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 [...]
“A Little Sea Shanty” is the way Barry Curtis liked to describe it.
Along with Freddie Dennis, Andy Parypa and Steve Peterson, they are a mixture of former and current members of the Kingsmen (and one former member of the Sonics) performing live at Ted Brown Music Outreach “Bands for a Benefit” at [...]
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 [...]
If I were in the Seattle area this weekend, I would definitely be at the Highway 99 Blues Club on Sunday night.
Photographer Jini Dellaccio is the subject of a new documentary entitled “Her Aim Is True,” and Sunday is the big night for a benefit concert featuring Northwest music legends Merrilee Rush, [...]
Six years ago, I wrote about Robin Roberts – the first person to record Richard Berry‘s LOUIE LOUIE with the rock ‘n’ roll arrangement used by the Kingsmen, Revere & Raiders, the Kinks, Iggy Pop, and countless others…
Robin died a terrible tragic death a few days before Christmas in 1967 in San Mateo [...]
This week, the LOUIE of the Week spotlight goes out to a song that’s not quite LOUIE, but a close relative of the song… a variation that we in the LOUIE circle would refer to as a “LOUIE Mutant.”
It’s also an extra special tribute to our friend John Thoennes, who just passed away [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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!
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 [...]