RIP: Pete Shelley of Buzzcocks

Last week, we lost Pete Shelley, lead vocalist, guitarist and chief songwriter of Buzzcocks, one of the most significant and beloved of the original British punk bands. According to the reports, he died of a heart attack on December 6, 2018, in Estonia, where he lived.

I really enjoyed this band, who had a lot of really catchy songs. I saw the band at least three times when they visited the Bay Area.

I did a quick little online search to see if there were obvious connections between Buzzcocks and LOUIE LOUIE, and found this fun Twitter tidbit by John Maher, original drummer of Buzzcocks, who remembered an iconic moment when Jon the Postman followed up a Buzzcocks set with an inspired performance of LOUIE…

While it’s not a Buzzocks performance of LOUIE per se, it certainly falls well within the “Five Degrees of LOUIE LOUIE” principle, and thus gets the proverbial nod in these pages.

Certainly, if anyone has any recordings of Pete solo or with Buzzcocks doing that SONG, please send ’em my way, OK?

Meanwhile here’s a clip of Pete with his mighty Buzzcocks doing one of their most popular songs in San Jose, CA during their 2010 tour, captured for posterity by yours truly…

Rest in peace, Pete. You shall not be forgotten!

– E.P. of


Sidenote: For years, I referred to the band as “The Buzzcocks” and with the passing of Pete, I discovered that the band preferred to be known as simply “Buzzocks,” due in part to a certain TV show that incorporated their name. The Wikipedia page on Buzzcocks provided more information on this matter:

Buzzcocks’ name was combined with the title of the Sex Pistols album Never Mind the Bollocks to create the title of the long-running UK comedy TV panel game show Never Mind the Buzzcocks. Diggle claimed in his autobiography that he and Shelley had only granted the BBC use of their name under the impression that it would be a one-off, probably unsuccessful pilot, and that they are now mildly disgruntled that the name is more readily associated in Britain with the TV series than with their band. Shelley himself appeared on the programme in 2000, where host Mark Lamarr introduced Shelley by saying that without the Buzzcocks ‘there’d be no Smiths or Radiohead, and this show would be called Never Mind Joan Armatrading!

Celebrating Otis Redding – LOUIE of the Week (w/ chart info)


Today, I’m reminded it’s the 51st anniversary of Otis Redding‘s tragic death, so I’m recycling a post from two years ago when I visited the Otis Redding exhibit at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles.

As I mentioned in my original 2016 post, Otis Redding’s version of LOUIE LOUIE was released as part of his first album, which was unveiled one month after the Kingsmen‘s version of the song entered the Top Ten category on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for December 7th in 1963.

Looking at the Billboard charts for that week, you can see how Kingsmen single entered the Billboard Top Ten at #4, and the Paul Revere & the Raiders version of the same song entered the Billboard charts as #103 under the “Bubbling Under The Hot 100” category.

Cash Box magazine covered the same week with completely different numbers. The Kingsmen shared the #8 spot of the Cash Box Top 100 with Paul Revere & the Raiders, and Otis Redding entered the charts at #99 with the single release of “Pain In My Heart,” mistyped as “Pains In My Heart.”

For the next three weeks (December 14, December 21 + December 28), the Cash Box Top 100 awarded LOUIE LOUIE with the #2 slot, also shared by both Kingsmen and Raiders Revere & the Raiders.

On December 28th, Otis Redding received some Billboard attention with his “Pain In My Heart” single (which would be the same name as his debut album that would be unveiled a few days later) entering the charts as #109 under the “Bubbling Under The Hot 100” category, and would later peak at the #60 spot.

On January 1, 1964, Otis Redding’s “Pain In My Heart” album was released on Atlantic Records’ subsidiary Atco Records on January 1, 1964, and peaked at number 20 on Billboard’s R&B chart and at number 85 on Billboard’s Hot 100.


Not only does this album have an excellent version of LOUIE LOUIE, but it’s also got my all-time favorite cover version of “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” and a catchy little number called “The Dog.”

Next month will mark the 55th year anniversary of this great album!

Right as I was posting this, I saw that my friend Andy Maggot shared Eddie Floyd‘s tribute to Otis, “Big Bird,” which was apparently written while Floyd waited in a London airport for a plane back to the United States for Otis Redding’s funeral.

May the celebrations of Otis Redding and his music continue!!



Wikipedia on Otis Redding’s “Pain In My Heart” LP – Otis Redding LOUIE of the Week (Sept 2016)

The Mystery Woman?

Over the years, I’d had a handful of people send me this photograph of a big haired woman enjoying some music, which includes some Elvis Presley and the first Kingsmen album.

Can anyone identify this woman?

Just curious…

Ray Davies & the Kast Off Kinks – LOUIE of the Week

A few months ago, there was some excellent news with a big announcement that The Kinks would be getting together for a proper reunion after a 20 year hibernation!!

We’re not sure of the full details, but it appears that a new album is in the works, and the band “will probably be playing the local bar.”

In the meantime, I just spotted a new version of THE SONG by Ray Davies and a Kinks tribute band known as the “Kast Off Kinks,” which happened on Sunday, November 25th of this week.

Here’s details of this event, included with the official description of the YouTube clip shared by Mystery FOX, who shared some songs at their YouTube page:

The Kinks Konvention is an event that celebrates the music of the Kinks. It takes place every year in november at around the same date in a pub called The Boston Arms situated right in front of Tufnell Park Underground station in North London.

The Kast Off Kinks is a band playing Kinks songs. It comprises Dave Clarke on main vocals, rhythm and lead guitar and illustrious ex-Kinks members such as Mick Avory on drums, John Dalton on bass and Ian Gibbons on keyboards.

Over the years, it has become a ritual for Ray Davies to make an appearance on stage at the end of the set to perform “You Really Got Me”.

This year, Ray came back on stage to sing a second song: The Kingsmen’s “Louie Louie” that The KinKs used to perform in 1965.

God Save The Kinks.

Reference Links:
Billboard Magazine – The Kinks Frontman Ray Davies Reveals The Band Is Getting Back Together
Mystery FOX YouTube channel

The Ace of Cups – long awaited 1st album (non-LOUIE of the Week)


For the past 7 or so years, the LOUIE production team has also been quietly working on another project.

LOUIE co-producer Jesse Block has been directing a documentary on the band known as The Ace of Cups.

The Ace of Cups is a band that was formed in San Francisco during the Summer of Love in 1967. They were one of the first all-female rock bands, and their story is pretty incredible.

They played a lot of interesting shows, and Jimi Hendrix considered them of his favorite bands.

The band broke up after five years, and up until our friend Alec Palao assembled a compilation of previously unreleased recordings for a CD on Ace Records in 2003, there were never any commercial recordings of the band.

In 2011, the Ace of Cups reunited, and began the process of recording their very first album.

Jesse has been working diligently on documenting their journey, with fellow LOUIE producer Eric Predoehl joining him for some of the adventures..

The new album has been released this week, and available directly from High Moon Records or your favorite friendly neighborhood record store.

Tonight, if you’re in San Francisco, you’ll be able to see them for FREE at Amoeba Music.

In the meantime, here’s a little video snippet to wet your proverbial whistle, so to speak…

ACE of CUPS – "FEEL GOOD" w/ Prologue from Jesse Block on Vimeo.


Ace of Cups official webpage
High Moon Records
Wikipedia – Ace of Cups
San Francisco Chronicle – Ace of Cups, SF all-female psychedelic rock band overlooked in patriarchal ’60s, rises again
Jewish News of Northern California- Reuniting Ace of Cups: S.F.’s Summer of Love girl band

RIP: The Last of Richard Berry’s Pharaohs

Richard Berry & the Pharaohs 1956: Richard Berry, Noel Collins, Godoy Colbert, Joe Morgan

Sometimes these blog posts take a bit longer than usual to assemble. This was one of those posts.

It appears that all of the members of Richard Berry‘s Pharaohs have passed away.

To begin, let’s start off with a recap of the history of Richard Berry with the Pharaoahs..

The song LOUIE LOUIE was originally written by Richard Berry when he was singing with Rick Rillera’s Rhythm Rockers sometime in 1955. Richard was a special guest with the Rhythm Rockers when they were booked to play a season of Sunday night shows at the Harmony Park Ballroom in Anaheim, California, which happened to be a few miles from the yet-to-be opened Disneyland amusement park. The band played a variety of musical styles, using Richard to sing many of the rhythm and blues songs. Among the other songs regularly performed by the band was a Cuban calypso number by Rene Touzet that featured a short, but very catchy little musical riff. Richard decided this little hook could be used as the primary melody of a standalone song he would create that would become LOUIE LOUIE.

At the time of creating this song, Richard was contractually bound as a recording artist signed to Modern Records, a label owned by the Bihari Brothers. Richard decided to save this song for his next recording deal at Flip Records, where he would have more freedom to create the music he wanted to release. While Richard Berry initially performed the song with the Rhythm Rockers, he decided he wanted to record his new music with some friends from Jefferson High School who already started a vocal group known as The Pharaohs. The Pharaohs featured two brothers – Godoy Colbert and Robert Harris, accompanied by Noel Collins. Godoy sang first tenor, Robert second tenor, and Noel sang baritone.

The first record that would be released by Richard Berry & the Pharaohs in 1956 featured “Take The Key (And Open Up My Heart) on the A-side and “No Kissin’ And A Huggin'” on the B-side. Their first recording session was recorded discreetly in 1955 while Richard was still under contract with Modern Records. Accompanying Richard and the Pharaohs, they were joined by a backing band that consisted of Plas Johnson on tenor sax, Jewel Grant on baritone sax, Ernie Freeman on piano, Irving Ashby on guitar, Red Callender on bass, and Ray Martinez on drums. Some of the other songs recorded at this session by Bunny Robyn at Master Recorders included “Take The Key,” and “You Are My Sunshine.”

When Richard’s contract with Modern finally expired in 1956, Richard and the Pharaohs quickly returned to the recording studio to record “LOUIE LOUIE,” “Rock Rock Rock,” “You Look So Good” and “Sweet Sugar You” between February and April 1956 at Hollywood Recorders. Stanley Henderson replaced Robert Harris, who had some other commitments at the time. The backup band for these sessions were mostly the same players, adding John Anderson on trumpet, and Earl Palmer would sometimes switch drum duties with Ray Martinez. Gloria Jones of Richard Berry’s Dreamers (and future Blossoms) provided some additional harmony vocals for LOUIE LOUIE, which was released in April 1957.

As fate would have it, the alliance with Flip Records only lasted a few years. While the original version of LOUIE LOUIE did achieve a certain level of success by selling 130,000 copies, it wasn’t enough to chart on a national level. As Flip Records proprietor Max Feirtag tried to talk Richard into writing “another LOUIE LOUIE,” which led to the creation of “Have Love, Have Travel,” there were some deep frustrations which ultimately led to their eventual split in 1959.

Richard Berry & the Pharaohs did continue to make more music, but not under that moniker. Richard linked up with producers Gary S. Paxton and Kim Fowley, who just had a big hit with “Alley Oop” by Gary’s studio band, The Hollywood Argyles. Godoy Colbert lived across the street from Kim Fowley, and wound up singing on a handful of singles by the Hollywood Argyles. Around that time, Eugene Maye, brother of Richard’s old friend Arthur Lee Maye (legendary baseball player and Doo-Wop singer), sang with Richard and the Pharaohs, recording a handful of singles for Paxton & Fowley, albeit marketed as solo Richard Berry music.

As Richard continued to explore his options as a solo artist, he regularly performed in the Los Angeles area, releasing a handful of records with a band he called the Soul Searchers.

Fast forward to February 1996.

Richard Berry & the Pharaohs 1996: Eugene Maye, Richard Berry, Robert Harris and Godoy Colbert

I’d been working on this LOUIE documentary for over 10 years, when Richard Berry invited me to a reunion of two of his prominent musical groups – Richard Berry and the Pharaohs, as well as Richard Berry and the Dreamers. It’s all part of a big show organized by the Doo Wop Society of Southern California in Long Beach California that also features Tony Allen, The Satellites/ Hollywood Flames, Leon Peels, Wally Roker of The Heartbeats. I made plans to be there. Together with my co-producer Jesse Block, we did the roadtrip for this once-in a lifetime opportunity, bringing our Betacam camera rig to capture this special moment.

The whole thing was absolutely magical. I met the Pharaohs, which consists of Godoy, Robert and Eugene. I was also introduced to the Dreamers, which included Gloria Jones, Annette Williams and Nannette Williams. We met a lot of wonderful people, caught some great musical performances and preserved some great stories for posterity.

(READ MORE about Gloria and The Dreamers by clicking here.)

The Dreamers – Annette Williams, Gloria Jones and Nannette Williams

After the show, a bunch of us went out for a late night dinner at a local Denny’s. We all had a great time with lots of laughs.

Ten months later, after a handful of other big life changes, I wound up making big plans to move to Los Angeles. An old friend offered me a job doing video production for a CD-ROM project. I figured this would be a great opportunity to hopefully connect with some industry folks to get some funding, and maybe even help Richard organize his stuff, including cataloging some of the live tape masters that were buried in his garage.

A few weeks before I was scheduled to move to Los Angeles, Richard Berry died of a heart attack on January 23, 1997 at the age of 61 years old.

The funeral for Richard was an extremely sad occasion. The Pharaohs were there, including Noel Collins, who wasn’t part of the last reunion, but he was on hand to say goodbye to his old friend.

1997 was a challenging year. Whatever good things that happened that year seemed to be overshadowed by massive layers of frustration. By the year’s end, I decided Los Angeles was not where I wanted to be at that point in time.

Godoy Colbert

Godoy Colbert

After Richard and the Pharaohs eventually branched off in different directions, The Pharaohs split off as a separate unit, shortened to “The Pharaos,” recording for Donna / Del-Fi Records.

Godoy went on to perform with such musical acts as The Exits, the Afro Blues, the Visitors, the Kuf-Linx, The Cyclones, and Free Movement who had a Top Five Pop and Top 20 R&B Billboard Music Chart hit with the 1971 single, “I’ve Found Someone Of My Own.”

Godoy Colbert was the first of the Pharaohs to leave the land of the living. Five years after the passing of Richard Berry, Colbert died at the age of 62 years old, on July 17, 2002 in Sacramento, California. Apparently, he had several forms of cancer including liver, colon, and prostate.

Eugene Maye

Eugene Maye

Eugene Maye was not only a member of the Pharaohs, but also one of the greatest advocates for the musical heritage of Jefferson High School, as well as the legacy of his brother Arthur Lee Maye. Eugene maintained a longtime friendship with his old vocal music teacher – Larry Larsen, whose tenure was also pivotal for Richard Berry’s musical education, as well as providing the outlet where Richard would meet Dorothy Adams, the woman who would become his wife in 1957.

Eugene and I shared a lot of conversations via telephone and emails over the years, and his passing a few years ago, which I only discovered about a few months ago, saddened me deeply. Oddly enough, it seems I’m still receiving spam emails from disreputable organizations pretending to be “Eugene Maye.”

Eugene left us on February 10, 2015.

Robert Harris

Robert Harris

It was just a few years ago when Robert got ahold of me to let me to know that he had restarted the Pharaohs, creating some brand new recordings with an new group of singers with “old school flavor.”

Robert shared this introduction for the project at his CD Baby page for the band:

The Pharoahs were formed in 1953 under the name The Goldentones. After seeing the movie “The Ten Commandments” in 1955, I changed the name to “The Pharoahs”. Our first music contract and single release with Richard Berry came in 1955. We then became known as Richard Berry and the Pharoahs. “Louie Louie”, “Have Love Will Travel” were released on the west coast and has since become the #1 party record in the world and peaking at #9 on the all time rock and roll list. Many groups have covered these famous hits and have re-recorded them.
Currently, The Pharoahs have reunited to create a blend of old school with todays sound. From ballads to uplifting tracks that are written to inspire the young and experienced ear, the Pharoahs have indeed withstood the sands of time.

Here’s a YouTube sample of Robert’s Pharoahs…

Robert passed away on the day after Christmas last year – December 26, 2017.

Noel Collins

Noel Collins

Noel Collins was a founding member of the Pharaohs, who I met briefly at Richard’s funeral, but I unfortunately never got around to interviewing. I believe he died a few years ago, but I haven’t been able to get any specific details about his passing.

Noel was the the guy sitting in the car with Richard Berry in the parade photo that was used for the cover on Ace Records “Have Louie Will Travel” CD.

Stanley Henderson and Joe Morgan

Stanley Henderson and Joe Morgan are two other Pharaohs I haven’t been able to track down, so I’m guessing they’re no longer with us.

From what I’ve been able to determine, it appears that we’ve lost all of the Pharaohs.

If anyone has any thoughts or memories they’d like to share of any of the Pharaohs, please feel free to post some words in the comments section. We’d love to hear from you… especially anything regarding the whereabouts of Noel Collins, Stanley Henderson and Joe Morgan, which remains a mystery.

In the meantime, here’s a clip that I created from the last public appearance of Richard Berry and the Pharaohs on February 24, 1996 at Long Beach, California.

Big thanks to Jim Dawson for his encyclopedic liner notes on the Richard Berry compilation album released by Earth Angel in 1986.


The Doo Wop Society of Southern California (RIP)

Godoy Colbert memorial page

Godoy Colbert – – Soul Serenade: The Free Movement

Godoy Colbert – The Free Movement

Godoy Colbert – – The Hollywood Argyles

Robert Harris – (New) Pharoahs CD Baby webpage

The Dreamers & The Blossoms – the Doo Wop Society of S.C. page

Wikipedia – The Blossoms/ The Dreamers

The Blossoms/ The Dreamers- Soulful Kinda Music

Wikipedia – 20 Feet from Stardom

LOUIE LOUIE roadtrip (w/ mention of Gloria’s birthday party)

The Return of Sherlock Holmes w/ mysterious LOUIE – LOUIE of the Week

The Return of Sherlock Holmes

My friend Clay Stabler has been great work documenting the various LOUIE LOUIEs, and shared this update at the LOUIE LOUIE Party group page:

I’m working on revising the Wikipedia section on LL movie versions using Theo’s excellent site, IMDb, and the site. My goal is to list specific versions for each movie. So far I’m in pretty good shape with positive identifications for almost all.

I got lucky with “Survival Game” because the trailer on Youtube ( has the relevant section. You can hear the Kingsmen version playing on the car radio at about the 20 second mark.

I need some help with the obscure 1987 made-for-TV film “The Return of Sherlock Holmes.” The IMDb site at lists a credit to Richard Berry but not the performer. Theo has it as “uncredited” on his site.

Luckily there is a copy posted to Youtube.

Go to 1:03:14 to experience this LOUIE LOUIE.

The Return of Sherlock Holmes

While there’s a mystery about which band performed this version, I found a couple of noteworthy mentions in the credits…

Ray Jewers was credited as “Singer” and Robert Drasnin was the music supervisor.

According to IMDB, Ray Jewers died in 1993 and Robert Drasnin died in 2015.

I haven’t watched the whole movie, but I’m guessing Ray Jewers was the guy who sang this version of LOUIE LOUIE with this mysterious unnamed band.

If anyone has any inside information on this version, please let us know!



Theo’s (amazing) LOUIE LOUIE Pages
The LOUIE LOUIE Party – a Facebook group
Wikipedia – LOUIE LOUIE page (with section focused on movie usage)
IMDB – The Return of Sherlock Holmes soundtrack page
IMDB – Ray Jewers
IMDB – Robert Dresnin
IMDB – Richard Berry (the musician)


There are quite a few Sherlock Holmes sites out there with good info on this and other movies. Just posted links to full character names and screen caps to the Louie Party Facebook page. Looks like Ray Jewers’ role was Ray Singer. LL singer remains unknown so far!|

The Ray Singer character first appears at 44:35. Something about a former FBI agent who resigned from a highjacking case. He shows up again at 1:05:38 where Holmes calls him Agent Singer. Other observations: Good shot of the band at 1:03:15. The bass player is left handed. Can anyone identify the lead guitarist’s guitar type? Pick up line at the bar: “Don’t you just love the classic sounds here?”

RIP: Paul Allen, philanthropist, tech pioneer, music supporter

On Monday, October 17th, we lost Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, owner of Vulcan Inc., the Seattle Seahawks, the Portland Trailblazers, Stratolaunch Systems and founder of Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, as well as many other ventures.

I never met the man, but I love the fact that he was passionate about music, and supported some wonderful community music programs.

KEXP Radio, a listener-powered radio station, shared these words on Paul Allen:

In 2001, Paul Allen made a transformative $3.6M gift to then-KCMU, which resulted in the station becoming independent of the University of Washington, and changing call-letters to KEXP. This venture philanthropy also allowed the station to grow and become financially self-sufficient within three years, made possible investments in technology, in particular, technology that allowed KEXP to become an early leader in internet radio, as well as investments in new partnerships with the University of Washington’s School of Music and the Experience Music Project, now known as MoPop. Mr. Allen again supported KEXP with a $500,000 gift in 2016, which helped the organization complete a $15.7M fundraising campaign to build a new facility at Seattle Center.

“Today, we say goodbye to Paul Allen with great sadness,” said KEXP Executive Director Tom Mara. “He will be missed and mourned by a city that owes him an amazing debt of gratitude. His massive support of KEXP 17 years ago came at a crucial time – it allowed KEXP to become the independent, forward-looking, mission-focused organization it is today. Paul was a lover of music; he had a deep understanding of its power and its ability to not only enrich lives, but to make the world a better place. He translated that passion for the power of music into countless projects that will live on for years and years. Our condolences go out to Paul’s family and friends in this difficult time.

I’m especially fond of how he created the Experience Music Project, a rather unique museum in Seattle designed to celebrate rock ‘n’ roll music, would include a special acknowledgement on the music of the Pacific Northwest, especially Jimi Hendrix.

I was fortunate to not only attend the 2000 opening of this museum, but I was also contacted by the EMP team to secure a photo of Richard Berry that would be used as part of the “Northwest Passage” exhibit that acknowledged the Northwest connection to the song “LOUIE LOUIE,” which also paid tribute to the Fabulous Wailers, Little Bill Engelhart, the Kingsmen and Paul Revere & the Raiders.

There was also an interactive exhibit that allowed attendees an opportunity to play THE SONG in the museum.

E.P. at the Northwest Passage exhibit at E.M.P. opening in 2000

It gave me a wonderful sense of pride to see Richard Berry and his most famous musical creation acknowledged within this beautiful museum.

It may have been the FIRST museum to acknowledge the legacy of LOUIE LOUIE…

As fate would have it, the Experience Music Project would later transform into the Museum of Pop Culture, and I’ve been told the “Northwest Passage” exhibit is no longer part of the permanent display.

Perhaps in the near future, we’ll see a revival of that exhibit…

Rest in peace, Paul Allen.


Reference Links:

The official Paul Allen webpage
KEXP Radio – R.I.P. Paul Allen
Spain News – The amazing music museum of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen
Wikipedia – Museum of Pop Culture
Seattle Times – Goodbye, EMP: Seattle landmark changes name (again) to Museum of Pop Culture

Celebrating M. Dung and Richard Berry – LOUIE of the Week

Today is a special celebration for two friends that are deeply missed. We lost Richard Berry in 1989, and Mike Slavko, aka “M. Dung” in 2017.

Today, Mike Slavko is getting inducted to the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame, The Class of 2018.

As Mike has often said, the experience of singing LOUIE LOUIE with Richard Berry at the LOUIE LOUIE parade in San Francisco was one of the greatest days of his life.

It actually happened twice. Once in 1988 and again in 1989.

Unfortunately, folks have only seen the 1988 performance.

Today, we take care of this, as we share a newly-assembled clip from 1989 to rectify this situation.

As a wise man named Rockin’ Robin once said, “Let’s give it to ’em, right now!”

If you would like to attend this award ceremony, get yourself over to the Basque Cultural Center in South San Francisco today, starting at 11:30 am. Details at this link.

.. and if you need a refresher on the 1988 parade, here’s a couple of quick reminders:

Jedi Jedi – LOUIE Star Wars parody of the Week

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The “Star Wars” themed LOUIE LOUIE parody!

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