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, […]

Animal House References + LOUIE on TV – part 4

This week for Part 4 of the “LOUIE on TV” post, the focus is on two TV episodes that originally used a recording of LOUIE LOUIE for the initial broadcasts, but were removed when these episodes were repackaged for the DVD market.

Both these episodes paid homage to the beer-drinking antics of the 1979 […]

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 […]

Kingsmen at The Delta House (1983) – LOUIE of the Week

With the upcoming Animal House 40th Anniversary & Toga Party event in Oregon that’s happening a little over a week from now, I thought this would be a fine time to share this classic Kingsmen clip produced by our associate producer David Jester.

Freddie Dennis, who later join the reunited Sonics, is the […]

RIP: Jerry Dennon, the record company guy who signed The Kingsmen

I recently discovered that Jerry Dennon, the man responsible for unleashing the Kingsmen‘s recording of LOUIE LOUIE to the world, passed away last year on January 2017.

Often credited as the producer of this iconic recording, Jerry Dennon had nothing to do with the original recording session that took place in April 1963 […]

The long-lost recordings of Richard Berry

Here’s a little news clipping I found in a 1957 issue of Cash Box magazine. Apparently, when Richard Berry toured the West Coast in Washington and Oregon with Bobby Blue Bland and Junior Parker, there were plans for him to appear on various radio and television programs.

Exactly what TV or radios shows Richard […]

Coming soon … a special 40th Anniversary Animal House celebration in Oregon

Anyone ready for the world’s largest toga party? …. … featuring the band that put LOUIE on the map for millions of people?

We may have just the thing for you….

Save this date: August 18, 2018 and visit: https://www.facebook.com/Animal-HOUSE-40TH-Reunion-and-Toga-Party-450269562006972/