Hi my name is Dave Drury and I recently discovered your fantastic website and am still exploring it. I live on the South Coast of England in Poole and write for a UK magazine called Blues Matters. A week or so back legendary pub-rock band Rolling Drunks reunited for a birthday gig at our superb local venue Mr Kyps. This was recorded and can now be found on YouTube at “Rolling Drunks Mr Kyps”. First number up is a speedy blueswailing version of Louie Louie which you may be able to use as Louie of the week.
Six seconds of Michael Nesmith with the Monkees doing LOUIE LOUIE? Or was it “Wild Thing?”
At this website, we’re on a mission to demonstrate that LOUIE LOUIE is the most-performed song of the past 50 years, and this little video clip is merely additional evidence to prove this thesis absolutely correct!
If I were in the Seattle area this weekend, I would definitely be at the Highway 99 Blues Club on Sunday night.
Photographer Jini Dellaccio is the subject of a new documentary entitled “Her Aim Is True,” and Sunday is the big night for a benefit concert featuring Northwest music legends Merrilee Rush, Buck Ormsby (The Wailers), Mark Whitman, The Daily Flash, and some special guests-yet-to announced.
Jini Dellacio might be the greatest rock and roll photographer you haven’t heard of — and she also happens to be a Northwest treasure. Independent filmmaker Karen Whitehead has taken on the project of documenting Jini’s life, her work, and her recollection and continuation of both in the upcoming film her aim is true. Jini Dellacio is now in her nineties — though if you watch the spry older woman in the trailer below it’s hard to believe it — and grew up during the Depression, became a Jazz musician, a fashion photographer in the 50s, and then found her true calling chronicling the proto-punk and hard-edged garage rock coming out of the Northwest in the 60s through her camera lens.
In addition to her work with Northwest musicians she also worked with marquee-level acts like The Who, Neil Young, The Beach Boys, and The Rolling Stones — often going to gigs, shooting concerts, hanging out with the band, and above all loving the music. She is most famous for iconic album covers for The Sonics, The Wailers, and Merrilee Rush but perhaps even more so for her pioneering style. She was utterly unique in her approach to rock photography, and had a sensitivity and vision that made her style a highly sought-after effect. The sense of place and environment in her often-outdoor and black and white photos was revolutionary in the rock photography business. She defined the image of Northwest proto-grunge “cool” for people around the country.
The film is approaching its launch and the February 17th benefit show at the Highway 99 Blues Club will benefit the efforts of the filmmakers to get the film screened at as many locations and festivals as possible. Help tell the story of this amazing artist. The show begins at 6pm and goes until midnight with a suggested $15 donation at the door, and will feature legends of the Northwest’s 60s rock scene so associated with Jini’s style and career.
The Troggs, part of the British invasion spurred by the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, perfected a simple, hard-driving approach to the three-minute rock song that was miles away from the lyrical art-rock of the Beatles or the poetic songs of Bob Dylan.
This was rock music at its “boy meets girl” basics, with a caveman’s approach to romance – and it created such a powerful image that Presley and the band played these songs to appreciative (if smaller) audiences until illness intervened.
“Wild Thing” was written by accomplished American songwriter Chip Taylor, whose real name is James Voight. He turned to his brother, the actor Jon Voight, for an assessment.
Jon Voight said in 2007 that he fell on the floor laughing when he first heard “Wild Thing.”
“I came up saying `It’s a hit! They won’t be able to get it off their tongues.’ It was such a fun song.”
However, the original recording by Jordan Christopher & The Wild Ones in 1965 was quickly forgotten. It took the Troggs’ cover, released the following year, to make it a classic.
The Troggs did record LOUIE LOUIE in 1966 for their first album in the UK entitled “From Nowhere...”
To honor Reg, this version shall be showcased as this week’s LOUIE of the Week..