J. Hearthill with The Valkyrians – LOUIE

This week, the LOUIE of the Week award goes to J. Hearthill with The Valkyrians for their version of LOUIE LOUIE performance on December 3rd 2011, shared via YouTube.

Their Wiki page describes this band as a “Finnish rocksteady and ska band.”

Wonderful to see this kinda music happenin’ in Finland!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySPrDd6n6MU

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RIP: Etta James

One of the most influential singers of the past 50 years has passed away. A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Blues Hall of Fame, the Grammy Hall of Fame, and recipient of various life achievement awards, this iconic performer has left the land of the living.

Etta James died […]

RIP: Johnny Otis, R&B / rock ‘n’ roll pioneer

Last week, we lost Johnny Otis. He was truly a renaissance man with many different talents – singer, songwriter, disc jockey, keyboardist, drummer, bandleader, talent scout, music producer, television show host, record label owner, cartoonist, painter, politician, organic farmer, and so much more.

He’d been called “the godfather of rhythm and blues,” often […]

RIP: Kearney Barton, Legendary NW Recording Engineer & Studio/Label Owner

When I embarked on this documentary project of mine, a bunch of people in the Pacific Northwest told me “Ya gotta interview Kearney Barton!”

I’m so very glad I took their advice.

Kearney Barton recording engineer for many great bands of the Pacific Northwest, has passed away on January 17 at the age of […]

RIP: Terry Dolan of Terry & the Pirates

This week of musical casualties began with the death of a pirate.

Terry Dolan, of the band Terry & the Pirates, passed away on January 15 at the age of 67.

My first exposure to Terry & the Pirates came about via a record store I used to frequent during my high school years. […]

Teenage Death Star LIVE at Jakarta- LOUIE of the Week

This week’s LOUIE comes all the way from Indonesia. Jakarta, to be exact.

Here tis… Teenage Death Star, live at Colours Pub Jakarta, sometime in August 2008.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GttQMgABWE

NRBQ & Lou Albano “Captain Lou” – LOUIE of the Week

This week, to commemorate the loss of our friend Tom Ardolino of NRBQ, the LOUIE of the week will be a special LOUIE that’s not necessarily the Richard Berry song.

This week, it’s NRBQ and Lou Albano performing “Captain Lou”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJNrsNe54AE

By the way, if you go to Terry Adams’ page, you can actually […]

RIP: Tom Ardolino of NRBQ

The LOUIE Universe has lost another friend.

Tom Ardolino, drummer with NRBQ, died on January 6 at the age of 56.

The band announced Ardolino’s death on their Facebook page on Friday: “Friends, We regret to inform you that Tom Ardolino passed away today. Tom will be missed but his spirit lives on through […]

Aliens 45 sells for $499?? – LOUIE of the Week

An extremely rare version of LOUIE LOUIE sold for $499 last week on eBay.

The Aliens were a band from upstate New York. They put out a very limited edition 45 single in 1967 with “LOUIE LOUIE” on the A-side, and “Gloria” on the B-side.

Or was it the other way around? Hard to […]

Big Nate’s History Report with Paul Revere

The Big Nate comic strip starts the new year with a tip of the tri-cornered hat to Paul Revere & the Raiders!

… and that’s a GOOD THING!