RIP: Barrie Jackson, manager of Wailers, Sonics

On April 5th, my friend Dennis Flannigan shared some sad news about his old friend Barrie Jackson, who used to manage The (Fabulous) Wailers and The Sonics.

There are the good ones, and the great ones, and beyond those are the friends that always stay on the front page. Such was Barrie Jackson, a […]

a Seattle LOUIE update + Little Bill Birthday Party

Time has such a funny way of sneaking up on us. Some folks are really good at keeping track of such things. For me, it’s a serious struggle. There never seems to be enough time to do it all, and by the time I get around to finishing things, so many of the folks […]

Happy 80th Birthday for Little Bill Engelhart

This weekend, it’s an 80th birthday celebration for Little Bill Engelhart, a genuine Northwest music legend.

Little Bill was, and is a very important player in the legend of the song LOUIE LOUIE.

Bill was the founder of the Blue Notes, the very first white teenage rock ‘n’ roll band based in Tacoma, […]

RIP: Paul Allen, philanthropist, tech pioneer, music supporter

On Monday, October 17th, we lost Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, owner of Vulcan Inc., the Seattle Seahawks, the Portland Trailblazers, Stratolaunch Systems and founder of Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, as well as many other ventures.

I never met the man, but I love the fact that he was passionate about music, and […]

Tom Dyer’s New Pagan Gods – LOUIE of the Week

It’s Friday… feeling a bit swamped by other events and been a bit too busy to write the update I wanted to write…

So… I figured it’s time to share a LOUIE of the Week… or every other other week.. or something like that …

To quote another, let’s give it to ’em… right […]

Playboy, LOUIE LOUIE and the Pursuit of Happiness (RIP: Hugh Hefner)

Last month, we lost Hugh Hefner, the creator of Playboy magazine.

A lot of things have been written about this man and the empire he created. When he started this magazine his initial goal was simply to create a publication that featured the best writers, some great cartoonists and some beautiful photos of some […]

Please Help Freddie Dennis! (singer w/ Sonics, Kingsmen) – LOUIE of Week

A few months ago Freddie Dennis suffered a medical setback with two strokes and now needs some help with his bills as he continues to recover.

A fundraising campaign for Freddie has been set up at YouCaring.com.

if you can help Freddie, that would be wonderful!

Screamer Freddie Dennis will Rock the House […]

RIP: Larry Coryell, jazz guitarist from Pacific Northwest

Jazz guitarist Larry Coryell passed away earlier this week on Sunday, February 19th. The NY Times carried a cool headline for his obituary – “Larry Coryell, Guitarist of Fusion Before It Had a Name, Dies at 73.” As this obit pointed out, he was “a virtuoso guitarist who in the 1960s was among the […]

RIP: Jim Manolides, legendary musician with Frantics, Dave Lewis, and more….

Jim Manolides has left the land of the living.

I asked my friend Barry Curtis of the Kingsmen (now retired) and the Daily Flash, to share a few words..

We are incomplete without Jimmy.

He was a walking Northwest music history encyclopedia. He knew virtually everyone from those 50’s ~ 70’s glory days. He […]

The Pink Chunk / Conrad Uno – LOUIE of the Week

This week’s LOUIE came about via a Facebook post by Art Chantry…

Back in the 1970’s, Seattle had it’s fair share of “proto-punk” bands. in the very early part of the decade, there was Ze Whiz Kidz (more of a performance troupe rather than strictly a band). toward the end of the 70’s, there […]