Portland’s LOUIE LOUIE Sing-a-Long – LOUIE of the Week

This sounds like a great event in Portland! I’m sorry I wasn’t able to attend it!

OregonLive.com reported on this event:

Thursday night rush hour in downtown Portland came with its own rock ‘n’ roll soundtrack at the corner of Southwest 4th Avenue and Southwest Jefferson Street.

Hundreds gathered on the steps […]

RIP: Gary Abbott, drummer with Kingsmen

Here’s something I just found out about. Gary Abbott, the second drummer with the Kingsmen, passed away recently.

Gary had a short run with the Kingsmen. He joined the band sometime after LOUIE LOUIE vocalist / guitarist Jack Ely and bassist Bob Nordby quit the band on August 16, 1963. There was a big […]

Flash from past – 1977 news tidbit on Kingsmen members

Once upon a time, there were three guys from the Kingsmen that started another band….

RIP: Wally Todd, member of Jack Ely & the Courtmen

I lost my friend Wally last week. On May 14, Wally Todd, guitarist with Jack Ely & the Courtmen, died of a sudden heart attack less than three weeks after the passing of his old bandmate.

I met Wally back in 1999 when the Courtmen did a big reunion show in Seaside, Oregon in […]

More thoughts on Jack Ely … and a LOUIE of the Week

Yes, we’re still thinking about our friend Jack Ely…

This was a heavy hit at LOUIE Central, and some things just take longer to process..

My first posting on the passing of Jack Ely felt like the proverbial tip of the iceberg. There’s so many other things I could have posted on Jack, but […]

RIP: Jack Ely, original lead singer of the Kingsmen

Jack Ely, the original lead singer on the most popular version ever recorded of the song LOUIE LOUIE, died this week at his home in Oregon.

Jack was a member of the Kingsmen, but he left the band not long after recording the song, and never had the opportunity to rejoin the band after […]

Jeff & the R.F.’s – Smells Like Louie Louie – LOUIE of the Week

Grab your woo, man, it’s LOUIE LOUIE time!

This week’s LOUIE is by Jeff & the R.F.’s, a Tacoma band created by my friend Ron Fowler and his brother Jeff. This one was posted for the LOUIE FEST of 2007, a Tacoma event that celebrated the wonders of LOUIE LOUIE. In this version, the […]

MORE on Paul Revere….

As the week comes to a close, we’re still thinking about Paul Revere, and we’re glad to see a lot of attention paid to this legacy. Paul was a biggie when it came to shining stars in the LOUIE LOUIE universe, as well as one of the most successful musicians to emerge Pacific Northwest […]

RIP: Paul Revere, rock ‘n’ roll legend – LOUIE of the Week

Very sad news in the rock ‘n’ roll universe with the passing of our friend Paul Revere.

My friend Phil “Fang” Volk sent me this sad news on Saturday night:

Dear Friends,

Very sad news…Paul Revere passed away today at 2:45pm surrounded by his wife and a few close relatives and friends. He died […]

Paul Revere – Steppin’ Out

You might have heard the latest info about Paul Revere…..

Pollstar broke the news on Friday, August 8th with the Headline “Paul Revere Ends His Ride”

Having led The Raiders for five decades, Paul Revere announces he is hanging up his tri-corner hat but his band will keep on rocking.

Today’s announcement states that […]