ZZ Top and the LOUIE connection

Some tasty treats from the TWO LOUIES archives, courtesy of publisher Buck Munger!

ZZ Top meets the Kingsmen!
From left to right: Lynn Easton, Billy Gibbons, Jack Ely and Mike Mitchell.

photo courtesy of Buck Munger

Schlicktown Crew – LOUIE of the Week

This week’s LOUIE LOIUE comes from Germany. The musical group is Schlicktown Crew, and they perform LOUIE with a definite Jamaican-Cuban influence!

DJ JaiiDee & MC Watt are the two guys that make up this duo, and they’ve shared a fun little video produced by Joachim “The Jens” Krey.

As the Schlicktown Crew states on their YouTube page – “We send you Sunshine and positive vibrations – Enjoy the track!”

DIG!


http://youtu.be/Pcwcr-BTdZs

Visit their official webpage at
Schlicktowncrew.de

Join their Facebook party at:
www.facebook.com/schlicktowncrew

Jennie Fagen’s song about Vitamin B – LOUIE of the Week

And now for something completely different….

Jennie Fagen sings a catchy little song about Vitamin B, and gets this week’s LOUIE award!

From her YouTube description:

This is what Health Coaches do on a Friday night.

I wrote this song about my favorite vitamin, to the tune of Louie, Louie. Enjoy and feel free to share!

www.jenniefagen.com

Vitamin B, oh complex,
Give it to me now.
Vitamin B, oh complex,
You’re the best vitamin.

They once thought you were just one vitamin.
Then they found you had many parts within.
Riboflavin, niacin,
Folic acid just to begin.

Vitamin B, oh complex,
Give it to me now.
Vitamin B, oh complex,
You’re the best vitamin.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pd0FzpeghGI

The Portland LOUIE celebration of September 2013 – the Lindahl report

Today, I am honored to have a very special guest blogger – my friend Cindy Lindahl, whose father engineered the original LOUIE LOUIE recordings by The Kingsmen and Paul Revere & the Raiders!

I knew when I saw the announcement that I had to attend:
‘Louie, Louie Celebration in Portland Begins September 5th.”

It had been twenty years since the last attempt at marking the site where my father, Bob Lindahl’s studio, Northwestern, Inc., once stood and the Oregon Music Hall of Fame decided to try it again, tying it in with the Kingsmen’s induction in October.

As the place where Louie, Louie was recorded by the Kingsmen and Paul Revere and the Raiders, my father’s recording studio and his role as sound engineer had for decades been the recipient and subject of a multitude of praise, blame and associated myths and legends. But as unofficial guardian and defender of my father’s professional legacy, I made plans to be there.

A brief email exchange with Portland’s Mayor Hales provided my brother, Dan Lindahl, and me with the assurance we would be welcome to this OMHF sponsored shindig. So under ominously dark and threatening skies we showed up at 411 SW 13th to take part in yet another milestone of the ongoing phenomena of the song that never dies.

An assortment of Kingsmen were in attendance with the notable exception of a few members. Don Gallucci, Dick Peterson and Jack Ely (my persistent debate opponent in the Louie, Louie page Wikipedia Wars and other online venues) all were absent. Dennis Mitchell caused a faint stir when he arrived sporting Lennon-esque sunglasses, flamboyant rocker attire and a glamorous blond on his arm. A fairly decent crowd of onlookers were on hand and above the closed off street ,the windows filled with gawking office workers. Wilson and Lincoln High School bands and David Douglas cheer leaders were lined up in anticipation, a mountain of “LL” emblazoned Voodoo Donuts stood at the ready while photographers swarmed over the arriving Kingsmen.

In the meantime, my brother and I stood anonymously off to the side of the unofficial ‘stage’ and watched the proceedings unfold. The usual introductions were made by the Mayor and others, the bands played a decent rendition of the honored song, an ancient electric guitar was produced and Dennis Mitchell knocked off a few energetic licks of the opening bars to ‘Louie, Louie.’

Finally, after the official proclamation of October 5th being ‘City of Portland Louie, Louie Day,’ we got down to the real reason I was there – the unveiling of the plaque. I had positioned myself directly in front of the podium as a good vantage point for the first read of the marker for my Dad’s old studio building. And there it was…’This marks the location…’. I re-read it. My heart sank as neither the words Northwestern nor Lindahl were anywhere to be seen on the prototype of the marker. The crowd began to disperse as my brother and I headed out into the dimming light of the late summer afternoon. As the torrential rains began, we pushed open the doors and entered the enfolding warmth of Jake’s Bar to lift a glass in honor of our father, Bob Lindahl, Northwestern, Inc. and, yes, ‘Louie, Louie’.

- Cindy Lindahl

Here’s a little photo of her father Robert Lindahl at the studio where the special recordings took place…

For more information about the studio and the last LOUIE LOUIE celebration that took place at the location, check out my previous posting:

The (Temporary) Rebirth of a Recording Studio

Man City Blue – LOUIE of the Week

Live from La Coruña, Spain, we have this week’s LOUIE! Performing live at El Pato Negro, we have Man City Blue delivering a catchy little medley that includes LOUIE LOUIE with the Ramones’ “Blitzkrieg Bop.”

Man City Blue are: Eva Arotxena on lead vocals, Pablo Doldán on bass & backup vocals, Ana Castro & Juan Corredoira on guitar and some guy named Pedro on the drums.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Gu0hCJuPeE

Parallel Paths of Another Uncredited Songwriter (all about MONEY)

Consider the story of a relatively unknown rhythm & blues singer-songwriter that released a song in the 1950s that became very famous, yet he languished in obscurity, barely receiving any credit for his very popular composition.

Imagine this song covered by the Kingsmen, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Doors, the Flying Lizards and literally hundreds of other bands.

If you’re thinking LOUIE LOUIE, I’d say you’re close, but not quite correct*.

Think about MONEY and you’ve named the song that is discussed in an article this week in the New York Times about singer-songwriter Barrett Strong. Like Richard Berry, Barrett Strong wrote a song that became extremely popular, generating millions of dollars in publishing royalties. Like Richard Berry, Barrett Strong missed out on some significant income from his most famous composition for the majority of his life.

Unlike Richard Berry, Barrett Strong’s name was removed from songwriter credits, and he did not have obtain adequate legal representation to reclaim his publishing rights for “Money.”

Like Richard Berry, Barrett Strong also wrote some other very popular songs, co-writing such other hits as “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” “Just My Imagination” and “Papa Was a Rolling Stone” among others.

There has been confusion over the songwriting credits for “Money.”

Barrett Strong came up with the song, borrowing from a riff heard in “What’d I Say” by Ray Charles. Janie Bradford helped Barrett write the lyrics, and Barrett’s personal manager, Motown President Berry Gordy Jr. was also given songwriter credits, registering the song with Motown’s new song-publishing company, Jobete Music on November 12, 1959. Apparently, Mr. Strong and Mr. Gordy got into a dispute, and in 1962, Jobete filed an amended copyright on “Money,” instructing the copyright office to remove Mr. Strong’s name from all documents connected to the song.

I’ve seen other instances of confusion related to the song. In the 1997 box set of music by the Doors, I saw John Lee Hooker‘s name credited as writer of this song.

A few years ago, Barrett Strong sold some of his later songs to a third party for a big payment in what he thought was a fixed-term licensing agreement but which turned out to be an outright sale. He invested the money into a business venture that fell apart.

In 2009, Barrett Strong had a stroke, stripping him of his ability to sing and play the piano. He currently lives in a retirement home in Detroit and hopes that recouping the rights to “Money” will pay for his medical bills and living expenses.

Hopefully, with articles such as this, and with the help of good legal representation, Barrett Strong will finally receive his proper credits and royalties for some truly timeless music.

In the meantime, here’s the original version of the famous song as sung by the man who wrote it:

Barrett Strong- ”Money (That’s What I Want)” 1959
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDZYMP_iUKo

Here’s another version of the song that I love:
John Lennon & Plastic Ono Band – “Money (That’s What I Want)”Toronto 1969


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEnRVaDxQE0

* To date, I haven’t found any versions of LOUIE LOUIE by the Rolling Stones or the Flying Lizards, but if this changes, then this statement would also be correct for LOUIE LOUIE.

REFERENCE:
New York Times article

Mark Your Calendar – LOUIE LOUIE Day in Portland – October 5th

Hot breaking news from OregonMusicNews.com:

It’s the song that wouldn’t die. And now it will be commemorated for the ages. To mark the spot where a Portland band, The Kingsmen, recorded Richard Berry’s hit song in 1963, Terry Currier from the Oregon Music Hall of Fame will present Portland Mayor Charlie Hales with a bronze plaque at 411 SW 13th Avenue, Thursday, September 5, at 5:05 p.m. The building is now occupied by Skylab Architecture, which approved the plaque design and placement.

This event will kick off a month during which you are invited to not be able to get the song out of your head. The Oregon Music Hall of Fame requested the designation as part of its 2013 Induction, October 5. The Kingsmen – who were inducted in 2007 – will perform at the 2013 ceremony. On that day, Hales will declare October 5, “Louie Louie Day.”

Along with marching bands at 4:00 p.m., the plaque unveiling at 5:05 p.m., and a mayoral proclamation at 5:10 p.m., local confectioner Voodoo Doughnut will present a special “Louie Louie Day” doughnut. Local radio stations are invited to join by playing “Louie Louie” at precisely 4:57 p.m.

Here are the day’s events on September 5:
3:30 p.m. Set up – media access begins
4:00 p.m. High School marching bands arrive, play “Louie Louie”
4:45 p.m. Stage is set for plaque unveiling
4:57 p.m. Local radio stations play “Louie Louie”
5:00 p.m. Mayor Hales is introduced
5:05 p.m. OMHOF President Terry Currier presents plaque to mayor
5:10 p.m. Mayor Hales proclaims October 5 “Louie Louie Day”

Here’s a snippet of a comic strip I created a few years ago to celebrate International LOUIE LOUIE Day

The LOUIE LOUIE Comic Strip Blog - Chapter 3

Read the rest of this comic strip by clicking here..

For the latest datails about the upcoming Oregon celebration, check out these pages..

OregonMusicNews.com
KISN Radio Good Guy Radio
KISN Radio Facebook page

The Electric Ferrets – LOUIE of the Week

This week’s LOUIE is a 30 year old version of the song performed by The Electric Ferrets, with some very interesting back history..

Music video of The Electric Ferrets doing one of their earliest psychedelic onslaughts of sound, “Louie Louie,” recorded in a State College, PA attic in 1983. The band eventually reformulated itself as a notable indie punk outfit in Southern California, releasing records produced by Jeff Dahl and Lee Joseph on the Dionysus and Sympathy For The Record Industry labels in the early 1990′s.

This video features footage originally shot in State College in early 1984, but which remained unseen and unedited until 1992 (thus the appearance during the video’s opening television channel surfing montage of material dating from the 90′s. The video was edited by Beef Productions, which turned it into a feature for inclusion on “The Eat More Carp Show,” as well as distribution among a variety of public access television shows around the country in the 90′s.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9un9OKwzQbE

Thirty Years Ago Today…

Thirty years ago today, Richard Berry, author of the song “LOUIE LOUIE” met Jack Ely, the original vocalist for the Kingsmen, at KFJC Radio, Los Altos Hills, California. The date was August 20, 1983 – the second day of the legendary “Maximum: LOUIE LOUIE” radio marathon which played every known version of the song at time, which turned out to be well over 800 versions, lasting approximately 63 hours. This particular moment marked the very first time Richard Berry had ever met any member of the band that transformed his composition into the popular hit recording heard all over the world.

At the time of this meeting, Richard Berry was surviving on welfare in Los Angeles, taking data entry courses to obtain a more marketable job skill.

After this particular event, his life was forever changed…

(We’ll have more on that later…)

Happy Birthday Moe Tucker! (LOUIE of the Week)

Big Happy Birthday wishes go out to Moe Tucker of the Velvet Underground, who shared some LOUIE memories for the documentary project years ago.

if you haven’t heard her version of LOUIE LOUIE, now’s your chance….


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBqcKvwa6AE