The Rocket 88s “Luigi Luigi” – LOUIE of the Week

This week, my friend Andy Martello shares a tasty LOUIE LOUIE, which has been declared “LOUIE of the Week!”

Bon Appetit!

The Olive Mill in San Tan Valley, AZ offers more than an olive grove, peach farm, and gourmet food shop. On weekends, they also feature live music.

During Memorial Day, they offered peach […]

Record Collector Hell

Paul Shaffer on 1990 David Letterman show – LOUIE of the Week

In celebration of David Letterman‘s amazing television legacy this week, here’s Paul Shaffer and the World’s Most Dangerous Band performing a lively version of “Louie Louie” on Letterman’s Late Night TV show on January 11, 1990.

I love this version. Paul Shaffer had just released a solo album entitled “Coast to Coast,” and for […]

RIP: Wally Todd, member of Jack Ely & the Courtmen

I lost my friend Wally last week. On May 14, Wally Todd, guitarist with Jack Ely & the Courtmen, died of a sudden heart attack less than three weeks after the passing of his old bandmate.

I met Wally back in 1999 when the Courtmen did a big reunion show in Seaside, Oregon in […]

Julian Cope & Ian McCulloch in 1978 – LOUIE of the Week

Another LOUIE LOUIE rarity discovered on YouTube:

This is the only copy of a recording of a band called “Uh?” which consisted of Julian Cope (vocals on this track), before he formed The Teardrop Explodes, and Ian McCulloch (playing a melodica), before he formed Echo and the Bunnymen, along with other band members (Dave […]

Richard Berry National Examiner story

Richard Berry‘s life story was the subject of a 2 page article in the May 11, 2015 issue of National Examiner.

It’s wonderful to see Richard’s story getting some attention, and I appreciate the comment about this song being the “most recorded tune in history” (which is what I’ve been saying for ages), but […]

Misidentifications of Jack Ely

With the passing of Jack Ely, former singer of the Kingsmen, a lot of folks shared a common video of the Kingsmen, featuring what they thought was Jack singing….

https://youtu.be/XL20vPIXs-A

What many of these people didn’t realize was that person lip synching was not Jack, but Lynn Easton.

Rolling Stone.com also initially misidentified Jack […]

More thoughts on Jack Ely … and a LOUIE of the Week

Yes, we’re still thinking about our friend Jack Ely…

This was a heavy hit at LOUIE Central, and some things just take longer to process..

My first posting on the passing of Jack Ely felt like the proverbial tip of the iceberg. There’s so many other things I could have posted on Jack, but […]

RIP: Errol Brown of Hot Chocolate, co-writer of Brother Louie

On the heels of Jack Ely‘s passing, we have another loss in the LOUIE Universe.

Errol Brown of the band Hot Chocolate, had liver cancer and passed away at the age of 71 years old at his home in the Bahamas.

Errol Brown, along with Tony Wilson, wrote and sang the song “Brother Louie,” […]