RIP: Roky Erickson, psychedelic garage rock icon

We are saddened to learn that Roky Erickson, singer-songwriter of the 13th Floor Elevators, has left the land of the living. He passed away today at the age of 71 in his hometown of Austin, Texas.

Years ago, I shared a memory of Roky Erickson on these pages on my LOUIE comic blog post “E.P. and the Art of Music Documentaries.”

You’re Gonna Miss Me” by the 13th Street Elevators, like LOUIE LOUIE, is one of those songs that often appears on those “best garage rock songs” type lists.

Washington Post wrote about Roky and that song in a 1991 article, which featured these quotes….

It was a prototypical punk record — one that would later become a garage-rock standard influencing alternative bands like Television in America, Radio Birdman in Australia and the Jesus & Mary Chain in England. (“It was like ‘Louie, Louie’ sideways,” says R.E.M‘s Peter Buck. Says Texas music historian Casey Monahan: “‘You’re Gonna Miss Me’ is just as important as {Buddy Holly‘s} ‘Peggy Sue.’ “)

We’re definitely going miss you, Roky….

Reference Links:
Variety- Roky Erickson obituary
Washington Post – The Elevator Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore (1991 article)
Paste – The 50 Best Garage Rock Songs of All Time
E.P. and the Art of Music Documentaries

KFJC Battle of the Surf Bands 2019

This week, I’m sharing something that’s not obviously LOUIE-related, but ties into the LOUIE Universe via osmosis.

Every year, KFJC Radio, the community radio station where the LOUIE documentary project began with a 63 hour Maximum LOUIE LOUIE marathon (over 800 versions!), celebrates a month of MAYHEM. Along with a series of different radio specials, there’s usually an assortment of live events scattered around the San Franciso Bay Area.

Last weekend, KFJC hosted “Battle of the Surf Bands #8,” which took place on Saturday Mayhem 18 at The Art Boutiki of San Jose, California. Thirteen different surf bands took the stage for 15 minutes (which included their setup and soundcheck) for a wonderful cavalcade of fine music. The bands that participated in this event included Frankie & the Pool Boys, Reverbivores, Reefriders, Young Barons, Aloha Screwdriver, Gillbillies, GnarlyMen, Del Novas, Pyronauts, New Shockwaves, Drifting Sand, Uncle Sea Monster and Meshugga Beach Party!

My pal Jeff Stretch Riedle, whose radio antics inspired the LOUIE project, gave me a nudge towards attending this event, as his band The New Shockwaves were performing that night. I’m very glad he did that. It was an amazing evening of entertainment, and I ran into a ton of old friends at this one.


https://youtu.be/uf4scoxU02k

Gillbillies did a superb set as usual…


https://youtu.be/CbflVStreGU

I didn’t expect to see the Haggard brothers (aka MIRV and Bosco) as part of Uncle Sea Monster, but that was a wonderful surprise!


https://youtu.be/24LZufHD6w8

Frankie & the Pool Boys, which also featured members of Meshugga Beach Party, closed the show with a powerful performance. They also won my award for the coolest band t-shirt / album design with The Adventures Of Cap’n Coconuts.


https://youtu.be/xntodyvFf3k

I wasn’t able to shoot any video of the other nine bands, but every group put on an excellent performance that night.

Big thanks to Dan Vado and his staff at Art Boutiki for providing a beautiful space for this event!

Support Community Radio!

Reference Links:
KFJC Month of Mayhem
The Art Boutiki of San Jose, CA
The Bay Area Surf Twang And Reverb Directory (Facebook group page)

RIP: Mike Wilhelm of the Charlatans, Flamin’ Groovies, Loose Gravel

On Tuesday we lost another good guy.

Michael Wilhelm was a true original. He was a founding member of the Charlatans, the pioneers of the psychedelic wild west that forged a pathway in San Francisco for the Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service, and all those who followed.

There’s a lot of great stories about Michael.

As a teenager, Michael was fortunate to have linked up with Walter “Brownie” McGhee, the legendary bluesman and partner of Sonny Terry, who taught him some powerful guitar picking techniques.

In 1967, photographer Herb Greene once asked Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia to name his favorite guitarist, and he replied simply, “Mike Wilhelm.”

Over the years, the LOUIE production team (Eric Predoehl and Jesse Block) was honored to work with Michael on a variety of different productions.

Here’s a clip of Michael that we produced with our friend Alec Palao concurrent with the big Dan Hicks birthday celebration concert in 2001. Originally created for the Dan Hicks program that was released as a DVD/CD set, this previously unreleased video features Michael talking about working with Dan Hicks, who was another core member of the Charlatans.

After the Charlatans fell apart in 1969, Wilhelm formed another group that would be known as “Loose Gravel.” One of the unforgettable moments in that band’s history occurred was when Michael confronted San Francisco promoter Bill Graham about setting up a gig for Loose Gravel to perform during the closing performances at the Fillmore West Auditorium. Graham is not interested, and Wilhelm flips his middle finger and shouts out “Fuck you and thanks for the memories!” before vacating the office in a huff.

While this particular cinematic moment is not readily available online, someone by the name of almanac1951 created a rather inspired reinterpretation of that special moment using computer generated animation… (with special thanks to Ms. Shaglyn Hearne for spotting this one)


https://youtu.be/M45T7L7Fg3E

Years after Loose Gravel broke up, Wilhelm joined the Flamin’ Groovies in 1976, which also featured Loose Gravel alumni Chris Wilson, who’d already been a member of the Groovies for an album and various tours before Wilhelm jumped onboard.

After recording a couple of albums, and extensive tours in both Europe and America, Wilhelm eventually left the Groovies in 1982.

In 2001, the LOUIE team documented a very special performance by Wilhelm with his old Flamin’ Groovies bandmate Cyril Jordan at the Cafe Dunord in San Francisco.

Cyril Jordan and Michael Wilhelm, two Flamin’ Groovies, warming up before a show at Cafe DuNord, San Francisco in August 2001.

In the later years, we were pleasantly surprised when Michael made LOUIE LOUIE a regular part of his repertoire… fully acknowledging it as a “Richard Berry song.”


Live at the Blue Wing Saloon, Upper Lake, CA on Sept. 17, 2012
https://youtu.be/VRDXnX5ONqM

. . . . . .

You can read a lot more about Michael by visiting his Mike-Wilhelm.com page.

Girl George has some excellent performances by Michael on her YouTube page.

In the near future, we hope to share more previously unreleased clips of Michael from the archives.

We are going to miss our friend Michael.

– E.P. and J.B.

Reference Links
Mike-Wilhelm.com – the official page
Wikipedia page for Michael Wilhelm
Michael Wilhelm on Girl George’s YouTube page

RIP: Peggy Lipton, actress + singer

Today, we learned that actress + singer Peggy Lipton died from cancer at the age of 72.

“She made her journey peacefully with her daughters and nieces by her side,” Lipton’s daughters said in a statement to the Los Angeles Times. “We feel so lucky for every moment we spent with her.”

Born in New York on Aug. 30, 1946, Lipton began modeling at age 15, transitioning into acting at the age of 19, appearing in such TV shows as “The John Forsythe Show,” “Bewitched,” “The Alfred Hitchcock Hour” and “The Virginian.”

When Peggy Lipton was 21 years old, when she rocketed to fame in 1968 when she played the role of Julie Barnes, a street-smart flower child that happened to be an undercover cop on the ABC crime series “The Mod Squad.” This TV show, one of the first to feature an interracial cast, lasted for five seasons, earning her four Emmy nominations, a 1971 Golden Globe award for best actress in a TV drama, and the cover of MAD magazine!

Apparently, she was also a girl friend of Paul McCartney.

In 1974, Ms. Lipton married music producer Quincy Jones. Together, they had two daughters, Rashida and Kidada Jones, who each became successful actresses. While the marriage ended 1990, it turned out to be the last and longest marriage for Mr. Jones, who had two previous marriages.

On Twitter, Nell Scovell pointed out something I wasn’t aware of…

Peggy Lipton’s blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo in (Michael Jackson)’s “Black or White” video was a perfect pop culture moment. #RIP

Some of you may be asking… “What does Peggy Lipton have to do with LOUIE LOUIE?”

Here’s the answer….

In 1970, Peggy released a single of the song “Lu” (1970), written by Laura Nyro, a song that we at the LOUIE Report would categorize as a “LOUIE Mutant.”

Listen closely to this performance of the song on The Andy Williams Show on October, 31, 1969….


https://youtu.be/DspN4T4NjHs

Reference Links:
Los Angeles Times – Actress Peggy Lipton, star of ‘The Mod Squad’ and ‘Twin Peaks,’ dies at age 72
Wikipedia – Peggy Lipton
Nell Scovell Twitter

LOUIE LOUIE graphics from Madrid

Sometimes Facebook can be a place for lovely distractions.

Case in point, LOUIE LOUIE of Madrid, a nightclub we mentioned a few years ago with our special LOUIE LOUIE Clubs/Stores of the World feature, has been sharing a lot of really fun flyers on their Facebook page.

There’s no specific references to the song written by Richard Berry, but more of just a rock ‘n’ roll celebration by the club that embraced the song title as a name for this establishment!

Check these images out – they’re all from the photo album entitled “Poster Fiestas By Nuria Alsina.”

Bravo to Nuria Alsina for creating these thingies!

if you’re in Madrid, this sounds like the place to be!!

Reference Links:
Facebook page for LOUIE LOUIE of Madrid, Spain
LOUIE LOUIE Clubs/Stores of the World – part 3

(minimal) LOUIE at the Movies – Band Aid (2017)

This week, I share a “(minimal) LOUIE at the Movies” post.

The movie is called “Band Aid,” and it’s an indie film that my friend Jason Roeber found on Netflix. Because Rotten Tomatoes wrote such a wonderful description of this production, and I am feeling lazy (as well as busy with all sorts of other stuff), I’m going to borrow their brief description of this film…

Band Aid, the refreshingly raw, real, and hilarious feature debut from Zoe Lister-Jones, is the story of a couple, Anna (Zoe Lister-Jones) and Ben (Adam Pally), who can’t stop fighting. Advised by their therapist to try and work through their grief unconventionally, they are reminded of their shared love of music. In a last-ditch effort to save their marriage, they decide to turn all their fights into song, and with the help of their neighbor Dave (Fred Armisen), they start a band. A story of love, loss, and rock and roll, Band Aid is a witty and perceptive view of modern love, with some seriously catchy pop hooks to boot.

The LOUIE reference is definitely minimal, as there’s a moment when the lead characters are sampling the riff (which one could argue might have been swiped from “El Loco Cha Cha” or “Wild Thing”), and they come up with another song entirely.

This would be the type of song we’d categorize as a “LOUIE bastard,” with just enough elements for some of us to go “AHA!”

I really enjoyed this film, which was filmed with an all-female crew, and features some witty dialogue and fun songs with rather silly lyrics.

Colin Hanks, the son of Tom, who directed that wonderful “All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records” documentary, has a brief appearance as a character called “Uber Douche.”

Hats off to Zoe Lister-Jones for creating this charming little production, which not only offered new fuel for drummer jokes, but also provided at least one moment that I imagine Joe Bob Briggs would likely assign special points if he were still keeping track of such things…

Tis a keeper!

REFERENCE LINKS:
Rotten Tomatoes – Band Aid
Wikipedia- Band Aid

RIP: Barrie Jackson, manager of Wailers, Sonics

On April 5th, my friend Dennis Flannigan shared some sad news about his old friend Barrie Jackson, who used to manage The (Fabulous) Wailers and The Sonics.

There are the good ones, and the great ones, and beyond those are the friends that always stay on the front page. Such was Barrie Jackson, a legendary soul. Barrie managed the Wailers and the Sonics from Tacoma; he served as a Congressional Aide for Floyd Hicks in Congress; he ran political campaigns in Tacoma for judges and others that kept winning, and he created the funniest parody in T-Town, the SPASMODIC TIMES, a gentle grapefruit in the face for Tacoma’s self-loving leadership. Together with Woodie Henry, Chuck Clancy, and a few other folks the “Spaz” would jab and jibe it’s way into your funny bone, and suggest that Tacoma was too big for its britches and should just be proud of being Tacoma. So, here’s to Barrie Jackson, the bright, funny, embracingly real soul of the City back in the 1960s and ’70s. Barrie passed this morning in Seattle, friend Chuck Pennington and I shared lunch with him last week. A last laugh and a big hug to a magician with words and deeds.

Lots of love on the other side.

I wish I could have met him. Rest in peace, Barrie.

Check out Barrie’s obituary at Seattle Times

At Last! (the Etta James song that Richard Berry recorded 6 years earlier)

I just learned that today is the 16th anniversary of the moment in time when Etta James was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame April 18, 2003 in Hollywood, California.

With this in mind, I thought I’d provide a little history lesson about a song that became Etta’s most popular recording.

In 1954, a few years before Richard Berry wrote and recorded LOUIE LOUIE, he actually recorded a cover version of a song with the Dreamers (pre-Blossoms) that would later become a hit for his future friend Etta seven years later…


https://youtu.be/cUt8p5rSgqQ

On YouTube, mutleybird of ModCollectibles.com shared this clip of this version, with this description:

Richard Berry sings lead here. I mixed the piano & background vocals to be heard better. The Dreamers are also Fanita Barrett, Jewell Cobbs, Patricia Howard, Gloria Jones, Annette Williams, and Nannette Williams.

The original version of this song was first shared as an instrumental in the 1941 musical film “Sun Valley Serenade,” then shared with full vocals in the 1942 musical film “Orchestra Wives.”


https://youtu.be/Jf0xWp675uA

ReysMusicLounge shared the backstory of this song with these YouTube notes…

“At Last” is a 1941 song written by Gordon Mack and Harry Warren for the musical film “Sun Valley Serenade” (1941), starring Sonja Henie and John Payne. Prior to release, it was performed in the film by Glenn Miller and his orchestra, with vocal by John Payne and Lynn Bari, dubbed by Pat Friday. Studio head Darryl Zanuck reportedly said, “There are too many big ones in this. Let’s save one for the next.” The “At Last” vocal by Payne and Bari was thus deleted, although instrumental versions remained in the film, including in the Black Ice Ballet finale.

“At Last” was added to Glenn Miller’s subsequent and only other film, “Orchestra Wives” (1942), starring George Montgomery and Ann Rutherford. Vocal was by Ray Eberle and, again, Lynn Bari, dubbed by Pat Friday.

Unreleased recordings of the song had been made in 1941 by Glenn Miller. A new version was recorded by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra in Chicago on May 20, 1942, and released by RCA Victor Records as a 78 single, catalogue number 27934-B, backed with the A side “(I’ve Got a Gal In) Kalamazoo”. The song reached number 9 on the Billboard pop charts in 1942, staying on the charts for nine weeks, and later became a standard.

In 1960, Etta James recorded a completely new arrangement of this song (courtesy of Riley Hampton) which was the title track of her Argo Records debut album “At Last!” (note the extra exclamation point!), which was released in April 1961.


https://youtu.be/S-cbOl96RFM

As Wikipedia pointed out, Etta’s version of this song appeared in the films Rain Man, Pleasantville, American Pie, and Inland Empire, and such television series as It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Northern Exposure, Bates Motel, Criminal Minds, The Simpsons, The Good Place, Two Guys and a Girl, and Chuck. It has also been used in television commercials for such products as Jaguar automobiles, Hoover vacuum cleaners, State Farm insurance, and Applebee’s restaurants.

Spotify declared this version of the song as the #2 song played at weddings!

Richard and Etta first met during the recording of the song “Roll With Me, Henry” in 1955, but we’ll save that story for another time…

(Special thanks to Deborah Roldan-Dixon for alerting me to the anniversary of Etta’s Hollywood star!)

REFERENCE LINKS:
Wikipedia – At Last (the song)
ThisInsider.com – The 50 most popular first dance songs for weddings, according to Spotify

RIP: Gary Stewart, Rhino Records A&R legend

We recently lost Gary Stewart, who was an integral part of the Rhino Records legacy.

A lot of of Gary’s friends shared some beautiful thoughts about him on Facebook…

Rhino Records

“Gary Stewart was a great man and a dear friend. He was truly the architect and guiding spirit of Rhino. He defined what it meant to be a catalog label… not only for Rhino, but for the entire music industry. His passion for music and meticulous curation still provide the template for how we approach our releases to this day. He was not only the creative backbone of Rhino, but he also set the standard for our social consciousness and was a leader in the community whose impact will be felt for decades to come. If you have ever enjoyed a rare demo or b-side that you never knew existed, or marveled at holding a beautiful boxed set from one of your favorite artists, then you owe a debt of gratitude to Gary Stewart. Rest in peace my friend. ” – Rhino President Mark Pinkus

Shout! Factory

We want to inform you of some very sad news. Our beloved friend and business associate Gary Stewart passed away yesterday. We want you to know what he meant to us.

Gary was the finest human being that we’ve ever had the gift of knowing. Collectively, we worked closely with him for almost 100 years. He was instrumental to Rhino’s success, both artistically and spiritually, overseeing virtually every reissue we ever released. Beyond his passion and encyclopedic knowledge of music was his commitment to social responsibility and justice. He created Rhino’s social mission which we continued at Shout! Factory. We will miss Gary beyond what words can express but his relentless crusade to “do well by doing good” will live with us forever and be our guiding light.

Gary did some work for us in the early days of Shout! putting together a fantastic CD set on the music of New Orleans, and producing a CD release of highlights from This American Life. As Richard said, Rhino would not have been anywhere near the Company that it was without Gary. And given that, who knows if Shout! would have existed if it wasn’t for Gary.

Our hearts are broken over this…..a reminder to appreciate life, family and friends.

Love to our Shout! family,
Bob, Richard and Garson

Andrew Sandoval

I am deeply saddened to mark the untimely passing of my friend and mentor, Gary Stewart. I met him when I was 15 at the Rhino Record store and he literally changed my life. At my 18th birthday party in January 1990 I told him the thing I wanted most was a job at the Rhino Record label. A day or so later, he called me in the late afternoon and told me to report the next morning.

We collaborated on a lengthy list of projects after that, including the Elvis Costello and Love catalogs as well as, of course, The Monkees. We had a rocky relationship at times, but I think age was always a factor in this. Still, I may never have escaped my troubled home, been able to live on my own and be a self-supporting teenager if it wasn’t for Gary’s belief and innate good.

He really loved this song by The Monkees: “Dream World” – and included it on the Monkee Flips LP he compiled way before my time. I never dug it, until I got to a place where it would remind me of him. He was obsessive and generous and many other wonderful things people will tell you about elsewhere. But to me, he was real. The first time I had to leave Rhino, I wrote him a note about the difference between the music business and the music friendship. I gave him a copy of the Beethoven Soul album. I really loved the guy and he had to know it.

Your record collections would not be the same without him and many people in Los Angeles wouldn’t have had a dollar in their pocket or a roof over their heads if it wasn’t for him. Gary Stewart, goodbye from one of your oldest music friends. The business meant less than being your friend always. – andrew

Billy Bragg

It’s a terrible irony that it should be today – Record Store Day – that I have to tell you how shocked and saddened I am to hear of the death in Los Angeles of my dear friend Gary Stewart. I don’t think I ever met anyone from any record company who was as passionate about the music they put out as Gary was.

I first met him in the 1980s, when he worked for Rhino Records, an indie label that had grown out of the LA record store where Gary worked. His speciality was putting together CDs by artists that had been overlooked by pop history. Whenever I came to LA, he’d have a double CD retrospective of Johnny Rivers to give me, or an Elvis Costello bootleg. My own CD of obscurities ‘Reaching to the Converted’ was one of his projects – he came up with the title too.

He was also very active in progressive grassroots politics. He worked, among other causes, with LAANE, the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy, working on crucial initiatives like the city’s Living Wage Ordinance. Whenever I was in town, he’d give me a briefing on local issues and usually bring half a dozen activists to meet me after the show.

I saw him in February at the Troubadour Club. He’d been instrumental in getting the city council to declare 22nd February as ‘Billy Bragg Day’. It was a huge honour for me and it made him smile.

His passing will be deeply mourned by the LA progressive community and by all those in the record industry who genuinely love music.

Cindy Lee Berryhill

Gary Stewart was my mentor, my friend, my Rhino A&R man, someone who could talk to my son about chemistry and calculus, someone who let me bunk in his back cottage on a free range basis w my own key and code, he really cared about his cat – and his community, he loved my music and showered it with money and accolades, I admired Gary for his sort of super-nerd to super-hero life trajectory.
But real people can’t fly.
As an angel now you are free.
Fly at will Gary.
TLDR: Im shocked saddened and want my Gary back

Bill Mumy

R.I.P. Gary Stewart. It’s sad to know we’ll never talk about bands, albums, gigs or comic books again. Thank you kindly for always being real, supportive, smart and dedicated.

Sparks

In fond memory of Gary Stewart:

Getting an answer to the question of “why?” has become so much more unlikely for us in any situation after learning of the passing of our friend Gary.

We have known Gary for such a long time and were always buoyed, both selfishly by his incredible support for our band (from Rhino Records and beyond; the Sparks Spectacular in 2008 would not have happened without him), and probably more importantly in knowing that there was someone like him who was even more passionate and non-cynical than we about the music and popular culture we all loved.

We’ll deeply miss him.

Ron Mael & Russell Mael

Domenic Priore

Sitting half-way across the world, watching an outpouring of emotion from friends in L.A. about the passing of former Rhino Records A&R God Gary Stewart, who I knew back in the ’80s professionally. More recently, an identifiable friend who popped up at a good deal of the coolest things happening in town, always smiles. People outside of Los Angles should know that when Richard Foos and Harold Bronson created Rhino Records, Gary seemed to me to be the outward, social presence of the label… and they did DRASTICALLY CHANGE music for the better, MORE THAN ONCE. It came out of that just-post-’60s vibe, embraced Punk, Soul, Beatnik, Garage and was in place to help usher in Alternative by… PROVIDING ONE in the middle of a SUCK music biz environment otherwise. Gary wielded swords, gently, with a sense of community. Thank you, man.

Sandra Fluke

Shocked and saddened by the loss of Gary Stewart. My last memory of him was right on the mark for him: we spoke while he waited in line to vote for California Democratic Party assembly delegates and he asked me for advice about candidates running for school board in a district that wasn’t his own but where kids needed much better schools than they had and he refused to pigeonhole candidates along predictable political lines, instead looking for solutions that would truly lift up those kids.

Donations in his memory may be made to Liberty Hill Foundation, Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy, or Community Coalition, organizations he gave so much to.”

Liberty Hill Foundation

The Liberty Hill community is devastated to learn that our dear friend and former board member Gary Stewart has passed away. On behalf of the entire Liberty Hill family, we extend our deepest sympathies to his loved ones. Gary dedicated nearly 30 years of his life to supporting Liberty Hill’s mission to advance justice and equality in Los Angeles. His friendship and counsel was invaluable, and his contributions to the Los Angeles community will serve as a legacy for future generations.

On the first “Best of LOUIE LOUIE” Rhino compilation, Gary is acknowledged under the “Special Thanks To All That Made This Recording Possible” category. On Volume 2, he is one of the five people credited for producing this compilation.

I love the idea that the New York Times once called Rhino Records “The MAD Magazine of the Music Business.”

Rest in peace, Gary. You will definitely be missed.

Happy International LOUIE LOUIE Day 2019!

Today is International LOUIE LOUIE Day!

It’s also the day when Richard Berry would have celebrated his 84th if he was still with us!

Today in the LOUIE LOUIE Party community page on Facebook, Len Sarfati shared a link to his LOUIE video with this special comment:

This is the 2009 comment Jack Ely made on the YouTube video I made back in 2007 “The True Lyrics to Louie Louie”

luiluiely • 10 years ago

Hello:

My name is Jack Ely and I sang those lyrics on that recording and you are pretty close but no cigar. I am constantly interchanging the words “we” and “me” as in “me gotta go” and “me see” and I also use “me” as the pronoun to keep it in the Jamaican dialect like, “me find little girl, she waits for me.” I also sometimes interchange “ya, ya, ya, ya, ya, ya, ya” for “nah, nah, nah, nah, nah, nah” but which are which? I do say “think of little girl, ah, constantly.”


https://youtu.be/wx-8_GI4d2c

Len also shared the followup ….

I responded by thanking him for his comment, then I also said something dumb along the lines of ‘thanks for not suing me for posting this.’ His response was…

luiluiely • 10 years ago

I don’t think anyone should be able to sue anyone about Louie Louie unless they are making money off my vocal performance, which no youtube user is. After (all) Louie Louie is Americas’ song, and I’m just grateful I had the good fortune to be able to show that to the world.

So there you have it, Jack Ely’s response to Len’s video “The True Lyrics to Louie Louie” …. by the one person who would know exactly what was being sung on the Kingsmen’s 1963 recording …. the original vocalist!

We do miss our friends Richard and Jack, but their music lives on…

Anyways, today’s a great day to celebrate Richard’s most famous song, so let’s give it to ’em right now, OK?

Go listen to or perform your favorite version of LOUIE!

Go visit your favorite record store!

Go dance and shout and work it on out!!

Go check out some LOUIE LOUIE YouTube clips!

…. and then, there’s this one I’m quite attached to….


https://youtu.be/y5bL7lcCwuM

REFERENCE LINKS:
The Official International Louie Louie Day webpage
The LOUIE LOUIE Party community page on Facebook