Remembering Those We Lost in 2017

Once again, another year ends, and we pause to reflect on those whose journeys came to a close. It’s yet another incomplete list of departed individuals that made an impact on this project.

Today, we take inventory… we celebrate their spirits…. we raise a toast in honoring these people…

Larry Coryell, jazz guitarist from Pacific Northwest

We lost Larry on February 19th. Before he became a jazz legend, he was a rocker with the Dynamics in the Pacific Northwest. He was a big fan of the Fabulous Wailers, and became a very close friend of Richard Dangel, the original guitarist.

Larry provided a great interview for the LOUIE project, and you can see a snippet at the original post last year.

Bobby Lloyd Hicks of Dave Alvin’s Guilty Men

Bobby Lloyd Hicks was a drummer with Dave Alvin & the Guilty Men who later joined NRBQ. He passed away on February 19th, but was acknowledged in November on these pages after a highly entertaining version of THE SONG sung by Bobby was uncovered.

Chuck Berry

Chuck Berry left this planet March 18th. I didn’t get around to writing up a proper obit for his passing, but I did write about his 90th birthday what seemed like a few months earlier, acknowledging how “Havana Moon” was an inspiration for Richard Berry’s (no relation) most famous creation.

Anyways, here’s a super-cool photo of Chuck Berry playing with Barry Curtis of the Kingsmen! I don’t know who took this photo, but it’s a keeper!

Lexie Shabel, cancer fighter + documentary maker

On May 29, my friend Lexie lost her battle with cancer. She created one of my favorite rock and roll documentaries, and she fought a hard battle against this terrible type of illness.

Carlo Driggs, singer with Paul Revere & Raiders

Carl (Carlo) Driggs was the lead vocalist for Paul Revere & The Raiders from 1983 through 2004, holding that position for 21 years, longer than any other vocalist that performed with the band. Carlo left us on May 31.

Stephen Furst, aka Flounder of Animal House

Stephen Furst, the actor that played Kent “Flounder” Dorfman in the iconic comedy film National Lampoon’s Animal House, passed away on June 16.

Michael Slavko, aka M. Dung, radio DJ + LOUIE enthusiast

Our friend M. Dung was a major advocate of LOUIE LOUIE. He was a radio DJ that celebrated the song on a massive scale and hosted two LOUIE LOUIE Parades in San Francisco, assisted by special guest, songwriter Richard Berry. We lost Michael on June 30.

Ken Kaffke, friend + advisor to LOUIE project

Ken Kaffke was an ally, advisor and a wonderful friend of the LOUIE documentary project. A generous soul with a mission to share the “good stuff,” Ken shared a deep passion for comic books, rock ‘n’ roll music and humor in a jugular vein. August 18 was his last day on this planet.

Grant Hart of Hüsker Dü

Grant Hart of Hüsker Dü was yet another one lost to cancer, leaving this mortal world on September 13. Memories of a mind-blowing 1983 punk rock show at Foothill College a few months after the infamous Maximum LOUIE LOUIE marathon at the same campus still remain vivid…. all these years later..

Tom Petty

Yet another death we didn’t expect. An under-rated singer-songwriter whose demise on October 2nd sparked a floodgate of sorrow felt around the world.

As fate would have it, one of the earliest bootleg CDs I ever discovered featuring the song LOUIE LOUIE was a Tom Petty CD entitled simply “LOUIE LOUIE.” It was never a legitimate release, but it’s a cool version..

Hugh Hefner, publisher of Playboy magazine

An iconic publisher whose exploits, like the song LOUIE LOUIE, inspired some serious F.B.I. investigations overseen directly by J. Edgar Hoover.

Did you know that THE first band to ever cover LOUIE LOUIE named their band after Hugh’s magazine?

Fats Domino

Fats Domino was the modest musical pioneer that brought rock ‘n’ roll music to the American mainstream, selling more hit records between 1950 and 1963 than Chuck Berry, Little Richard and Buddy Holly combined.

Did you know that Richard Berry was part of a Fats Domino show in 1956 that sparked one of the earliest rock and roll riots in the USA?

Stephen Parr, owner of Oddball Films

Stephen Parr was another friend of the LOUIE project. He ran Oddball Films, a stock footage company in San Francisco. He left on October 24, leaving behind a lot of wonderful memories.

Fred Cole of Dead Moon

Fred Cole of Dead Moon lost his battle with cancer on Nov 9th. Before he created Dead Moon with his wife / life-partner Kathleen “Toody” Cole, he recorded with a band known as The Lords, then the Weeds, which evolved into the Lollipop Shoppe in 1968, appearing on the first Nuggets compilation.

Of course, we had to mention that Fred proudly utilized the original lathe used for mastering the original release of the Kingsmen‘s LOUIE LOUIE for many of his own recordings of his band Dead Moon.

Pat DiNizio of the Smithereens

We were saddened to lose yet another friend of the LOUIE project. Pat was an ally that provided a wonderful LOUIE LOUIE interview many years ago, and the LOUIE team collaborated on a special multi-camera concert video production of the Smithereens that was utilized by as a showcase for Apple Quicktime technology.

Keely Smith, jazz and pop vocalist

Keely Smith, the iconic vocalist who achieved success as both a solo artist and with her musical partnership with first husband Louis Prima, died on Dec. 16.

The Louis and Keely partnership was a powerful entity in the entertainment business, working as recording artists in the music industry, as well as performing in theater, television, and motion pictures. In addition to being the first musicians to win a Grammy for best pop vocal performance by a duo or group in 1959, they were also amongst the earliest musicians to ever cover a Richard Berry song when they recorded “(There’ll Be No) Next Time” in 1957.

There were quite a few other artists we lost in 2017. Here’s a partial list of some of the others, in no particular order…

Greg Allman
Glen Campbell
Chris Cornell
Malcolm Young
David Cassidy
Dick Gregory
Jerry Lewis
Rose Marie
Walter Becker
Della Reese
Don Rickles
Mary Tyler Moore
Roger Moore
Jim Nabors
Mel Tillis
Harry Dean Stanton
Sam Shepard
George Romero
Martin Landau
Adam West
Jonathan Demme
J. Geils
Butch Trucks
Miguel Ferrer

rest in peace.


I almost forgot to mention the passing of a beloved Dobermann named Lucy Da Bloozie, who was also provided inspiration for the LOUIE project…

I’m also so very grateful that my friend Stretch Riedle did NOT become part of this list, as he could have easily been added if not for the assistance of certain real-life angels that provided CPR at the right time.

Big thanks again to Wendy and the Santa Cruz County E.R. team for being there.


How could I forget my old friend David Peel??

David Peel, folk-punk singer

We lost David Peel on April 6.

For the new year – “We’re on the Road to D’ohwhere” (a Simpsons LOUIE)

We’re on the Road to D’ohwhere

We start the new year with a special recycled Simpsons LOUIE moment!

Big thanks to our friend Chester Taylor for reminding us about this one …

I’d forgotten about this till it came on this morning – comes in at 4:30! Happy New Louie year!

Simpsons episode: “We’re on the Road to D’ohwhere”
episode 367/ 11th of the 17th season of The Simpsons. It first aired on the Fox network in the United States on January 29, 2006.

To see this episode, which I haven’t quite figured out how to embed, click on the images or THIS LINK!


We’re on the Road to D’ohwhere


The last LOUIE cartoon of 2017?

On Wednesday, December 27th, cartoonist J.C. Duffy shared a wonderful pro-LOUIE message in his Fusco Brothers comic strip!

Big thanks to my friends Mark Passell of the Buffalo Chips (KFJC live version #379) and David Richoux of Friday Night Music (KFJC live version #092) for bringing this one to my attention!

P.S. The title of this blog post is “The last LOUIE cartoon of 2017?,” but If someone is inspired to create another LOUIE LOUIE cartoon before the end of the year, then I will change it to “The almost-last LOUIE cartoon of 2017.”

Operators are standing by..

Reference Links:

The Fusco Brothers at

J.C. Duffy’s website

Holiday Greetings from

I want to send out a big Happy Holidays message from, aka the LOUIE REPORT!

It’s been quite a year. We lost more good friends, came very close to losing some friends, saw some frends lose their homes, and dealt with a whole new set of challenges with all the big changes that happened in USA.

Anyways, the Louie project is still standing, and moving forward in a slow, but steady path towards finishing this long-awaited documentary.

Big thanks for those that continue to support the project, via kind words and donations towards what’s turned into an incredible archive of LOUIE-related media and memorabilia. We are humbled by some wonderful exclusives that shall be shared in the near future.

In the meantime, I want to wish everyone of you the best of holidays and a happy new year!


producer/ director of LOUIE project /

P.S. If you can make a GoFundMe donation for my friend Jeff “Stretch” Riedle, that would be deeply appreciated, as he was the guy whose radio adventures inspired this rather ambitious project!!

RIP: Keely Smith, jazz and pop vocalist

My friend David Richoux relayed the sad news of the passing of Keely Smith..

“Only half Louie related, but another obit…”

Jim Harrington shared an overview of Keely’s career in the San Jose Mercury News:

Keely Smith, the iconic jazz and pop vocalist who achieved success as both a solo artist and with her musical partnership with first husband Louis Prima, died on Dec. 16 in Palm Springs.

She was 89.

The singer was “under physicians’ care at the time of her passing from apparent heart failure,” according to publicist Bob Merlis.

Smith was a Grammy-winning talent who gained much attention when as a teenager she got the job as the “girl singer” in Prima’s band in 1948.

She married Prima in 1953 and achieved success together throughout the entertainment business, starring in stage, television and movies and releasing hit records.

They’d win a Grammy in 1959 — the first year the awards were handed out — for best pop vocal performance by a duo or group for their smash “That Old Black Magic,” which remained on the charts for 18 weeks.

Prima and Smith had two children, Toni Prima and Luanne Prima, both of whom survive their mother. Louis Prima died in 1978.

The LOUIE LOUIE connection is there. Here’s a few things…

1) Louis Prima (with Sam Butera) were amongst the earliest musicians to ever cover a Richard Berry song when they recorded “(There’ll Be No) Next Time” in 1957.

Here’s Richard’s original version:

Here’s Louis and Sam’s version:

(I actually got an interview with Sam Butera for the documentary.)

2) One of the big hits for Keely and Louis was a song called “Hey Boy! Hey Girl!,” which was co-written by Jeanette Baker, a good friend of Richard Berry. It was originally released in 1958 by Jeanette and her co-writer Oscar McLollie on the Class label, which inspired a 1959 movie with Keely and Louis, as well an accompanying soundtrack album of the same name

Here’s the original version of the song:

Here’s Louis and Keely doing that song:

3) Kelly Smith shared a March 9th birthday with Mark Lindsay, original lead singer of Paul Revere & the Raiders, as well yours truly- Eric Predoehl, proprietor of this very LOUIE-centric webpage.

I loved Keely’s voice and was hoping to see her perform someday, but that was not meant to be.

Rest in peace, Keely.

San Jose Mercury obit on Keely Smith

Jeanette Baker article by Opal Nations (PDF download)

RIP: Pat DiNizio of the Smithereens (friend of LOUIE project)

This week, we lost Pat DiNizio of the Smithereens.

Denis Diken shared the news on his Facebook page on Tuesday night.

Today we mourn the loss of our friend, brother and bandmate Pat DiNizio. Pat had the magic touch. He channeled the essence of joy and heartbreak into hook-laden three minute pop songs infused with a lifelong passion for rock & roll. Our journey with Pat was long, storied and a hell of a lot of fun. We grew up together. Little did we know that we wouldn’t grow old together.

Goodbye Pat. Seems like yesterday.

Jimmy, Mike, Dennis

Pat was an ally of the LOUIE project. We shot interviews with the Smithereens over 20 years ago, and re-connected when our friend Greg Larsen (RIP) arranged for the LOUIE team to create a multi-camera video of the Smithereens at the now-extinct Red Devil Lounge in San Francisco as a showcase for Apple Quicktime technology.

Pat became a good friend & comrade that reveled in the finer things in life – music, film, comic books and MAD magazine!

Here’s a snapshot of LOUIE co-producer Jesse Block with Pat, who invited us to attend a Smithereens show last year in Livermore, CA for what turned out to be the last time we ever saw him.

Here’s a sample clip from the video production of the show we captured at the Red Devil Lounge in San Francisco on on March 3, 2007. The lighting was a bit dark in that tiny club, but the performance was fantastic!

TODAY, to pay a special tribute to Pat, we’re sharing for the very first time ever, an excerpt of his interview for the LOUIE Project.

You’ll have to see it to believe it!

And, here’s some more Smithereens photos from the archives…

Rest in peace, my friend. We are going to miss you.

Eric Predoehl with Jesse Block (producers of the LOUIE documentary project)

Website blues

The website appears to be hacked by some outside forces, and I’m not quite sure how to fix the problem, but I was able to get it working again with a different WordPress theme.

Stand by as I try to figure this stuff out…

Fundraiser for Stretch Riedle (aka “give the drummer some”) – LOUIEs of the Week

One week ago, my good friend Jeff Riedle (aka “Stretch“), who’s been a major advisor to the LOUIE project, suffered a cardiac arrest on Saturday night, and has been in the hospital ever since.

Actually, I think he just got moved from one hospital to another.
It has been a very hectic week…

Stretch is a great guy, a local legend in the music community, and someone I’ve often acknowledged as the man whose “brilliant moment of inspiration” – playing a full hour of LOUIE LOUIE on a late night radio shift led to the legendary “Maximum LOUIE LOUIE” KFJC marathon that inspired this very documentary project.

There is a GoFundMe page to raise funds for his medical bills, and I’m hoping that many of you could make a donation to help him out.

Jeff “Stretch “ Riedle suffered Cardiac Arrest on Saturday November 25th while playing drums in downtown Santa Cruz, Ca.

Everyone who is a drummer, musician or a fan of Jeff’s band The New Shockwaves, The Fascinating Creatures of The Deep or has bought gear at Starving Musician Knows and Loves Jeff or “Stretch” as he is affectionately known.

Jeff , is currently scheduled for surgery in the following days. We all know that he really is a “ Starving Musician “ and the road to recovery and medical costs, along with loss of work will be an extra stress.

On behalf of Jeff, please join me in raising money to help him through this unexpected and traumatic life event.

Stretch met and interviewed quite a few musicians when he was a DJ at KFJC.

Of course, this post it seems perfectly natural to share a video clip of Stretch and LOUIE LOUIE for the “LOUIE of the Week,” but because it’s Stretch, he gets multiple versions… just because one version is never enough…

Here’s a few of ’em….

This particular clip features a short excerpt of the big 45 minute version that featured Richard Berry, Jack Ely & the Lady Bo Trio at the infamous KFJC marathon. Stretch isn’t actually playing music in this one (even though I do have video evidence of him doing such a thing in the full version of this performance), but he is mentioned, and can be seen dancing to the music…

In the next clip, Stretch as well as fellow members of the Shockwaves, back up Richard Berry (and special guest DJ M. Dung) for a performance of the song at a LOUIE LOUIE parade in San Francisco!

Here’s another version of the song with Stretch and the Shockwaves…. at some beach in Santa Cruz.

In this clip, Stretch plays with Cassady’s Hammer for a TV show in Santa Cruz. They are joined by special guest John Allen Cassady, son of literary adventurer Neal Cassady.

While this particular clip showcases Neil Young‘s very special version of the song, you actually hear more of Stretch than Neil…

Anyways, if you can donate to help Stretch pay for some medical bills, that would be fully appreciated!

Please visit:


On Sunday, I was able to visit with Stretch and show him one of the new donations to the LOUIE archives – the original LOUIE LOUIE 45rpm master stamper of 1957 (Richard Berry on Flip Records-254), courtesy of Neal P. of the Max & Lilian Feirtag estate.

May the powers of LOUIE LOUIE heal my good friend!

RIP: Bobby Lloyd Hicks of Dave Alvin’s Guilty Men – LOUIE of the Week

We’re a bit late in reporting this, we wanted to acknowledge the passing of Bobby Lloyd Hicks, who died on February 19, 2017.

Bobby Lloyd Hicks performed an inspired version of LOUIE LOUIE when he was a member of Dave Alvin & the Guilty Men. Wedged between “Abilene” and “Thirty Dollar Room,” the band delivered this magical moment of inebriated absurdity on February 21, 1999 at the Harmony Bar & Grille in Madison, Wisconsin.

Dave Alvin paid tribute to his old bandmate on his Facebook page:

Bobby Lloyd Hicks passed away last night surrounded by his loving children and wife. He was/is my dear friend, drummer, singer, teacher, troublemaker, Guilty Man-Skeleton-NRBQer inspirational rock and roll anarchist angel. How do I summarize nearly 30 years of close friendship? How do I explain 16 years on the road together? All the sweaty gigs, miles, adventures, great shows, bad shows, drunken misdeeds, music lessons, disappointments,, laughs, tears and all the brotherly love and broken drum heads. We battled our demons together and, happily, Bobby eventually triumphed over his. He didn’t get the fame and fortune he deserved but, never the less, he kept playing until his body gave out. Selfishly I have to say that so far in 2017, I’ve lost two of the closest friends I’ll ever have. First was my Blaster era road manager, Wally Hanley, and now Bobby. I already hate this terrible year but I’m gonna do what musicians do to survive: turn up loud, sing our songs, mourn, celebrate, touch some hearts, shake some asses and play some damn music to raise the dead. I love and miss ya, Bobby Lloyd, but I’ll see you onstage every night.

Here’s some more info on Bobby Lloyd Hicks:

Dave Hoekstra’s Website – The American Beat of Bobby Lloyd Hicks

All Music Guide – Bobby Lloyd Hicks album credits

Bobby Lloyd Hicks Facebook page

RIP: Fred Cole of Dead Moon

Fred & Toody Cole (Dead Moon, Pierced Arrows), The Hague Dec 2013 (Mammal Inc. / Arjan van den Berg)

Sad news with the death of Fred Cole of Dead Moon. His death was reported today in the Dead Moon Facebook group:

I’m so sorry to have to let you know that Fred lost his battle with cancer & passed away peacefully in his sleep last night, Nov 9, 2017. Thanks you one & all for all the years & memories we all shared together, for being friends first & business partners second, so proud to be a part of your lives.

Fred had that quality of being “immortal” and I believe his songs & recordings will make it so. We can always hear his voice & his passion there and remember it like it was only yesterday & will go on forever.

I love you all, Toody

“The last train is leaving
Can’t you read the signals in my eyes
And I’m standing on the platform
Waiting for the ones I’ve left behind”

Fred Cole
Last Train

P.S. Please forward or post this to your own circle of “family” who were touched by Fred Cole & his music.

Dead Moon was a punk rock band from Portland, Oregon that lasted from 1987 to 2006, with a reunion that took place in 2014. The band consisted of Fred on vocals and guitar, his wife Kathleen “Toody” Cole on bass, and Andrew Loomis on drums. Robert Christgau wrote a review in Rolling Stone magazine where he described the band as sounding “like the 13th Floor Elevators without the clinical dementia”.

A couple of years ago, The Stranger provided a wonderful overview of Dead Moon`s legacy, written and illustrated by Emily Nokes, which included these tasty tidbits..

• Fred Cole (born August 28, 1948) started his musical career in Las Vegas at the age of 15 with a project called Deep Soul Cole (billed as the “White Stevie Wonder”) and a band called the Lords, which recorded a single, “Ain’t Got No Self Respect,” before disbanding in 1964. Cole then joined the Weeds in 1966.

• While on their way north, the Weeds ran out of gas in Portland, Oregon. Fred met Kathleen “Toody” Conner (born December 30, 1948) at a local bar called the Folk Singer, where she was working at the time.

• The Weeds changed their name to the more bubblegum-marketable the Lollipop Shoppe, which also avoided rhyming with the Seeds (the bands shared a manager). They played with the Doors, Big Brother and the Holding Company with Janis Joplin, Buffalo Springfield, Love, and other greats before dissolving in 1968. Their psych/garage jam “You Must Be a Witch” can be found on the first Nuggets compilation.

Of course, there was one aspect of the Dead Moon legacy that I always appreciated…

• Fred and Toody started Tombstone Records (“Music too tough to die”) in 1988. Tombstone would release most of Dead Moon’s discography. Fred cut the master lacquers on the vintage monophonic lathe that Toody gave him for his 39th birthday. It was the very same lathe, incidentally, that had been used to cut the original release of the Kingsmen‘s “LOUIE LOUIE.”

Fred joins his drummer, Andrew Loomis, who died on March 8, 2016.

Here’s a video of what might be one of the lasts Dead Moon performances.

Rest in peace, Fred.


Reference Links:

Facebook – Dead Moon Fan Club

The Stranger – Under a Dead Moon, An Illustrated Timeline of the NW Punk Lifers by Emily Nokes

Wikipedia – Fred Cole

Wikipedia – Dead Moon