Mention the day “September 11,” and you cannot help but be reminded of certain events that took place in semi-recent American history.
For some of us, September 11 is a day to celebrate the birthday of loved ones, like my sister Ann, for example.
As this is “the website for all things LOUIE LOUIE,” this is the place to ponder unlikely connections within the LOUIE LOUIE universe.
So …. here’s something on the connections between September 11 and LOUIE LOUIE….
Jack Ely, lead singer of the Kingsmen, would have celebrated his 72nd birthday today, had we not lost him earlier this year.
Jack shared his birthday and year with Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead, which performed some memorable versions over the years of their existence.
Some of you may not know it, but “LOUIE LOUIE” was first released as a B-side on a 45rpm single by Richard Berry. The A-side was a cover of “You Are My Sunshine,” a catchy little country western song that Richard Berry’s mom really loved. As LOUIE LOUIE became more popular, the record was reissued with LOUIE on the A-side and a Richard Berry original “Rock Rock Rock” taking over the B-side.
“You Are My Sunshine” was recorded and probably written by Jimmie Davis in 1940. Four years later, he was elected Governor of the state of LOUIsiana, which he served for two non-sequential terms (1944–1948 and 1960–1964).
While his exact birth year is still questionable (various publications stating 1899, 1901, 1902 or 1903), it is believed that Jimmie Davis would have been 116 years old today.
There’s a handful of other musicians that also share this birthday today, but until they perform a version of LOUIE, or at least a LOUIE Bastard/ Mutant, then we probably won’t mention Moby, Harry Connick, Jr., Gidget Gein, Ted Leo, or Ludacris … yet.
So today… it’s a Happy Birthday for the spirits of Jack Ely and Jimmie Davis…. as well as my sister Ann, my friends Debee, Joey, Sally, another friend named Eric, and anyone else that wound up with this very special birthdate!
Less than a year ago, we showcased a version of “Smells Like LOUIE LOUIE” – an inspired mashup by Jeff & the R.F.s, fusing the Richard Berry song with a familiar Nirvana ditty. That particular version was created for the 2007 LOUIE Fest of Tacoma.
It’s 2015, and my friend Ron Fowler, leader of that particular band, just unveiled a brand-new recording of this song mashup, sharing it with the world via Soundcloud!
Mashup of 2 classic tracks from the Northwest – Richard Berry’s Louie Louie, popularized by the Kingsmen, Paul Revere and the Raiders, and the Fabulous Wailers; and Nirvana’s immortal Smells Like Teen Spirit. Yeah!
Today is National Dog Day. Nationaldogday.com has the details about how this event came to be…
National Dog Day is celebrated August 26th annually and was founded in 2004 by Pet & Family Lifestyle Expert and Animal Advocate, Colleen Paige (also the founder of National Puppy Day, National Mutt Day and National Cat Day …to name a few).
National Dog Day serves to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year, and acknowledges family dogs and dogs that work selflessly each day to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort. Dogs put their lives on the line every day – for their law enforcement partner, for their blind companion, for a child who is disabled, for our freedom and safety by detecting bombs and drugs and pulling victims of tragedy from wreckage.
As I searched for a likely connection between this topic and the theme of this very website, I found something from the Give Back News YouTube channel that seemed that felt like a natural fit:
This Give Back News update is about LOUIE, an American Bulldog rescued by Pet Orphans. He needs a forever home, but he’s not alone. Check him or other rescues our at PetOrphans.org and help us make a difference one story at a time! Thanks for watching GiveBackPR’s positive community news update.
So there you go… a rescued dog named LOUIE that needs a home, with some catchy music that feels so very familiar. . .
PLEASE – if you can adopt a rescued dog, I would encourage you do so!
Today is a very good day to do that sort of thing!
Maybe YOU could be the one to adopt LOUIE the American Bulldog??
If so, feel free to drop me a line, OK?
. . . . and in the meantime, if we’re going to talk about dogs and LOUIE LOUIE, I might as well recycle an old image from the past – my beloved friend Bubba the Dog (R.I.P.), posing with a Chewy LOUIE dog bone package!
Richard Berry‘s music has been used for a variety of different commercials, but most of the time it’s been utilized in the form of the Kingsmen‘s version of “LOUIE LOUIE.” In the past 10 years, we’re seen more companies embrace some of Richard’s other music for TV commercials, particularly the Sonics version “Have Love Will Travel,” which was first used for a Land Rover ad campaign.
It’s very rare that we hear a Richard Berry song on a commercial with Richard’s voice.
Liverpool Victoria, an insurance company based in the U.K., decided to change this with their latest ad campaign. For this new campaign, we get to hear “Have Love Will Travel” as sung by Richard.
This week, The Louie Report is honored to share a very special article by Steve West, the original guitarist with Paul Revere & the Raiders for their 1963 recording of LOUIE LOUIE!
Enjoy!! – E.P.
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I was born in Portland, Oregon on August 21, 1946. I still live in Portland, Oregon. I started playing guitar at the age of 8 years old.
I was playing at a teenage nightclub called the Headless Horsemen when I was 15 years old. Mike Smith (aka “Smitty”), Ross Allemang and Don Gallucci were playing there with me. Mark Lindsay came into the club one night. He walked up to me and started talking to me about the Raiders. He told me about Paul Revere’s service duty. He wanted to put a band back together. At this time Paul and Mark were living in Wilsonville (a town 25 miles south of Portland). He also talked to Mike Smith and Ross and asked if we wanted to come out to the Wilsonville house to audition for the group called Paul Revere And The Raiders. We all agreed and met out there the next day.
That was the summer of 1962.
I was still in high school so i could only travel and play on weekends. We played at various shows in Oregon and Idaho.
The first recording I did with the Raiders was “Shake It Up Part 1 and 2.” Then in April of 1963 we recorded “LOUIE LOUIE” and “Night Train.” It was at a recording studio in northwest Portland, and it turned out to he same studio that the Kingsmen recorded LOUIE LOUIE about a week earlier. The recording band was Paul Revere on bass, Mike Smith on drums, Mark Lindsay on sax and on vocal, and myself on guitar. I remember being very nervous during the recording session. It took about 5 takes to do LOUIE LOUIE, just to get the guitar solo right. The song was originally released on Sande Records, produced by Roger Hart, who also owned the Sande record label.
We were going to use the LOUIE LOUIE song as a promo for the radio stations to play it in the towns that we were going to make appearances. We did that and as we were touring, the song got so popular along the way that it sparked some interest from a guy at Columbia Records! Roger Hart cut a deal and our song was on the Columbia label. Columbia had never signed with a rock n’ roll group before! It was a number one hit on the charts for the west coast and Hawaii until Mitch Miller nixed it, as he did not want any rock n’ roll music on Columbia Records, mixed with Andy Williams and all the other artists. After that, the Kingsmen’s version of LOUIE LOUIE went national.
Since 1963 both versions of the song have charted in various radio markets. To this day LOUIE LOUIE by the Raiders is still played on the radio!
Around that time, I was touring with the Raiders and we returned to Boise, Idaho. I stayed with Charlie Coe and his parents in Boise. Mark wanted me to move to Boise and take correspondence courses to finish my schooling. At that time we were playing in a teenage nightclub that Paul Revere owned. I was working 5 nights a week and started to get sick. I got intestinal flu and I did not want to quit school at that time. I felt that I was being pressured to move to Boise. I quit the band and came back to Portland, Oregon. I graduated from Washington High School in 1964.
I continued to play music in local bands in the area and played with a country band for seven years and played behind Freddie Hart, David Frizzell, Susan Raye (of Hee Haw) and many others. I did recordings for local groups at a Vancouver studio called Ripcord Studios.
I made a career of playing with bands and toured many states. I played with bands until the year 2000. I then joined with my wife Linda as a duo and we played locally and recorded many songs together. We are now web DJs on a radio station and have been for over a year on WHPR radio 101.1 FM. It is based out of Ruidoso, New Mexico.
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Steve also created a special video to set the record straight on his guitar playing on the original LOUIE LOUIE by Paul Revere & the Raiders, with a demonstration on how it’s done….
This special YouTube performance is this week’s LOUIE of the Week!