Covid-19 Confinement LOUIEs of May-June 2020

It’s time for even more collaborative confinement LOUIE LOUIE recordings created during this special moment in history…

Recycled from our friend Clay Stabler‘s postings at the LOUE LOUIE Facebook Party, here’s a follow up to last week’s collection of collaborative confinement LOUIE LOUIE recordings


This first one’s from Germany!

Originally posted to YouTube, Apr 27, 2020, I believe this may be the FIRST Covid-19 Confinement LOUIE!

Translated from German to English, here’s their message to the world shared via the YouTube posting:

We, the BigBand of the Siebenpfeiffer-Gymnasium Kusel, are very sad that the school concert cannot take place in May as planned. In order to entertain you anyway, we have come up with something for you.

True to the motto #musicconnects #wehealthy together #stay at home
Filmfabrik Pascal Horbach ©2020


Here’s the second clip…

20200504 Louie Louie confi…

This one’s by French group Eskirock, posted to YouTube on May 4, 2020

Here’s their YouTube description, also translated to English:

We too can do like stones!
And Hop, a small confined rock …
Take care of yourself 😉


The third and last one (for today) is also from France.

This one was posted on May 16, 2020

Once again, the translated YouTube description:

Collective video “at a distance” with Students of Trombone Classes from the Conservatory of the Pays de Laon, the Conservatoire du Grand Soissons and the Intercommunal School of Music of the Pays de la Serre

Charline RENARD
Pierre-Louis PREVOT
Raphaël DELBÉ

and their Professors
Vincent RADIX

with the kind participation of
Nicolas SIMON
Conductor, Artistic Director of La Symphonie de Poche and founder of the Philharmonicoeur

Bass Trombone solo of the National Orchestra of France & Professor at the C.N.S.M.D of Paris

Yohann PIOT
Percussion teacher at the Conservatoire du Grand Soissons

Covid-19 Confinement LOUIEs of April -May 2020

As the world deals with this awful Covid-19 virus and lockdown, more musicians are exploring the idea of collaborating remotely to create new music.

We are tickled to see some rather brilliant new collaborative confinement LOUIE LOUIE recordings created during this special moment in history.

The first collaborative LOUIE LOUIE came from Les Amis Réunis (which I believe translates to “Friends Reunited”) of France on April 30, 2020:

Louie louie défi confinement les Amis Réunis

Google language tools translated the original French YouTube description to English:

This montage was born during the confinement on an idea of the music chief “of the association the friends reunited” who proposed to the members to film themselves while playing their part with a soundtrack witness.
The choice of the song was voted to humanity by the musicians and it was the title “Louie Louie” which won the vote with 8 Voices.
Each musician therefore sent his recording of the song and it is thanks to these recordings and a few hours of audio and video editing work that we present our “confinement challenge.”

The second video, courtesy of Orchestre d’Harmonie de La Clusaz (translated as “La Clusaz Concert Band,” also from France, was shared on May 1, 2020:

L’Harmonie de La Clusaz confinée

…. with yet another Google Language Tools translation:

Lionel had dreamed of it for several weeks and the musicians realized it:
Here is our confined piece!
Bravo to all the musicians, the rehearsal work continues at home!
#restezzzz #confinement #playathome #laclusaz
🎵 Louie, Louie 🎵
Arranged by Michael Sweeney

The third LOUIE COVID containment video came from Band of Olingen and Mensdorf, who I believe are from Luxembourg. This one was shared on May 15, 2020

Louie, Louie performed by the Band of Olingen and Mensdorf (from Home)

The YouTube description was in English:

Louie, Louie performed by the Band of Olingen and Mensdorf (from Home)
Members of the band of Mensdorf and Olingen are playing Louie, Louie for you.
Take care of you and enjoy
Audio and video produced by Tim Kleren

BRAVO to every person that participated in these wonderful performances!

Big thanks once again to our pal Clay Stabler for spotting these treasures!

The Confidentials – rarely-seen LOUIE from early 80s

Yesterday, my friend Monte Von Struck‎ shared this one on his Facebook feed..

Look what David Jester, just uncovered !
Louie Louie by the Confidentials back in ’82

I had to ask my friend and LOUIE associate producer David Jester “Who are (or were) The Confidentials?… to which he replied..

This was a Power Band in the early 80’s and was pre-grunge, pre-punk, raw talent exploding on the stage at every gig…
The girls always liked the bad boys… LOL…

Our friend SP Clarke, formerly of the Two Louies magazine, also chimed in..

Confidentials appearing in this line-up are Darrel Strong, lead singer/guitar, Alec Burton drums, and it appears Tim Clift on bass. (Clift replaced Ken E. Cooper). Both these songs are covers. First is Louie, Louie, of course. Second song is “Roadrunner” by Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers, not “Radio On.” I don’t remember a whole lot about the Confidentials anymore. This video is probably the best example of the band back in the day:

I asked about the date of this performance, as the video has a 1981 date embedded in the graphics, but the YouTube description labels this as a 1982 performance. The consensus is that this performance probably happened in 1982, when the band was fully active. It also appears that it’s been quite a few years since their last performance.

Here’s a flyer from what might have been one of the shows when this particular LOUIE performance took place..

Alec Burton, the drummer, commented on his Facebook page:

I didn’t know this video existed! We never actually rehearsed these songs but would sometimes pull them out for an encore.

RIP: Little Richard, rock ‘n’ roll legend

We lost a beautiful soul this weekend. Truly, there was no person ever like Little Richard, nor will there ever be another person like Little Richard.

I mean seriously… he WAS the heart and soul of this thing we call rock ‘n’ roll…. a genuine believer in the higher power… and a bonafide supernova of inspiration that transcended the emotional and grammatical range of normal human beings.

There’s the Little Richard method of singing, which is one thing.
There’s also the Little Richard method of explaining things, which is another thing entirely.

… and for those those of you that fail to recognize any of this, my response is simply “Shut up!”

My friend Angeline King said it best…

“Take a moment of silence and then RIP IT UP, because the true Father and King of Rock n Roll has left the building and gone up to the glitter heaven in the sky. His influence on music is immeasurable and the musicians he influenced run deep from The Beatles, to Bob Dylan to Bowie to Prince to Bruno Mars. He broke racial barriers and carried the burdens of being fearless in a racist world. He also carried the burden of his sexuality at a time when being in the closet was the only option.
He was Electric, Flamboyant, inventor of Rock showmanship, and he was the foundation that Rock N Roll was built on. We have so much to Thank him for.
Thank you for everything and God Bless you Little Richard. May the pearly gates be glittery and gold and heaven a shiny stage.”

Anyways, unless you’ve been hiding out in seclusion, i’m sure you already know about the passing of this musical genius, and there’s plenty of other webpages if you want to read a proper obituary.

As this website is the place for all things LOUIE LOUIE, this is the place to discuss whatever connection exists that connect Little Richard to the LOUIE Universe, so let’s break it down..

1) Lucile was a precursor to LOUIE.
Like LOUIE LOUIE, “Lucile” was a song that utilized the “LOU” phrasing, which was also utilized in “Chop Suey Louie” by Jimmy Preston, “Run Joe” by Louis Jordan, and “Louise” by John Lee Hooker, among other songs. While LOUIE LOUIE might have been written earlier (1955 at Harmony Ballroom, Anaheim, CA), we’ll give the nudge to “Lucille,” which was released in February 1957, a few months before LOUIE LOUIE, which came out in April 1957. Brilliant minds think alike, ya know?

2) Little Richard was friends with Richard Berry.
Christy Berry James, daughter of Richard Berry shared this wonderful memory of Little Richard:

“One of the greatest he will be truly missed. I met him when I was 7 years old with my dad in front of a record company when he was demanding his money.
He called my dad to come down and carry picket signs so we did.”

Paula Berry-Wiwuga, one of Richard Berry’s ex-wives, met Little Richard when he came by the Berry house to meet Richard’s mom. He was the perfect gentleman.

3) Richard Berry channeled some Little Richard into his music.
In 2009, Ace Records released Holy Mackerel!, a compilation of cool music released between 1957 and 1965 that attempted to replicate or at least acknowledge the Little Richard style of singing. On this collection, we hear an alternative take of Richard Berry’s “Yama Yama Pretty Mama” which feels a lot like a Little Richard song.

Yes, it’s a keeper… with other tracks by – James Brown, Otis Redding, Etta James, Ike & Tina Turner, among others.. Go get it if you haven’t done so yet!

Holy Mackerel- Little Richard celebration

Berry, Richard – Yama Yama Pretty Mama – 1956

4) Little Richard performed a song called “Louie Louie Louie”
This song had NOTHING to do with the Richard Berry song. This was a song written by by Marcus Miller and Randy Rogel for a children’s animated movie entitled “The Trumpet of the Swan.”

This movie, which is an adaptation of children’s novel by E.B. White, is all about the story of Louie, a mute trumpeter swan, that is given the gift of a trumpet, and finds his voice.

Here’s that song…
Little Richard – Louie, Louie, Louie (The Trumpet of the Swan)

Last, but not least, this has NOTHING to do with LOUIE LOUIE, but in my humble opinion, Little Richard was the PERFECT entertainer for ANY TV commercial. I don’t even care what the product was, but every commercial I’ve ever seen that featured Little Richard was always worth watching for pure entertainment value..

Here’s a compilation of 15 Little Richard commercials!

Little Richard Commercials

We’ll never forget this guy!

American Songwriter – The “Inventor,” Little Richard, Dead at 87
BBC News – Little Richard: Rock ‘n’ roll pioneer dies
IMDB – The Trumpet of the Swan – the IMDB page
Wikipedia – The Trumpet of the Swan (the film
Holy Mackerel! – Best Roots Rock Compilation of 2009
The Guardian – Little Richard: an ultra-sexual force of anti-nature
Oxford American – Little Richard articles

RIP: Roy Ross / Pete Dixon of KFJC Radio

Last week, we lost another fine human – KFJC disc jockey Pete Dixon aka Roy Ross.

As the KFJC 89.7 FM Facebook page points out…

We are heartbroken by the passing of our dear friend Pete Dixon, who left us on Mayhem 1st. During three decades at KFJC, he left his mark in so many ways, both on the air hosting “Beyond Room 222” on Monday nights and behind the scenes as our Production Director. His creativity and wit are infused into so much of what we do at the station and it’s a much sadder place without him.

Any many of the regular readers are aware, KFJC Radio (Los Altos Hills, California) was ground zero for the LOUIE LOUIE documentary project. That was the place for the 63 hour “Maximum LOUIE LOUIE” marathon in Los Altos, California. A lot of things took place at this event as songwriter Richard Berry met original Kingsmen vocalist Jack Ely for the first time, over 800 unique versions of the song LOUIE LOUIE were played at this event, and the seeds were planted for a rather ambitious project.

Nine years ago at KFJC Radio on International LOUIE LOUIE Day, April 11, 2011, Pete Dixon was the host for a special 5 hour program entitled “The Return of the Invasion of MAXIMUM LOUIE LOUIE,” which featured Jeff “Stretch” Riedle (instigator of the KFJC LOUIE marathons), Robyn “Nikki Teen” Braverman, and yours truly.

KFJC international LL Day show – E.P., Jeff Riedle, Robyn Bravernman and Pete Dixon

As was shared by Kat R. on the KFJC Alumni page…

“When he shall die,
Take him and cut him out in little stars,
And he will make the face of heaven so fine
That all the world will be in love with night
And pay no worship to the garish sun.”
William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)

We’re gonna miss this guy.
– E.P. of

KFJC Radio – official Facebook Page
KFJC 89.7 FM Alumni – Facebook Group
Louie Report – The Return of the Invasion of MAXIMUM LOUIE LOUIE (April 2011)

Brian Potter aka Earl Grey, KFJC Chief Engineer, wrote a beautiful essay for Roy Ross/Pete Dixon. Read by clicking HERE.

RIP: Young Jessie, founding member of the Flairs w/ Richard Berry

Another great singer – Young Jessie aka Obediah Donnell “Obie” Jessie, who was one of Richard Berry‘s earliest musical collaborators, passed away on April 27th.

Obediah Donnell Jessie was born on December 28, 1936 in Lincoln Manor, Texas, a suburb of Dallas. His father was a cook, and his mother, who had a brief career as “Plunky Harris,” was a multi-talented musician that taught her son how to play piano and ukelele. Sometime in 1946, they moved to Los Angeles, California, where Obediah continued to study music at Jefferson High School, a virtual hotbed for a lot of talented jazz and blues musicians.

Richard Berry was one of the friends and musical collaborators that Obediah met at Jefferson High. Along with Cornell Gunter, Thomas “Pete” Fox and Beverly Thompson, these five high school kids assembled a vocal harmony group that got signed to a record deal at Modern Records, a family-owned record company that had success selling records by Hadda Brooks and B.B. King. An earlier version of this vocal group with slightly different personnel was called the Debonairs, and they also briefly called themselves the Flamingos until they found out about another band with the same name on the east coast. Joe Bihari, who signed this vocal group, offered them the name “the Flairs” as a namesake band for the new Flair subsidiary record label they’d be recording for. The band thought it was a good career move, and decided to be known as the Flairs.

In the course of a year, both Richard and Obediah found themselves doing more recordings outside the Flairs, eventually leaving the group to focus on their careers as solo artists. in 1954 Jessie signed a solo contract with producers Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, and began recording as “Young Jessie.”

He explained the name change:

“(The name) came about because I sounded like I was forty, like ancient for a boy of 17. I had this deep baritone voice and the Biharis wanted me to get close to the rock ‘n’ roll market. I could have called myself Obie Jessie but I didn’t want people to think I was old.”

Young Jessie – Mary Lou

In 1955 Young Jessie wrote and recorded the single “Mary Lou,” which became his biggest-selling record. Four years later, it was covered by Ronnie Hawkins in 1959, followed by various other re-recordings by Steve Miller Band in 1973, Bob Seger in 1976, Gene Clark in 1977, Frank Zappa in 1983 and the Oblivians in 1997.

Young Jessie did a lot of other great recordings, and here’s a few others…

Young Jessie – Nothing Seems Right

Young Jesse – Do You Love Me

Young Jesse had an interesting career, which included a brief run recording with the Coasters in 1957. At one point he shifted his focus, and became a full-time jazz musician, choosing to be known as simply Obe Jessie.

Obie Jesse – Black King

His younger brother DeWayne Jessie also had very interesting career. DeWayne got hired as the actor to play the part of Otis Day in the 1978 motion picture National Lampoon’s Animal House. The film was a massive success, which in turn inspired a new wave of toga parties, countless movies that tried to replicate the Animal House formula, the revival of LOUIE LOUIE, and an audience eager to celebrate the joyous music of a fake band known as Otis Day and The Knights. Fast forward to a few years later, and DeWayne Jessie winds up purchasing the rights to the band name Otis Day and The Knights from Universal Studios. He creates a real-life version of the band, and tours the world as Otis Day.

Anyways, our thoughts go out to the family and friends of Obediah Donnell Jessie.


Wikipedia – Young Jessie
AllMusic – Jesse Jessie – Young Jessie
Marv Goldberg’s R&B Notebooks – the Flairs
Young Jessie discography

RIP: Lynn Easton of the Kingsmen

Lynn Easton, co-founder of the Kingsmen, whose performance of LOUIE LOUIE inspired countless toga parties, a gazillion re-recordings of the song, and an actual FBI investigation . . . passed away last week.

On Saturday, I received word via the Two Louies Facebook page that Lynn died in Toronto of a massive stroke.

The origins of the Kingmen band can be traced to Lynn Easton and Jack Ely, two kids whose parents became close friends. They met each other when they were 5-6 years old at a Christian Science church on the east side of Portland, Oregon. They lived in different neighborhoods, but spent a lot of time together, often sharing family vacations together at Jack’s parents’ summer cabin in Central Oregon or Lynn’s family boat on the Columbia River.

Both Lynn and Jack had strong musical inclinations. As young teenagers they were both members of children-based vaudeville groups. Jack was a member of the Young Oregonians, which was sponsored by The Oregonian newspaper and Lynn was a member of the Journal Juniors, which were sponsored by the Oregon Journal newspaper. They were both members of the bands that provided musical accompaniment for not only the singers, but also the baton twirlers, unicyclists, dancers and other assorted entertainers that were part of these vaudeville troupes.

They first began playing music together after Lynn’s mom contacted Jack’s mom to see if Jack was available to fill-in for a sick guitar player at an upcoming Journal Juniors performance at one of the local hotels. Jack sat in that night, playing rhythm guitar and singing on a couple of Elvis songs while Lynn played drums.

After this performance, Lynn and Jack realized they really enjoyed playing music together, and decided to start up their own band that would become the Kingsmen. Lynn enlisted his high school friend Mike Mitchell to play lead guitar, and soon afterwards, they brought in another classmate from Lynn’s school (David Douglas High School), Bob Nordby, to play bass in the this new musical group.

Borrowing a name from an after-shave lotion, this 4-piece band of teenage boys known as the Kingsmen came into existence in 1957. With repertoire of music that included popular melodies, Dixieland jazz and this new-fangled thing called “rock ‘n’ roll,” the Kingsmen found themselves in a comfortable niche performing in their hometown of Portland. In an interview conducted for the upcoming documentary, Lynn described what it was like during that period.

“We were then picked up by a food brokerage to play supermarket openings and anniversaries, and our payment there was the use of an old Volkswagen van to haul our stuff, and a portable sound system, and a stage. And it was great. It was really a neat exposure for us, but… on the side of the truck, we were sponsored by… let’s see… Flav-R-Pak Vegetables, Beg-Mor Dog Food, Hoody Peanut Butter, Hood River Apple Juice, and in small letters on the back it said the band… the Kingsmen. That was riding in high style. There were hardly any other bands that had a form of transportation. A couple of little tinny horns were up on top of the truck, so it was a sound truck too. It was a fun thing.”

In 1962, the Kingsmen decided they wanted to add keyboards to the band, and enlisted Don Gallucci to become the fifth member of the band. At the time he joined the Kingsmen, Don was a freshman in high school, and had to quit his other band, the Royal Notes. Not long after joining the band, the Kingsmen took note of a catchy little song that was getting some serious attention in the Pacific Northwest. This special song was on a 45 single by a guy named Rockin Robin Roberts, backed by the Wailers of Tacoma, who had a previous hit record with “Tall Cool One.”

That song was, of course, “LOUIE LOUIE,” which the Kingsmen immediately added to their set list, which they would record, and eventually release as their first commercially available product. Between their discovery of this song, and their recording of their song, the Kingsmen became the house band at The Chase, a teenage nightclub near Portland run by Ken Chase (aka Mike Korgan), who was also a disc jockey at KISN Radio. Ken knew that the Kingsmen would be a more marketable commodity if they became recording artists, so he made plans so the Kingsmen could record that catchy little song for their first single.

The recording took place on April 6, 1963 at Northwestern Inc., a recording studio in downtown Portland owned and operated by Robert Lindahl. There was a certain degree of conflict that day, as Ken Chase wanted a certain type of sound that Robert Lindahl was not comfortable in providing. Jack Ely, as the only band member that could remember the lyrics, was the default singer of LOUIE LOUIE. By Ken’s design, Jack’s vocal microphone was placed on a boom pole, and Jack was forced to tilt his head, literally screaming towards the ceiling. After they finished their recording session, neither the Kingsmen or Robert Lindahl thought they had a decent recording. Ken Chase, on the other hand, was convinced he produced a great recording of the band, but still forced the band to pay for the recording fees.

A few months later, the Kingsmen met for a band rehearsal at The Chase, where they continued to perform as the house band. Some of the band members had previously talked about dissolving the band, as they were losing enthusiasm, and the crowds weren’t as large as they used to be. Lynn announced that he was taking saxophone lessons and wanted to take over as the lead singer of the band. Lynn wanted Jack to become the drummer, which did not go over well with Jack. Lynn also announced that he had registered the trademark for the band in his name, rather than as a group ownership, as was originally discussed. Fed up with the big changes that Lynn installed, Jack Ely and Bob Nordby decided to pack up their equipment and quit the Kingsmen that night.

Unbeknownst to the Kingsmen, their recording was taking on a life of it’s own. While their recording of LOUIE LOUIE, which was released by Jerden, a Seattle record label run by Jerry Dennon, had mediocre sales in Portland, this single found an unlikely audience on the other side of the United States. Prominent disc jockey Arnie Ginsburg of Boston, unveiled this recording on his “Worst Record of the Week” radio show, and his audience embraced the song in a major way, which in turn, trickled out to other radio markets across the county, which was acknowledged in both Billboard and Cash Box music industry publications.

Upon hearing this news, Jack approached Lynn about reuniting the Kingsmen. Lynn told his old childhood friend that the Kingsmen were still a band, and reminded Jack that he was no longer a member of the band, nor would he ever be a member of the Kingsmen. Their friendship was never the same after that incident, and for many decades, was non-existent.

As the song and the band became more popular, Lynn continued as the lead singer of the Kingsmen, which by default, put him in the virtual spotlight when the band did television appearances, which often included lip-synching to his old bandmate’s lead vocals on their hit record. In response to all of this, Jack created his own version of the band, which was called “Jack Ely and the Kingsmen.”

By 1968, neither Lynn or Jack were members of any musical band named the Kingsmen. After a series of lawsuits, Jack was forbidden to call his band “Jack Ely and the Kingsmen,” and after touring with a band rechristened as the Courtmen, he was drafted into the U.S. Army. As part of the settlement, Lynn could no longer lip-sync to Jack Ely’s vocals on any television appearances. Within a year after the legal headaches had been resolved, and the music market changed radically, Lynn decided to retire from active duty in the Kingsmen, leaving Mike Mitchell as the last original member of the Kingsmen, which is still an active band 50+ years later.

After his time with the Kingsmen, Lynn focused on a lot of other ventures, which included hosting a local TV show in Portland, working in the print industry, building special collectable clocks, and tending to his love of boating, sometimes participating as a volunteer for the U.S. Coast Guard.

My thoughts are with family and friends of Lynn Easton.

UPDATE (May 1st):
My friend Denise Lamkin sent me this cool photo of her with Lynn.

Reference Links:
Two Louies Facebook page – Lynn Easton passing
Lynn Easton’s Pinterest page

LOUIE LOUIE in Rap Music

This week, we’re going to take a look at how LOUIE LOUIE has been utilized in rap music.

Werner Von Wallenrod is a serious hip hop enthusiast that created a series of videos that documented the various fusions of LOUIE LOUIE with rap music.

He’s done a great job of documenting this, and we’re sharing his clips along with our own notes and graphics of these recordings.

Louie, Louie (The Raps) part 1
For this first video segment, which was created in 2009, Werner discusses the original 1987 12″ EP of “Introduction to Traveling at Speed of thought” by the Ultramagnetic MCs, which was the first rap music recording that embraced the song LOUIE LOUIE. This was not a cover version, but a song that sampled heavily from the Kingmen‘s 1963 recording of the song, which included chunks of Jack Ely‘s iconic vocals. There were other variations of “Introduction to Traveling at Speed of thought” but this was the only one that included Jack’s voice.

(not sure if this is actual label for this release… but we’ll leave this as a placeholder until we get confirmation or replacement)

Within this clip, we also hear some snippets from two remixes of the 1988 Fat Boys recording of LOUIE LOUIE, starting off with the 7″ version and the !2″ extended version, not to be confused with the more common album version of the song.

Louie, Louie (The Raps) part 2
For this second video segment, also created in 2009, we hear a completely different version of “Introduction to Traveling at Speed of thought” from the 1988 “Critical Beatdown” LP by the Ultramagnetic MCs, as well as an extended 12″ mix of this variation, a “Hip House Remix” and assorted instrumental variations. The LOUIE riff is still part of all of these, but from what I can tell, there’s no longer a Kingsmen sample.

After those variations, we also hear the Young MC recordings of the song, one of which was part of the “Coupe DeVille” motion picture soundtrack. Apparently Young MC got the producer credit for that particular recording, but according to Werner, Maestro Fresh Wes was the actual producer.

What’s especially cool about this Young MC LOUIE LOUIE from “Coupe DeVille” is that I believe this is this first recording that used authorized samples from both Richard Berry and the Kingsmen.

Louie, Louie (The Raps) 2.5
In the 2.5 addition to this series, Werner starts off by mentioning other variations of the Ultramagnetic MCs recordings, but spends most of his time discussing the title cut of the JVC Force “Doin’ Damage” LP, which seems to sample from the 1963 Kingsmen recording. As this is a 1988 recording, it is considered one of the earliest LOUIE Rap recordings, as the #2 recording after the Ultramagnetic MCs.

Louie Louie (The Raps) part 3
For “Part 3” of his series, Werner discusses the LOUIE LOUIE recording from the “Something To Get You Hyped” album by Young and Restless (featuring Leonerist Lamar Johnson and Charles Trahan). This version is not a proper cover of the song, but more of what I’d call a hybrid mutant of the song, as it samples from the original Kingsmen archetype, but also maintains a completely different song structure.

Wack Attack #5! Louie Louie 4 with a Special, Surprise Guest!
For the latest addition to Werner’s LOUIE LOUIE Rap series, he invited one of NJ’s prominent hip-hop producers to discuss “Life’s a Beach” by M.C.K. and the Surfettes. While this is a rap song, their general consensus seems to be that is something like a gimmick type recording by another white rapper. While this song is entitled “Life’s a Beach” with song credits given to someone that isn’t Richard Berry, this is a blatant LOUIE LOUIE recording that one would label a “LOUIE bastard” as it denies its obvious DNA.

I don’t think this a complete list of rap songs that utilized LOUIE LOUIE, but we’ll add more as we go along…

Once again, my thanks go out to our friend Clay Stabler for bringing the good stuff to our attention.


To learn more about Werner Von Wallenrod’s hip hop research, please visit
Werner Von Wallenrod’s Blogpot
Werner Von Wallenrod’s YouTube Channel

Follow-up on 2020 Intl. Louie Louie Day -the Quarantine Edition

On Saturday, over at, we celebrated ” International Louie Louie Day – the Quarantine Edition”.. for hopefully the first and only time.

It was a challenge to find a way to celebrate this day with all the shelter restrictions in place, but we did manage to assemble a last minute Zoom teleconference / musical jam session. Having never used Zoom before, I’m grateful the software was relatively easy to figure out.

Among the participants, we had two of Richard Berry‘s grandkids and the original Kingsmen keyboardist.

It was a fun event, and we’ll do it again sometime.

In the meantime, here’s some other noted celebrations of International Louie Louie Day!

As I mentioned in previous posts, our friend Clay Stabler (who was part of this Zoom conference) has been sharing a lot of great pre-LL Day posts at the LOUIE LOUIE Party group at Facebook that I’ve recycled on these pages, so I’ll use this opportunity to post the rest of them.

April 9 at 12:31 PM

International Louie Louie Day is coming soon! Time to count down the Top 10 “most international” versions. What defines the “most international” version? Not sure how to measure, so here’s an arbitrary standard: The point of origin farthest from L.A. (where LL was created by Richard Berry) is the winner. Distance in miles to country center. Hope my geography is accurate! Here’s the countdown:

10. Turkey – 6,861 (Düşgezginleri)
9. Georgia – 7,029 (Sophie Villy)
8. Israel – 7,605 (RPS Surfers)
7. Australia – 8,251 (many)
6. Thailand – 8,271 (Louis Guitar Boys, Madueli, Rats)

Countdown continues tomorrow. Here’s Sophie Villy‘s interpretation of Iggy Pop (originally noted in The Louie Report 6/17/2014).

More on her at

April 10 at 7:55 AM

Continuing the Most International LL countdown:
5. Indonesia – 8,359 mi (Antiseptic, HotDog, Jeruji)
4. India – 8,490 mi (Panch High – marginal)
3. Singapore – 8,769 mi (Five Boys, D’Starlights)
2. South Africa – 9,967 mi (In Crowd, Lunar 5, Mally)

Tune in tomorrow for #1.

Trivia: the point on the opposite side of the earth, the antipodal point, for every location in the continental US is in the Indian Ocean. This map shows the detail (and may give you a clue to the location of #1):

April 10 at 7:49am

And the “Most International Louie Louie” award (at 11,113 miles from South L.A.) goes to — The Dizzy Brains from Madagascar.

Their 2014 album Môla Kely has a LL version titled “Hiala Aho Zao” which translates from Malagasy as “I Will Leave” – pretty close to “Me Gotta Go” I would say.

More info on the album at

More info on the group at

Here is a video of their performance at Transmusicales 2015 in Rennes, France.


Also celebrating LOUIE LOUIE Day was Adam Diddy Wah, who shared this post at the LOUIE LOUIE Party Facebook page on Friday:

It’s INTERNATIONAL LOUIE LOUIE DAY tomorrow and y’all in for a treat! DJ Diddy Wah is doing a livestream set on Hipsville A Go Go GORILLA RADIO from 3pm-ish (GMT+1). Click on, tune in, go bananas!

Luckily, this livestream was recorded!
LOUIE kicks in at 4:42!

Celebrate International Louie Louie Day with DJ Diddy Wah on Hipsville Gorilla radio

Celebrate International Louie Louie Day with DJ Diddy Wah on Hipsville Gorilla radio

Posted by Hipsville A Go Go on Saturday, April 11, 2020


Today is International LOUIE LOUIE Day!

Bubba the Dog barks a version of LOUIE LOUIE!

Today is April 11th, and we’re celebrating International LOUIE LOUIE Day!

Today we’re going to try to do something We’ve NEVER attempted before.

Today, we’re going to attempt a Zoom teleconference + musical jam session.

We’d like to invite folks to participate in this thing, using their voice and whatever musical instruments they feel like bringing to the party.

it could sound really good or it could sound really awful.

We honestly won’t know until we try it… but it definitely should be fun!

The session will take place at
Apr 11, 2020 12:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada).

if you are able shoot video of take photos of yourself in participating in this thing, we’d love to see it!

You can also visit the LOUIE LOUIE Party group at Facebook for quicker updates.

Topic: International LOUIE LOUIE Day!
Time: Apr 11, 2020 12:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

This is the big one.

You are invited to a very special teleconference + music jam session to celebrate LOUE LOUIE Day! Bring an instrument, bring your voice, and let ‘s see how silly such a thing could be…?

The event is over! Big thanks to those that participated.