Whole buncha Zappa articles + LOUIE is indeed soul music!

My pal David the Punmaster just sent me a link to a webpage that lists a whole bunch of Frank Zappa articles:

It doesn’t list the Rip Rense article about Frank Zappa, but it’s still the most comprehensive Zappa article online database I’ve seen so far. And yes, there are some LOUIE references within some of these articles. I haven’t read them all, so comments are welcome.

By the way, did you know that LOUIE LOUIE by the Kingsmen is considered “soul music.” It’s absolutely true. Check out this eBay listing for Sweet Soul Music- Volume 1.

Mojo tunes into Jimi, LOUIE, and the Wailers

Right after Christmas, I found myself in Tower Records, returning a CD that I received twice. Wandering around the magazine section, I found the last copy of the December issue of Mojo magazine, featuring a cover article on Jimi Hendrix, an extensive interview with the ellusive Kate Bush, something about “Sex and Drugs” with Debbie Harry, and an article on the paintings of Billy Childish.

The cover article on Jimi Hendrix by Charles R. Cross and accompanying CD was the deal-breaker when it came time for me to pull out the wallet. Last month, I had a chance to browse through Charles Cross’s book on Jimi (Room Full of Mirrors), and was fairly impressed with what I read. According my friend Mary Willix, author of Jimi Hendrix: Voices from Home, Charles definitely did his homework on this one. This particular Mojo article is probably an excerpt from the book, adding a few color photographs that didn’t make it into the original publication.

As a LOUIE LOUIE archivist, I spotted the LOUIE-specific comments in this article by guitarist Larry Coryell, and Rocking Kings drummer Lester Exkano, who played LOUIE with Jimi many years ago. The accompanying CD, “The Roots of Hendrix” is a collection of tracks that directly inspired Jimi Hendrix, including songs by Howling Wolf, B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Little Richard, T-Bone Walker, and the Tacoma band and that made their magical mark at the Spanish Castle, The Fabulous Wailers.

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Like most issues of Mojo, this issue features great writing and a lot high-quality photos. I’ve been informed that the next issue of Mojo will have a rather interesting interview with Bruce Springsteen about the nature of politicians and fairy tales, which should provide some very entertaining reading…

Hail Hail, Ron Barrett!

The good folks at Spectropop have created a webpage dedicated to the career of Ron Barrett, a friend of Richard Berry. Here’s a nice little excerpt:

Ron Barrett was a colleague of H.B. Barnum and Richard Berry, Phil Spector and Jack Nitzsche, Bobby Darin and Sonny Bono but, sadly, he is rather less well-known. If he had spent as much time promoting his name as he did to creating music it could have been a different story. If you have a love of music from rock’s ‘Golden Age’ then lurking in your collection are records in which he had an uncredited hand. As vocalist, musician, producer, writer or record label founder he was an active participant in the Meadowlarks’ “Heaven And Paradise”, the Duals’ “Stick Shift” and Merry Clayton’s “It’s In His Kiss”; three records that admirably display his credentials and diversity of talent.

This is a great web article that discusses his underrated career in music. There’s a lot of interesting connections with Richard Berry. His sister, Fanita Barrett, was a member of the Dreamers, which recorded many records with Richard. He produced a few singles with Dorothy Berry, Richard’s first wife. Ron even recorded his own version of LOUIE LOUIE, featuring Richard on the keyboards.

What’s great is that Ron is still alive, involved with music with his Star Revue company.

Check it out:

An unlikely movie about the Kingsmen

Over on eBay, found an odd listing for a 1978 movie entitled “Youngblood” that features a storyline involving the Kingsmen. Check this out:

This is an action film about L.A. gangs. A young kid (Youngblood) wants to join the Kingsmen. But being so young, he has to impress the gang’s leader. He’s able to do so, eventually becoming one of the leader’s most trusted members. Later on they get involved in a drug war. This is an excellent film. It’s well acted, and very believable. It also has a great soundtrack. Be sure not to miss this one.

I don’t think this is the same group that did LOUIE LOUIE…

The Fabulous Wailers to play New Orleans benefit

The Fabulous Wailers, the band whose version of LOUIE LOUIE inspired the Kingsmen to record that amazing hit record back in 1963, are scheduled to perform at a massive benefit for New Orleans and Gulf Coast musicians next May. Here’s some details about this event, recycled from the press release:

Ponderosa Stomp, the annual New Orleans roots music romp that draws music fans from all over the world, will find a temporary home in Memphis in 2006. The festival will take place May 9 & May 10 at the city’s multi-level Gibson Factory. The money raised will be split between the New Orleans Musicians Clinic and a special fund to be administered by the Mystic Knights of the Mau-Mau — producers of the Stomp — to directly help New Orleans and Gulf Coast musicians. In the wake of damage dealt by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the Mystic Knight of the Mau Mau want to try to help musicians rendered homeless and jobless by these disasters. The event will return to New Orleans in 2007.

According to Ponderosa Stomp promoter Dr. Ike, a full-time resident of New Orleans, “New Orleans and Gulf Coast musicians have played a major role in the development of American music. Without them, such musical forms as jazz, blues, R&B, rock ‘n’ roll, Zydeco and Cajun music would not exist as we know them. Katrina and Rita have greatly affected the ability of these musicians to make a living and continue the rich traditions of Louisiana music. The Mystic Knights of the Mau Mau seek to raise money to help out the musicians so they can keep the New Orleans tradition alive.”

The internationally renowned Ponderosa Stomp exists to celebrate, pay tribute to, and teach the cultural significance of the unsung heroes and heroines of rock ’n’ roll, rhythm & blues and other forms of American roots music while they are still alive. The Stomp festival and its year-round activities provide both a voice and career revival to overlooked sidemen, session musicians and other influential pioneers whose contributions have shaped American culture for over 50 years.

Tickets for the event, available at http://www.ponderosastomp.com, cost $40 per night, with music starting at 5 p.m. and running until at least 2 a.m.

There’s going to a lot of amazing musicians at this one. New Orleans and Gulf Coast-based artists confirmed to play this year’s Stomp include Clarence “Frogman” Henry, Joe Clay, Jay Chevalier,Rebirth Brass Band, Willie Tee, Eddie Bo, Al “Carnival Time” Johnson, Rockie Charles, Tammy Lynn, Warren Storm, Lazy Lester, The Bad Roads, Barbara Lynn, Roy Head, Lil Buck Sinegal and Archie Bell. Memphis area-based artists confirmed to perform include Scotty Moore, DJ Fontana, Sonny Burgess, Hayden Thompson, Ace Cannon, Hi Rhythm Section, Travis Wammack, Willie Cobbs, Kenny Brown and the Bo Keys. Among the other artists slated to perform at Ponderosa Stomp are The Nightcaps, Kenny & the Kasuals, ? & the Mysterians, Lady Bo, Billy Boy Arnold, Jody Williams, Deke Dickerson & the Eccofonics, Johnny Jones, Chick Willis, Clifton James, James Blood Ulmer, Betty Harris, Dale Hawkins, Dennis Coffey, Herb Remington and of course, The Fabulous Wailers.

Big thanks to Mr. Punmaster for the heads-up!

Demi Moore to do LOUIE and other links to the LOUIE circle

According to a webpage dedicated to Tim McGraw and Faith Hill that I discovered via Technorati, actress Demi Moore is recording a version of LOUIE LOUIE for a movie about Senator Robert F. Kennedy. Here’s the link for this timely news.

Off the top of my head, here’s some semi-related cyclical information that ties back into the loop of LOUIE:

1) In the television show MOONLIGHTING, the episode “Every Daughter’s Father Is a Virgin” includes a bit where Demi’s ex-husband Bruce Willis makes a reference to LOUIE LOUIE.

2) Bruce Willis used to be a spokesperson for a wine cooler TV campaign in the 1980’s. (NOTE: California Cooler wine cooler won a Clio for their LOUIE LOUIE ad campaign, and another company created a LOUIE LOUIE wine cooler. Does anyone still drink wine coolers?)

3) When Robert Kennedy was attorney general, citizens wrote to him about the perversity of LOUIE LOUIE, according to FBI LOUIE LOUIE files.

4) Robert Kennedy was parodied with a “Wild Thing” version recording created by a Kennedy-soundalike. “Wild Thing,” composed by Chip Taylor, made popular by the Troggs and Jimi Hendrix, is considered by many as a song directly inspired by LOUIE LOUIE.

5) Demi’s Moore first feature film “Blame It on Rio” produced in 1984, explores some of the same themes explored in the lyrical content of LOUIE LOUIE- one person’s frustrated quest for a lost love (or lust) while stuck in the confines of a warm idyllic environment (substitute Rio for Jamaica).

6) As far as I know, Kevin Bacon has not performed LOUIE LOUIE…. yet.


It looks like even the F.B.I. now has an official “LOUIE LOUIE webpage“. Nowhere on this page does it mention that I was probably the first person to petition the Federal Bureau of Investigation for these files under the Freedom of Information Act, but Dave Marsh’s book of LOUIE LOUIE does acknowledge this tasty tidbit of information.

For those you that want to buy a copy of this semi-entertaining government document, I’ll be happy to print a limited edition run of this, but be aware you can now download the basic information for free, courtesy of the U.S. government.

Another reason there’s no LOUIE lyrics at LouieLouie.net

Folks keep pestering me for LOUIE LOUIE lyrics. I’ve created a webpage explaining why I don’t offer ’em. People still keep hounding me. They don’t seem to realize I don’t want to alienate the music publishers that I want to work with.

Today in BoingBoing, I found a reminder why I do what I do:

Matthew sez, “According to this BBC News story, Warner Chappell’s legal threats against the creator of PearLyrics are just a preview of a campaign to be launched in 2006 by the Music Publishers Association. The MPA is seeking to take lyrics and tabs sites offline and– get this– ‘Mr Keiser said he did not just want to shut websites and impose fines, saying if authorities can ‘throw in some jail time I think we’ll be a little more effective’.'”

“The Xerox machine was the big usurper of our potential income,” he said. “But now the internet is taking more of a bite out of sheet music and printed music sales so we’re taking a more proactive stance.”

The BoingBoing link can be found here and the original source for this BBC story can be found here.

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