LOUIE on TV – part 6 (Happy Days, Fall Guy + Meatloaf)

This week, the latest LOUIE on TV update is provided by two longtime LLama associates !!

We begin with two updates from special LLama associate Clay Stabler:

Happy Days (CBS)
Season 8 / episode 5 / 1980-12-09
“Joanie Gets Wheels”

A version of LL plays on Potsie’s car radio from 3:45-3:52. Didn’t recognize the version. Sounds like a Kingsmen imitation.

Fall Guy (ABC)
Season 4 / episode 5 / 1984-10-17
“Terror U.”

Lee Majors and team are visiting “Gamma House” and LL plays from 7:16-8:54 and intermittently in the background until 10:33. Sounds like another Kingsmen imitation but not sure. Can anyone else tell?

…. and an update from special LLama associate Jeff Stretch Riedle:


Meat Loaf: Bat Out Of Hell (Classic Albums) (Image Entertainment)

Stretch Riedle provides the description for this one..

NEWSFLASH! Although this was made in 1999, it was just tonight that I saw it for the first time. On Amazon Prime, I watched a video/documentary entitled “Meat Loaf: Bat Out Of Hell (Classic Albums)“. At 40:17 Ellen Foley makes a reference to Louie Louie. Besides being one of my favorite rock artists, there is now a connection between Meat Loaf and LL. The world is saved!

Bar Louie (the gastropubs) !!

This week, it’s been a whirlwind of activities for yours truly with a few days in Seattle, starting with Little Bill’s party a few days ago, but in the meantime….

Have you seen this TV commercial?

Bar Louie is the shared name of a bunch of gastro pubs scattered across the USA.

Here’s an official description from their webpage:

A truly unique social gathering place, Bar Louie is a neighborhood bar and eatery with handcrafted cocktails, a featured selection of local and regional beers with over 20 taps, unique wines and craveable food in an inviting, urban atmosphere. Since 1990, our loyal guests have come to Bar Louie to eat, drink and be happy with old friends while making new ones.

With nearly 140 locations across the country, Bar Louie combines the consistency of a national brand with local appeal. No two Bar Louie restaurants are alike, but each has a modern, relaxed vibe that expresses the brand’s identity. We’ve taken the bar experience to new heights, attracting an affluent 25-44 year-old crowd that enjoys premium cocktails, local brews, great food and hanging with friends.

“Each individual Bar Louie contains its own set of diverse characteristics, yet we offer operational systems and a roadmap to set up franchisees for success,” said Bar Louie Development. “Our franchisees experience the best of both worlds – they benefit from proven operating systems and home office support, but also have the flexibility to cater to the local neighborhood flavor.”

Don’t take our word for it? Just hear what our franchisees have to say:

“Bar Louie is the one of the most exciting concepts in my portfolio. Their support center is very open-minded and truly embodies a culture of freedom within a framework. It’s a fun franchise that takes pride in the food and drinks they serve, translating into a very lucrative investment on our part.” – Murad Fazal, owner and operator of Bar Louie, Subway and Dunkin Donuts.

Catchy tune, eh? It sounds like a brand new recording* by the Kingsmen!

Here’s a current map for the current locations in the USA. So far, there’s only three locations on the West Coast, and they’re all in Southern California.

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* Yes – a NEW Kingsmen recording for 21st century.
Please take note.

Big thanks to big sister Ann Casey for letting me about this one, as these gastropubs are not yet active in my neighborhoods…

Reference Links:
BarLouie.com
BarLouie – the Facebook page
iSpot.TV page for Bar Louie TV commercial

Happy 80th Birthday for Little Bill Engelhart

This weekend, it’s an 80th birthday celebration for Little Bill Engelhart, a genuine Northwest music legend.

Little Bill was, and is a very important player in the legend of the song LOUIE LOUIE.

Bill was the founder of the Blue Notes, the very first white teenage rock ‘n’ roll band based in Tacoma, Washington, which was a truly radical idea at the time. Back then, these guys had the nerve and gumption to rent their own halls and produce their own shows “D.I.Y.” style before the term was even conceived. During one particularly memorable show, the dancehall was overbooked and the Tacoma police threatened to shut down the event. The band pleaded with the police to play “just one more song,” which lasted something like 30 minutes, which led the city of Tacoma to forbidding the Blue Notes from ever playing within city limits again.

When the Blue Notes went into the recording studio to record what would have been their first record, Dolton Records of Seattle, took an interest in their recordings and chose to release one of their songs “I Love An Angel,” renaming the band as Little Bill and the Bluenotes, which didn’t sit well with some of the other members of the Blue Notes. Two of the members – Buck Ormsby and Robin Roberts, left the Blue Notes to join the Wailers, another Tacoma band that was getting a lot of attention.

In 1961, both Little Bill and the Wailers released cover versions of a then-obscure song titled “LOUIE LOUIE,” written by Richard Berry.

Little Bill released his LOUIE LOUIE recording under the name of Little Bill with The Adventurers and Shalimars on the Topaz Records label, and the Wailers released a LOUIE LOUIE recording by (their part-time singer) Rockin Robin Roberts on their artist-owned label, Etiquette Records*.

Both of these 1961 recordings could be considered the “missing link” between Richard Berry’s 1957 recording and the Kingsmen‘s 1963 recording (with an honorable mention going out to Paul Revere & the Raiders, who also released a 1963 recording of the song).

And the rest, as they say, is history*..

Anyways, Sunday, March 17th is the big day when Little Bill celebrates his 80th spin around the sun.

That evening, there will be a big concert event for Little Bill at the Triple Door in Seattle celebrating his 80th year of existence as well as his 63 years as a professional musician.

The official event page on Facebook provides some details on this one:

You won’t want to miss the lineup of musicians belting out the blues to honor Little Bill. Performers include Patti Allen, Tommy Morgan, Buck England, Mark Riley, Randy Oxford, Rod Cook, Billy Stapleton, Chris Leighton, Billy Barner, Jim King, Jeff Menteer, Angelo Ortiz, United by Music North America, Reverend Dave Brown (poetry), Hadi Al-Saadoon on trumpet, Terry Morgan on bass, Jesse Weston on the keyboard, Billy Joe on trumpet, and Pat Lee (assistant on stage to Little Bill). Of course, the guest of honor, Little Bill, will be performing and there will also be other surprise guests.

This sounds like a fun one, and I’m seriously tempted to make a flight to Seattle to celebrate this special event.

In the meantime, here’s a never-before seen 10 year old clip of Little Bill performing his first record “I Love An Angel” – 50 years later… which is now 60 years later …


https://youtu.be/yeuKt01FYSI

… and then there’s that OTHER song


https://youtu.be/7CKSGkGajpM

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* There is more to the story behind the two 1961 LOUIE LOUIE records that I didn’t disclose in this brief posting.

You can learn more details about those two records by visiting Peter Blecha’s “Etiquette Rules!” HistoryLink article.
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Reference Links:
Official event page at Facebook
Triple Door ticket details
Little Bill & the Blue Notes- official webpage
PNWBands.com – Little Bill & the Bluenotes
Northwest Music Archives – Little Bill & the Bluenotes

a plea for my friends James MacLeod and Deborah Merchant

Today, I’m sending a shout-out for two friends that are battling cancer right now, and could use some assistance.

James MacLeod is a good friend I’ve known for three decades. I’ve worked with him on more video productions than I can keep track of …. with quite a few of them involving world leaders, high tech geniuses, and/or entertainment icons.

Jim and I have had lot of adventures, often helping each other out as we work on our respective projects.

James is an associate producer on the LOUIE documentary project I’ve been producing, joining forces as we’ve visited Richard Berry in Los Angeles, as well as Dick Dale* at his home near Joshua Tree Park, a park that included land where James’ grandfather William “Bill” Keys maintained a homestead for sixty years.

James has been producing a documentary on Chet Helms and the Summer of Love, and I’m an associate producer on that one as well. Chet was a friend of ours, and in fact, both Chet and I got talked into being photographers for James’ wedding to Norma Lambert, which is still going strong after 15 years.

Jim and I share a lot in common.

Both of us spent the last few years taking care of our ailing mothers, and they both passed away in 2018. For both of us, they were our last parent. As fate would have it, our pal and LOUIE co-producer Jesse Block also lost his last parent last year, which I guess makes us part of a club that none of us had any intentions of joining.

Anyways, soon after the passing of Jim’s mother, he discovered he had prostrate cancer, and is now undergoing radiation treatments. He hasn’t worked since early December 2018, and the absurd co-payments are actually pushing him towards bankruptcy.

Yes, the health care industry in the USA these days has a lot to be desired these days, and I don’t expect things to improve in the immediate future, considering the current political situation.

if you can, please visit James MacLeod’s GoFundMe page and make a donation.

Unfortunately, James is not the only friend dealing with cancer…

Deborah Merchant is another good friend dealing with that rotten cancer thing. For her, it’s stage 4 metastatic colon cancer that’s spread to her liver and abdomen. She’s dealing with chemo right now, which is her “new BFF.”

Deborah is a beautiful and generous soul that’s always given back more than she’s received. Before she got hit by this thing, she was working for a food bank, helping distribute food from various Silicon Valley tech groups to organizations and people in need.

Deb’s also been a great advocate for the critters- horses, cats, dogs, birds…. and all the other members of the animal kingdom.

I really LOVED this self portrait she created!

I know it’s a rotten time to solicit donations, but if you can, please visit Deborah Merchant’s GoFundMe page and make a donation.

My thanks to all those that can make a donation for my friends.

ERIC PREDOEHL
(producer of LOUIE documentary project and these LouieLouie.net pages)

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* Dick Dale also has cancer, and is literally touring to stay alive.

UPDATE: 4 days after this posting, we lost Dick Dale to cancer. My thoughts go out to his family and friends.

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Reference links:

James MacLeod – GoFundMe page
Deborah Merchant – GoFundMe page
Chet Helms and Summer of Love documentary- official webpage
Digital-Desert: Bill Keyes
Billboard – Ailing Surf Guitar Legend Dick Dale Is Touring to Stay Alive — Literally

LOUIE on TV – part 5 (Women of LL)

It’s time for Part 5 of the “LOUIE on TV” posts, which by an unplanned coincidence, feature TV shows where women are the lead characters.

We’ll start with the most recent TV clip, which my friend Krista Wood alerted me to..

SMILF (Showtime)
Season 1 / episode 8 / December 31, 2017
“Mark’s Lunch & Two Cups of Coffee”

Bridgette (Frankie Shaw) meets up with a man on Tinder who she believed to be her estranged father, who turns to be someone else. Afterwards Bridgette meets up with her mom Tutu (Rosie O’Donnell), then some friends at a bar, and they all drink ‘n’ dance to the sounds of Julie London singing LOUIE LOUIE somewhere around the 27:30 timeline.


Grace Under Fire (ABC)
Season 2 / episode 20 / 1995-03-14

“A Night at the Opera ” 

(no actual LOUIE performance)

Grace (Brett Butler), a fan of opera, wins two tickets to an opera performance, but can’t find anyone to join her for this show. When she arrives at the opera, she meets a handsome Italian man (David Dundara) without a ticket, gives him the ticket and they both have a wonderful time. As Grace discusses how she doesn’t need understand Italian to appreciate opera, she adds “I like Louie Louie and I don’t understand it.” (18:28)

Both of those two clips can be seen via Amazon Prime.

The third clip is not available through official outlets but someone posted the entire episode on YouTube, which I’ve included in this post.

My Sister Sam (CBS)
Season 1 / episode 11 / 1987-01-12
“Club Dread”


While Patti (Rebecca Schaeffer) prepares for a night out at 60s-theme school dance, she discloses her phobias about dancing in public with her sister Sam (Pam Dawber). When they arrive at the dance, we immediately hear Jack Ely (former Kingsmen singer)’s re-recording of LOUIE LOUIE, which is very similar to the original 1963 Kingsmen recording. (14:50 to 18:13).



https://youtu.be/vktTF_tckRA

Big thanks to my friend Clay Stabler for the research support on these clips.

Reference Links:
SMILF on Tunefind.com
Grace Under Fire at Wikipedia
My Sister Sam on TVGuide.com

RIP: Ted Gehrke, San Jose blues king + friend of LOUIE

Last weekend, San Jose lost a great man by the name of Ted Gehrke.

Ted was the founder of the San Jose Fountain Blues Festival, the longest running blues festival in the SF Bay Area.

Ted was a good friend, and a big advocate of the LOUIE documentary project.

Here’s a photo of Ted with Ray Manzarek of the Doors, who told me about Jim Morrison singing LOUIE LOUIE with Ray’s old band, Rick and the Ravens.

My friend Gary Singh wrote an excellent article about Ted’s legacy, which includes these opening paragraphs:

In 1981, when downtown San Jose resembled a cracked mosaic of dying retail and skid row environs, Ted Gehrke conspired to launch a blues festival on the campus of San Jose State University. Thirty-eight years later, that festival is still held every summer. Gehrke, who passed away last weekend at 79, was a true promotional warrior for all things music, all things San Jose and all things poetry.

He ran with the likes of Taj Mahal and Frank Zappa before he even landed with the Associated Students Program Board at SJSU, for whom he oversaw countless blues festivals and hundreds of other concerts, like U2’s now-legendary show at the SJSU Student Union Ballroom. Across decades and every possible demographic of outré spirit, he never gave up on this city. He believed in the potential of San Jose when nobody else did.

A few years ago, I shot a series of interviews of Ted for a now-nonexistent Americana foundation. I used a few soundbites from those interviews to create this little promotional clip for the San Jose Fountain Blues organization, which was transformed into a non-profit organization a few years later….. and still running strong!!


https://youtu.be/RLArZTl80NI

We are going to miss you, my friend.

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REFERENCE LINKS:
San Jose Metro – Remembering Ted Gehrke by Gary Singh
San Jose Fountain Blues Festival official webpage

RIP: Peter Tork of the Monkees

Last Thursday, we lost Peter Tork, actor/singer/songwriter of The Monkees. According to his website, he passed away after a 10 year bout with adinoid cystic carcenoma, a rare cancer of the salivary glands.

For those of us that were young ‘uns growing up in the era when the Monkees ruled the airwaves, this hits close to home. We loved their goofy TV antics, and catchy pop songs that often fed some beautiful dreams. We also found empowerment with an unforgettable theme song…

Here we come
Walkin’ down the street
We get the funniest looks from
Everyone we meet

Hey, hey, we’re the Monkees
And people say we monkey around
But we’re too busy singing
To put anybody down

We go wherever we want to
Do what we like to do
We don’t have time to get restless
There’s always something new

(…more)

(Songwriters: Bobby Hart & Tommy Boyce)

While Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, Davy Jones and Peter Tork may have originally been cast as simply “actors in a TV show,” they become something much more than that.

Back in 1989, LOUIE documentary producers E.P. and J.B. did an extended road trip to witness the very first reunion show with all four Monkees at Universal Amphitheater and their Hollywood Walk of Fame induction that featured the unveiling of their official star on 6675 Hollywood Boulevard.

We shot some video of that special ceremony, and today we’re sharing some of this previously-unreleased footage to pay tribute to Peter and the rest of the Monkees.

There actually is a special moment within this video that references LOUIE LOUIE, which may or may not be in the long-awaited documentary…

We’re still working on that…


https://youtu.be/GB6zI1BL0Yg

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In the meantime, let’s not forget the song played at the end of every episode of the Monkees TV show – “For Pete’s Sake,” written by Peter Tork and Joseph Richards.

Yes, the Monkees did write and perform some of their music….


https://youtu.be/pHFuJwWmsAo

Love is understanding
Don’t you know that this is true?
Love is understanding
It’s in everything we do

In this generation (in this generation)
In this lovin’ time (in this lovin’ time)
In this generation (in this generation)
We will make the world shine

We were born to love one another
This is something we all need
We were born to love one another
We must be what we’re goin’ to be
And what we have to be is free

(…more)
Songwriters: Joseph Richards & Peter Tork

(Both “(Theme From) The Monkees” and”For Pete’s Sake” lyrics are © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC.

Animal House References + LOUIE on TV – part 4

This week for Part 4 of the “LOUIE on TV” post, the focus is on two TV episodes that originally used a recording of LOUIE LOUIE for the initial broadcasts, but were removed when these episodes were repackaged for the DVD market.

Both these episodes paid homage to the beer-drinking antics of the 1979 ground-breaking comedy movie (NATIONAL LAMPOON’s) ANIMAL HOUSE.

Quantum Leap (NBC)
Season 2 / episode 12 / 1990-01-03
“Animal Frat”

The fandom.com webpage of this episode provides an overview of how this this episode began..

October 19, 1967: After nearly drowning in the Claridge Lake, Dr. Sam Beckett (Scott Bakula) very nearly drowns again, this time from leaping into the middle of his host’s beer chugging session. Sam has leapt into Knut “Wild Thing” Wileton (the leapee Knut is played by Jeff Benson), the head of the “Tau Kappa Beta” (TKB) fraternity in 1967, during one of their many parties. After immediately being vomited on, Sam finds his room, kicks two sexy ladies out of his bed, and tries to get some sleep.

As I watched a VHS dub of the original broadcast, I noticed that LOUIE LOUIE could be heard within 30 seconds of the opening. As Dr. Sam is transported to a crazy party where fraternity brothers are pouring an entire keg over Sam’s mouth, and the Kingsmen‘s recording of LOUIE LOUIE could be prominently heard.

On the official DVD of this show, the opening sequence no longer features the Kingsmen recording. Instead it’s a instrumental song by an anonymous band that features some familiar three chords, but it’s rearranged so it’s definitely not LOUIE LOUIE.

My Name Is Earl (NBC)
Season 1 / episode 16 /2006-02-09
“The Professor”

According to the IMDB page, this episode features a recording of LOUIE LOUIE in the soundtrack credits.

The Wikipedia page for this season provides a summary of the plot:

While Earl Hickey (Jason Lee) and Randy Hickey (Ethan Suplee) are trying to return a laptop they stole, they accidentally knock over a bus stop sign. Earl promises to fix the sign, but gets sidetracked by the laptop’s owner, the beautiful college professor Alex Meyers (Christine Taylor). Alex takes an interest in Earl and his List, and they begin dating. Earl soon notices that he is the target of bad accidents and random acts of violence, and remembers that he hasn’t fixed the bus stop sign yet, and Karma is punishing him. Meanwhile, Randy has taken an interest in college life and becoming a Frat Boy.

I haven’t seen the original broadcast, but there’s no version of LOUIE LOUIE on the official DVD release. Watching this show, it’s easy to spot where this music would easily fit in – Randy’s initiation into the frat house with yet another crazy beer episode.

Speaking of Animal House, this is a good time to send a shout-out for an obscure documentary that some of you might appreciate….

Animal House of Blues 33 1/3 is a documentary I saw when I attended the Animal House 40 Year Reunion and Toga Party last August in Cottage Grove, Oregon. The Eugene International Film Festival presented this documentary in conjunction with the Animal House event.

Here’s how they described the film:

The iconic movie “Animal House” was filmed in Eugene and Cottage Grove in 1977. While filming was underway, John Belushi would jam with local musicians on stage at the bar located in the Eugene Hotel where cast members were known to be hanging out. Belushi was inspired by the splinter group The Crayhawks, featuring Robert Cray on guitar, Eugene musician Curtis Salgado on harmonica and DK Stewart on piano, to form “The Blues Brothers.” Credit was given to them on national television for having inspired “The Blues Brothers” when Paul Shaeffer introduced Belushi’s new act to the world on Saturday Night Live. Salgado, Cray and Stewart all went on to celebrity careers of their own performing the blues. “The Blues Brothers” debut album, Briefcase Full of Blues is dedicated to Salgado. “Animal House of Blues” tells this story eloquently along with other behind the scenes revelations regarding the making of “Animal House.”

This documentary features two unique performances of LOUIE LOUIE by the Kingsmen. One performance is from a semi-recent concert, and the other is from a special event where the Kingsmen performed with The Cry (a band based in Portland, OR).

You can now purchase a special “Animal House of Blues” DVD CD Book combo, which was released after the big reunion- toga party.

As far as I know, no actual animals were harmed during the making of any of these products.

The houses, on the other hand, are another story entirely..

Reference Links:

Wikipedia – Quantum Leap
Fandom.com – Quantum Leap
Wikipedia – My Name Is Earl
IMDB page – My Name Is Earl
LOUIE road trip (August 2018- part 2)
Animal House of Blues Facebook page
IMDB page – Animal House of Blues
Eugene International Film Festival- Animal House of Blues page
Animal House of Blues DVD CD Book combo link

LOUIE on TV – part 3 (mid-80s- 1990)

For part 3 of the “LOUIE on TV” posts, the focus will be on some vintage television shows from the mid-1980s to 1990.

Let’s give it to ’em…. right now!

Moonlighting (ABC)

Season 2 / episode 14 / 1986-02-18
“Every Daughter’s Father Is a Virgin” 


There’s no performance of LOUIE LOUIE in this episode, but the song is discussed… in a lovely manner.


04:10 – David Addison Jr. (Bruce Willis) – “Please rise. That worked pretty good! Let’s turn to page 138, where a little hymn God wrote called… aaah… LOUIE LOUIE”


Let’s see if this YouTube clip works….

Designing Women (CBS)

Season 2 | Episode 15 / 1988-01-18

“Oh, Brother”


The IMDB page for this episode claims that the Richard Berry recording of LOUIE LOUIE was part of the soundtrack for this episode, but I couldn’t find it anywhere on the DVD reissue of this episode. That being said, this song is a topic of discussion in this episode.



13:40 – Julia Sugarbaker (Dixie Carter) – “Clayton, what are you doing here?”

Clayton Sugarbaker (Lewis Grizzard) – “I got fired.”

Julia- “Fired? You’ve only been on the job three and half hours?”

Clayton – “They got sick and tired of me playing LOUIE LOUIE on the organ…”
Julia- “You mean to tell me that Mr. Hayes has fired you without as even as much as giving you a warning?”

Clayton – “Yeah, they gave me a warning. They told me to stop playing and I did. Soon, I was writing out a sales slip for a saxophone, and I accidentally started singing LOUIE LOUIE – you know the first part, LOUIE LOUIE, oh baby .. we gotta go… ai ai yi yi…? They thought I was being smart and he fired me.”
Mary Jo Shively (Annie Potts) – “That doesn’t seem very fair…”

Charlene Frazier Stillfield (Jean Smart) – “That’s right, it’s a free country and you can sing LOUIE LOUIE anywhere you want.”


Northern Exposure (CBS)

Season 1 / episode 1 / 1990-07-12

(Pilot episode)


This one’s an old favorite. This may be the very first TV sitcom to incorporate and discuss Richard Berry’s recording of his most popular song.

14:38 As Ed Chigliak (Darren E. Burrows) drives Joel Fleischman (Rob Morrow) to his new home in Alaska, he is eager to play his cassette of the Richard Berry version of LOUIE LOUIE.

Wonder Years (ABC)

Episode 1 / episode 6 / 1988-04-19

“Dance With Me”

The Wonder Years was another TV show I really enjoyed, focusing on the memories of a kid named Keven Arnold (Fred Savage) that grew up in the 1960s.

The first acknowledgement of LOUIE was the use of the Kingsmen recording
 in the 6th episode of the show.

14:40 – Wayne Arnold (Jason Hervey), brother of lead character Kevin dances to LOUIE LOUIE.



Wonder Years (ABC)

Episode 3 / episode 10 / 1990-01-02

“Rock ‘n Roll”


The second acknowledgement of LOUIE in this show was not a performance, but a brief mention as part of a short conversation when Kevin links up with some classmates for his very first rock band – the Electric Shoes.


11:00 – Larry Beaman (Joshua John Miller) – “How about LOUIE LOUIE?”
Mark Bernstein, drummer (Casey Ellison) – “How’s that go?”


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Some of you may be asking… “Where can I find all these clips?”

The answer? eBay, public libraries, record stores, collector archives, local thrift shop, YouTube, Amazon Prime, among others…

There is currently no one-size-fits-all, one-stop spot for all of these videos… at least not in February 2019.

Seek and ye shall find!

LOUIE on TV – part 2

a scene from the COACH tv show

Following up on the LOUIE on TV – part 1 post from last week, here’s an update…

(original post)
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.”


Looking at a VHS recording of the original TV broadcast shared by friend Stretch, I see that the original Kingsmen recording with Jack Ely vocals was used in that particular episode. I’m guessing the price of re-licensing this recording for the DVD release was a bit more than the producers wanted to spend.

This certainly wasn’t the only time this sort of thing happened. I’m guessing that might have also been the case with the A-Team episode that I also mentioned in last week’s post. I don’t have a copy of the original broadcast, but the version used in the official A-Team DVD seemed like a weak imitation of the Kingsmen, which wasn’t acknowledged anywhere in the credits.

Until I get more information about the original broadcast of the A-Team episode that aired on October 24, 1986, which may or may not have used the actual Kingsmen recording, we’ll leave that as an open question for now. I’m actually more curious about which band was used for the DVD release, as I’ve never heard that one before.

In upcoming posts, I will be sharing more examples of this phenomenon with other TV shows that used a different recording or a complete replacement of LOUIE LOUIE in the DVD release.

In the meantime, here’s a few more documented LOUIE LOUIE moments as seen on television…

3rd Rock from the Sun (NBC)

Season 1 | Episode 1 / 1996-01-09

“Brains and Eggs” (pilot)


The Kingsmen recording of LOUIE LOUIE is shared, and is a topic of conversation as space alien family ponders their new life on Earth with opening sequence of the pilot episode of this show.


03:11 Dr. Dick Solomon (John Lithgow) – “Listen… it’s that the signal they keep sending us us in space!”


Coach (ABC)

Season 1 / episode 13 / 1989-06-07

“Dauber’s Blow-Out”


Dauber Dybinski (Bill Fagerbakke) hosts a large party for their college football team and, despite Coach Hayden Fox (Craig T. Nelson) promising to take Asst. Coach Luther Horatio Van Dam (Jerry Van Dyke) fishing that night, he is roped into chaperoning the bash instead.

10:49 – A rock instrumental version of LOUIE LOUIE is played as the story takes us to the football team party. Again, I have no idea who the band is, and couldn’t find any credits on such things.


19:47 – A marching band instrumental (perhaps the Rice University Marching Owl Band?) of LOUIE LOUIE can be heard as anti-fun Riley Pringle (Raye Birk) of the Conduct Committee enters this party, and is soon to discover that his car was the subject of an absurd party antic.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (syndicated)
Season 3 / episode 14 / 1995-02-06

“Heart of Stone”

There’s no LOUIE performance, but the song is discussed in this TV show moment.

In this episode, Odo (René Auberjonois) and Major Kira Nerys (Nana Visitor) travel to a moon in the Badlands as they try to track down a Maquis vessel. They wind up in a small cave, where Kira’s foot is caught in an expanding crystal mass, and it appears her foot cannot be removed from this thing.


24:34 – Odo discusses with Nana the idea of LOUIE LOUIE as a therapeutic sea chanty, and somewhere in this conversation, they discover they are both in love with each other.

On Wikipedia, there’s some solid information about the backstory on this particular episode:

The idea of having a character trapped was taken from the Ken Kesey novel “Sometimes a Great Notion” in which a character is trapped under a log and drowned by rising water. (Co-Screenwriter Ira Steven) Behr described the same scene in the 1971 film as “a great scene in a not so great movie”.The episode was intended to be low budget, but heavy on characterization.

At one point it was intended for Odo to sing the 1955 Richard Berry song “Louie Louie”, which the character described as a sea shanty, but producers couldn’t acquire the rights in time.

Full details on this particular back story can be found in Terry Erdmann‘s 2000 book – “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion.”

Next week, we’ll sharing some other documented LOUIE on TV moments…
…. to be continued….