TO THE MEMORY OF MY FRIEND, BROTHER LIKE, COMRADE, AND FAMILY MAN CARLO DRIGGS
It’s with a heavy heart we share to you, that former Raider Carl (Carlo) Driggs has passed away. Carl was the lead vocals for the group from 1983 through 2004. His pristine vocals captured the energy of the hits and songs of Paul Revere & The Raiders.
Carl has had a successful career in music. In the early 70’s Carl was lead singer for the band Kracker, that had modest success, enough to get the attention of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, and sign them as the first group to their Rolling Stones record label, and as their opening band on European tours. After Kracker, came more success for Carl with the group Foxy, where they charted #9 on Billboard and #1 on Soul for the hit song “Get Off”, followed by other songs that charted in the Top 100.
Then in 1983, Revere hired Carl to be the lead singer of his group until parting in 2004. Carl continued in music, and just recently released his book, “A Lead Singer’s Life” by Carlo Driggs.
Our thoughts are with his wife Tabatha, his children, family, friends and fans!
Carl, Thank you for all that you’ve given the world through your voice and music, and the energy you exuded in every show! A true entertainer and friend!
…. and course, here’s Carlo singing THAT SONG, captured live with the Raiders back in 1986!
2016 has been a rough year for losing musicians, and frankly we’re getting a bit tired of this sort of thing. In the past month, we’ve lost Leonard Cohen, Mose Alison, Sharon Jones, and as of yesterday, Greg Lake. In the LOUIE universe, we lost Buck Ormsby and Billy Miller, as well as Leon Russell, who had a unique connection, without necessarily playing the song…
Here’s a few things that connected Leon to the LOUIE universe…
In 1961, before Paul Revere & the Raiders were signed to Columbia Records, they had an early Top 40 hit with “Like, Long Hair” on Gardena Records. As they embarked on bigger tours, gliding on the success on their hit recording, Paul Revere was soon drafted for military service, became a conscientious objector, and the band decided to hire a temporary keyboardist to fulfill a two week tour while Paul served his obligatory duties by working in a hospital. The person who was hired to play keyboards was a young Leon Russell.
Mark Lindsay told me that those two weeks with Leon was a real educational experience, as he learned a lot of things from this master musician.
Leon also worked with Richard Berry. In the late 1980s, Richard re-connected with his old friend Steve Douglas, the legendary sax player that was part of an alliance of musicians we now know as the “Wrecking Crew,” who recorded with a ton of different musicians. Steve decided to produce some new recordings with Richard, and invited his old pal Leon to be a part of this project. Working with Scott Matthews as co-producer and studio engineer Joel Jaffe, four songs were recorded at Studio D in Sausalito.
There were plans to record a full album, but like many great plans it never came to full fruition, and the songs remain unreleased. Steve died in 1993, Richard passed in 1997, and we just lost Leon a few weeks ago, but with any luck, we hope to see the proper release of these songs in the near future.
In the meantime, here’s a little sample snippet of one of the songs – “Three Cool Cats” – a Leiber and Stoller composition!
Phil “Fang” Volk, an alumni of Paul Revere & the Raiders, shared a special LOUIE LOUIE performance on his Facebook page– a recent collaboration with the Kingsmen!
Phil “Fang” Volk playing bass guitar and singing “Louie Louie” with the Kingsmen at their Cannery Concert in Las Vegas, Nevada, May 28, 2016. In honor of the late Smitty, original drummer of the Raiders, Fang shouted out: “Grab your woman, it’s Louie, Louie time!” heard on the Raider’s single of the same song, recorded in the same studio, in the same week in Portland, Oregon over 53 years ago.
I can’t remember the first time I ever witnessed the band in concert… whether it was at Marsugi’s, the Cactus Club, Paradise Lounge or maybe even Upstairs Eulipia, but it was during one of their visits to the SF bay area during the mid-80s, and I thought they were fantastic.
They were a band from Tacoma, Washington that was absolutely adored whenever they visited the SF bay area. It was always fun whenever they were in town, and they often stayed at my friend Myke Destiny‘s house….. which usually turned into a default party after the show!
Fast forward to the present, and they’re still an active band 30+ years later! It seems like it’s been a few decades or so since they’ve ventured back to the SF bay area, but the band is still doing shows, mostly doing gigs around the Tacoma-Seattle region.
A few months ago, I picked up a Blu-Ray of their official documentary “Strictly Sacred: The Story of Girl Trouble.”
It brought back a lot of fun memories, and I learned a lot of things about the band I never knew before
I didn’t realize that FAMILY was such an essential part of who they are. I had no idea that Bon and Kahuna were even related, much less brother and sister. Unlike a lot of other rock bands, their families were very supportive of their musical careers. The director of this documentary, Isaac Olsen, is also a family member, and there’s a cute moment in the film where his birth is part of the story.
WiG-OUT was a highly entertaining little publication put out by the band, and I didn’t realize they printed it themselves, as most of the band members work at the same print shop.
Neko Case was one of their Go-Go dancers? Yet another thing I didn’t know about…
This documentary is a wonderful cinematic representation of the band. There’s great stories enhanced by some wonderful little bits of animation, also created by director Isaac Olsen. I also loved the beautiful photography that captured the raw essence of their hometown of Tacoma.
The thing that most impressed me most about the film is how passionate the band is about staying true to the essence of who they are. Whether it’s fighting over album cover art orchestrated by record companies or the pay-to-play promoters that tried to force the band to sell tickets to their own show, Girl Trouble is a band that remains steadfast to their core convictions.
This is a great documentary on a band I really love, and I recommend it to anyone that appreciates this rock ‘n’ roll music stuff.
I recently discovered that I share something very special with this band.
We both came into existence on March 9th!
Girl Trouble made their debut appearance 32 years ago (1984) at the Fort Steilacoom Community College for a “Battle of the Bands.”
March 9 is indeed a fine day for birthdays This year, Google celebrated March 9 on their main page with an acknowledgment of the 105th birthday of Clara Rockmore, master / co-developer of the Theremin, a wonderfully quirky music instrument utilized for the soundtracks of multiple science fiction films, as well as various Beach Boys records.
March 9 is also the birthday for Amerigo Vespucci, Vyacheslav Molotov, Paul Wilbur Klipsch, Mickey Spillane, David Pogue, Ornette Coleman, Keely Smith, Mickey Gilley, Bobby Fischer, John Cale, Raul Julia, Juliette Binoche, as well as Mark Lindsay (original vocalist of Paul Revere & the Raiders) and John Kandarian (road crew veteran for the Kingsmen, and various other great bands).
I’m thinking it should probably be declared a national holiday, but I will admit to being somewhat biased….
Either way, I leave you with this inspired version of LOUIE LOUIE by the band i just finished writing a bunch of words about.
Once upon a time in 1964, a 17 year old teenager named David Robert Jones began his musical recording career with a band called Davie Jones with the King Bees. Their initial record was a 45rpm single that featured “Li’l Liza Jane”, an old standard on the A-Side.
For the B-Side, the band covered “Louie Go Home,” a song written and recorded by Paul Revere & the Raiders as an answer song to “LOUIE LOUIE.” For this release, they renamed this song “Louie, Louie Go Home.”
As the story goes, David had to find another stage name when the Monkees (featuring the other guy named Davy Jones) emerged in 1966. He chose the name of Bowie, inspired by 19th-century American frontiersman Jim Bowie and his namesake knife.
Thus “David Bowie” was born!
Today, the world mourns the loss of David Bowie / David Robert Jones, who died of cancer, two days after his 69th birthday.
He was an incredibly talented musician – a chameleon who refined the art of changing one’s persona with each musical release. He defied labels – playing in the truest sense with the facets of music, fashion and sexuality.
Today, I’m seeing a lot wonderful tributes, essays and commentaries about this extraordinary being. Suzanne Moore of the Guardian wrote a wonderful essay on what David Bowie meant to her:
My David Bowie is not dead. Nor ever can be. What he gave to me is forever mine because he formed me. I have absolute clarity about that, I need no lamentations from politicians or TV presenters with their dim memories of his “hits”. I need no ranking of whether he was up there with Dylan or Lennon because I just know that is a dumb question. I simply know. He was my lodestar: in the years when I was trying to become myself, he showed me the endless possibilities. He extended out into the new spaces, metaphorically and physically. That man could move.
David was the most amazing singer I’ve worked with; 95 percent of the vocals on the four albums I did with him as producer, they were first takes. I’d get a level at the beginning and we’d just go from beginning to end and that was it. No Auto-Tune, no punching in, nothing. Just complete takes.
David Bowie also had a wonderful sense of humor. Here’s a clip of David when he appeared on the Conan O’Brien show:
I never met the man, but I witnessed at least three of his concerts. When I attended the US Festival in 1983, I was working with KFJC Radio (home of the Maximum LOUIE LOUIE event of the same year), which allowed me media access to mingle with a lot of interesting people backstage. One of the people I ran into at this event was author Ray Bradbury. I asked how he wound up at this event. Ray told me that David Bowie and Steve Wozniak (Apple founder/ sponsor of US Festival) were big fans of his science fiction writings, and they made sure Ray was a honored guest at this very special festival.
David Bowie also did a righteous thing by acknowledging my friend Norm Odam, aka the Legendary Stardust Cowboy (“Ledge”) as an inspiration for his Ziggy Stardust persona, inviting the Ledge to be a performer at his Meltdown Festival, and also recording a song written by the Ledge!
He always did what he wanted to do. And he wanted to do it his way and he wanted to do it the best way.
His death was no different from his life – a work of Art.
He made Blackstar for us, his parting gift.
I knew for a year this was the way it would be. I wasn’t, however, prepared for it.
He was an extraordinary man, full of love and life. He will always be with us.
For now, it is appropriate to cry.
Here’s the most important LOUIE performance of the past seven days – the big 2015 Oregon Music Hall of Fame Finale!
Three core members of Paul Revere & the Raiders during the 1960s – Jim Valley, Keith Allison, and Phillip “Fang” Volk are joined by two core members of the Kingsmen during the 1960s – Dick Peterson (front and center) and Mike Mitchell (who’s hiding behind a few people near the podium).
My friend Alex Hart (son of Roger) is playing drums and Terry Currier of Music Millenium (one of my favorite record stores in Portland) is singing at the podium!
Big thanks to my friends Nola Falan and Denise Lamkin for the video!
Writer Dennis Eichhorn died last week on Thursday, October 8th, and I’m kinda bummed about it.
With the life that he lived, shared via the stories that he wrote, I imagine he probably went through dozens of different types of business cards, as he had something like a gazillion or so different jobs- detective, publisher, nightclub bouncer, social worker, bartender, concert promoter, driver, researcher, among others.
He lived a life that seemed so outrageous, filled with absurd adventures …so much that sharing his adventures via fantastic comic book stories seemed like the perfect vehicle for him.
As a connoisseur of independent “underground” comic books such as the works of R.Crumb, Spain Rodriguez, Gilbert Shelton, S. Clay Wilson, Dan O’Neill, Trina Robbins, Skip Williamson, Joel Beck, Peter Bagge, and so many others, I immediately embraced the “Real Stuff” line comic books written by Dennis Eichhorn. The stories were well-written with outrageous art by a lot of different illustrators.
Needless to say, when these comic book stories referenced a certain song close to my heart, I definitely felt some kindred spirits….
When I was living during a brief time in Seattle in 1996, I tracked down Denny, and we shot a little interview. Growing up in Idaho, he had memories of getting his hair cut by Paul Revere, before the Raiders became the one of the most popular rock bands to emerge from the Pacific Northwest. He was a friend of Phil “Fang” Volk, who a track star at his high school, and he worked directly with Mark Lindsay at a nightclub that Lindsay owned. There were also memories of other bands from the Pacific Northwest, as well as thoughts on the song that became a regional anthem.
I also asked Denny to share his story about how he got involved in writing comic book stories, and he graciously provided me with these words, which I’m sharing for the very first time with this newly-assembled video…
I plan on sharing some of my footage of my conversation with Denny about NorthWest Music in the near future. Please continue to check this website for updates…
When Dennis passed away, I’m grateful I was able to find out fairly quickly via my friends on ye Face***k social network, which also allowed me to learn more about Dennis. J.R. Williams, who illustrated a lot of Dennis’s stories was the first to break the news.
Richard Von Busack recycled a cool photo from Pat Moriarity, featuring Pat, Dennis, J.R. Williams and Jim Blanchard…
Dennis Eichhorn (bespectacled, below, the master of the revels), who just left us at age 70–three-score and ten, let’s not be greedy–was the anti-Adrian Tomine. No insult intended to Tomine’s delicacy and introversion. I just intend to use the much praised Tomine as a compass point to explain where the less famous Eichhorn stood. Eichhorn’s tales of feuding, f’ing and fighting in comic form were beautifully sensitive and rumbustious at the same time. He was one of the few people who could tell you about his intimate love life in print without ooking you thoroughly. Clearly the man loved women. He was a–mostly–unknown master of the autobiographical comic form, a football player, a bouncer, a bartender (in Capitola, where you could, in the 1970s see heinous, murderous behavior). Literally born in a prison, he used his art to captivate many, many others. Glad I met the man once. Eichorn tangled with some serious bruisers, and accidentally put a villain’s eye out once, and yet he couldn’t have been more nice. Thanks for the wonderful stories, which are still out there.
Here’s a wonderful image that R.L Crabb created for a compilation of REAL LIFE comic stories.
Denny eventually left Loompanics, but I heard from him again in 2003 when he was preparing to collect his best stories into one volume. He needed an interior title page, and asked if I would be interested. I dug out all my old copies of the comics and did my best to mimic the styles of the many fine cartoonists who had graced the pages of Real Stuff over the years…
After I sent him a copy of the piece, he asked if he could purchase the original. I remembered that years earlier, during a particularly dry spell in my career, I went to the post office one day and found a letter from Denny, along with a hundred dollar bill. It was like manna from heaven at the time. I sent the artwork to him, with a note telling him that it had already been paid for as far as I was concerned.
Mary Fleener shared this image and thoughts on collaborations with Dennis.
Denny Eichhorn understood something about artists. To work with one you must let your story become THEIR story. Oh sure, he would give you a script but that was just a list of ingredients, and the way you mixed ’em was up to you. Denny also understood that the key to good storytelling is a bit of exaggeration here, a touch of blarney there, all told in good fun to keep the reader’s attention. I knew exactly what he wanted with “Bad Trip”, having “been experienced” myself plenty o’ times, and after I was done, he told me how spot on the LSD visual images were….he hadn’t told me exactly how he tripped, but I knew. I felt a great bond with Denny, and I bet everyone who worked with him did, too. My heart goes out to Jane and his family.
Art Chantry provided this image of another publication Eichhorn was responsible for, with more details about his wonderful talents.
this is the cover of NORTHWEST EXTRA issue #10 from about 1989 or so. my late friend dennis p. eichhorn created and edited this free newsprint magazine in the northwest. i designed the covers through the entire history of the magazine.
it was a gloriously cheapo affair. denny discovered that simply by bidding low (i think it was $50 and there were no other bidders at all) he was able to secure all the syndicated columns for an otherwise uncovered underpopulated region of the country. basically, that meant he was able to buy the rights to print amazing writer’s work for peanuts. you can see the names of the folks at the bottom of the cover who were in this issue. amazing.
denny was also extremely close to the fantagraphics people and even worked at Loompanics, the late publisher of ANYTHING nobody else would publish. denny’s friendly charming personality won over everybody he came into contact with and he became close to ever single name listed on this cover (for instance.) denny was astonishing well- connected. you name the outsider weirdo and chances are he was pals with them.
as a result, i got to work on covers with some of the most interesting illustrators and cartoonists in the world. this is a fine example here. this is actually the crumb family xmas card from that year. denny was on their xmas card list and he loved this thing (each member of the crumb family drew themselves). denny got in touch and asked if he could use it for his xmas issue cover. they said, “SURE!”
the result was that i had to take this little xmas card and turn it into a magazine cover. but, my design cartouche for the covers of NW EXTRA was so bare bones, generic and flexible (intentionally) that i could adapt to just about anything i was handed to make into a cover. throw some red ink in there (for xmas, ya know?) and voila! done!
i also worked with michael dougan, karel moiseiwitsch, s. clay wilson, carol lay, lynda barry, drew friedman, peter bagge, j.r. williams, harvey pekar, several more crumb covers, and a host of others i can’t recall off hand. it was a wonderful opportunity to have worked on this thing with denny. it’s hard to imagine a world without denny eichhorn in it.
Dennis was also a “manager(?)” of the legendary Wild Man Fischer, who provided him with wild stories which were illustrated by J.R. Wiilams and Pat Moriarity for the REAL STUFF comic, and collected into a very entertaining standalone book!
Once again, Dennis Eichorn was one of those people I wish I spent more time with, as he was filled with a wealth of incredible stories.
Luckily for me, I’m still hearing more stories about him from his friends.
I leave with this image of Dennis Eichhorn, created by R.L. Crabb. This is from REAL STUFF #20 – the final comic of that series. A fitting way to good bye…
On Saturday, October 10th, there will be the 9th Annual Oregon Music Hall of Fame (OMHOF) Induction & Concert will be held at the Aladdin Theater in Portland, Oregon.
At this event, there will be a big tribute to Jack Ely, the original vocalist for the Kingsmen, who passed away earlier this year. While Jack had not been a member of band since 1963, and there had not been any full-fledged musical reunions of the original players during their 50+ year run, the surviving Kingsmen are planning to pay tribute to their original band member that night.
The Kingsmen will also be joined by Phil “Fang” Volk, Jim “Harpo” Valley and Keith Allison – former members of Paul Revere & the Raiders.
As you may or may not know, The Kingsmen and Paul Revere & the Raiders both recorded LOUIE LOUIE in April 1963 at the Northwestern Inc. recording studio in Portland, with respective record releases shared nationally by Wand/Sceptor and Columbia Records. Paul Revere & the Raiders was the first rock ‘n’ roll band signed to Columbia Records (largest record label in the world during 1960s), and LOUIE LOUIE was their first record on that label. In this particular case, the smaller label that signed the Kingsmen wound up with the hit record.
This event should be a lot of fun. Storm Large, a singer from San Francisco that moved to Portland in 2002, then became very successful with an appearance on the “Rock Star” TV show and a whole slew of several critical acclaimed albums, will be receiving OMHOF’s Artist of the Year Award. A lot of other great musicians will also be there, and there will an auction of 15 autographed guitars from such folks as Robert Cray, The B-B2’s, Steve Earle, Chicago, Willie Nelson, Cheap Trick, to name a few. Proceeds from this event help support our music education and scholarship programs.
I’m not sure I’ll be there, but it sounds like a blast!
You can learn more about the Oregon Music Hall of Fame by visiting the official website at: http://www.omhof.org
This week, The Louie Report is honored to share a very special article by Steve West, the original guitarist with Paul Revere & the Raiders for their 1963 recording of LOUIE LOUIE!
Enjoy!! – E.P.
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I was born in Portland, Oregon on August 21, 1946. I still live in Portland, Oregon. I started playing guitar at the age of 8 years old.
I was playing at a teenage nightclub called the Headless Horsemen when I was 15 years old. Mike Smith (aka “Smitty”), Ross Allemang and Don Gallucci were playing there with me. Mark Lindsay came into the club one night. He walked up to me and started talking to me about the Raiders. He told me about Paul Revere’s service duty. He wanted to put a band back together. At this time Paul and Mark were living in Wilsonville (a town 25 miles south of Portland). He also talked to Mike Smith and Ross and asked if we wanted to come out to the Wilsonville house to audition for the group called Paul Revere And The Raiders. We all agreed and met out there the next day.
That was the summer of 1962.
I was still in high school so i could only travel and play on weekends. We played at various shows in Oregon and Idaho.
The first recording I did with the Raiders was “Shake It Up Part 1 and 2.” Then in April of 1963 we recorded “LOUIE LOUIE” and “Night Train.” It was at a recording studio in northwest Portland, and it turned out to he same studio that the Kingsmen recorded LOUIE LOUIE about a week earlier. The recording band was Paul Revere on bass, Mike Smith on drums, Mark Lindsay on sax and on vocal, and myself on guitar. I remember being very nervous during the recording session. It took about 5 takes to do LOUIE LOUIE, just to get the guitar solo right. The song was originally released on Sande Records, produced by Roger Hart, who also owned the Sande record label.
We were going to use the LOUIE LOUIE song as a promo for the radio stations to play it in the towns that we were going to make appearances. We did that and as we were touring, the song got so popular along the way that it sparked some interest from a guy at Columbia Records! Roger Hart cut a deal and our song was on the Columbia label. Columbia had never signed with a rock n’ roll group before! It was a number one hit on the charts for the west coast and Hawaii until Mitch Miller nixed it, as he did not want any rock n’ roll music on Columbia Records, mixed with Andy Williams and all the other artists. After that, the Kingsmen’s version of LOUIE LOUIE went national.
Since 1963 both versions of the song have charted in various radio markets. To this day LOUIE LOUIE by the Raiders is still played on the radio!
Around that time, I was touring with the Raiders and we returned to Boise, Idaho. I stayed with Charlie Coe and his parents in Boise. Mark wanted me to move to Boise and take correspondence courses to finish my schooling. At that time we were playing in a teenage nightclub that Paul Revere owned. I was working 5 nights a week and started to get sick. I got intestinal flu and I did not want to quit school at that time. I felt that I was being pressured to move to Boise. I quit the band and came back to Portland, Oregon. I graduated from Washington High School in 1964.
I continued to play music in local bands in the area and played with a country band for seven years and played behind Freddie Hart, David Frizzell, Susan Raye (of Hee Haw) and many others. I did recordings for local groups at a Vancouver studio called Ripcord Studios.
I made a career of playing with bands and toured many states. I played with bands until the year 2000. I then joined with my wife Linda as a duo and we played locally and recorded many songs together. We are now web DJs on a radio station and have been for over a year on WHPR radio 101.1 FM. It is based out of Ruidoso, New Mexico.
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Steve also created a special video to set the record straight on his guitar playing on the original LOUIE LOUIE by Paul Revere & the Raiders, with a demonstration on how it’s done….
This special YouTube performance is this week’s LOUIE of the Week!
In celebration of David Letterman‘s amazing television legacy this week, here’s Paul Shaffer and the World’s Most Dangerous Band performing a lively version of “Louie Louie” on Letterman’s Late Night TV show on January 11, 1990.
I love this version. Paul Shaffer had just released a solo album entitled “Coast to Coast,” and for this performance pays tribute to Paul Revere & the Raiders with the revolutionary war-type outfits.
I’m really going to miss seeing David Letterman on late night television. He was just like the TV nephew of MAD Magazine‘s Alfred E. Neuman, sharing a wicked sense of humor that both celebrated and sauteed the absurdities of the show biz universe. Exploding watermelons, stupid pet tricks, messing with customers at crappy fast food eateries, and ripping into the hypocrisies of the show-biz/political phonies were just a few of the things that Letterman truly excelled at.