RIP: Leonard Nimoy (Star Trek actor, musician, multi-talented human)


On Friday as I began my day checking email and info feeds via social media, I was alerted to the sad news of the loss of legendary actor Leonard Nimoy.

One of the first things I saw was the Facebook posting of George Takei, a fellow Star Trek alumni.

George Takei on Leonard Nimoy

I saw a lot of love shared this man that so many of us grew up with. Friends shared impressions of his impact on their lives .. not unlike a virtual parent, providing clarity, common sense and an endorsement for that often-ignored concept of “logic.”

Within the LOUIE LOUIE online forum, I received an email from my pal Stretch Riedle, asking the question that needed to be asked…

OK, I don’t think there’s a connection to Louie Louie, but I’ll mention that Leonard Nimoy left us today.

Anyone know if there IS a LL connection?

With this in mind, I took the challenge and applied the “Five Degrees of LOUIE” principle to Leonard Nimoy. Here’s what I came up with:

LOUIE Connection #1


The Sandpipers appeared on American Bandstand (season 10) on December 17, 1966 to perform “Louie Louie.” On the same show, Tina Mason (future wife of Phil Fang Volk of Paul Revere & Raiders) sang “Any Way That You Want Me.”

Eight months later, Leonard Nimoy appeared on American Bandstand TV show (season 10) on August 26, 1967 to perform “Bilbo Baggins.”

LOUIE Connection #2


Leonard Nimoy appeared with Paul Revere & the Raiders on Happening ’68 TV show on January 13, 1968

LOUIE Connection #3


Thanks to various compilations assembled by Rhino Records, LOUIE LOUIE and the music of Leonard Nimoy were exposed to a new audience 20+ years after their initial releases.

OK, that’s the best I can for now. Perhaps there’s more connections I don’t know about. Maybe SOMEBODY has a super-rare recording of Mr. Nimoy performing LOUIE LOUIE? Hey, crazier things have happened, right?

Anyways, here’s a few things about Nimoy that I found especially interesting / not generally shared in the usual articles about the man …

rare photo courtesy of Mark Arnold
rare photo courtesy of Mark Arnold

My friend Mark Arnold obtained this ultra-cool photo of Leonard Nimoy performing live at the Braille Institute in Los Angeles in December 1967. He paid some ridiculously low price for this photo that I’ve NEVER seen anywhere else….

Here’s really funny music video by Bruno Mars that featured Leonard Nimoy.

Nimoy explained it in his own blog posting:

Here’s the deal: I am married to Susan Bay Nimoy and she has a son named Aaron Bay Schuck. His father is John Schuck who played the Klingon ambassador for me when I worked in Star Trek IV.
Aaron who’s been in my life since he was 4 1/2 is now an executive at Electra and Atlantic Records. So he brought Bruno Mars to the label and started recording Bruno.
And Bruno asked Aaron whether I would perform in this music video for him. So that’s how it came about. I think it is very funny I hope, you enjoy it.


Did you know that Leonard Nimoy also directed and starred in a music video with the Bangles?

My friend Thanayi Jackson found out about a 1962 telegram Leonard Nimoy sent to President John F. Kennedy, pleading for a planet free of nuclear weapons and testing…. years before Nimoy became a popular actor with the Star Trek series.

telegram to JFK from Nimoy
Telegram to JFK from Leonard Nimoy, courtesy of John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

… and some cool statements spoken by Mr. Spock:

Top Ten Spock Quotes:

10. Spock: I object to you. I object to intellect without discipline. I object to power without constructive purpose.

09. Spock: It is curious how often you humans manage to obtain that which you do not want.

08. Spock: (Explaining to Kirk how the mirror versions were so quickly spotted) It was far easier for you as civilized men to behave like barbarians than it was for them as barbarians to behave like civilized men.

07. Spock: Those who hate and fight must stop themselves, Doctor, otherwise it is not stopped.

06. Spock: Change is the essential process of all existence.

05. Spock: Humans smile with so little provocation.

04. Dr. Miranda Jones: The glory of creation is in its infinite diversity.

Spock: And the way our differences combine to create meaning and beauty.

03. Spock: Virtue is a relative term.

02. Spock: I’ve noticed that about your people, Doctor. You find it easier to understand the death of one than the death of a million. You speak about the objective hardness of the Vulcan heart, yet how little room there seems to be in yours.
McCoy: Suffer the death of thy neighbor, eh, Spock? You wouldn’t wish that on us, would you?
Spock: It might have rendered your history a bit less bloody.

01. Spock: Live long and prosper.


When I turned on the TV on Friday, would you believe the Futurama* episode with Nimoy was the first thing that popped onto the screen?


In closing, I thank Leonard Nimoy for being a great inspiration for many of us.

Rest in peace, my friend.

Reference Links:

The Musical Touch of Leonard Nimoy
American Bandstand -Season 10 –
Happening ’68 –
Leonard Nimoy introduces The Kinks – Milwaukee 6/12/1978

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* LOUIE Connection #4
Some folks have noted that the Futurama theme song sounds remarkably close to LOUIE LOUIE.

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UPDATE March 6th, 2015:

LOUIE Connection #5
From Tommy Dunbar of the Rubinoos – This week’s LOUIE Mutant:

You asked if there was any link between Leonard Nimoy and Louie Louie. Well, it may be a stretch, but… a Kevin Bacon sort of way…….

Thanks again for the Mutant award! – Tommy

The original Star Trek theme done in the style of surf music.

LOUIE LOUIE Leonard Cohen – Five Degrees of LOUIE


Last year, I shared my thoughts on the “Five Degrees of LOUIE LOUIE” concept … which borrows from the “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” … but with one less step.

My friend Clay Stabler utilized this concept for linking Leonard Cohen to the LOUIE universe…

Louie Louie –à Leonard Cohen

1. Don Gallucci was the keyboardist for the Kingsmen version in 1963

2. After he left the Kingsmen, Gallucci founded the prog rock group Touch

3. Touch performed the theme song and other music for the film “The Second Coming of Suzanne.”

4. The film was based on the lyrics of the song “Suzanne”

5. “Suzanne” was written by Leonard Cohen


The Arnold-Hedgecock Experience – LOUIE of the Week


Today, the LOUIE Report shares The Arnold-Hedgecock Experience recording of LOUIE LOUIE. This is a 1987 recording with Thomas K. Arnold & Roger Hedgecock.

Roger Hedgecock is a conservative talk radio host and former mayor of San Diego, California.

The Wikipedia page on Mr. Hedgecock describes how this collaboration came to be:

In 1986 he formed a band with well-known San Diego journalist Thomas K. Arnold called The Arnold-Hedgecock Experience. Arnold was a writer for the Reader, San Diego Magazine, the Los Angeles Times and numerous other publications; in the early 1980s he also engineered 1960s pop star Gary Puckett’s comeback. They recorded a cover of “Louie, Louie” and donated proceeds to St. Vincent de Paul, a local charity; they played several concerts around town, including opening for The Kingsmen in Oceanside in front of 10,000 people

James Williamson w/ Jello Biafra, Alison Mosshart – LOUIE of the Week


Here’s another one for the LOUIE archives – James Williamson of The Stooges did a solo show at the Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles last month. As fate would have it, the last song of the show was THE SONG!

He is joined by Jello Biafra, Alison Mosshart, Carolyn Wonderland and other assorted all-stars


BIG thanks once again to Krista Wood for being the FIRST one to let me know about this one!

Blast from Past – KQAK visits KFJC Max LOUIE

Thanks to my friend Jennifer of Radiosurvivor, I found this cool archival photo on Facebook!


This is Belle Nolan and Mike Koste of KQAK (aka The Quake) visiting the KFJC Maximum Louie Louie Marathon that began on August 19, 1983. Over the course of 63+ hours, KFJC played over 800 different versions. This photo was taken by Hank London.

Apparently Belle forgot she even did this interview!

Luckily, we have an audio recording….

… and the Semi-Complete KFJC Maximum LOUIE LOUIE air check list – updated November 2014.

Lazymouth – LOUIE of the Week


This week, the LOUIE of the Week award goes to a band known as Lazymouth, based in Sarnia, a city in Southwestern Ontario, Canada.

They’ve got an interesting groove and they’ve written some original songs in the town they call the “Chemical Valley,” which they describe as being “very unique, beautiful and ugly all at the same time.”

Check out their YouTube channel for more of their music!