The long-lost recordings of Richard Berry

Here’s a little news clipping I found in a 1957 issue of Cash Box magazine. Apparently, when Richard Berry toured the West Coast in Washington and Oregon with Bobby Blue Bland and Junior Parker, there were plans for him to appear on various radio and television programs.

Exactly what TV or radios shows Richard that might have performed in the Northwest remain something of a mystery. I have no idea if these shows even happened or not.

When I talked to Richard about old television appearances, the only thing that came to mind were a couple of appearances on the “Dixie Showboat” TV show on KTLA 5 in Los Angeles. He performed “Riot In Cell Block #9” with The Robins, and also did a show with “The Dreamers,” which wasn’t the actual recording group, but a band he assembled at the last minute when the original singers weren’t available.

Either way, I haven’t had any luck tracking down any recordings of these shows, which are probably lost forever. There’s a good chance the TV shows in the Northwest didn’t even happen.

There’s probably a better chance there may still be some audio recordings of the radio shows from the Pacific Northwest, but I would think if someone had anything recorded from that tour, they would spoken up by now.

I’d LOVE to be proven wrong, so any of you folks out in cyberspace are hoarding some rare kinescope or radio recordings of Richard Berry from the 1950s-1960s, PLEASE step right up, OK?

(PLEASE send an email to LOUIE at his website if you have information about these recordings)

Star La’Moan & Kitchenettes in April 2018 – LOUIE of the Week

It was just another Friday night in Santa Cruz, California.

My friend Star La’Moan and her Kitchenettes were playing at the Poet & Patriot, and my friend Stretch was also there.

As you may recall, Stretch Riedle was the DJ at KFJC Radio whose LOUIE LOUIE shows inspired the big Maximum LOUIE LOUIE marathon that led to the documentary project behind this very webpage.

… and the Poet & Patriot was the nightclub where Stretch experienced a near-fatal cardiac arrest the day after Thanksgiving last year, saved by the heroic actions of our friend Wendy Lang, and the Santa Cruz County Emergency Response team.

Friday was also the night before Stretch’s birthday, as we raised a pint or two to celebrate this very special moment at a very special place.

…. and we’re STILL celebrating!!

Here’s to many more birthdays, my friend!

Here’s Star La’Moan & The Kitchenettes performing a jazzy reggae version of that special song live at Poet Patriot in Santa Cruz, CA on April 20, 2018.


https://youtu.be/FWFQlqg4fPo

Rock Hall of Fame inducts LOUIE LOUIE in the first batch of important singles!

LOUIE LOUIE by Kingsmen on Jerden record label

Billboard shared this important news:

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame began honoring songs in addition to artists at the 33rd annual induction ceremony on Saturday night (April 14) in Cleveland’s Public Auditorium, immortalizing six singles.

Introduced by “Little Steven” Van Zandt, the new Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Singles category is “a recognition of the excellence of the singles that shaped rock ‘n’ roll, kind of a rock ‘n’ roll jukebox, records by artists not in the Rock Hall — which is not to say these artists will never be in the Rock Hall. They just are not in the Rock Hall at the moment.”

The first inductees in the category included “Rocket 88” by Jackie Breston and his Delta Cats (1951), Link Wray and his Ray Men’s “Rumble” (1958), “Louie Louie” by The Kingsmen (1963), Procol Harum’s “A Whiter Shade of Pale” (1967) and Steppenwolf’s “Born to Be Wild” (1968).

Click HERE for the full story!

Jim Phelps & the Clandestones (KALX premiere) – LOUIE of the Week

Today, in celebration of International LOUIE LOUIE Day, we’re sharing a very special recording of LOUIE LOUIE by Jim Phelps & the Clandestones that had a special world premiere at the 1984 LOUIE marathon that took place at KALX Radio in Berkeley, California.

Last year, I was fortunate to receive some of the aircheck master recordings from the Amazing Mystery DJ (aka Mel Chelpowitz), and this is the first of what should be many more rarities from this legendary Berkeley radio station.

As some of you may or may not know, KALX Radio had a friendly rivalry with KFJC Radio of Los Altos Hills. At one point, there was an attempt in the San Francisco Bay Area to see if one station could outdo each other in terms of sharing different variations of the song, but after KFJC hosted a 63 hour event that spanned over the course of 4 days with 800 unique versions, it became something of a moot point.

That being said, I applaud the efforts of the Amazing Mystery DJ, who continued to host even more LOUIE specials at KALX Radio, including this one that took place one year after KFJC’s Maximum LOUIE LOUIE event.

Gary Hobish of Armin Hammer Productions was responsible for this inspired recording, which is known as the “IMF version” of the song.

This video was assembled with the help of various public domain films originally produced by the legendary filmmaker Jam Handy, whose work can be found at archive.org.

NOTE: The contact information listed on the original cassette is no longer valid, so please do not pester whoever shares this address and/or phone numbers.


https://youtu.be/JuW384iKlis

UPDATE:
Gary Hobish provided more details about this one:

“Louie Louie (IMF Version)” is a mashup of LL & Lalo Schifrin‘s Mission Impossible theme, recorded in May 1984 at Fantasy Recording Studios back when I was on staff there. It features local jazz great Jennifer Clevinger (piano), Kirk Felton on drums, bongoes and matches, myself on bass, and that’s Jennifer, me and Martin Clevinger (inventor of the Clevinger electric solid body upright bass) on vocals.

Thanks Eric Predoehl for digging this one out of the archives!

Happy International LOUIE LOUIE Day! (Richard Berry birthday!)

Today is International LOUIE LOUIE Day!

Here’s some images to help celebrate this very special event, which would have been Richard Berry‘s 82nd birthday today!

Bubba the Dog barks a version of LOUIE LOUIE!

louie-JFK-quote

For more details about the origins of this special day, be sure to check out
a comic strip created to explain this very event

YES, CLICK HERE!!

The Anyday Life page on International Louie Louie Day

Coming soon … a special 40th Anniversary Animal House celebration in Oregon

Anyone ready for the world’s largest toga party? ….
… featuring the band that put LOUIE on the map for millions of people?

We may have just the thing for you….

Save this date: August 18, 2018
and visit:
https://www.facebook.com/Animal-HOUSE-40TH-Reunion-and-Toga-Party-450269562006972/

RIP: Martin G. Cameron, friend + motion graphics visionary for LOUIE project

I am deeply saddened to report the passing of our dear friend Martin G. Cameron.

Three days after my mother’s ashes were laid to rest, Martin died peacefully in his sleep. I learned about his death from his Facebook page.

Martin aka “Bucky” was a truly a kindred spirit at LOUIE project. We all shared a deep appreciation for art, music, cinema and great storytelling, with a special love for MAD magazine, comic books and the primordial goo of rock music from which the essence of LOUIE LOUIE oozed freely.

Martin was a veteran motion graphics visionary from the LucasArts game universe, and we were overjoyed to be able to bring him into our team.

Here’s a little mock-up he created for the project..

Sadly, so many of our intended animations were never finished. We had a handful of rough mock-ups that didn’t quite make to the finish line, as well as a lot of things we planned to work on as soon as the finances arrived….

Unfortunately, in the course of life, we were thrown a curveball, and lost a dear friend who provided a wonderful level of support for the project.

The day before he passed, Martin shared this beautiful photo of a sunset captured near his home in Petaluma, California.

Our thoughts are with Nicholas, Laurie, his family and extended circle of friends.

We’re going to miss you, my friend.

rest in peace, Bucky.

– Eric Predoehl, producer of LOUIE project

REFERENCE LINKS:

Martin’s DogBrain Studios
http://www.dogbrainstudios.com

Martin’s Vimeo Page
https://vimeo.com/dogbrainstudios

Jimmy and the Riddles – LOUIE of the Week

This week, we’ll point the LOUIE spotlight at Jimmy and the Riddles, who are known as an “Upbeat Reggae Dub Ska Party Band!” They are from a place known as ‘Folkestone.’

I don’t think I’ve been there, but my spies tell me that this is a port town on the English Channel, in Kent, south-east England. According to the Wiki’s, it was an important harbour and shipping port for most of the 19th and 20th centuries, and there has been a settlement in this location since the Mesolithic era!

Anyways, here’s Jimmy and the Riddles playing LOUIE LOUIE at The Railway Bell in Dover. Saturday the 18th of March 2017.

https://youtu.be/NZYEt2ccLds

Jimmy and the Riddles – Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/JimmyAndTheRiddles/

RIP: Nokie Edwards of the Ventures, LOUIE of the Week

Nokie Edwards, guitar player for The Ventures, one of the most successful bands to emerge from the Pacific Northwest during the 1960s, has passed away at the age of 82 years old.

Deke Dickerson shared some wonderful memories of the man on his Facebook page:

NOKIE EDWARDS 1935-2018 Hard to know where to start… Nokie Edwards, to me, was one of the greatest guitar players that ever lived. Nokie was also a huge influence on me. As lead guitar player for the Ventures, almost every other famous guitar player you can think of grew up cutting their teeth learning Nokie’s parts from those great albums. My good friend Crazy Joe, after touring with me for a couple of months, said “I think I have you figured out. Your whole guitar style is 1/2 Nokie Edwards and 1/2 Cliff Gallup.“ Boy, he was right. I was fortunate enough to back up Nokie on many occasions, and we even made a record with him. Just being around the guy was like hanging out with some mythical figure, one of the Founding Fathers or one of the Greek gods right here on earth, sitting there in front of you. Sometimes it was hard to speak, realizing this was the same guy who played the lead on things like “Journey To The Stars” and “Diamond Head.” I went to visit Nokie in late October at his home in Yuma, Arizona. I was shocked at how frail and feeble Nokie seemed when I visited. His health had really taken a turn for the worse. Even though his wife Judy talked about future medical care and upcoming surgeries, it really felt like Nokie didn’t have long. While some people might feel extreme sadness with the passing of a legend like Nokie, it occurs to me that Nokie lived an incredibly rich and full life. He had been inducted into the rock ‘n’ roll Hall of Fame, had gold records on the wall, toured the world for decades, had millions of little geeky kids like myself idolize him, and a good woman who took care of him. And I know that somewhere up there, Nokie’s looking forward to the jam session this evening with his heroes Chet Atkins and Les Paul. Rest In Peace, my friend.

https://youtu.be/iE1w7qS-WmU

Rest in peace, Nokie Edwards.

Tom Bishop – LOUIE of the Week

For this week’s LOUIE, I’m sharing a performance by Tom Bishop who performs LOUIE LOUIE to honor his late grandparents, Louie and Louise Poltevecque!

His YouTube page provides more details:

Tom Bishop, Louie Louie, Kingsmen. Performed live by Tom Bishop at Fairmont Hot Springs, Montana, September, 2016. Background instruments performed by Tom Bishop. (The refrain is sung “Louie, Louise” in honor of my late grandparents, Louie and Louise Poltevecque. My three sisters were in the audience.)

https://youtu.be/RevLok5xLAo