Hot Chocolate’s Brother Louie (1973) – LOUIE of the Week

This week, the LOUIE spotlight is on “Brother Louie,” a song which many people have confused with Richard Berry‘s LOUIE LOUIE. “Brother Louie” became a hit recording with Ian Lloyd & Stories back in 1973, and was brought back into the spotlight in 2010 with the TV show entitled LOUIE, a sitcom loosely based on the life of American comedian Louis C.K.

This particular clip is by the band Hot Chocolate, which was the band that originally created and recorded this song before Ian Lloyd & Stories discovered it.

Sophie Villy on Aristrocrats.FM – LOUIE of the Week

Today, the mighty LOUIE LOUIE spotlight is pointed at Sophie Villy, a Georgian (not Russian) singer that delivered a soulful rendition of THE SONG, covering the Iggy Pop- American Caesar version, while adding a few extra phrases from the song “At Last.” This performance took place sometime this month on The Great Fisun Show on the Aristocrats.FM music channel.

Sophie has a new album that’s available on iTunes, but it doesn’t look like this song is on it.

Too bad. I LOVE this version!

Luckily, this version is shared via YouTube!

Hold that thought…

This week, I didn’t get around to posting a LOUIE of the Week. It’s been a rather hectic week. A road trip 400 miles from home and the sudden death of Nina kinda threw me off the usual schedule, but I should have something fresh for next week…

RIP: Nina Broadwater-Johnson, daughter-in-law of Richard Berry

I am saddened, shocked and speechless by the sudden death of Nina Broadwater-Johnson, who was once a daughter-in-law of Richard Berry (author of LOUIE LOUIE). My heart goes to out to Richard D’juan Berry and Devin Berry over the loss of their beloved mother. She was a kind woman that I feel so very privileged to have known. The last time I saw I saw her, she handed me a big book on Doo-Wop music, as she wanted me to have this special reference book.

Please join me in praying for D’Juan and Devin as they deal with this very heavy loss.

White Sodium – LOUIE of the Week

This week’s LOUIE is by a band known as White Sodium, and I believe this performance is from a 2010 music festival in Lyon, France.

I don’t know how old these kids are, but they definitely rock!

The 2013 Portland Plaque

My friend Wm. Christman, a KFJC Max LOUIE alumni, just sent me this photo from Portland, Oregon. This is the new plaque at the location where the Kingsmen recorded their version of LOUIE LOUIE back in 1963. There was a big ceremony for this plaque in September last year, and my friend Cindy Lindahl, daughter of original studio owner/ engineer Robert Lindahl, did a guest blog post reporting on that very event.

It’s a shame the plaque didn’t acknowledge Paul Revere & the Raiders as well, as they recorded their version a couple days later in the same studio. Revere & Raiders were the first rock band signed to Columbia Records – the world’s largest record label in 1963, and their single of LL was the first record released as part of that alliance.

Anyways, I’m glad this new plaque was installed by the Oregon Music Hall of Fame. Hopefully this one will stay at the location for a very long time. The other plaque – installed in 1993, stolen a few years later….. listed the wrong recording date.

More details on the recording studio, 1993 ceremony and plaque can be found by clicking HERE

elevator Muzak (minimalist version) – LOUIE of the Week

This week’s LOUIE is titled simply “Louie Louie elevator Muzak.” it’s a minimalist version performed by someone that won’t identify themselves, so we’ll just call it elevator Muzak.

It’s a very different, extremely simple version, and I like it.

I hope you do too…

Warn The Neighbours – LOUIE of the Week

Any band playing LOUIE LOUIE with the nerve to call themselves “Warn The Neighbours” is A-OK with me!

What the hey…. Warn The Neighbours! It’s LOUIE LOUIE time!

This was recorded at a performance at the Max Keeping Foundation fundraiser on April 5 2014.

Barry Rillera, Bobby Kennedy, Demi Moore + Five Degrees of LOUIE – LOUIE of Week

Last week, I was alerted to an excellent article in the Huntington Beach Independent on Barry Rillera of the Rillera Brothers. The Rillera Brothers had a band in the 1950s called the Rhythm Rockers that played regularly at the Harmony Park Ballroom in Anaheim, CA. One of their special guest vocalists for these shows was their friend Richard Berry, who actually came up with the inspiration for the song LOUIE LOUIE while performing with the Rhythm Rockers.

This article brought up some really interesting aspects of his career that I wasn’t aware of. I knew that the Rillera Brothers were also part of the band that backed the Righteous Brothers and Dick Dale, who also played at the Harmony Park Ballroom.

I didn’t know that Paul McCartney once asked Barry Rillera about guitar techniques.

I also didn’t know that Barry Rillera was playing at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles on June 5, 1968, the day Robert Kennedy was assassinated.

As I thought about Bobby Kennedy, there were more than a few things that came to mind….

The F.B.I. investigation of LOUIE LOUIE featured a 1964 letter to then-Attorney General Robert Kennedy complaining about the “pornographic” content of LOUIE LOUIE, demanding that the musicians, record companies and promoters of this song be “prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”

The song “Wild Thing,” which many people consider a very close relative to LOUIE LOUIE, was once recorded by a Robert Kennedy impersonator named Bill Minkin, produced by “Wild Thing” songwriter Chip Taylor, and released as simply “Senator Bobby” on Parkway Records. This single reached #20 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.

In the movie “Bobby” – a semi-fictional movie by Emilio Estevez about the events leading up to Bobby Kennedy’s death in Ambassador Hotel, there is a sequence featuring Demi Moore as a lounge singer that happens to sing LOUIE LOUIE.

All of these connections reminded me of the “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” theme … the “six degrees of separation” concept, which posits that any two people on Earth are six or fewer acquaintance links apart.

My sense is that the degrees of separation are considerably shorter within the LOUIE LOUIE Universe. Any person that has performed LOUIE LOUIE is a core member of the LOUIE Universe, and every man, woman and child is connected in some way to at least one of those performers. I think it’s considerably less than six degrees, but for the sake of simplicity, I’ll keep it conservative at five degrees.

FIVE DEGREES OF LOUIE – a concept worth sharing.

Please feel to do your investigations on the subject, and share this idea freely.

In the meantime, here’s a snippet of this week’s LOUIE LOUIE – Demi Moore channeling the spirit of Julie London for her version of this legendary song….


Huntington Beach Independent article on Barry Rillera

All-Music entry on “Senator Bobby” production by Chip Taylor

Wikipedia on Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon

RIP: Malik Bendjelloul, director of “Searching For Sugar Man” documentary

I’m saddened to hear that Malik Bendjelloul, director of the “Searching For Sugar Man” documentary has passed away at the age of 36 years old. I thought he did a remarkable job of telling the story of musician Sixto Diaz Rodriguez.

If you haven’t seen it, I would highly recommend checking it out.

IndieWire obituary