Louie Louie Conspiracy – (extinct) LOUIE of the Week

Unfortunately, this week’s LOUIE was removed from YouTube.

Oh well, it was a fun one…

This week, we are sharing a charming little video clip that explores the “Louie Louie” Conspiracy.” It’s the Kingsmen‘s iconic version of the song, using various film clips from a variety of different feature films.

The dead link:

RIP: Jerry Dennon, the record company guy who signed The Kingsmen

I recently discovered that Jerry Dennon, the man responsible for unleashing the Kingsmen‘s recording of LOUIE LOUIE to the world, passed away last year on January 2017.

Often credited as the producer of this iconic recording, Jerry Dennon had nothing to do with the original recording session that took place in April 1963 at the Northwestern Inc. recording studio in Portland, Oregon. KISN DJ + nightclub owner of The Chase, “Ken Chase” aka Milton “Mike” Korgan was the actual producer of this session, working with studio owner / recording engineer Robert Lindahl to create this very special recording that neither the band or Mr. Lindahl thought was a particularly good recording. Ken Chase was the visionary producer who thought this recording with the false starts and less-than-coherent vocals captured a wonderful rock music performance, and sought out a record label that could release this recording.

Jerry Dennon was the Seattle-based record company executive that took a chance on releasing this odd-sounding record by this teenage band from Portland, Oregon, initially putting it out on his Jerden record label. As fate would have it, this recording found an unlikely audience in Boston, Massachusetts, where WMEX DJ Arnie Ginsburg added this song to his “Worst Record of the Week” radio show. With consumer demand growing for the record beyond Boston, Jerry Dennon made a decision to cut a deal with Scepter Records to sign the Kingsmen to the larger record label, providing better distribution for the band, and more seed money for Jerry Dennon to expand his Jerden Records empire, as Jerry aligned himself to be the producer for all future Kingsmen records.

When Governor Matthew Welsh of Indiana took offense over this record, and sought to get it removed from Indiana radio airplay, Jerry Dennon responded by offering to create a benefit concert to raise money to buy a hearing aid for the Governor!

There’s more stories to be told about Jerry, but we’ll save ’em for later…

Rest in peace, Jerry.

Reference Links
Seattle Times/Legacy obit on Jerry Dennon
Stumptownblogger article on Jerry Dennon
Wikipedia on Jerden Records
The Jerden 45 Single Discography (courtesy of Global Dog Productions)
Billboard article on Glassnote

In Memory of Andrew Peejack and Eagle Buckett – LOUIE of the Week

photo of Andrew by Matt Herman; photo of Eagle by Eric Predoehl

Earlier this year, my friend Andrew Pejack sent me a special message…

Hi Eric ! Not sure if you have this LL version, from SJ’s own Eagle Buckett. He released an album ‘Black Diamond Street’, and then had a 2nd album in the works, which had LL on it. The 2nd album was never officially released, because he passed away. -Andrew

photo by Eric Predoehl

Eagle Buckett was a friend of ours that passed away back in 2010. Back in the late 1980s, Eagle was in charge of booking various musical bands to play at Marsugi’s – San Jose’s most exciting nightclub at the time. It was a vibrant scene, and Eagle was the first of a handful of booking agents to bring in a lot of up-and-coming bands that later became major headliners in the rock ‘n’ roll universe.

Over the years, Eagle was a regular part of the San Jose music scene, working various jobs at different venues- either mixing audio or basic property maintenance, as well doing his own music whenever possible. In addition to his music, he was also writing a lot of little science fiction adventures that were published in one of the local entertainment papers.

His passing left a big hole in the music community, as he had a lot of friends that cared deeply about him.

Anyways, Andrew gave me a copy of Eagle’s recording of LOUIE LOUIE, which I loved. As it turned out, I actually shot video of Eagle many years before I got to know him at Marsugi’s. It didn’t even dawn on me that I even had this footage of him at the KFJC Maximum LOUIE LOUIE event, back when he was probably still using his original name of Arnold Valdez.

Thanks to Andrew, I was able to obtain this music of Eagle, including his album “Black Diamond Street,” which I’d never heard before. Andrew also helped me connect with some of Eagle’s other friends, which was wonderful.

Here’s Eagle’s version of LOUIE LOUIE…


… and here’s an Eagle original – the title track from his album “Black Diamond Street.”


As fate would have it, we just lost Andrew Pejack last week – May 22.

Andrew was another great guy that was also a big part of the San Jose music community. He was a musician with Beachkrieg– a highly entertaining German surf band. He was also manager and fan club coordinator for our friend, the Legendary Stardust Cowboy, aka Norman Carl Odam.

photo by Erin Shirley‎

Andrew was a super talented guy with wicked sense of humor.

One of his funny pranks got a lot of attention on the internet

Andrew played the role of “Baron Von Krieg” in Beachkrieg.

I’m grateful I captured some video of this fine band at the 2011 Halloween Spookenanny in San Francisco.


As quoted on his own Facebook wall…

“Once met, never forgotten.”Andrew Pejack

Truer words were never written.

Rest in peace, Andrew.
Rest in peace, Eagle.

Continue reading In Memory of Andrew Peejack and Eagle Buckett – LOUIE of the Week

RIP: Chuck Rubin, helped Richard Berry reclaim his rights

Chuck Rubin, the man who helped songwriter Richard Berry reclaim his copyright and publishing rights for the song LOUIE LOUIE, passed away last month.

Here’s Chuck’s official Legacy obituary, which was shared in the New York Times:

Charles Rubin passed away on Sunday, April 15th. Chuck began his career as a young gun agent who saw the potential in rock n roll musicians performing for the masses. He was instrumental in bringing the Beatles and the Rolling Stones to the U.S on their early tours. Soon after, he became a successful and in-demand manager to many artists, including the inspiration for his innovative business plan, Wilbert Harrison of “Kansas City” fame. In 1977, he researched why and how Wilbert was not getting paid for his music — and discovered it was a norm for the music business. Artists Rights Enforcement Corporation was created by Chuck and continues to assist hundreds of musicians and songwriters in receiving their rightful royalties and rights. Coined by the New York Times as “the white knight of rock n roll,” Chuck passionately and tirelessly fought for his music heroes. His legacy will live on, but he will be sorely missed. He is survived by his devoted wife, Marcia, of over 50 years; his daughter, Gabin, who has been working by his side for 20 years; and his loving grandson, Asher.

Chuck’s history with LOUIE LOUIE was not without controversy. While some people believed Chuck received a higher fee than he should have, Richard Berry had the highest respect and admiration for Chuck, who he considered a second father.

When I met Richard at the KFJC Maximum LOUIE LOUIE event, he was struggling to survive, receiving welfare checks and taking a data entry course to get new skills for a more stable income than he was receiving with his music career. Not long after that event, Chuck and his team at AREC began negotiating on Richard’s behalf, and Richard became the recipient of some serious money for the rest of his life.

A few years ago, Chuck shared some comments on the topic of music usage for political campaigns in a 2015 issue of Rolling Stone magazine:

“I don’t think it has anything to do with money. It has to do with the political viewpoint of the artist or songwriter or publisher,” Chuck Rubin, founder of Artists Rights Enforcement Corporation, tells Rolling Stone. “But they do have the right to either say yea or nay.” The fact that politicians feel compelled to link themselves to particular songs, he adds, “just goes to show how powerful music can be.”

Rest in peace, Chuck.
Thank you again for helping our friend Richard.


Reference Links:
Legacy / NY Times obituary on Charles Rubin
Artists Rights Enforcement Corporation
Rolling Stone – Stop Using My Song: 35 Artists Who Fought Politicians Over Their Music

Blast from past – Richard & Dorothy Berry in 1962 Cash Box / non-LOUIE of Week

In course of my research for this project, I’ve uncovered some interesting things connected to the LOUIE LOUIE universe.

Here’s an example of one of those things. This is a page of short record reviews in the December 1, 1962 issue of Cash Box magazine – one year before the Kingsmen transformed Richard Berry‘s LOUIE LOUIE into a chart-topping hit record.

Right in the middle of this page, there’s some reviews of records by Richard and his wife, Dorothy Berry, side-by-side, which I’d never seen before in any music publication.

As the story goes, Richard sold most of his rights to the song LOUIE LOUIE to pay for his wedding to Dorothy. They married in early 1957, Dorothy became a recording artist in 1961, and the rest is … history…..

Anyways, here’s a little close-up of their record reviews.

… and here’s some of those songs.



The long-lost recordings of Richard Berry

Here’s a little news clipping I found in a 1957 issue of Cash Box magazine. Apparently, when Richard Berry toured the West Coast in Washington and Oregon with Bobby Blue Bland and Junior Parker, there were plans for him to appear on various radio and television programs.

Exactly what TV or radios shows Richard that might have performed in the Northwest remain something of a mystery. I have no idea if these shows even happened or not.

When I talked to Richard about old television appearances, the only thing that came to mind were a couple of appearances on the “Dixie Showboat” TV show on KTLA 5 in Los Angeles. He performed “Riot In Cell Block #9” with The Robins, and also did a show with “The Dreamers,” which wasn’t the actual recording group, but a band he assembled at the last minute when the original singers weren’t available.

Either way, I haven’t had any luck tracking down any recordings of these shows, which are probably lost forever. There’s a good chance the TV shows in the Northwest didn’t even happen.

There’s probably a better chance there may still be some audio recordings of the radio shows from the Pacific Northwest, but I would think if someone had anything recorded from that tour, they would spoken up by now.

I’d LOVE to be proven wrong, so any of you folks out in cyberspace are hoarding some rare kinescope or radio recordings of Richard Berry from the 1950s-1960s, PLEASE step right up, OK?

(PLEASE send an email to LOUIE at his website if you have information about these recordings)

Star La’Moan & Kitchenettes in April 2018 – LOUIE of the Week

It was just another Friday night in Santa Cruz, California.

My friend Star La’Moan and her Kitchenettes were playing at the Poet & Patriot, and my friend Stretch was also there.

As you may recall, Stretch Riedle was the DJ at KFJC Radio whose LOUIE LOUIE shows inspired the big Maximum LOUIE LOUIE marathon that led to the documentary project behind this very webpage.

… and the Poet & Patriot was the nightclub where Stretch experienced a near-fatal cardiac arrest the day after Thanksgiving last year, saved by the heroic actions of our friend Wendy Lang, and the Santa Cruz County Emergency Response team.

Friday was also the night before Stretch’s birthday, as we raised a pint or two to celebrate this very special moment at a very special place.

…. and we’re STILL celebrating!!

Here’s to many more birthdays, my friend!

Here’s Star La’Moan & The Kitchenettes performing a jazzy reggae version of that special song live at Poet Patriot in Santa Cruz, CA on April 20, 2018.


Rock Hall of Fame inducts LOUIE LOUIE in the first batch of important singles!

LOUIE LOUIE by Kingsmen on Jerden record label

Billboard shared this important news:

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame began honoring songs in addition to artists at the 33rd annual induction ceremony on Saturday night (April 14) in Cleveland’s Public Auditorium, immortalizing six singles.

Introduced by “Little Steven” Van Zandt, the new Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Singles category is “a recognition of the excellence of the singles that shaped rock ‘n’ roll, kind of a rock ‘n’ roll jukebox, records by artists not in the Rock Hall — which is not to say these artists will never be in the Rock Hall. They just are not in the Rock Hall at the moment.”

The first inductees in the category included “Rocket 88” by Jackie Breston and his Delta Cats (1951), Link Wray and his Ray Men’s “Rumble” (1958), “Louie Louie” by The Kingsmen (1963), Procol Harum’s “A Whiter Shade of Pale” (1967) and Steppenwolf’s “Born to Be Wild” (1968).

Click HERE for the full story!

Jim Phelps & the Clandestones (KALX premiere) – LOUIE of the Week

Today, in celebration of International LOUIE LOUIE Day, we’re sharing a very special recording of LOUIE LOUIE by Jim Phelps & the Clandestones that had a special world premiere at the 1984 LOUIE marathon that took place at KALX Radio in Berkeley, California.

Last year, I was fortunate to receive some of the aircheck master recordings from the Amazing Mystery DJ (aka Mel Chelpowitz), and this is the first of what should be many more rarities from this legendary Berkeley radio station.

As some of you may or may not know, KALX Radio had a friendly rivalry with KFJC Radio of Los Altos Hills. At one point, there was an attempt in the San Francisco Bay Area to see if one station could outdo each other in terms of sharing different variations of the song, but after KFJC hosted a 63 hour event that spanned over the course of 4 days with 800 unique versions, it became something of a moot point.

That being said, I applaud the efforts of the Amazing Mystery DJ, who continued to host even more LOUIE specials at KALX Radio, including this one that took place one year after KFJC’s Maximum LOUIE LOUIE event.

Gary Hobish of Armin Hammer Productions was responsible for this inspired recording, which is known as the “IMF version” of the song.

This video was assembled with the help of various public domain films originally produced by the legendary filmmaker Jam Handy, whose work can be found at archive.org.

NOTE: The contact information listed on the original cassette is no longer valid, so please do not pester whoever shares this address and/or phone numbers.


Gary Hobish provided more details about this one:

“Louie Louie (IMF Version)” is a mashup of LL & Lalo Schifrin‘s Mission Impossible theme, recorded in May 1984 at Fantasy Recording Studios back when I was on staff there. It features local jazz great Jennifer Clevinger (piano), Kirk Felton on drums, bongoes and matches, myself on bass, and that’s Jennifer, me and Martin Clevinger (inventor of the Clevinger electric solid body upright bass) on vocals.

Thanks Eric Predoehl for digging this one out of the archives!

Happy International LOUIE LOUIE Day! (Richard Berry birthday!)

Today is International LOUIE LOUIE Day!

Here’s some images to help celebrate this very special event, which would have been Richard Berry‘s 82nd birthday today!

Bubba the Dog barks a version of LOUIE LOUIE!


For more details about the origins of this special day, be sure to check out
a comic strip created to explain this very event


The Anyday Life page on International Louie Louie Day