LOUIE LOUIE Clubs/Stores of the World – part 3

Following up on part 1 and part 2, it’s time to return with part 3 of the big LOUIE LOUIE Club List, now expanded to include stores and defunct businesses that used the “LOUIE LOUIE” name for their business…

11. Louie Louie Record Shop (with Café) in Lisbon and Porto (Portugal)

A few days ago, I received this photo and message from our friends at Orme Radio….

Little postcard from Lisbon: one of the Orme Radio founders, Marco, is there for job shadowing and as suggested by Riccardo Lancioni – our radio marathon man – took this pic in front of the music shop called Louie Louie!
Hope you like it!
Cheers from Italy, too!

Lisbonrecordshops.com also provided a nice introduction to this LOUIE LOUIE business:

Originally a shop on Porto (the capital city of the North of Portugal), LOUIE LOUIE opened a branch in Lisbon (managed by Jorge Dias, one of the pioneers of the used records business in Lisbon), which is nowadays one of the most popular record stores in the city.

Right in the middle of downtown Lisbon, LOUIE LOUIE has a bit of everything for all tastes: CD and vinyl (and also DVDs), used and new, all genres. The new premises (open since June 2013) include a small coffee shop, which only enhances the welcoming feel and the friendly atmosphere of a great place to listen to and buy your favourite music.

photograph from Lisbonrecordshops.com


12. The Louie Louie Bar in Madrid, Spain

According to their official Facebook page, the Louie Louie Bar in Madrid is a cocktail bar, that specializes in Rock’n’Roll Anglo-Saxon music in its various variants.


13. Café Louie Louie at the Stevenson School in Pebble Beach, CA

There is a Café Louie Louie at the Stevenson School in Pebble Beach, California, serving children from grades 9-12.


14. Louie Louie’s Diner of Victoria BC, Canada

Louie Louie’s Diner of Victoria BC, Canada was a restaurant that existed for 16 years from April 1987 until March 2003.

I found about this place when proprietor George Acs contacted me after learning about the LOUIE documentary project. He wrote:

As you can see by my letterhead, I too, have somewhat of a special interest in LOUIE LOUIE, although I must admit the naming of my diner did not have its origins in the song, rather it was to be a rebirth of LOUIE’s Cafe, a diner my family owned during the late fifties. (LOUIE LOUIE being the second LOUIE ??)

However long before we opened the doors, people were associating the diner with the song and the good times and parties they so well remembered.

George also enclosed some nice momentoes from the diner, which you can see in this photograph.

Unfortunately, I never had a chance to visit George’s diner. Luckily,thanks to the power of the internet, I found George’s LinkedIn page, where I discovered a timeline for Louie Louie’s Diner, as well as details about what George has been up since he last wrote me. Thank you again, George!


15. Louie Louie Italian Bistro of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

The Louie Louie Italian Bistro of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida was another restaurant that no longer exists.

The Breward-Palm Beach New Times gave it the “Best Pizza” award in 2004, calling it “perfection on a platter.”

Yelp reviewers gave it a 4-star average rating.

The Wayback Machine of the Internet Archive saved bits of their old louielouiebistro.com webpage.

Yelp on Louie Louie Italian Bistro
BrowardPalmBeach.com on Louie Louie Italian Bistro
Wayback Machine on Louie Louie Italian Bistro

Thanks again to our friend Clay Stabler for his extensive research in tracking down most of these organizations.

If you can think of any LOUIE LOUIE venues we might have missed, please let us know.

You can leave comments at this page, or by visiting the LOUIE LOUIE Party Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/68073899480/

LOUIE at the movies – JACO (the documentary)

Today, we’ll start a new feature we’ll call “LOUIE at the movies,” which we’ll use to discuss motion pictures that referenced the song LOUIE LOUIE – either with a performance or a mention of the song.

The “Jaco” documentary on jazz bassist Jaco Pastorius is one of the latter, featuring no actual LOUIE performances, but a reference of a special moment described by Flea (of the Red Hot Chili Peppers) in the life story of this legendary musician that passed away in 1987.

I haven’t found any recordings of Jaco Pastorius performing the song yet, but I have a feeling it’s just a matter of time. Perhaps someone captured the type of LOUIE moment that Flea described in the movie? If so, drop me a line – either as a comment to this page or an email to “LOUIE” at this webpage.”

In the meantime, check out this official trailer for this film:

For more information about this excellent film and the music of Jaco Pastorius, please visit:

RIP: Larry Coryell, jazz guitarist from Pacific Northwest

Jazz guitarist Larry Coryell passed away earlier this week on Sunday, February 19th. The NY Times carried a cool headline for his obituary – “Larry Coryell, Guitarist of Fusion Before It Had a Name, Dies at 73.” As this obit pointed out, he was “a virtuoso guitarist who in the 1960s was among the first musicians to bring a rock sound and sensibility to jazz, and who continued to blur the lines between genres throughout his career.”

The LOUIE documentary team behind this webpage was fortunate to work with Larry when he brought his Bombay Jazz project to San Francisco in 2010. We assembled a multi-camera production of this performance, and were fortunate to conduct an interview with him.

Larry was very proud of his Pacific Northwest heritage. He graduated from Richland High School, in Richland, Washington, where he played in handful of local bands (the Jailers, the Rumblers, the Royals, and the Flames), as well as the Checkers from nearby Yakima. While his main interest was jazz music, he also enjoyed playing rock music, which gave me more opportunities as a professional musician. Sometime around 1961, he moved to Seattle to attend the University of Washington, and joined a popular teenage R&B band know as the Dynamics, participating in the recording of a few singles for the Seafair-Bolo record label.

Larry enjoyed the comradery of the Pacific Northwest music community, and talked how exciting it was to see the Fabulous Wailers perform in the TriCity area. Here’s a little snippet where he talks about that experience.


Here’s a photo of Larry playing with the Dynamics at the Spanish Castle – the legendary nightclub located between Seattle and Tacoma.

Larry became best friends with Rich Dangel of the Fabulous Wailers, and they wound up renting a houseboat together before Larry eventually moved to New York, where his career as a jazz musician took off in a big way.

Larry Coryell released more than 60 albums under his name. He recorded with lot of fellow jazz legends including Charles Mingus, Chico Hamilton, Gary Burton, Chet Baker, Stéphane Grappelli, Miles Davis,John McLaughlin, Paco de Lucía, Al DiMeola and Charlie Byrd.

His final performances took place on Friday and Saturday in New York City at the Iridium, the same nightclub where guitar pioneer Les Paul performed every Monday night for many years.

Rest in peace, Larry.

BONUS NOTE: Some of you may recognize the cartoon illustration of Larry from the out-of-print book “Dance Halls and Teen Fairs” by Don Rogers. My friend Dennis Loren drew that image based on a Dynamics group photo. You can order an original 1st edition copy of that book, or a CD-ROM copy direct from Don by visiting this link.

NY Times obituary on Larry Coryell
Wikipedia on Larry Coryell
Pacific Northwest Bands page on The Dynamics
Northwest Music Archive article on The Dynamics (Peter Blecha)

Buck Ormsby memorial = March 26 in Tacoma

A date has been announced for the Buck Ormsby memorial – Sunday, March 26, 2017 at the Temple Theatre in Tacoma, Washington.

Tacoma Weekly shared some specifics:

Details have emerged for a tribute concert for fallen Tacoma rock icon John “Buck” Ormsby. “Buck’s House Party” will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. March 26 at the Temple Theatre with a lineup that will include Little Bill & The Bluenotes; the Fab Wailers, featuring members of the Fabulous Wailers‘ most recent lineup and Gail Harris, who sang with the band in the 1960s; “Angel in the Morning” singer Merrilee Rush; The Ad Ventures, featuring Don Wilson and Nokie Edwards of Tacoma’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted Ventures; The Kingsmen; City Zu; Jim Valley; The Daily Flash; Billy Mac; The Galaxies; and Tacoma guitar hero Jerry Miller, of Moby Grape fame.

Promoter Mike Mitchell said there will be no cover charge for the event, but there will be an auction of signed rock memorabilia, and donations will be accepted to help cover costs.


For more information on Buck Ormsby, click HERE.

LOUIE LOUIE Clubs of the World – part 2

Following up on the “Louie Louie Clubs of the World – part 1” post from last week, here’s the next chapter….

6. Louie Louie Burger Cafe in Kobe, Japan

Most of the information on this place is written in Japanese, but I did find an English language review by Adam Kloppenburg on their Facebook page: “Good, simple and cheap burgers, a great atmosphere and super welcoming and friendly owner, hidden under the tracks near Motomachi. Highly recommended.”

They also offer a really cool-looking LOUIE LOUIE t-shirt.
I haven’t figured out how to order one yet, but all in good time..


7. Louie Louie Pizzeria in Paris, France

The official description for this place is simply “Pizza, vin nature, cocktails, café.”

On Facebook, Elias Lapia called it “Best italian pizza in Paris.”

I do like their LOUIE pizza pie chart!


8. Louie Louie World Buffet Restaurant in Sunderland, UK

On the official Facebook page for this restaurant, the description is simply: “The biggest restaurant in North east. 200 seats buffet restaurant. World buffet. Including Chinese Indian Thai Japanese UK Italy.”


9. Louie Louie Seafood Market in York, Pennsylvania (USA)

On the official Facebook page for this restaurant, we have this description: “Louie Louie Seafood is a retail fish market serving the community of York, PA with fresh fish right from the ocean! Crabs, shellfish, whole fish and more!”

Mmmm… this does sound good!!!


10. Louie Louie Coffee Shop in Stockholm, Sweden

Louie Louie Coffee Shop in Stockholm provided this description “Louie Louie är ett café, en folkölsbar och en skivbutik på Bondegatan 13 i Stockholm med stor kärlek till mat och kaffe,” which Google Language Tools translated as “Louie Louie is a café, a (folk music bar) and a record store on Bond Street 13 in Stockholm with a great love for food and coffee.”

On their main webpage entitled “Louie Louie Sthlm” they has a subtitle of “Bon apétit scumbag,” which feels… a bit anti-social..??

Maybe it’s a language thing? Or it’s a cultural thing?…. just like we use the word “bad” in the USA to reference something that actually good? I just don’t know….

Whatever the case, they are definitely hip to LOUIE LOUIE consciousness, which we fully endorse, and hope to eventually visit this place (and all the other ones) in person sometime in the not-too-distant future!!


Again, my big thanks to my friend Clay Stabler for assembling this list.

In part 3, we’ll add more to this list, and perhaps acknowledge some LOUIE LOUIE establishments that no longer exist.

By all means, PLEASE let us know about any LOUIE LOUIE venues we might have missed.

You can leave comments at this page, or by visiting the LOUIE LOUIE Party Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/68073899480/

Louie Louie Clubs of the World – part 1

Here’s something fun… my friend Clay Stabler assembled a travel list of a whole bunch of LOUIE LOUIE Clubs scattered all over the world!

Here’s the first part of his list, expanded with my own notes and whatever descriptions that I could find..

1. Bar Louie Louie in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

“Cool logo. South American fusion cuisine. Lots of photos on Yelp.” – Clay

This makes perfect sense, as the Netherlands was the place was the place where the very first LOUIE LOUIE webpage in the world was created by my friend Theo DeGrood.

The 10things global network has a nice little write-up on the club:

From the same people behind De Biertuin and Smokin Barrels, Louie Louie is an incredible hip hangout in Amsterdam East. Featuring a beautiful large patio as well as a slick bar, it’s the ideal spot for either lunch, dinner or evening drinks. Louie Louie’s menu has South American influences, offering tasty dishes and mouthwatering cocktails; try their Chunky Beef Taco or their Hibiscus Mojito – simply delicious. No doubt, Louie Louie’s vivid atmosphere and tempting food will make it your new favorite spot in Amsterdam.


2. Louie Louie Rock Bar in Estepona, Spain (Costa del Sol)

Near Marbella. Regular live music.- Clay

This place is definitely happening. Every time I browse YouTube listings for more variations, I see a ton of exciting performances for this club. It looks like a really lively place!


3. Louie Louie Café in London, UK

Here’s the official description:

Louie Louie is a cafe during the day with excellent coffee & homemade cakes plus all day brunch at the weekends.

In the evening Louie Louie transforms into a bar & restaurant. For four nights a week, Wednesday to Saturday, we hand over the apron to our brilliant “Chef In Residence” ODED OREN. Tel Aviv born and head chef at some of his hometown’s best seafood restaurants, Oded has been cooking in London since 2011, with his very own pop up last summer at East London hot spot Oval Space. His style includes strong influences from his native country with veg-based dishes + meats and seafood cooked over charcoal.

Also partnering up with us are cake makers extraordinaire STROMABAKES, supplying us daily with a variety of goodies, including plenty of gluten free, dairy free and vegan options to boot.

Music is always a key component, with live acoustic music and DJs playing through a bespoke high end HiFi system most evenings.


4. Louie Louie’s Piano Bar(s) in Texas

There are actually two Louie Louie’s Piano Bars in Texas. One in Lubbock and another in Dallas. On their webpage, it states… “Where strangers become friends” and “A night you’ll never forget… if only because your friends won’t let you!”

From the looks of it, music is the primary theme of this club, but it also available for various events – birthdays, bachelorettes, corporate events and private partiesS


5. Louie Louie Bar, Sao Paulo, Brazil

This looks like a fine Sports Bar + Restaurant in Sao Paulo, Brazil!

Love their taste in music!


We’ve got some more LOUIE LOUIE clubs to share, but we’ll save that for next week….

Feel free to suggest some other LOUIE LOUIE Clubs you know about…

You can leave comments at this page, or by visiting the LOUIE LOUIE Party Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/68073899480/

The Dizzy Brains – LOUIE of the Week

Here’s the first LOUIE of Week for 2017 – The Dizzy Brains live at TransMusicales 2015.


According to their YouTube description, this was their first-ever concert outside their native country of Madagascar.

Visit their official website at:

The full video of the concert is available at:

You can find some more Dizzy Brains at iTunes, or Spotify, Soundcloud, or that Facebook thing.

Remembering Those We Lost in 2016

2016 was certainly one for the history books

In the political universe, 2016 was the year for the craziest, most divisive election in the modern history of the United States. While a few of my associates will be celebrating this bizarre moment where all the normal rules were tossed by the wayside, so many of us are truly dreading to see what happens next.

If there was a unifying theme of 2016, it was an excess of deaths for some very talented people – musicians, actors, writers and various good people that made a real difference in making the world less bleak.

Last year – 2015 was a difficult one for the LOUIE project. We lost some principal members of the documentary project., as well as a beloved family member.

Last year, around this time, it took me a few days to write up an overview of those we lost in 2015.

This year –a bit more of the same, as more principal members of the documentary project have left us.

So, let try to summarize the year that was, or at least, my personal thoughts on the people we lost last year.


Frankie Lee
Frankie Lee was someone I failed to mention in my 2015 wrap-up. Between the years of 1999 to 2001, I was a writer, researcher and associate producer for Blues Express, a television production company and record label based in San Francisco. I worked closely with Frankie, helping produce a video segment on his life story, as well as writing liner notes for his CD release “Here I Go Again.”

I really enjoyed working with Frankie, and that album in particular, which I was proud to be involved with. Members of the Etta James band were backed up Frankie on that album, including Etta’s sons Sametto James and Donto James, who coincidentally married Richard Berry’s daughter Christy.

I was saddened to hear that Frankie died of cancer on April 24, 2015.

Meanwhile, let’s go over some of the losses of 2016…

Long John Hunter
Long John Hunter was another musician I was honored to work with in conjunction the Blues Express TV program. Like Frankie Lee, Long John was a blues musician that came from Texas. Around that time, Norton Records had just reissued some of his early 1950’s recordings from El Paso. He was a blues player with some really great stories, and I was more than happy to capture some of those moments with the interview I conducted. (January 4)


David Bowie

David Bowie’s death caught so many of us off-guard that it initially felt like a hoax. As the sad news was confirmed, his passing ignited a floodgate of emotional tributes. On this LOUIE site, I noted one of his earliest recordings –a cover version of Paul Revere & Raiders’ LOUIE answer song – “Louie Go Home”; the significance of the year 1983 as a moment when both Bowie + the KFJC LOUIE Marathon broke out to a much bigger audience; and the unlikely connection between “Fame” and Richard Berry’s old band, The Flairs.

As the impact of David Bowie’s legacy continued to be analyzed and celebrated throughout 2016, there were a considerable number of people that planted the idea that David Bowie was the one that really should have received TIME magazine’s Person of the Year award… which inspired the fake TIME magazine graphic shown above… (January 10)

RIP: David Bowie (aka Davie Jones) – LOUIE of the Week

David Bowie + LOUIE LOUIE part 2 / Les Dantz – LOUIE of Week

David Bowie + LOUIE connection part 3 / Footstompin’ – non-LOUIE of the Week

Blowfly (aka Clarence Henry Reid) was an inspired creature that discovered a way to fuse funk soul music, rockin’ oldies, rap hip hop and comical obscenity into an absurd art form. Countless hours were laughing along with his not-ready-for-radio “Oldies But Goodies” parodies of 50s rock ‘n’ roll standards. You categorize this one as a guilty pleasure, not designed to be shared with children or those that might be easily offended (January 17)


Paul Kantner
Paul Kantner of Jefferson Airplane / Starship was truly a San Francisco institution. We (the LOUIE production team) would see him all over town – drinking coffee in North Beach, catching a punk or hippy music show, walking around in Golden Gate Park, or simply performing at one his own shows as the leader of the Jefferson Starship. The LOUIE production team was honored to work with Kantner on a handful of projects for a various clients. (January 28)


Signe Toly Anderson

Ironically, Jefferson Airplane co-founder Signe Toly Anderson, passed away in Oregon on the same day as her old band mate Paul. (January 28)


Buck Munger
Buck Munger was a dedicated advocate for music in his home state of Oregon. When Norm Sunholm of the Kingsmen and his brother Conrad decided to market their customized high-powered amplifiers, they created the Sunn Musical Equipment Company in 1965. As they continued to grow their company, they hired Buck Munger to represent their company with an office in California to promote their products and line up endorsement deals. Thanks to Buck, the Jimi Hendrix Experience and The Who both endorsed the products of this company, helping transform this company into a major player in the late 1960s. After his run with Sunn, Buck wound up working with Norlin (manufacturer of Gibson and Moog products) and Billboard magazine before moving back to Portland, Oregon, where he launched TWO LOUIES, a regional music trade public publication. Buck did a lot of great things in his hometown – a lot of celebrations as well as inspiring the eventual creation of the Oregon Music Hall of Fame. He provided some great support for the LOUIE documentary project and will be severely missed. (April 19)

RIP: Buck Munger, publisher of Two Louies, NW music industry legend


Prince. A super-talented singer songwriter with eccentric tendencies.

Author of a song called “Hey Louie Louie,” which has been called “best song ever” as well as “funny as hell” and “just stupid.”

A musician with a wealth of previously-unheard material that may or may not be released in the near future. (April 21)

RIP: Prince Nelson, musician extraordinaire (with a semi-Lost LOUIE of Week?)


Candye Kane

Good ol’ Candye Kane. A dynamo blues singer. A beautiful being that believed in empowerment, promoting healing, love, and self-acceptance of one’s body – whatever size, shape or hue it may be. She fought her cancer for many years, and actively helped others that were also dealing with cancer She put up a damned good fight, but unfortunately lost the battle. Those that knew her, truly loved her. (May 6)

Remembering Candye Kane – Non-LOUIE of the Week


Jim Manolides
Jim Manolides was a member of one of the earliest musical groups to cover Richard Berry’s LOUIE LOUIE. Jim was a founding member of the Frantics, whose first record (“Straight Flush”) made the Billboard Top 100 chart in 1959. While the Frantics may not have recorded LOUIE LOUIE, they did perform the song regularly in the Seattle area in the late 1950s. According to Jim, he was the guy that taught the lyrics to Rockin Robin Roberts, the guy who recorded what many people consider the definitive version of the song. Not only did Jim play LOUIE LOUIE before the Kingsmen made it famous, but with his band James Henry & the Olympics, he also recorded the song “My Girl Sloopy” before the McCoys picked it and renamed it “Hang On Sloopy.” As our pal Barry Curtis stated, “Jimmy was opinionated and did not suffer fools, but once any of us got to really know him, we had a friend for life.” (May 9)

RIP: Jim Manolides, legendary musician with Frantics, Dave Lewis, and more….

Seaside Memories with James Henry & the Olympics

James Henry & Olympics – Sloopy (LOUIE-mutant) of the Week

Between Richard Berry and Rockin’ Robin Roberts


Gary S. Paxton

Gary S. Paxton was a friend that lived a life filed with some truly incredible moments. As a teenager, he found early success as a singer-songwriter of Skip and Flip, a teenage duo with a hit song that sold a million records, and toured America with legendary DJ Alan Freed. After that partnership fell apart, he wound up forging a brief alliance with Kim Fowley, producing a lot of records together, including their own musical project (which evolved into an actual group), the Hollywood Argyles, which had a big hit with “Alley Oop.” From 1959 until the time of his passing, he produced thousands of records for a wide variety of musicians, with an assortment of #1 hit records in rock, country and gospel music. He survived a murder attempt on his life, character assassination attempts by tabloid media, multiple marriages, and became a reborn Christian that eventually found an everlasting love with Miss Vicki Sue, who was with him until the very end. He also produced some excellent records with Richard Berry after LOUIE LOUIE, and also wound recording the very first album by Paul Revere & the Raiders, years before they signed to Columbia Records. (July 16)

RIP: Gary S. Paxton, legendary music producer


Buck Ormsby

When it comes to finding an advocate for the legacy of music from the Pacific Northwest, and the Seattle-Tacoma area in particular, one would be hard-pressed to find a stronger player than Buck Ormsby. As a key member of the Fabulous Wailers, and a co-owner of Etiquette Records, one of the earliest artist-owned record labels of the Northwest, Buck was a true pioneer that forged a path in uncharted territory. With Little Bill Engelhart, they formed The Blue Notes, which was considered the very first rock band of Tacoma, and they also discovered Rockin’ Robin Roberts, who would later transform Richard Berry’s ditty into the rock ‘n’ roll archetype adopted by the Kingsmen and a gazillion other bands. As the primary mover behind Etiquette Records, Buck also discovered and produced the Sonics, whose ragged style provided the primordial ooze for what would eventually be labeled punk. As my friend Alec Palao so eloquently stated, “Buck Ormsby proffered no agenda other than to keep the faith for what he felt need nurturing and preserving: real rock’n’roll.” (October 29)

RIP: Buck Ormsby of Fabulous Wailers + Etiquette Records

Dave Marsh on Buck Ormsby

More on Buck Ormsby + Song of the Week


Leonard Cohen

The beautiful poetry of Leonard Cohen, set to music, provided some wonderful elements to the ongoing life soundtrack for many of us. When faced with an unexpected financial crisis late in his life, he returned to public performances for the first time in many years, discovering the biggest audience of his career during his golden twilight of his life! (November 7)


Leon Russell
Leon Russell was a musician that was highly respected by fellow musicians. As singer, songwriter, and session player, he was involved with a LOT of top-selling musical recordings over the course of his 60-year career. During an early part of his career, he filled for Paul Revere for a few weeks when the leader of Paul Revere & the Raiders was unable to perform. He also recorded with Richard Berry for some of Richard’s final studio recordings. (November 13)

RIP: Leon Russell / duet with Richard Berry – unreleased song of the week


Billy Miller

Billy Miller was a true champion for the foot-stomping, hip-shaking, soulful roots music we call rock ‘n’ roll. Along with his beloved companion / partner Miriam Linna, they established an incredible legacy designed to honor, archive and celebrate in the grandest possible manner, the rich heritage of American garage rock music with their Norton Records label, Kicks magazine and their musical group, The A-Bones. (Nov 13)

RIP: Billy Miller of Norton Records / A-Bones (with a LOUIE relative of the Week)


Raul Vega

My friend Raul Vega was an extremely talented artist based in the San Jose area. He created some beautiful illustrations, had an unforgettable laugh, and was one of the most generous people I’ve ever known. Back in the 1980s, he, Phil Tiger, and Lisa Venuti were part of a special art collective / live/ workspace known as “Sector Four,” all of which was eventually bulldozed and transformed into another generic shopping center in Santa Clara. Before that particular renovation, they were the subject of a cover story for the March 9, 1986 issue of San Jose Mercury News – West magazine with the title “San Jose’s Lonely Bohemians.”

Of course, nothing lasts forever. Lisa moved out of California, Phil died in 2012, and we just lost Raul a few months ago. “Be a slave to art and die happy” was their mantra. (November 17)


George Michaels
When Richard Berry visited England in 1993, George Michaels was one of the big name British musicians that was anxious to meet him. (December 25)


Blue Johnson aka Bangkok Blue

Right after I assembled most of this article, I realized I failed to mention the passing of Blue Johnson aka Bangkok Blue, who did a jazzy remix of Richard Berry‘s original version, which he shared with the world on YouTube.

About a month after I made contact with him, and showcased his version on this website, he passed away.

Here’s some more names whose passings I would like to acknowledge, which I know is an incomplete list….

Keith Emerson – keyboardist, songwriter (March 11)

Merle Haggard – singer, songwriter, legend (April 6)

Betty Babjak – wife of Smithereens guitarist Jim Babjak. (February 24)

Pete Fountain – jazz clarinetist (August 6)

Mose Allison – singer, songwriter (November 15)

Sharon Jones – singer with the the Dap-Kings (November 18)

Ghost Ship Warehouse Fire of Oakland w/36 deaths (December 2)

Greg Lake – singer, songwriter, guitarist with Emerson Lake Palmer, King Crimson (December 7)

Santiago Avila – the beloved “Uncle Sandy” that inspired one of my favorite people, Robert Armstrong to become “Big Sandy” (December 22)

Don “Duck” Edwing – MAD magazine writer – artist (December 26)

Carrie Fisher – actress, writer, humorist (December 27)

Debbie Reynolds – Actress, singer, dancer, businesswoman (December 28)

ERIC PREDOEHL of LouieLouie.net