LOUIE flashback – Election 1988

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Back in 1988, Bloom Country, the brilliant comic strip by Berke Breathed, provided some special LOUIE LOUIE lyrics to celebrate the Presidential Election of United States, imagining different sets of LOUIE lyrics for each of the candidates – Mike Dukakis, George H.W. Bush, and Bill the Cat!

The Bloom County comic strip originally ran from 1980 until 1989, but was recently restarted after a 25 year hiatus, currently available via Facebook and GoComics.com.

More details about the Bloom County universe can be found at:
BerkeleyBreathed.com.

Involuntary vacation at Louie Report?

This week, the LouieLouie.net website may look a little different. The layout is different, some photos may be missing, and there’s NO LOUIE of the Week.

We got hacked. We’re not quite sure how this happened, but we’re in the process of fixing things, with the hope that this sort of thing won’t happen again.

Bare with us. With any luck, we’ll be back to normal, or a new-improved “normal” by next week….

(UPDATE: The website was fixed within a week.)

Anniversary of KFJC Marathon – LOUIE of the Week

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On Friday, August 19, 1983, KFJC began what turned out to be a major turning point in LOUIE LOUIE history with the MAXIMUM LOUIE LOUIE marathon:

1) The first meeting of Richard Berry, author of the song LOUIE LOUIE and Jack Ely, original vocalist with the Kingsmen, whose voice was heard on the world’s most popular version of the song.

2) A 63 hour marathon celebrating the song, with over 800 unique versions.

A world record worth acknowledging? We think so.

3) The starting point for what has turned into a massively ambitious documentary project, that is still a work-in-progress….

Yes, it is still happening…


https://youtu.be/y5bL7lcCwuM

RIP: Pete Fountain, jazz clarinetist – LOUIE of the Week

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Pete Fountain, the goateed clarinetist who became a global ambassador of New Orleans jazz with his flawlessly slippery technique and joyful sound, died Saturday of heart failure while in hospice care in New Orleans.”

I borrowed that opening sentence from Randy Lewis’s fine obituary that was shared on August 6th in the Los Angeles Times.

I thought it was a perfect statement about Mr. Fountain well worth recycling.

The NOLA Media Group pointed out an unusual aspect of their native son of New Orleans (LOUISiana):

Unlike other musicians whose lives were marked by marital strife, substance abuse and run-ins with the law, Mr. Fountain lived a blissful existence with Beverly Lang Fountain, his wife of 64 years, and a sizable number of children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

“His love of family kept him going,” said Benny Harrell, Mr. Fountain’s son-in-law and manager. “He was very fortunate to be able to perform his music in New Orleans, whereas most musicians have to go on the road. People would travel here to see him.

“He had tours, but his life wasn’t spent on the road. … He was able to make his music here, performing the music he loved. He played the music he grew up with.”

Both of these articles provide excellent overviews of his musical legacy.

At the website, which offers a LOUIE-centric point of view, we provide a special type of linkage.

Pete Fountain shared his version of LOUIE LOUIE on his 1963 album entitled “I’ve Got You Under My Skin.”

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This version was also included as part of Rhino Record’s “Best of LOUIE LOUIE – Volume 2” compilation that was released in 1989.

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Ill Folks, aka The Blog Of Less Renown, Celebrating Under-Appreciated Unusual, Unique, Sick Or Strange Singers, Songwriters And Songs, shared a nice tribute to his version of LOUIE LOUIE a few years ago with a post entitled “Pete Fountain GOOSES “Louie Louie!”

One of the main problems with the song is to figure out what the hell to sing. It’s in a sort of incomprehensible dialect. Pete and the boys get around this by simply walking to the middle of the road, and crooning the song’s redundant two-word title. “Just pronounce it like it’s written….Looey Looey.”

Pete’s clarinet, over a slinky beat, gives a few torpid “ahh ooooh” honks, while the muted choir lumbers along, not sure what other lines they’re supposed to sing. Pete livens things up with some staccato squeaks…and this goes on just long enough (2:10).

When you visit the Ill Folks webpage, you can find a link to an MP3 file of this very special version!

Rest in peace, Pete Fountain!

Reference:

Ill Folks – Pete Fountain GOOSES “Louie Louie
Los Angeles Times obituary on Pete Foutain
NOLA Media Group obituary on Pete Foutain
Discogs entry for Pete Fountain LP “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”
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AFTERTHOUGHT:
Some people believe that Paul McCartney‘s composition “Yesterday” may be the world’s most recorded song of all time. I happen to believe that Richard Berry‘s composition “LOUIE LOUIE” may be a better candidate for that particular title. On Pete Fountain’s album “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” he shares his recordings of both of these two songs.

Can anyone think of another musician that might have released an album / CD that featured recordings of these two iconic songs?

Bangkok Blue -Louie’s In The House – LOUIE (Remix) of the Week

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Here’s a LOUIE recording that I really enjoyed finding…

Blue Johnson aka Bangkok Blue did a jazzy remix of Richard Berry‘s original version, and shared with the world on YouTube.

Here’s a brief description from his YouTube page:

“Louie’s In The House” is a REMIX of Richard Berry‘s original recording of “Louie Louie”. Most people never realized that Richard Berry wrote and recorded the song in 1957. In 1963 the Kingsmen recorded the song and it became a world-wide mega-hit but there was never any mention that Richard Berry was the original writer of the song. Fortunately in the mid 80’s, Berry’s lawyers were able to prove in court that he had been illegally deprived of several million dollars in unpaid back royalties! Richard Berry finally won a lucrative settlement that put an end to one of the biggest rip-off attempts in the history of the music business!

In 2006 my son, James Ming Johnson and I decided to do this REMIX in honor of the late, great Richard Berry. Ming (who was in high school then), did all the digital sampling and engineering from the original 45 RPM single and he and I both programmed and added some keyboard parts in this REMIX.


https://youtu.be/3QjL1J0QFb0

This may become my favorite new LOUIE recording of the year, as I really enjoy hearing versions that don’t sound like any other versions… as well as hearing different variations of Richard singing that song…

Feel free to visit Blue Johnson / Bangkok Blue at his Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/bangkokblue

SAD UPDATE:

A little over a month after I wrote this post about Bangkok Blue Johnson, I received this sad news about him today on his Facebook page:

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I never met Mr. Blue Johnson, but we did make contact, and he was very grateful for the acknowledgement on these pages.

Rest in peace, my friend.