Holiday Greetings from LouieLouie.net

I want to send out a big Happy Holidays message from LouieLouie.net, aka the LOUIE REPORT!

It’s been quite a year. We lost more good friends, came very close to losing some friends, saw some frends lose their homes, and dealt with a whole new set of challenges with all the big changes that happened in USA.

Anyways, the Louie project is still standing, and moving forward in a slow, but steady path towards finishing this long-awaited documentary.

Big thanks for those that continue to support the project, via kind words and donations towards what’s turned into an incredible archive of LOUIE-related media and memorabilia. We are humbled by some wonderful exclusives that shall be shared in the near future.

In the meantime, I want to wish everyone of you the best of holidays and a happy new year!

cheers!

ERIC PREDOEHL
producer/ director of LOUIE project / LouieLouie.net

P.S. If you can make a GoFundMe donation for my friend Jeff “Stretch” Riedle, that would be deeply appreciated, as he was the guy whose radio adventures inspired this rather ambitious project!!
https://www.gofundme.com/jeff-stretch-riedle-medical-fund

RIP: Keely Smith, jazz and pop vocalist

My friend David Richoux relayed the sad news of the passing of Keely Smith..

“Only half Louie related, but another obit…”

Jim Harrington shared an overview of Keely’s career in the San Jose Mercury News:

Keely Smith, the iconic jazz and pop vocalist who achieved success as both a solo artist and with her musical partnership with first husband Louis Prima, died on Dec. 16 in Palm Springs.

She was 89.

The singer was “under physicians’ care at the time of her passing from apparent heart failure,” according to publicist Bob Merlis.

Smith was a Grammy-winning talent who gained much attention when as a teenager she got the job as the “girl singer” in Prima’s band in 1948.

She married Prima in 1953 and achieved success together throughout the entertainment business, starring in stage, television and movies and releasing hit records.

They’d win a Grammy in 1959 — the first year the awards were handed out — for best pop vocal performance by a duo or group for their smash “That Old Black Magic,” which remained on the charts for 18 weeks.

Prima and Smith had two children, Toni Prima and Luanne Prima, both of whom survive their mother. Louis Prima died in 1978.

The LOUIE LOUIE connection is there. Here’s a few things…

1) Louis Prima (with Sam Butera) were amongst the earliest musicians to ever cover a Richard Berry song when they recorded “(There’ll Be No) Next Time” in 1957.

Here’s Richard’s original version:


https://youtu.be/DnkWrFODEuo

Here’s Louis and Sam’s version:

https://youtu.be/l1nyHSo8qHI

(I actually got an interview with Sam Butera for the documentary.)

2) One of the big hits for Keely and Louis was a song called “Hey Boy! Hey Girl!,” which was co-written by Jeanette Baker, a good friend of Richard Berry. It was originally released in 1958 by Jeanette and her co-writer Oscar McLollie on the Class label, which inspired a 1959 movie with Keely and Louis, as well an accompanying soundtrack album of the same name

Here’s the original version of the song:

https://youtu.be/gSpdfdrJ3IU

Here’s Louis and Keely doing that song:

https://youtu.be/ql8kyRtgKMw

3) Kelly Smith shared a March 9th birthday with Mark Lindsay, original lead singer of Paul Revere & the Raiders, as well yours truly- Eric Predoehl, proprietor of this very LOUIE-centric webpage.

I loved Keely’s voice and was hoping to see her perform someday, but that was not meant to be.

Rest in peace, Keely.

REFERENCE LINKS:
San Jose Mercury obit on Keely Smith

Jeanette Baker article by Opal Nations (PDF download)

RIP: Pat DiNizio of the Smithereens (friend of LOUIE project)

This week, we lost Pat DiNizio of the Smithereens.

Denis Diken shared the news on his Facebook page on Tuesday night.

Today we mourn the loss of our friend, brother and bandmate Pat DiNizio. Pat had the magic touch. He channeled the essence of joy and heartbreak into hook-laden three minute pop songs infused with a lifelong passion for rock & roll. Our journey with Pat was long, storied and a hell of a lot of fun. We grew up together. Little did we know that we wouldn’t grow old together.

Goodbye Pat. Seems like yesterday.

Jimmy, Mike, Dennis

Pat was an ally of the LOUIE project. We shot interviews with the Smithereens over 20 years ago, and re-connected when our friend Greg Larsen (RIP) arranged for the LOUIE team to create a multi-camera video of the Smithereens at the now-extinct Red Devil Lounge in San Francisco as a showcase for Apple Quicktime technology.

Pat became a good friend & comrade that reveled in the finer things in life – music, film, comic books and MAD magazine!

Here’s a snapshot of LOUIE co-producer Jesse Block with Pat, who invited us to attend a Smithereens show last year in Livermore, CA for what turned out to be the last time we ever saw him.

Here’s a sample clip from the video production of the show we captured at the Red Devil Lounge in San Francisco on on March 3, 2007. The lighting was a bit dark in that tiny club, but the performance was fantastic!


https://youtu.be/OQGxuFPY6aA

TODAY, to pay a special tribute to Pat, we’re sharing for the very first time ever, an excerpt of his interview for the LOUIE Project.

You’ll have to see it to believe it!


https://youtu.be/heyQFCqa9RI

And, here’s some more Smithereens photos from the archives…

Rest in peace, my friend. We are going to miss you.

Eric Predoehl with Jesse Block (producers of the LOUIE documentary project)

Website blues

The website appears to be hacked by some outside forces, and I’m not quite sure how to fix the problem, but I was able to get it working again with a different WordPress theme.

Stand by as I try to figure this stuff out…

Fundraiser for Stretch Riedle (aka “give the drummer some”) – LOUIEs of the Week

One week ago, my good friend Jeff Riedle (aka “Stretch“), who’s been a major advisor to the LOUIE project, suffered a cardiac arrest on Saturday night, and has been in the hospital ever since.

Actually, I think he just got moved from one hospital to another.
It has been a very hectic week…

Stretch is a great guy, a local legend in the music community, and someone I’ve often acknowledged as the man whose “brilliant moment of inspiration” – playing a full hour of LOUIE LOUIE on a late night radio shift led to the legendary “Maximum LOUIE LOUIE” KFJC marathon that inspired this very documentary project.

There is a GoFundMe page to raise funds for his medical bills, and I’m hoping that many of you could make a donation to help him out.

Jeff “Stretch “ Riedle suffered Cardiac Arrest on Saturday November 25th while playing drums in downtown Santa Cruz, Ca.

Everyone who is a drummer, musician or a fan of Jeff’s band The New Shockwaves, The Fascinating Creatures of The Deep or has bought gear at Starving Musician Knows and Loves Jeff or “Stretch” as he is affectionately known.

Jeff , is currently scheduled for surgery in the following days. We all know that he really is a “ Starving Musician “ and the road to recovery and medical costs, along with loss of work will be an extra stress.

On behalf of Jeff, please join me in raising money to help him through this unexpected and traumatic life event.

https://www.gofundme.com/jeff-stretch-riedle-medical-fund

Stretch met and interviewed quite a few musicians when he was a DJ at KFJC.

Of course, this post it seems perfectly natural to share a video clip of Stretch and LOUIE LOUIE for the “LOUIE of the Week,” but because it’s Stretch, he gets multiple versions… just because one version is never enough…

Here’s a few of ’em….


https://youtu.be/7mTQU0S3y8Q

This particular clip features a short excerpt of the big 45 minute version that featured Richard Berry, Jack Ely & the Lady Bo Trio at the infamous KFJC marathon. Stretch isn’t actually playing music in this one (even though I do have video evidence of him doing such a thing in the full version of this performance), but he is mentioned, and can be seen dancing to the music…


https://youtu.be/adez4kZrPMw

In the next clip, Stretch as well as fellow members of the Shockwaves, back up Richard Berry (and special guest DJ M. Dung) for a performance of the song at a LOUIE LOUIE parade in San Francisco!


https://youtu.be/5wgxH8LVar8

Here’s another version of the song with Stretch and the Shockwaves…. at some beach in Santa Cruz.


https://youtu.be/iNANEdKQ5XA

In this clip, Stretch plays with Cassady’s Hammer for a TV show in Santa Cruz. They are joined by special guest John Allen Cassady, son of literary adventurer Neal Cassady.


https://youtu.be/oHebRiT5Vmw

While this particular clip showcases Neil Young‘s very special version of the song, you actually hear more of Stretch than Neil…

Anyways, if you can donate to help Stretch pay for some medical bills, that would be fully appreciated!

Please visit:
https://www.gofundme.com/jeff-stretch-riedle-medical-fund

MONDAY UPDATE:

On Sunday, I was able to visit with Stretch and show him one of the new donations to the LOUIE archives – the original LOUIE LOUIE 45rpm master stamper of 1957 (Richard Berry on Flip Records-254), courtesy of Neal P. of the Max & Lilian Feirtag estate.

May the powers of LOUIE LOUIE heal my good friend!

RIP: Bobby Lloyd Hicks of Dave Alvin’s Guilty Men – LOUIE of the Week

We’re a bit late in reporting this, we wanted to acknowledge the passing of Bobby Lloyd Hicks, who died on February 19, 2017.

Bobby Lloyd Hicks performed an inspired version of LOUIE LOUIE when he was a member of Dave Alvin & the Guilty Men. Wedged between “Abilene” and “Thirty Dollar Room,” the band delivered this magical moment of inebriated absurdity on February 21, 1999 at the Harmony Bar & Grille in Madison, Wisconsin.

Dave Alvin paid tribute to his old bandmate on his Facebook page:

Bobby Lloyd Hicks passed away last night surrounded by his loving children and wife. He was/is my dear friend, drummer, singer, teacher, troublemaker, Guilty Man-Skeleton-NRBQer inspirational rock and roll anarchist angel. How do I summarize nearly 30 years of close friendship? How do I explain 16 years on the road together? All the sweaty gigs, miles, adventures, great shows, bad shows, drunken misdeeds, music lessons, disappointments,, laughs, tears and all the brotherly love and broken drum heads. We battled our demons together and, happily, Bobby eventually triumphed over his. He didn’t get the fame and fortune he deserved but, never the less, he kept playing until his body gave out. Selfishly I have to say that so far in 2017, I’ve lost two of the closest friends I’ll ever have. First was my Blaster era road manager, Wally Hanley, and now Bobby. I already hate this terrible year but I’m gonna do what musicians do to survive: turn up loud, sing our songs, mourn, celebrate, touch some hearts, shake some asses and play some damn music to raise the dead. I love and miss ya, Bobby Lloyd, but I’ll see you onstage every night.


https://youtu.be/kf0GpICCPjE

Here’s some more info on Bobby Lloyd Hicks:

Dave Hoekstra’s Website – The American Beat of Bobby Lloyd Hicks

All Music Guide – Bobby Lloyd Hicks album credits

Bobby Lloyd Hicks Facebook page

RIP: Fred Cole of Dead Moon

Fred & Toody Cole (Dead Moon, Pierced Arrows), The Hague Dec 2013 (Mammal Inc. / Arjan van den Berg)

Sad news with the death of Fred Cole of Dead Moon. His death was reported today in the Dead Moon Facebook group:

I’m so sorry to have to let you know that Fred lost his battle with cancer & passed away peacefully in his sleep last night, Nov 9, 2017. Thanks you one & all for all the years & memories we all shared together, for being friends first & business partners second, so proud to be a part of your lives.

Fred had that quality of being “immortal” and I believe his songs & recordings will make it so. We can always hear his voice & his passion there and remember it like it was only yesterday & will go on forever.

I love you all, Toody

“The last train is leaving
Can’t you read the signals in my eyes
And I’m standing on the platform
Waiting for the ones I’ve left behind”

Fred Cole
Last Train

P.S. Please forward or post this to your own circle of “family” who were touched by Fred Cole & his music.

Dead Moon was a punk rock band from Portland, Oregon that lasted from 1987 to 2006, with a reunion that took place in 2014. The band consisted of Fred on vocals and guitar, his wife Kathleen “Toody” Cole on bass, and Andrew Loomis on drums. Robert Christgau wrote a review in Rolling Stone magazine where he described the band as sounding “like the 13th Floor Elevators without the clinical dementia”.

A couple of years ago, The Stranger provided a wonderful overview of Dead Moon`s legacy, written and illustrated by Emily Nokes, which included these tasty tidbits..

• Fred Cole (born August 28, 1948) started his musical career in Las Vegas at the age of 15 with a project called Deep Soul Cole (billed as the “White Stevie Wonder”) and a band called the Lords, which recorded a single, “Ain’t Got No Self Respect,” before disbanding in 1964. Cole then joined the Weeds in 1966.

• While on their way north, the Weeds ran out of gas in Portland, Oregon. Fred met Kathleen “Toody” Conner (born December 30, 1948) at a local bar called the Folk Singer, where she was working at the time.

• The Weeds changed their name to the more bubblegum-marketable the Lollipop Shoppe, which also avoided rhyming with the Seeds (the bands shared a manager). They played with the Doors, Big Brother and the Holding Company with Janis Joplin, Buffalo Springfield, Love, and other greats before dissolving in 1968. Their psych/garage jam “You Must Be a Witch” can be found on the first Nuggets compilation.

Of course, there was one aspect of the Dead Moon legacy that I always appreciated…

• Fred and Toody started Tombstone Records (“Music too tough to die”) in 1988. Tombstone would release most of Dead Moon’s discography. Fred cut the master lacquers on the vintage monophonic lathe that Toody gave him for his 39th birthday. It was the very same lathe, incidentally, that had been used to cut the original release of the Kingsmen‘s “LOUIE LOUIE.”

Fred joins his drummer, Andrew Loomis, who died on March 8, 2016.

Here’s a video of what might be one of the lasts Dead Moon performances.

Rest in peace, Fred.


https://youtu.be/76KaraW8FPI

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Reference Links:

Facebook – Dead Moon Fan Club

The Stranger – Under a Dead Moon, An Illustrated Timeline of the NW Punk Lifers by Emily Nokes

Wikipedia – Fred Cole

Wikipedia – Dead Moon

William Shatner’s Garbage Man – LOUIE relative of the Week

This week, the mighty LOUIE spotlight is pointed at William Shatner‘s inspired rendition of The Cramps‘ “Garbage Man.”

Or as Captain Kirk might say, this rendition may …“Boldly Go Where No Garbage Man Has Gone Before…”

This recording is from the upcoming “Dr. Demento Covered in Punk” compilation being released by Demented Punk Records on January 12th, 2018. The new collection will be available digitally and as a two-CD or three-LP vinyl set. John Cafiero, the frontman of Osaka Popstar, is responsible for producing this collection, collaborating with Barret Hansen, aka Dr. Demento, who also wrote an afterward to follow Cafiero’s foreward. This collection will feature some contributions from the B-52s, Los Straitjackets, Shonen Knife, Joan Jett, James Kochalka Superstar, Nobunny, the Meatmen, Osaka Popstar, the Vandals, Philly Boy Roy, Elvira, the Misfits and the late Adam West.

The Cramps’ “Garbage Man,” is of course a LOUIE mutant, and/ or LOUIE relative, borrowing some elements from Richard Berry‘s most famous composition.

A shame we have to wait until January to get this.
This would have been a great Christmas present….
oh well…


https://youtu.be/FJEc-KPnIxI

Check out the full song list at:
Rolling Stone – Joan Jett, ‘Weird Al,’ William Shatner Tapped for Dr. Demento Box Set

RIP: Stephen Parr, owner of Oddball Films

We lost another friend.

Stephen Parr was someone I’ve known for many years. Stephen owned Oddball Films, a stock footage company in San Francisco that supplied a lot of wonderfully quirky material for a lot of different film productions.

Before Stephen was running Oddball, I knew him as the guy who assembled some of liveliest nightclub events in San Francisco, often featuring an eclectic array of performance artists, musicians and exotic dancers.

Stephen’s creation of Oddball fell into place after director Ridley Scott contacted him for some specific film footage. From that point on, the seed for planted for this venture, and Stephen wound up assembling the largest film collection in Northern California.

Right now, the IMDb page for OddBall Films currently lists credits for 145 documentaries, 42 television productions and 16 feature films. I have no doubt this list will be expanded as more films get completed.

Stephen was definitely an ally of the LOUIE documentary, and provided some 16mm film transfers over the years.

Rick Prelinger, fellow film archivist, provided some extra insight about our friend for Laura Wenus‘ article for MissionLocal.org:

Now there is a question of what will become of his collection, rumored to contain 50,000 cans of film. Prelinger said archivists from near and far are reaching out to Parr’s family to determine the archive’s future. For one thing, it is a formidable collection of, yes, oddities, but it has also served as a resource for footage in important documentaries — a catalogue of, as Parr himself put it, memories.

Oddball was really set apart, however, by Parr’s determination to share what he’d found with others and bring future archivists into the fold.

“Archives tend to be really closed places, behind closed doors, mysterious and to serve some people and not others,” Prelinger said. “Stephen’s archive was very hospitable. Tons of people came through Capp Street as interns, volunteers, people who worked for his nonprofit, the SF Media Archive.”

Many of them took to social media to lament the loss of the person who had been their introduction to the film — actual physical film — world.

“Oddball was the first time I encountered film on film, and since then, my life has changed as well,” wrote Hila Avraham on Facebook. “Rest in peace, and thank you Stephen for being yourself and sharing your light.”

Glamorous clients aside, Parr was also always ready to share his treasure trove with creative types who didn’t have a hefty corporate bank account. If you were an artist or documentarian, Prelinger said, “you were very likely to just get a gift from him. He was just very generous that way.”

We are going to miss you, my friend.

– E.P. of LouieLouie.net

(photo of Stephen taken by yours truly at the November 1991 Bill Graham memorial concert at Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. Graphic of the various nightclub flyers borrowed from Joshua Moore‘s “Oddball” short film shared below)

ODDBALL from Joshua Moore on Vimeo.


https://youtu.be/kA3clfTbyk4


https://youtu.be/oC81wsf7eZ8

Read more about Stephen and his Oddball empire at…

OddballFilms.com

SF List – Stephen Parr, Archivist Of The Film World’s Oddest Artifacts, Dies At 63

7×7.com – Oddball Films: San Francisco’s Archive for Extraordinary Cinema

Mission Local – With death of Stephen Parr, SF Mission loses the archivist behind Oddball films

IMDb – Oddball Film Credits

Celebrating the legacy of Fats Domino (RIP)

We lost Fats Domino last week.

He was an early pioneer of the music genre we call “rock ‘n’ roll music,” and became one of the first rhythm and blues musicians to gain popularity with white audiences.

Fats sold more than 60 million records, with more hit records between 1950 and 1963 than Chuck Berry, Little Richard and Buddy Holly combined.

Elvis Presley considered Fats “the real king of rock ’n’ roll.”

The first song John Lennon ever learned how to play on a guitar was “Ain’t That a Shame,” a Fats Domino song.

A humble man whose humility and shyness may have contributed to the reason why his legacy has often been overlooked

In 1956, Fats Domino made national headlines when his appearance in San Jose, California sparked one of the earliest rock ‘n’ roll riots in America, which LOUIE LOUIE songwriter Richard Berry was actually a part of.

Here’s a little something I wrote about that event and Richard’s connection to it..

Fats Domino performed at the Palomar Gardens Ballroom on Saturday, July 7, 1956 for what turned out to be one of the the earliest rock and riots in the history of America. 3,500 tickets were sold. Lines of people wrapped around six blocks. Beer bottles were thrown, windows were broken, clothes were ripped, teeth were broken, and a lot of people were taken to the hospital. Nothing of this scale ever happened in America, and it set off a tidal wave of reactions from concerned parents, politicians, psychiatrists, and journalists that were concerned about the dangers of this explosive music called “rock and roll.”

Two of my dear friends were at this event, which I never knew about until I got them both together in the same room. Richard Berry, author of LOUIE LOUIE, met my friend Bob Sidebottom at Bob’s store, the Comic Collector Shop. Although Richard wasn’t listed on the bill, he was part of the big show. Both of these guys saw the chaos up close, with beer bottles flying all over the place…

Today, I’m sharing a brand new video clip that utilizes a snippet of my audio recording of that conversation, combined with some photos I shot of Richard and Bob along with some newspaper clippings from the San Jose Mercury News archive at San Jose Library…

I’m not sure who the person is that’s speaking at the 0:05 mark with the comment “never heard of you.. sorry to say that.” It was one of the friends or customers at Bob’s store that night, and his name has since been forgotten.


https://youtu.be/mpHvFe4wSWQ

I’m also sharing clip I shot of Pat Mason, who shared a story about working with Fats Domino and Little Richard at a show in Yakima, Washington during the 1950’s.

You can read more about Pat Mason, who died in 2001 at the age of 93 years, by clicking HERE.


https://youtu.be/4uW7TN3YZTQ

I found a YouTube clip from the PBS American Masters documentary on that discussed the riots during various Fats Domino shows


https://youtu.be/3wm_arxS6UY

Of course, let’s not forget his wonderful music…


https://youtu.be/PwBiIRdz67Q

Do you have have favorite Fats Domino stories… maybe something involving the infamous San Jose riot of 1956?

If so, please feel free to share in the comments…

– E.P. of LouieLouie.net

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Reference Links:

Wikipedia – Fats Domino

New York Times – ‘The Big Beat’ Celebrates Fats Domino, Rock’s Reclusive Giant

LouieLouie.net – July 7 = Rock and Roll History in San Jose

LouieLouie.net – Pat Mason shares a little story