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 […]

Twas 50 years ago today….

Would you believe that today, April 6th, is the 50th anniversary of the day The Kingsmen stepped into a studio to record to create what they initially thought was a “terrible version” of song that was a regional hit for Rockin’ Robin Robert & The Fabulous Wailers?

Funny how things turn out sometimes…


RIP: John W. Thoennes, NW musician + promoter

I’m saddened to report that my friend John Thoennes has passed away. John was a musician from Seaside, Oregon that played with a variety of different bands – Patriot, Washington Merry-Go-Round, the All-American Band, Pretty Face, the Disko Band, and his latest band – Yellow Bird.

I first made contact with John back […]

Soul Benders with special guests Jack Ely & Norm Sundholm of Kingsmen – LOUIE of Week

Here’s something you don’t see every day – a special performance by two former members of the Kingsmen that never toured together.

The Soul Benders were performing live in Bend, Oregon, and they had two special guests for their show – Jack Ely and Norm Sundholm of the Kingsmen.

Jack Ely was a founding […]

Salem’s Rockin’ 60’s Show – LOUIE of the Week

This week’s LOUIE is a cavalcade of Northwest superstars- live at the “Salem’s Rockin’ 60’s Show” on October 20, 2012 in Salem, Oregon. In this performance, you can see The Kingsmen (Mike Mitchell & Dick Peterson), Merrilee Rush, Jim Valley, The Live Five and Moger W. Morgan belt out that very special song!


RIP: Bob Dye, Northwest DJ / Promoter

Bob Dye, a radio DJ and promoter from Ontario, Oregon, has recently passed away.

The Finley-Sunset Hills Mortuary and Sunset Hills Memorial Park provided a nice overview of his career:

Bob spent most of his early years in the Huntington and Ontario where his radio career began. He did the play-by-play for several basketball […]

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 […]

Jim Valley in Indonesia – LOUIE of the Week

Jim Valley is what you’d call a “Northwest LOUIE LOUIE veteran.” Born in Tacoma, Washington, Jim joined the Viceroys during high school, playing guitar on the 1963 regional hit “Granny’s Pad.” In 1965 Valley joined Don & the Goodtimes, a Portland band formed by Don Gallucci, the original keyboardist for the Kingsmen. In 1966, […]

The Kingsmen 1983 Delta House video – LOUIE of the Week

This week, for the LOUIE of the Week, the top prize goes to the grandaddies of garage, aka the Kingsmen, who created this special music video in 1983. It’s a Delta House setting, with a tip of the hat to the ANIMAL HOUSE movie which some might claim was partially responsible for the LOUIE LOUIE […]

The (Temporary) Rebirth of a Recording Studio

Last week, as I read about the misinformation about the “Portland restaurant recording studio,” I thought it’d be good to properly acknowledge the actual studio, especially as was the location was recently transformed back into a recording studio again.

Sometime in April 1963, two very different musical groups decided to book a session at a […]