963. There was a big ceremony for this plaque in September last year, and my friend Cindy Lindahl, […]

The Cry! (w/ Mike Mitchell of Kingsmen) + Animal House of Blues – LOUIE of the Week

Back in November, we learned about a special video and performance of THE SONG by the band known as The Cry!, featuring Mike Mitchell of the Kingsmen. This version was created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Kingsmen’s iconic recording.

Three months later, we’ve got another very special LOUIE LOUIE video from The Cry! […]

Hail Hail David Jester and the Jesterfest!

This week, we want to tip our hat to David Jester of Portland, Oregon, who’s spent many years documenting the music scene of Portland, which included producing a cable television program in conjunction with the TWO LOUIES magazine. David is currently dealing with the big challenge of preserving his video archive, and he decided […]

The Ukelele Underground of Portland – LOUIE of the Week

This week’s LOUIE is a special performance that comes from the Kingsmen’s hometown in Portland, Oregon.

I just received a little correction on what I thought was a band called the Little White Uke. Here’s a correction from UkuleleDaddy:

We’re honored to be included on your blog! I just wanted to make a correction […]

ZZ Top and the LOUIE connection

Some tasty treats from the TWO LOUIES archives, courtesy of publisher Buck Munger!

ZZ Top meets the Kingsmen! From left to right: Lynn Easton, Billy Gibbons, Jack Ely and Mike Mitchell.

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The Portland LOUIE celebration of September 2013 – the Lindahl report

Today, I am honored to have a very special guest blogger – my friend Cindy Lindahl, whose father engineered the original LOUIE LOUIE recordings by The Kingsmen and Paul Revere & the Raiders!

I knew when I saw the announcement that I had to attend: ‘Louie, Louie Celebration in Portland Begins September 5th.”

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Mark Your Calendar – LOUIE LOUIE Day in Portland – September 5th

Hot breaking news from OregonMusicNews.com:

It’s the song that wouldn’t die. And now it will be commemorated for the ages. To mark the spot where a Portland band, The Kingsmen, recorded Richard Berry’s hit song in 1963, Terry Currier from the Oregon Music Hall of Fame will present Portland Mayor Charlie Hales with a […]

LOUIE LOUIE as an art installation in Federal building

Here’s a nice little story about a new art installation at a Federal building in Portland, Oregon = the town where the Kingsmen recorded LOUIE LOUIE, courtesy of OregonLive.com:

May 29, 2013 – Portland, OR – Artist Tim Bavington turned sound waves from the song “Louie Louie” by The Kingsmen into a colorful sculpture […]