RIP: Little Richard, rock ‘n’ roll legend

We lost a beautiful soul this weekend. Truly, there was no person ever like Little Richard, nor will there ever be another person like Little Richard.

I mean seriously… he WAS the heart and soul of this thing we call rock ‘n’ roll…. a genuine believer in the higher power… and a bonafide supernova […]

LOUIE LOUIE in Rap Music

This week, we’re going to take a look at how LOUIE LOUIE has been utilized in rap music.

Werner Von Wallenrod is a serious hip hop enthusiast that created a series of videos that documented the various fusions of LOUIE LOUIE with rap music.

He’s done a great job of documenting this, and we’re […]

Big Sandy – Havana Moon (LOUIE relative of the Week)

OK, time for another Sandy fix.

Last week, I witnessed an excellent performance by one of the coolest cats on Planet Earth – my pal Robert Williams, aka Big Sandy, who was touring with Reverend Horton Heat. I caught ’em at the Ritz in San Jose, and Sandy unveiled a nice little surprise… […]

Sandy and The Wild Wombats – Have Love Will Travel – LOUIE relative of the Week

I just out about a cool German rockabilly band known as Sandy and The Wild Wombats. Apparently, they’ve been doing some extensive touring all over Europe, and they’ve already played the “Viva Las Vegas” event last year.

The lead vocalist / ringleader of this group, Sandy West, has a real distinctive voice, and i’m […]

RIP: Keely Smith, jazz and pop vocalist

My friend David Richoux relayed the sad news of the passing of Keely Smith..

“Only half Louie related, but another obit…”

Jim Harrington shared an overview of Keely’s career in the San Jose Mercury News:

Keely Smith, the iconic jazz and pop vocalist who achieved success as both a solo artist and with her […]

William Shatner’s Garbage Man – LOUIE relative of the Week

This week, the mighty LOUIE spotlight is pointed at William Shatner‘s inspired rendition of The Cramps‘ “Garbage Man.”

Or as Captain Kirk might say, this rendition may …“Boldly Go Where No Garbage Man Has Gone Before…”

This recording is from the upcoming “Dr. Demento Covered in Punk” compilation being released by Demented Punk Records […]

The Filipino Kingsmen Playing “Hitchhike” – LOUIE distant relative of Week

Here’s a cool vintage discovery from the early 1960s – another band known as “the Kingsmen” that had NOTHING to do with the band with the LOUIE hit recording. This is a Filipino ‘Kingsmen” rock band playing “Hitchhike.”

For this one, I’ll recycle the YouTube description that Paquito Dela Cruz posted with his […]

B.B. King & the Kings Men – LOUIE distant relative of Week

Did you know that one of B.B. King‘s earliest recordings was with the Kings Men?

Absolutely true. In 1954, RPM Records released a recording by B.B. “Blues Boy” King* And The Kings Men entitled “Sneakin’ Around,” with “Everyday I Have The Blues” by B.B. “Blues Boy” King* And His Orchestra on the flip […]

RIP: Billy Miller of Norton Records / A-Bones (with a LOUIE relative of the Week)

In the midst of a week filled with rotten news, things were made even worse when we lost a kindred spirit…

Billy Miller was a true champion for the foot-stomping, hip-shaking, soulful roots music we call rock ‘n’ roll. Along with his beloved companion / partner Miriam Linna, they established an incredible legacy designed […]

Al Dote & the Kingsmen – Hang On Sloopy (LOUIE relative of Week)

This week, the LOUIE spotlight is on a LOUIE-relative (a category that includes brother, sister, bastard or distant cousin) performed by band known as “the Kingsmen,” which as far as I can tell has absolutely no connection with the successful band from Portland, Oregon with the same name.

This band was known as Al […]