Mark Your Calendar – LOUIE LOUIE Day in Portland – September 5th

Hot breaking news from OregonMusicNews.com:

It’s the song that wouldn’t die. And now it will be commemorated for the ages. To mark the spot where a Portland band, The Kingsmen, recorded Richard Berry’s hit song in 1963, Terry Currier from the Oregon Music Hall of Fame will present Portland Mayor Charlie Hales with a […]

The Electric Ferrets – LOUIE of the Week

This week’s LOUIE is a 30 year old version of the song performed by The Electric Ferrets, with some very interesting back history..

Music video of The Electric Ferrets doing one of their earliest psychedelic onslaughts of sound, “Louie Louie,” recorded in a State College, PA attic in 1983. The band eventually reformulated itself […]

Thirty Years Ago Today…

Thirty years ago today, Richard Berry, author of the song “LOUIE LOUIE” met Jack Ely, the original vocalist for the Kingsmen, at KFJC Radio, Los Altos Hills, California. The date was August 20, 1983 – the second day of the legendary “Maximum: LOUIE LOUIE” radio marathon which played every known version of the song […]

Happy Birthday Moe Tucker! (LOUIE of the Week)

Big Happy Birthday wishes go out to Moe Tucker of the Velvet Underground, who shared some LOUIE memories for the documentary project years ago.

if you haven’t heard her version of LOUIE LOUIE, now’s your chance….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBqcKvwa6AE

Best wishes for Paul Revere!

An article posted at Examiner.com yesterday:

Classic rock’s Paul Revere flooded with well wishes and prayers for good health

On August 13, 2013, Facebook trended strongly for bandleader and music icon Paul Revere, as longtime fans and new visitors alike flocked to Revere’s “Paul Revere and the Raiders” Facebook page to express their thoughts, […]

The Soul Pistols (from Poland) – LOUIE of the Week

This week’s LOUIE LOUIE is from the Soul Pistols – a Rocksteady Ska Reggae tribute band from Poland. This is a “54-46 /Louie Louie” medley that borrows from the Toots & The Maytals arrangement.

Show ’em some love by visiting their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/soulpistols

http://youtu.be/fIQBw42C9vg

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Hail Hail Arthur Lee Maye!

My friend Gene Maye, just launched a website dedicated to his brother Arthur Lee Maye.

Arthur Lee Maye (1934-2002) was a singer of great Doo-Wop melodies, a major league baseball player, and a very close friend of Richard Berry, author of LOUIE LOUIE. Gene was a member of Richard Berry & the Pharaohs, […]

RIP: George Duke, jazz pianist

I’m saddened to report that George Duke has passed away. He just released his album- “DreamWeaver,” which debuted at #1 on the Contemporary Jazz Chart. It was a tribute to his wife, Corine, who passed away last year.

George passed away at Monday at St John’s Hospital in Los Angeles, where he was being […]

Hail Hail Kim Fowley! (LOUIE of the Week)

Last week, I had an opportunity to meet and shoot an interview with Kim Fowley for the long-awaited documentary on the song LOUIE LOUIE. Kim worked with Richard Berry in early 1960’s – after Richard made his original LOUIE recording of 1957, but before the Kingsmen made their iconic hit recording of the song. […]

Lost Lyrics of Famous Songs

Cracked.com had an intriguing article entitled “5 Insane Lost Verses That Change the Meaning of Famous Songs.”

LOUIE LOUIE is not one of the featured songs with the “lost lyrics,” but it is referenced within this article:

It’s been said (by us, right now) that 90 percent of all popular music is about love and […]