LOUIE Project Update / LOUIE on TV – part 1

It’s January 2019, and the mountain of LOUIE material continues to grow even taller at LOUIE Central.

Big thanks to everyone that donated various LOUIE-centric items for what is likely the world’s largest collection of LOUIE LOUIE-related material.

Big thanks, in no particular order, to:

– Neal Pargman of Save the Earth Foundation
– Jeff Miller of Golden Oldies, Tacoma
– Steve of Rocket Records, Tacoma
– Robert Mackie of Natalis Group LLC
– Dennis Flannigan
– Mel Cheplowitz of KALX, Shredding Paper
– Doc Pelzel of KFJC
– Ed Nadorozny
– Thomas Robinson of Historic Photo Archive, Portland, OR
– Mike Hintze
– Clay Stabler
– Andy Martello
– Gerry Fialka & Suzie Williams
– Neal Skok
– Marc Bristol of Blue Suede News
– Ron Fowler
– Clark Besch
– Theo de Grood
– Buck Munger (RIP)
– associate producer David Jack Jester
– Paul Korntheuer
– Will Higgins
– Tobias Schmahl

This is an incomplete list of generous people that donated items in the past few years.

I know there’s more people I should definitely add to that list. Feel free to drop me a reminder, as the memory banks are often overwhelmed.

A few weeks ago, my good friend Stretch Riedle donated his LOUIE LOUIE VHS collection, which is a massive collection of TV shows, archival concerts, and odd little LOUIE LOUIE moments. I’m guessing it’s at least about 50-60 pounds worth of videotape.

Even though we regularly compare notes, and see some great concerts over the years (including that Patti Smith show in Santa Cruz a few weeks ago – INCREDIBLE!!), I’m surprised to find some LOUIE items I didn’t know about.

With this in mind, I plan to unravel and decipher some of this material with a new set of “LOUIE on TV” notes which I’ll be sharing on this website.

Before I get started on this task, I think I’ll start off by acknowledging some the more recent LOUIE-centric TV moments that aren’t part of this collection.

Here’s a couple of those TV moments I caught over the holidays…

Springsteen at Broadway (Netflix) is a wonderful video representation of a concert residency by Bruce Springsteen at the Walter Kerr Theatre (NYC) that lasted from October 3, 2017 until December 15, 2018. The show is a reenactment of his 2016 autobiography, which features some stripped-down performances of his songs performed solo, which in ways, often feel more powerful than the original studio recordings.

And yes, there is a special moment in this performance one could call a “re-affirmation of LOUIE,” but I’ll avoid specific details, as I don’t want to be the spoiler of such things. I’ll just mention that somewhere around one hour and twenty-some minutes, Bruce acknowledges a higher power of LOUIE, or something like that. Highly recommended.

John Prine on Austin City Limits (PBS), was another fine concert shared via the powers of television. I think it was first aired sometime in October 2018, but I didn’t see it until December. (Gotta love those Tivo gizmos!) His LOUIE reference took place during his performance of “Lake Marie,” which may or may not appear at the 41:10 mark, depending on the timing of your local PBS pledge drives, which of course, I fully support.

After that, I’ll mention a few vintage TV shows that feature LOUIE. Before I inherited Stretch’s serious collection of VHS tapes, I had already been tracking down upgraded copies of the old TV shows that featured LOUIE LOUIE, acquiring DVD reissues of these older TV shows whenever possible.

Here’s a few of those shows…

The A-team (NBC)

Season 5/episode 5 /1986-10-24 
“The Theory Of Revolution”

This features a recording of LL by an unnamed band that tried to replicate Jack Ely’s vocals with the Kingmen, shared 3 times.
#1 – 00:11 opening of show w/ close-ups of record player + volleyball

#2 – 06:14 A-Team assembles weapons for their next strategy

#3 – 44:31 closing of show w/ close-up of collected weapons + volleyball

UPDATE: I have reason to believe the original broadcast of this show may have used the original Kingsmen recording, but without a copy of the actual broadcast, I’ll just leave this note here…

UPDATE #2: Tobias Schmahl was the first to remind us of the A-Team episode. He also noted ” I’m pretty sure it wasn’t the Kingsmen’s recording, although it sounds similar. Do you have any idea?”

There were two episodes of China Beach (ABC)
 that featured LOUIE LOUIE….

China Beach
Season 2/episode 5 / 1989-01-04 
”Women in White”

29:55 – Julie London LL recording played as Colleen McMurphy (Dana Delany) walks through military camp bar.

China Beach
Season 3/episode 15 / 1990-02-07 
”A Rumor of Peace”

08:11 – Kingsmen LL re-recording (with Dick Peterson vocals) is broadcast over pirate radio by disc jockey Pvt. Samuel Beckett (Michael Boatman), who introduces the song with this statement – “Remember everything you hear tonight is not real, but an incredible simulation, including me – Doctor Dark.”

UPDATE: Thanks to a VHS tape shared by an associate, I learned the original TV broadcast used the original Kingsmen recording with the Jack Ely vocals.

I’m guessing the price of re-licensing this recording for the DVD release was more than the producers wanted to spend.

Full House (ABC)

Season 7/episode 3 / 1993-09-28 
“Wrong-Way Tanner”

00:03 – This is a unique performance by the actors on this show – Jesse (John Stamos) and Joey (Dave Coulier) sing “LOUIE LOUIE” with their kids Nicky (Blake Tuomy-Wilhoit) and (Dylan Tuomy-Wilhoit), who I borrowed for the title graphic this week.

We’ll sharing some more of these TV moments next week.

RIP: Tom Guido, garage rock impresario of North Beach SF

We just lost another San Francisco rocker. Tom Guido, who produced a lot of rock ‘n’ roll shows, passed away a few weeks ago.

Tom Guido was responsible for reviving the legendary Purple Onion, a nightclub in San Francisco that began in the 1950s, and found a new lease on life in the 1990s.

Tunefilter provided a wonderful overview of this club, recycling some words originally written by Karen Eliot…

“The Purple Onion has been a centre of San Francisco culture since its founding by Bud Steinhoff in 1952. The club is a small, dark, basement on Columbus Avenue in the North Beach area. The name came from a friend of Steinhoff’s, Hungry i owner Rod Banducci.

Poet Maya Angelou debuted there, singing and dancing, in the early 1950s. Folkies The Kingston Trio got together and debuted there in 1957, as did Phyllis Diller and The Smothers Brothers (in 1959). Through the 1950s and 1960s the club was well-known for live performance, mainly folk music and comedy. It was the site of comedian Jonathan Winters‘ famous freak-out in which he took off his pants and was as a result hospitalised for bipolar disorder. Other famous performers included The Mamas and the Papas, Lenny Bruce and Barbra Streisand.

In 1989 Bud Steinhoff died and the club was taken into its second incarnation with Tom Guido at the helm. Guido continued the tradition of giving a chance to new groups, and as a result has put on some of the most enjoyable and lively shows in the city. Through the 1990s the Onion was home to multiple overlapping Bay-area subcultures, most notably mods decked-out in perfect vintage gear.

The club is dark and hot, with a primitive sound system and décor reminiscent of some cheap 1950s dance in a high-school gym, with minimal lighting and tinsel hanging behind the stage. The bar offers one, sometimes two, varying brands of beer, one cheap, one expensive, and earplugs.

The Tunefilter page goes into great detail on the efforts of Tom Guido at the Purple Onion, sharing photographs, and a comprehensive list of the shows during the 1994-1999 run.

Beth’s Purple Onion webpage goes into even greater detail on the club, providing even more stories, and photos.

I didn’t know Tom Guido very well, but I had a lot of respect for all the shows he assembled, which all celebrated the essence of the music often categorized as “garage rock.”

I also didn’t take a lot of photos at Tom Guido’s Purple Onion shows, but here’s one from the Sky Saxon Halloween show I attended..

The circumstances behind Tom’s death are still being investigated, and there’s not much I can add to that, other than expressing my shock and deep sadness over the circumstances.

Rest in peace, Tom Guido.
You will absolutely be missed.

You can read more about Tom Guido by visiting these links..

Tom Guidos’s Purple Onion – Beth’s amazing pages
Tunefilter- Shrine to the Tom Guido era of The Purple Onion
S.F Weekly – The Last Days of Tom Guido
SF Examiner – SF homicide victim remembered as ‘whimsical’ manager of 90s North Beach rock venue

stand by….

Right now, this webpage is experiencing some tech challenges, but we should be going back to normal within the next few days…

UPDATE: WordPress blog software changed their interface, which threw a monkey wrench in my usual way of doing things, but luckily, I’ve got a friend who helped me navigate back to my comfort zone!


Update on the LOUIE LOUIE Indiana story

In 1964, two teenagers from a small town in Indiana got upset with the obscene lyrics that they thought heard in a new rock ‘n roll song on the radio, and decided they wanted to do something about it. They both wrote a letter to the governor.

Will Higgins, an investigative reporter with the Indianapolis Star, dug a little deeper into this story, and tracked down these two teenagers whose letters to Governor Matthew Welsh inspired a serious attempt to stop the Kingsmen‘s recording of LOUIE LOUIE from being broadcast in Indiana.

It’s quite a story. Neither of these former teenagers are identified, and based on what i can tell, they may be content to remain anonymous.

Then again, who knows? Sometimes people do change their minds, and this is quite a unique narrative…

Check out this report, which turned out to Will Higgins’ last article for Indianapolis Star, as he recently chose to retire from that organization. You can follow him at Twitter.


New Year’s Day – Resolutions and the Legendary Stardust Cowboy

Today is New Year’s Day for 2019!

My primary New Year’s resolution is to work towards finishing more video projects, including the big project connected to this very website.

Some projects do take longer than expected to complete, and that one will likely create a new category in the List of Lists*..

In the meantime, here’s some never-before-seen videos from yours truly.

First, I’m sharing a video of a recent appearance of the Legendary Stardust Cowboy, live at the Hemlock Tavern in San Francisco a few months ago.


Second, I’ve got a video of my friend Joey Myers discussing the special connection between the Legendary Stardust Cowboy and David Bowie.


There’s not an explicit LOUIE connection in these clips, but one could certainly argue the LOUIE connection via the “Five Degrees of LOUIE” concept, which was first discussed in 2014.

For more about David Bowie and the Legendary Cowboy, be sure to check this 2016 post I shared after Bowie’s death, which includes a clip of him acknowledging the Ledge connection.

This week, I hope to assemble a post that acknowledges the various people whose passings made our world a little sadder.

In the meantime, here’s a list of wonderful new year’s resolutions that seemed too good to not share. This comic strip was created by Grant Snider, who shared this wonderful creation in 2017 at his Incidental Comics Facebook page.


– E.P. (producer/director/webpage guy for the LOUIE documentary project)

* (lists to be determined later)

Happy Holidays from LouieLouie.net!

image by Rudolf Koivu

We’d like to send a shout-out to all of our friends!

Happy Holidays to all – Merry Christmas, Joyful Hanukkah, Peaceful Solistice, Groovin’ Kwanzaa, Festive Festivus, Happy Birthday, Happy New Year and anything else you feel like celebrating!


E.P. of LouieLouie.net

Superman’s Christmas message

RIP: Penny Marshall, director, actor – LOUIE of the Week

Today, we’re remembering Penny Marshall, a funny and talented lady who died in her Hollywood Hills home on Monday night due to complications from diabetes.

Penny directed some very successful movies, starting off with “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” with Whoopi Goldberg in 1986.

With her second film, “Big,” starring Tom Hanks, she became the first woman to direct a movie that grossed more than $100 million.

She followed those films with “A League of Their Own” with Geena Davis and Madonna; “Awakenings” with Robert De Niro and Robin Williams; “Renaissance Man” with Danny DeVito, “Riding in Cars with Boys” with Drew Barrymore; and “The Preacher’s Wife,” a remake of the 1947 film, starring Denzel Washington and Whitney Houston.

For a lot of folks, she was primarily known as “Laverne DeFazio” alongside Cindy Williams as “Shirley Feeney” in the “Laverne & Shirley” show, which ran for eight seasons, from 1976 to 1983.

To celebrate the legacy of Penny Marshall on this LOUIE-centric website, I’m sharing a special clip from “Laverne & Shirley” that ties quite nicely into the LOUIE universe.

This clip is from the episode titled “The Rock and Roll Show” which aired on January 25, 1983.

(Is that really Weird Al Yankovic on the keyboards? IMDB says so.)


Reference Links:

Wikipedia – Penny Marshall
IMDB – Laverne & Shirley “The Rock and Roll Show” episode
The Paley Center for Media – Laverne & Shirley “The Rock and Roll Show” episode

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 LouieLouie.net 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 LouieLouie.net


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
LouieLouie.net – 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…

UPDATE: Joe Maccoll and Chester Taylor have informed me that this woman is Jane County of Wayne County & the Electric Chairs.