The Filipino Kingsmen Playing “Hitchhike” – LOUIE distant relative of Week

Here’s a cool vintage discovery from the early 1960s – another band known as “the Kingsmen” that had NOTHING to do with the band with the LOUIE hit recording. This is a Filipino ‘Kingsmen” rock band playing “Hitchhike.”

For this one, I’ll recycle the YouTube description that Paquito Dela Cruz posted with his clip:

The Pinoy rock group “The Kingsmen” was founded on July 1, 1961 by J. Ramón “Mon” Faustmann (Arranger & Rythmn Guitar), Carlos Faustmann (Bass), Carlos “Charlie” de Oglou (Lead Guitar — a cousin of Ernesto “Ernie” Delgado of “The Electromaniacs“), and Jon Achával (Drums).

“The Kingsmen” would later meet up with “The Silvertones” and invite the band members to play together. Here is the story according to bandmember J. Ramón Faustmann:

“I met the Nubers in a Manila Yacht Club Regatta to Cabcaben, Bataan, around a campfire, where, as usual, I was jamming with my guitar! They were there too, also with their guitars. We struck up a friendship, and they invited me to their SanLo [San Lorenzo Village, Makati City] home to play with them and also teach them, as well. The were already getting lessons from a professional jazz guitar player, where they had learned a few songs. They called themselves ‘The Silvertones’ (their amps were all Silvertone Amps bought from SEARS), and I played with them in several places, and in time, I invited them to meet and play with the rest of the group, ‘The Kingsmen!'”

However, on several occasions the band had changed its name to: “Bob Dunn and the Kingsmen“, and later to the “Royal Kingsmen” in order to differentiate themselves from the Seattle rock group, “The Kingsmen” (who recorded the popular hit “Louie, Louie”).

According to bandmember J. Ramón Faustmann:

“I remember very clearly we recorded ‘Exodus’ (as well as ‘Miserlou,’ ‘Hitchhike’ and ‘Honky Tonk’) around September or October, 1963 in the studio. ‘Exodus’ was then played during the Kennedy Assassination in November, 1963 on DZHP. Sometime in October 1963, we obtained two Beatle albums from friends in England, and we learned the songs in a week, in time to play them at various school fairs and TV appearances. We can claim that we were the first band to play Beatles [songs] in the Philippines. They were introduced in the USA in February 1964 at the Ed Sullivan Show. The ‘Kingsmen’ had been playing Beatles for five months!”

With thanks to: http://pinoyclassicrock.com/ and J. Ramón Faustmann for providing corrections and clarifications!

https://youtu.be/GuFw1msSc3U

One correction to note: The Kingsmen with the LOUIE LOUIE hit were from Portland, Oregon, and not Seattle!

BIG THANKS to Paquito Dela Cruz for sharing this one!

RIP: Carlo Driggs, former singer with Paul Revere & Raiders (LOUIE of Week)

More sad news in the Raider universe with the unexpected passing of Carlo Driggs, former singer with Paul Revere & the Raiders.

Wayne MacKinnon, a close friend of Carlo, shared a wonderful tribute on his Shiny Squirrel Podcast Network:

TO THE MEMORY OF MY FRIEND, BROTHER LIKE, COMRADE, AND FAMILY MAN CARLO DRIGGS

It’s with a heavy heart we share to you, that former Raider Carl (Carlo) Driggs has passed away. Carl was the lead vocals for the group from 1983 through 2004. His pristine vocals captured the energy of the hits and songs of Paul Revere & The Raiders.

Carl has had a successful career in music. In the early 70’s Carl was lead singer for the band Kracker, that had modest success, enough to get the attention of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, and sign them as the first group to their Rolling Stones record label, and as their opening band on European tours. After Kracker, came more success for Carl with the group Foxy, where they charted #9 on Billboard and #1 on Soul for the hit song “Get Off”, followed by other songs that charted in the Top 100.

Then in 1983, Revere hired Carl to be the lead singer of his group until parting in 2004. Carl continued in music, and just recently released his book, “A Lead Singer’s Life” by Carlo Driggs.

Our thoughts are with his wife Tabatha, his children, family, friends and fans!

Carl, Thank you for all that you’ve given the world through your voice and music, and the energy you exuded in every show! A true entertainer and friend!

…. and course, here’s Carlo singing THAT SONG, captured live with the Raiders back in 1986!


https://youtu.be/1uj4tQMX6cg

Reference Links:

Shiny Squirrel Podcast Network – Tribute to Carlo Driggs

Carlo Driggs Facebook page

RIP: Lexie Shabel, cancer fighter + documentary maker

I lost another friend this week.

I first met Lexie Shabel ten years ago at the 2007 Santa Cruz Film Festival. She was presenting her documentary “We Like To Drink: We Like to Play Rock’n’Roll,” which told the story about a band from Massachusetts known as The UnBand. I’d never heard of this band before, and almost didn’t stick around to watch this film, which was part of a double bill featuring a film that I initially came to see.

I’m so very grateful that I stuck around to watch this film. It turned out to be one of the most entertaining music documentaries I’d seen in a long time. It felt like a real-life Spinal Tap with real people doing dumb stuff, all glued together with a wonderful rock and roll soundtrack.


https://youtu.be/7ZwHunYzlGw?list=PL6F315A28A3381C5E

.. and a song called “Geez LOUISE?


https://youtu.be/XsHyjpSgMX0

I had to congratulate director Lexie Shabel for creating such an engaging documentary about an unknown band. I had such a nice time yacking with her, and learned about her other ambitious film product that she was working on … the documentary she was producing of her special battle with breast cancer.

We became friends and shared quite a few emails over the years, sharing resources whenever we could.

Lexie’s battle with breast cancer continued to be the unavoidable challenge that she faced, draining her energy while also providing her with a massive mission that empowered her to help others facing similar battles.

She created an organization known as the Breast Wishes Fund in 2010, with a focus on providing more information and resources for those seeking alternative choices for breast cancer treatment and prevention.

She embarked on a very personal and transformative path toward overall health, addressing her cancer on her own terms.

She did a presentation at TEDTalks entitled “When Did Our Breasts Become An Accessory?


https://youtu.be/4M8hoVFpSIg

She continued to speak out, providing support for others facing this awful disease.

Then, on Monday, May 22, I visited her her Facebook wall, where I learned the sad news about her passing.

Rest in peace, my friend.
You shall not be forgotten.

love, E.P.

Lexie Shabel and Jane Sullivan at 2007 Santa Cruz Film Festival

Lexie Shabel and Jane Sullivan at 2007 Santa Cruz Film Festival

Reference Links:

LouieLouie.net – Rock ‘n’ Roll Overload (mention of Lexie’s Unband film)
http://www.louielouie.net/blog/?p=252

Facebook page for Lexie Shabel
https://www.facebook.com/lexie.shabel

Breast Wishes Fund page
http://breastwishesfund.org

LOUIE comic strip – Nancy

It’s yet another mention of LOUIE LOUIE in the daily comic strips!

This ones was in Saturday’s NANCY comic strip – May 27, 2017.

The Nancy comic character was originally created by Ernie Bushmiller in 1933, and has continued, thanks to the talents of Guy Gilchrist, who’s been drawing Nancy’s adventures since 1995.

Big thanks to our friend Nola Falan for spotting this LOUIE reference!

You can view this comic strip and all the others at GoComics!

Reference Links:

Official Nancy webpage at GoComics!
http://www.gocomics.com/nancy/

WiKipedia- Nancy (comic strip)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nancy_(comic_strip)

(minimal) LOUIE at the Movies – Danny Says

I recently watched “Danny Says,” a documentary about a music industry insider by the name of Danny Fields.

As someone that worked with David Peel, who passed away last month, I knew about Danny, and various people recommended that I see this documentary.

I knew that Danny not only helped get Peel signed to Elektra, helped facilitate John Lennon‘s meeting with Peel, and also played a major role in discovering, signing and eventually managing the Ramones.

This film shared details a lot of amazing things that Danny did during his career in the music industry that I was not fully aware of…

For example, in 1996, Danny Fields was a managing editor of Datebook Magazine, which catered to teenage music enthusiasts in USA, and they decided to run excepts of a John Lennon interview conducted by journalist Maureen Cleave for the London Evening Standard. Initially ignored in the UK, the American audience picked on a statement in which John discussed how the Beatles popularity seemed to be stronger than Christianity at that point in time. There was a massive backlash against the Beatles after that incident, which probably contributed to their decision to stop touring.

Danny Fields was a person that discovered a lot of great musicians that became major trendsetters. He was hired by Elektra Records as a publicist, and helped transform a folk music label into a rock music powerhouse, working with The Doors, and convincing the label to sign MC5 and The Stooges, two bands that served as major inspirations for the US and UK punk music movements of the mid-to-late 1970s.

In 1975, Fields discovered the Ramones at CBGB, and helped get them signed to Sire Records. As the band’s co-manager, with Linda Stein, Fields brought the band to England, where they had an enormous impact, inspiring the UK punk movement.

As a writer for the New York Times pointed out, “You could make a convincing case that without Danny Fields, punk rock would not have happened.”

There’s a ton of names mentioned in this documentary. Danny worked with Doors, Cream, Lou Reed, Nico, Judy Collins, and this film includes a massive list of people that provided interviews- Michael Alago, Eric Andersen, Penny Arcade, Scott Asheton, Roberta Bayley, Jim Bessman, Susan Blonde, Justin Bond, Leee Black Childers, Judy Collins, Alice Cooper, Mike Diana, Myk Fisher, Danny Goldberg, Bob Gruen, Duncan Hannah, Steve Harris, Fayette Hauser, Kristian Hoffman, Jac Holzman, Billy James, Louis Edward Jordan, Larry Kaplan, Lenny Kaye, Wilson Kidde, Howie Klein, Wayne Kramer, Jon Landau, Richard Lloyd, John Lomax III, Pat Loud, Gary Lucas, Steve Mackay, Dick & Zoe Manitoba, Jim Marshall, Gillian McCain, Monte Melnick, John Cameron Mitchell, Paul Morrissey, Billy Name, David Neuman, David Peel, Dennis Peron, Iggy Pop, Tommy Ramone, Randi Reisfeld, Jonathan Richman, Yvonne Ruskin, Natalie Schlossman, John Sinclair, Seymour Stein, Arturo Vega, Loudon Wainwright, Rufus Wainwright, Jann Wenner, James Williamson, & Mary Woronov.

Anyways, the LOUIE LOUIE reference is as minimal as you can get. If you sneezed at the wrong time, you’d miss it completely. Nobody mentions the song, and the song isn’t even played.

It’s just tiny visual reference. There’s discussion of how big changes were happening in the pop music universe during the period of 1965-1966, and LOUIE gets an animated mention in a motion graphics sequence.

Anyways, I highly recommend this documentary and encourage my friends to see it. It’s a keeper!

The Iggy Pop story about Ron Ashton destroying a company truck was especially funny!

Reference Links:

Danny Says – the official website
http://dannysaysfilm.com/

Wikipedia – Danny Fields
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danny_Fields

Wikipedia – More popular than Jesus
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/More_popular_than_Jesus

B.B. King & the Kings Men – LOUIE distant relative of Week

Did you know that one of B.B. King‘s earliest recordings was with the Kings Men?

Absolutely true. In 1954, RPM Records released a recording by B.B. “Blues Boy” King* And The Kings Men entitled “Sneakin’ Around,” with “Everyday I Have The Blues” by B.B. “Blues Boy” King* And His Orchestra on the flip side.

It definitely wasn’t the same Kingsmen from Portland, Oregon with the 1963 LOUIE LOUIE recording. That particular band hadn’t even been formed yet.

I’m guessing this may have been first and only time B.B. King recorded with a band known as “The Kings Men,” and I’m pretty sure it wasn’t the same “Kings Men” that also backed Big Crosby on a handful of different records.

Over the years, there were actually a few bands that called themselves “The Kingsmen / Kings Men,” including Elvis Presley‘s back up band, Maceo Parker‘s band, the Statler Brothers and even a San Francisco band in the early 1960s that would rename themselves the Flamin’ Groovies.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGVC7XpcGuE

For MORE information on other bands known as “The Kingsmen / Kings Men,” click on the Kingsmen-OTHER category link!

Reference:
Discogs page on B.B. King Sneakin’ Around/ Everyday I Have The Blues single
https://www.discogs.com/BB-Blues-Boy-King-And-Kings-Men-Sneakin-Around-Everyday-I-Have-The-Blues/release/2782680

FLASHBACK- Christopher Doll’s Unlikely History of Sixties Rock and Roll

I’m a bit swamped by various things going on right now, so I won’t be assemble a fresh blog post this week.

Instead, I’ll simply recycle and update a posting from the past for a “Flashback Friday”…

Three years ago, my friend Christopher Doll, of Rutgers University, gave a special presentation at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland on Wednesday, March 26th, 2014.

Nuclear Holocaust, the Kennedy Assassination, and ‘Louie Louie’: The Unlikely History of Sixties Rock and Roll” was the full title of this very special presentation!

With any luck I hope to see even more acknowledgement of this song in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame!


https://youtu.be/XdH23gjR5ws

Originally mentioned on this blog on March 17th, 2014.
http://www.louielouie.net/blog/?p=5601

Hadda Brooks’ Bully Wully Boogie – Pre-LOUIE of the week

Here’s a catchy little song by Hadda Brooks that feeds in the LOUIE consciousness as a Pre-LOUIE composition that may or may not have contributed to the inspiration of LOUIE LOUIE. “Bully Wully Boogie” was a 1946 recording that was originally released on the Modern Records label. It starts off as a standard piano boogie-woogie type song, and somewhere after the 30 second mark, we hear Hadda sing the phrase “Bully Wully,” which flows a bit off the tongue like LOUIE LOUIE, and of course “Wooly Bully” by Sam the Sham.

I’ve been informed that this song may have been recorded 70 years ago today in 1946, but I don’t have a definitive confirmation on that.

Both Hadda Brooks and Richard Berry were signed to Modern Records, but not at the same time. Hadda left Modern in 1950 to pursue bigger dreams in the entertainment industry, and became second African-American woman to host her own television show with “The Hadda Brooks Show” in 1957… the year LOUIE LOUIE was released.

She was considered the “Queen of the Boogie” and had quite a interesting career, appearing in various movies, tourng around the world including a performance for the Queen of England and a private audience with Pope Pius XII.

In 1995, at the age of 79, 50 years after making her first recording with Modern, she returned full-circle by signing with Virgin, the record label that had acquired the Modern masters. In 1996 she released a CD of new recordings, followed by a double-CD retrospective of her work in 1998.

She passed away at the age of 86 years in 2002.


https://youtu.be/3Un8VeDJ75U

Here’s another clip of Hadda Brooks that I really enjoyed – she performs “I Hadn’t Anyone ‘Til You” for a somewhat distracted Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame in the 1950 feature film “In A Lonely Place,” directed by Nicholas Ray.


https://youtu.be/qyfP4ucgIMo

Reference Links:

Wikipedia on Hadda Brooks
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hadda_Brooks

45 Worlds.com on Hadda Brooks Trio’s Bully Wully Boogie
http://www.45worlds.com/78rpm/record/nc465839us

VocalGroupHarmony.com on Hadda Brooks
http://www.vocalgroupharmony.com/4ROWNEW/BewilderedHadda.htm

Calamity Jeanne, the Pocket Orchestra – LOUIE of the Week

Last week, Orme Radio of Italy celebrated International LOUIE LOUIE Day with a lively 90 minute special!

They closed the show with a wonderful LOUIE I’d never heard before – a French band known as Calamity Jeanne, the Pocket Orchestra. Here’s a little description they provided of themselves, translated by the Google Language Tools robots…

A bitter blues, a light-hearted guajira (?), a retro-fanciful swing, a sophisticated reggae, an impertinent folk, a undulating bossa … you will get Calamity Jeanne, the Pocket Orchestra, a bold vibe to warm your old bones and To embrace your hearts.

Take a listen to their BandCamp post, and buy a copy of their album if you like ’em!

I do think it’s a keeper, and I hope they play San Francisco some day!

… and if you want to hear the full Orme Radio LOUIE Special of 2017, click on THIS!

Reference Links:

Orme Radio – Louie Special of 2017 Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/events/1251079481614314/permalink/1260303800691882/

Orme Radio – Louie Special of 2017 download
http://www.ormeradio.it/podcasts/?name=alta_infedelta_-_s03e17_-_louie_louie.mp3

Calamity Jeanne Bandcamp page for LOUIE
https://calamityjeanne.bandcamp.com/album/luna-mar

Calamity Jeanne official webpage
http://calamityjeanne.fr/

RIP: David Peel, folk-punk singer; LOUIE of the Week

My old friend David Peel died a few days ago.

Believe it or not, he actually had a connection to this LOUIE project.

Years ago, before I ever even thought about LOUIE LOUIE and this documentary project, I wound up working with David Peel.

In 1982, I lived briefly in New York City. Before I made the move back to California, I decided to track down David Peel, the radical anti-establishment street singer whose music was difficult to find in California.

Peel’s phone number was pretty easy to find in NYC, so I called him up, and was able to visit with him about an hour later at his apartment. As a Beatle-enthusiast, I knew about with his work with John Lennon and Yoko Ono on Apple Records, even though I never actually heard that particular album (it had been out of print for ages).

Before I left on my big trek to N.Y., a friend of mine had played me Peel’s “King of Punk” album, which I thought I was pretty amazing. Peel was known as a radical folk singer, banging out crazy little anti-establishment ditties on an acoustic guitar, and this album was a direct response, calling out the Ramones and others for “stealing” his schtick, so to speak.

I always thought of Peel as the “missing link” between folk and punk.

Anyways, Peel and I hit it off quite well, yacking for hours. He wound up offering me an opportunity to create my own division of his record company, which would be known as Orange Records West.

For the next four years, it was quite an interesting run. I ran Orange Records West as a satellite operation, promoting and distributing products from New York, as well as creating new products that repackaged Peel’s music and a handful of west coast musicians.

During this time, I also attended college part time, and wound up spending more time at KFJC Radio, a community radio station that was doing some remarkable things.

At KFJC there was a serious organization going on the station to orchestrate an extremely ambitious LOUIE LOUIE marathon, and a major effort was made to encourage as many musicians as possible to record that song. I contacted Peel to see if he wanted to participate in this thing, and he sent me back an exclusive recording of the song, accompanied by his bandmate Tom Acosta.

As fate would have it, that LOUIE marathon opened up yet another interesting door in my life. I borrowed some public access video equipment to document that special event, and wound up capturing some unique footage that nobody else was recording, including the first and only performance by the original songwriter (Richard Berry) with the original singer of the band that transformed the song into a major hit (Jack Ely).

A few years later, I reached a point where i felt Orange Records West was at a standstill and I felt that bringing David Peel out to California for a series of shows would be the best way to keep this company active.

As it turned out, one of David’s old friends was based in the San Francisco bay area, and they’d both been anxious to collaborate on a new project. Muruga Booker, a super-talented percussionist that worked with a ton of prominent musicians (George Clinton & Parliament, Stevie Wonder, Dave Brubeck, John Lee Hooker, Weather Report, among others), linked up with David Peel to create a brand new musical project that would known as the Peel-Muruga Experience. Muruga was based in Oakland, I brought in my friends Mark Renner and Kenny Schick of Dot 3 to be a part of this band that would play for three nights in the SF Bay Area.

Unfortunately, I didn’t know how to spell “Muruga’s name when I had these 8×10’s printed up.. AACK!

During the week of these shows, I was contacted by an independent video producer by the name of Jesse Block that wanted to shoot some video of the San Francisco show at the Farm. While I had some shot some video of the rehearsals, as well as a segment with Peel and Murugua walking around in the Haight-Ashbury district, I wasn’t set up to shoot the actual concert, so I gave this guy Jesse a green light, as long as he gave me a copy of whatever video was shot.

By the end of the mini-tour, I was completely exhausted, and decided I no longer wanted to work with David Peel. Orange Records West was dissolved, I decided to devote more time in college to finish off a few degrees, and my focus was shifted back to my primary interests of photography and video production.

…and that guy who shot the Peel footage, Jesse… became my co-producer on the LOUIE documentary as well as well as a collaborator on hundreds of other projects.

To celebrate the life of my old friend David Peel, i’m sharing some never-before-seen video from the E.P. archives….

First, here’s a clip that uses the audio of David’s performance of LOUIE LOUIE with bandmate Tom Acosta. I’m using some of Tom’s photos of him with Peel (as seen on Facebook), as well as some roughy-edited videos that I captured during the 1986 mini-tour.


https://youtu.be/4uB3tORbyAU

Second, here’s a clip of the David Peel / Muruga Experience running through a rehearsal of John Lennon’s “Imagine,” captured at Muruga’s apartment in Oakland in August 1986. It’s a bit ragged, and there’s no real color correction to speak of… but it’s real…!!


https://youtu.be/HheMGKG30OI

Anyways, rest in peace, my friend.

…. and Happy International LOUIE LOUIE DAY – April 11th!!

Eric Predoehl, producer / director / archivist / janitor for the LOUIE LOUIE documentary project

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Reference obits:
Billboard obituary on David Peel
New York Times obituary on David Peel
UK Telegraph obituary on David Peel

UPDATE – APRIL 28th, 2017:

As the Inquisitr so eloquently stated….

Harold C. Black has been tickling the fancy of the ladies for decades. Black co-founded the Lower East Side band with David Peel in 1967. Half a century later, Harold’s humbly passing the hat on behalf of his recently departed chum. He has to. Most of the cost of David’s demise is on Black’s personal credit card, and it’s an expense the man is ill-equipped to pay. Harold is at all times a gentleman, however, and gentlemen step up to help a friend in need. Even when that friend is dead.

Paying for funerals is something kindhearted humans do for one another, especially when everyone else looks aside or is too busy to pay attention when the undertaker has his hand out. The thing is, maybe nobody else understood that David Peel died lacking the dollars to deal with his own demise.

Harold’s friend Leonard Alfred Schneider made this statement:

“NY ROCKERS please help out Harold C. Black if you can. Everybody wrongly presumed David Peel’s many super rich rockstar friends would have naturally covered the expenses of burying him, but sadly, this is the Greed is God era and even the rich rockstar ex rebels are all out for themselves. ‘If every motherfucker who posted a picture of themself with David Peel last week could find it in their hearts to send ten or twenty bucks to help with funeral expenses, it wouldn’t all rest on the shoulders of that good man, Harold C. Black…we all know how many millionaire “friends” David Peel had, because they all flash their pix of themselves with him like hippie punk radical credibility credentials, but nobody but Harold stepped up to help bury the brother-even twenty bucks…something to think about…the millionaires and billionaires he knew have not kicked in a dime, so Harold put it all on his credit card, because he is a real man and a real friend. Let’s all step up this week and donate something(!!) to help Harold, who is not a billionaire. I’ll have an address in a day or two, meanwhile, please start just thinking about donating a ten, twenty, fifty, OR MORE if you have grownup job money, and the LOWER EAST SIDE ever meant anything to ya. Everybody wants to be a radical revolutionary until it’s time to do radical revolutionary stuff like putting your money where your bumper sticker is. Brothers and sisters, I know many of you will contact the counterculture icon, HCB, and make a small donation. Thank you for doing the right thing. Many hands make light work, and those cats have given NY rocknroll culture so much.
Peace.”

I’d like to encourage folks to send donations directly to [email protected] via PayPal.