RIP: Danny Holiday, Seattle DJ / Music Historian

The Pacific Northwest music scene has lost another legend.

Seattle DJ & music historian Danny Holiday, has passed away after an extended illness. Looking at the various online articles about Danny, I discovered….

– Danny was born Daniel Prescott Thygesen in March 23, 1943 in Everett, Washington.

– Danny was a disc jockey at KPUG (Bellingham), KOL (Seattle), KBSG (Seattle)
and KZOK (Seattle), where he hosted “The Rock N Roll Time Machine.”

– Danny worked for several years doing promotion for Columbia Records.

– Danny was a former President of the “OFC,” an organization comprised of many of the legendary SEATTLE radio professionals.

I once had a phone call with Danny that made me feel like I was talking with an old friend. We talked about the LOUIE LOUIE legacy, and compared notes on LOUIE LOUIE film projects. Danny had some ideas for a LOUIE LOUIE comedy feature film based on some of the events in the Northwest that he personally witnessed. I have no idea how far he got with developing his script, but it sounded like a great project.

Danny was a prominent advocate of the LOUIE legacy, and was proud to show his support in an appropriate fashion.

Here’s a nice photo Danny wearing a rather stylish shirt when he met with Roy Orbison.

Here’s Danny singing LOUIE LOUIE with Paul Revere & the Raiders at the final show at Parker’s (Seattle).

…and as far as I’m concerned, anyone that had their picture taken with Groucho Marx was cooler than cool!

I’m sorry Danny wasn’t able to finish his LOUIE film or see mine, which I’m hoping to wrap up soon…. powers be willing.

In the meantime, here’s a nice little video tribute for Danny to celebrate his legacy.

To pay tribute to his memory, his family has asked that donations can be made to Camano Animal Shelter Association.

All photos of Danny came from the Official website

You can learn more about Danny by viewing…

Seattle Times obituary obituary website

The release of Ed’s Inner Space

It’s time for a little non-LOUIE news on the LOUIE REPORT blog…

Back in 2008, i worked with my friend, Emmy-award winner Alison Victor to co-produce / co-direct a short documentary about a blind sailor’s quest to use technology to see. The film entitled “Ed’s Inner Space,” had a special premiere at YURI’S NIGHT, a special worldwide event to celebrate the legacy of Yuri Gargarin, the first human being to travel into outer space.

This event was an international celebration of science, art, technology, and the creative spirit held at NASA. Our film was part of the S.T.E.A.M. Screen Documentary Program, and streamed to the astronauts on the International Space Station.

Since it’s initial release, excerpts of the film have been shown on The Oprah Winfrey Show, the Today Show on NBC, KPIX CBS-5 News, as well as various other national and international news outlets.

Recently, Alison and I have decided to release this project for free exhibition on the internet.

So here it is, in it’s entirety on YouTube….


co-producer/ co-director of “Ed’s Inner Space”

Click HERE for full-screen presentation!

The Secret Record Reviews of J. Edgar Hoover

Matthew Callan uncovers the Secret Record Reviews of J. Edgar Hoover, and it’s quite an eye-opener….

The FBI’s now infamous probe of “Louie Louie,” the ubiquitous garage rock hit of the early 1960s, was not only one of the weirder chapters in the history of the bureau, but it also had a profound, life-changing effect on FBI director J. Edgar Hoover.

The notorious “Louie Louie” investigation began when a worried parent complained to Attorney General Robert Kennedy that its garbled lyrics might contain some obscured obscenities. Hoover’s disdain for the Kennedy clan led him to believe that anything they disliked must be good. He gave The Kingsmen’s single a few spins on his old Victrola before feeling spontaneously transformed. To that point, Hoover had been suspicious of most youth culture music, at one point calling Fabian “a communist dupe of the highest order.” However, the raw energy of “Louie Louie” spoke to him in a way music never had. “I can’t explain it,” he confessed to friends, “and dammit, I don’t want to!”

Hoover secretly stymied the bureau’s “Louie Louie” investigation, even as he attended many of the band’s gigs incognito. (This came to an abrupt halt when a photo surfaced from a Kingsmen gig at Georgetown University, in which a stocky and blurry Hoover-esque figure can be seen in the background, doing a keg stand.) When the “Louie Louie” report finally crossed his desk two years later, Hoover brutally edited the content to absolve the band of any wrongdoing. It was he who added the infamous verdict of “unintelligible at any speed,” though he would later confide to his most trusted advisers, “Looking for any meaning–obscene or otherwise–in an aesthetic masterpiece like ‘Louie Louie’ is like searching for the point of the Mona Lisa.”

Read the rest of this brilliant expose by visiting…

RIP: Michael Davis / MC5 – LOUIE of the Week

This past week, we lost another great player in the rock ‘n’ roll universe.

Michael Davis, original bassist for MC5, has passed away at the age of 68, after being hospitalized for liver disease.

If one had to come up with a list of bands responsible for directly inspiring the punk rock movement, MC5 would be at the top of of list, along with the Sonics, Link Wray, the Standells, and the Stooges. The MC5 lasted from from 1964 to 1972, stirring up the pot with anti-establishment lyrics, and a proto-primitive sound, starting with their first album “Kick Out the Jams,” released in 1969.

After the MC5, Davis worked with a number of bands, including Ascension with Fred Smith (also of MC5), Destroy All Monsters with Ron Asheton from the Stooges, Empty Set, and Rich Hopkins & The Luminarios.

Michael Davis also co-founded the non-profit Music is Revolution Foundation, which promotes music education in public schools.

In 2004, Michael linked up with the three surviving members of MC5, Wayne Kramer on guitar and Dennis Thompson on drums, to forge a new band known as DKT-MC5.

You can learn more about Michael Davis by visiting his blog. is a great resource to learn more about the MC5 universe.

To celebrate Michael and MC5, here’s a clip of the band at Kulttuuritalo Helsinki Finland in 1972, performing LOUIE LOUIE, which is is this week’s LOUIE.

I think he’s in this clip… ?

Of course, if one’s going to post a YouTube clip of MC5, it’s best to also include a clip of all of the original members doing their iconic anthem – “Kick Out The Jams (Mother*****rs)”

Nightlife featuring Mark Terpening- LOUIE of the Week

This week, the LOUIE of the Week spotlight is focused on a 20+ year old clip that was unveiled on YouTube a few months ago. The performance took place place in Anaheim – the town where Richard Berry wrote the song in 1955 at the Harmony Ballroom.

The YouTube description describes it as such:

Mark shot this at Club Coronado in Anaheim 1987. I think it’s called The Dolphin Lounge now. He’s tearing up Louie Louie. He still plays in the area in Monkeys Uncle. Pay no attention to the knucklehead in the blue shirt and his gawdawful guitar solo. : ) wad’ja’say? Steve Lewis= guitar vocals, Tom Sebourn= keyboards vocals, Scott Stieber (spelling?)= drums, Billy Pulliam= bass vocals, Bob Faeser= guitar vocals.

Ladies and gentlemen, appearing on the blog, it’s Nightlife featuring Mark Terpening, playing in Anaheim!

And if you want to see what Mark Terpening sounds like nowadays, here’s a clip of his current band, live in Anaheim….

Branson – LOUIE of the Week

A band known as Branson plays a house party somewhere around Syracuse University, New York. Some guy named Sam Kogon sings lead vocals for a new version of LOUIE LOUIE. Another guy named Dan does some heckling. Someone else shoots a video of this clip and it’s preserved for posterity on the Bransonny YouTube Channel.

A thousand miles away, someone at discovers this catchy version that starts off slow and sloppy, but ends up being fast and lively, with a healthy heaping of a punk pudding.

The version is shared at as a “LOUIE of the Week,” and the rest is history…


RIP: Don Cornelius, host of Soul Train (with Barry White -LOUIE of Week)

Don Cornelius, creator and host of the tv show SOUL TRAIN has left us.

There’s a lot of great articles on the legacy of Mr. Cornelius and his Soul Train TV show, but here’s a few key points that I thought were especially worth mentioning:

Don Cornelius was the first Black owner of a nationally syndicated TV franchise. Starting with one TV station in Chicago, Soul Train spread to dozens of markets and lasted for 35 seasons.

Soul Train was a great showcase for Afro-centric perspective, broadcasting to a wide audience of Americans — Black, white, Latino and Asian.

The Soul Train brand was expanded to other business areas, such as the Soul Train award shows.

In 1981 Barry White appeared on Soul Train to perform LOUIE LOUIE, fully acknowledging Richard Berry, another black man, as the writer of his iconic song.

I’m almost tempted to post the Soul Train video clip with Barry White, but I’d rather not annoy the folks I’m working with to properly license this footage, so you’ll probably have to wait until my documentary comes out to see this thing, or maybe just wait until someone else gets around to doing that sort of thing….

In meantime, I’ll share a YouTube clip that features the audio of Barry White’s version from the Beware album.

We’ll call it this week’s LOUIE of Week..



Five Ways “Soul Train” Changed America

VH1 Rock Docs – Soul Train: The Hippest Trip in America

Cornelius memorial at the Soul Train website

Factbox: Key facts about Don Cornelius and “Soul Train”