Louie Louie for 2018 National Recording Registry

There’s a pile of unfinished posts I’ve been meaning to share after the busy events of August, but we’ll save ’em for another time, as Friday snuck up on me as I was dealing with all sorts of other stuff….

Meanwhile, here’s information about an effort being led by Joe Rallos to include LOUIE LOUIE to the National Recording Registry:

“Louie Louie” is one of the most iconic and covered songs in Rock ‘n’ Roll. It’s been named one of the Songs of The Century by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) as well as being recognized by National Public Radio, Rolling Stone and The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. It’s also arguably the only song to be given a special day (April 11 is International Louie Louie Day) and be the subject of an FBI investigation.

One award which is missing though is preservation in the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry. Having this song be included would ensure not only official recognition but also permanent preservation.

Despite the many versions of this song, the two I am pushing to get included (as a single entry) are the following:

Richard Berry‘s original 1957 version on the Flip label
The Kingsmen‘s 1963 version on the Jerden label

How can we ensure this song gets its due? Simple- send an email to [email protected] or write a letter to

National Recording Preservation Board
c/o Motion Picture, Broadcasting & Recorded Sound Division
Library of Congress
101 Independence Avenue SE
Washington DC 20540-4698

Give a very brief justification of why you think this song should be added by 1st October as I’ll then email the board and include the number of people who “attend” this event to really push the cause.

Please share this event with as many people as possible and ensure you contact the board- LOUIE LOUIE!

Check out the Facebook event page at:

LOUIE road trip (August 2018- part 3) (w/ LOUIE of Week)

Sunday, August 26th was one extremely busy day for yours truly!

Months ago, I made big plans to visit Southern California. I already made plans to attend the Animal House Toga Party event featuring the Kingsmen in mid-August. After learning that Gloria A. Jones, a founding member of Richard Berry & the Dreamers, was planning a big birthday bash in Los Angeles sometime late August, I thought that might also be a good time to participate in a LOUIE LOUIE event that my friend Gerry Fialka had been trying to talk me into doing for the past year or so.

As tentative plans were made for Gloria’s party to be held on Saturday, August 25, I told Gerry that Sunday, August 26 would probably be a good time for this LOUIE event.

As fate would have it, after locking down the date for Gerry’s show, Gloria’s party somehow got rescheduled to the same Sunday night….

… but that’s OK, as I can often juggle things…..

Gloria Jones has a special place in the LOUIE LOUIE universe. She was she the only female vocalist on the original Richard Berry recording of the song. I believe she may also be the last surviving member of the recording session, probably outliving all the Pharaohs* and instrumentalists used in that iconic 1956 recording that was released in April 1957 on the Flip Records label.

(* = I believe all of Richard Berry’s Pharaohs are gone, but I’m still trying to get more information before confirming any of this)

Up until a few days ago, the last time I saw Gloria Jones in person was also the last time I saw Richard Berry. It was a late night dinner at an all-night diner in Long Beach after a magnificent performance by Richard Berry and the reunited Pharaohs and the Dreamers at the Petroleum Club in 1996 – one year before we lost Richard.

I was very happy when I saw Gloria prominently featured in Morgan Neville‘s 2013, documentary “20 Feet from Stardom,” which won an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature at the 86th Academy Awards.

As I reconnected with Gloria on Facebook this year, I decided I wanted to be there for her 80th Birthday party…

photograph by Laurel Buttercup Rudy

I created a special video for Gloria. She’d never seen my interview with Arthur Lee Maye discussing how he wound up recording “Gloria”- a special song written by Richard. I combined this soundbite with some clips from the 1996 Long Beach reunion shows, and assembled something on Saturday for the big party on Sunday…


While I wasn’t able to stick around for the big concert with the rest of the Dreamers, the Blossoms, Darlene Love and all the other performers, I’m glad I was able to meet up with Gloria all these years later…

Anyways, I had another party to go to…

Beyond Baroque turned out to be a wonderful space for this one-of-a-kind LOUIE event. As Gerry pointed out, this location is the world’s largest poetry center, and there’s some wonderful history attached to this building that was originally Venice City Hall, built in 1906.

Gerry assembled quite a show to celebrate Richard Berry’s most famous melody, featuring such performers as: Steve Moos & Don Kirkpatrick, Shep Stern, BSP, Suzy Williams, Brad Kay, John Cannizzaro, Reverend Dan (Music for Nimrods) among others.

It was wonderful to see the lyrics of Richard’s iconic song celebrated in an actual literary art center. People passed around various lyric sheets, reciting the original lyrics, the reinterpreted lyrics (aka FBI versions) and the otherwise surreal variations.

And of course, it was also exciting to show excerpts of this documentary of mine as a work-in-progress.

I hadn’t done this sort of thing beforee, as I had resisted other invitations in the past, but with recent changes in my life, the timing worked out in our favor.

I was humbled that three of my friends from KFJC Radio were able to join me on this one…. especially Jeff Stretch Riedle, who created the spark that inspired this documentary project. Stretch was the man whose efforts started the KFJC LOUIE marathons, including the massive 63 hour event where I decided to borrow some video gear to document the festivities. As Stretch pointed out repeatedly on Sunday, he literally died three times with three cardiac arrests one night in November 2017, and is still with us by the grace of some wonderful beings that saved his life that night.

He’s been waiting very patiently for me to finish this movie, and I really hope to do that in the near future.

KFJC survivors at LOUIE event, clockwise from bottom left:
Eric Predoehl, Robyn Ginsburg Braverman, Jeff Stretch Riedle and Keith Putney. photograph by Ellen Giurleo.

After I get a chance to properly digest all the videos of the event, and connect all the names to the awesome performers, I will be sharing footage on this page.

In the meantime, here’s a quick video of the big finale …



On Monday, August 27, I was finally ready to relax.

I wound up at Venice Beach, not far from Beyond Baroque. After thousands of miles of driving, some serious time spent editing a few relatively short segments from the hundreds of hours of video, I was feeling a sense of freedom from a weight that I’d been carrying.

Unfortunately, I left the sunblock in the car, but that’s another story entirely….

E.P., ringleader of this LOUIE documentary project

E.P.ster at the beach / photo by Laurel Buttercup Rudy

Reference Links:

Wikipedia – 20- Feet From Stardom

Wikipedia – Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center

The Maximum LOUIE LOUIE list

KFJC Maximum LOUIE LOUIE photo montage © Eric Predoehl

In a few hours, I’ll attending a birthday party for Ms. Gloria Jones and then participating in a very special presentation at Beyond Baroque in Venice, CA.

Some of you have asked… “Is there a list of all the 800+ versions that were played at the infamous KFJC MAXIMUM LOUIE LOUIE marathon?”

I shared that list on LouieLouie.net ages ago, but the link is kinda buried, so here’s a direct link of all that documentation. That being said, there’s about a hour’s worth of the radio that wasn’t properly preserved as air checks, so this is the latest documentation of the 62 of 63 hours of this unforgettable event.

I’m still hoping SOMEONE has that lost hour in their archives… if you have access to such a thing, please speak up!


UPDATE – August 30th:

The list needed to be updated to reflect the updated numbering system of LOUIEs, but it looks like this list was created with the older version of Apple iTunes, which made it easier to create customized printouts.

I’m sharing an updated list with the sub-par choices provided by the latest iTunes software. Within the next few weeks, I hope to share a better version of this list.


LOUIE road trip (August 2018- part 2)

The latest Pacific Northwest road trip was a short and power-packed adventure, even if a massive percentage of that time was spent driving.

Wednesday was the big drive from SF Bay Area to Seattle area, something I won’t be repeating in the near future… at least not crammed into one day.

Thursday was a day of some visits in Seattle and Tacoma, visiting a few of my consultant-advisors.

Friday was another day of driving, and preliminaries for Saturday.

Saturday was the big day for the Animal House 40 anniversary event in Cottage Grove, Oregon, which also happened to be the site for where this community hoped to reclaim the Guinness world record for the “worlds largest toga party.”

I have to admit there was something quite empowering about seeing thousands of people dancing around in these silly toga outfits, unleashing their inner Belushi, just loving life and all that sort of thing….

And the Kingsmen? Mike Mitchell, Dick Peterson and company are still delivering the goods in a wonderfully festive manner, performing a lot of other great songs besides THE ONE that everyone knows ’em for. The toga crowd of thousands loved ’em!

Did I mention I was able enlist a great video team to document this toga party with LOUIE associate producer David Jack Jester and my new friend Frank Mahoney? These guys were fantastic, and there be more photos and videos shared in the near future.

from left to right: Frank Mahoney and David Jack Jester, as photographed by Eric Predoehl

Sunday was the big anniversary of the day I first got involved with this crazy project of mine, starting off with the absurd 63 hour KFJC marathon that featured 800+ versions of THE SONG, which I happened to document for posterity, not realizing what I’d be getting myself into…

Sunday night, I had dinner at a 126 year old seafood restaurant that was literally a block away from the location of the original recording studio in Portland where the most famous version of the song was recorded by Robert Lindahl. Sadly, I didn’t see any plaques at the old studio site that commemorated this historic location, even though there were two separate events that paid tribute to this special building, with the first plaque removed by vandals sometime in the mid 1990’s.

Apparently, the new LOUIE plaque was removed for safety as some vandals tried to pry it off the wall. Bummer, but at least it’s a good hands, even if it doesn’t have a permanent home yet.

I wish I could have visited more people while I was in the NW, but it was hard to do it all with my limited time frame, but I hope to visit again in the near future.

In another hour or so, I’ll be jumping in my car, and driving to Southern California, with a special LOUIE LOUIE presentation happening in Venice on Sunday night.

Hope to see some of you there!

– E.P. of LouieLouie.net

LOUIE road trip (August 2018- part 1)

This week, things are a bit hectic at LOUIE Central. After cutting the first draft of the showcase reel + excerpt for the upcoming event in Venice, CA, yours truly decided to do a quick road trip to Pacific Northwest. If all goes as planned, I’ll be attending the Animal House event with “World’s Largest Toga Party” on Saturday.

Meanwhile, we are deeply saddened by the loss of Aretha Frankln. Our very best wishes go out to the family and friends of this magnificent woman.

– E.P. of LouieLouie.net

Kingsmen at The Delta House (1983) – LOUIE of the Week

With the upcoming Animal House 40th Anniversary & Toga Party event in Oregon that’s happening a little over a week from now, I thought this would be a fine time to share this classic Kingsmen clip produced by our associate producer David Jester.

Freddie Dennis, who later join the reunited Sonics, is the designated lead singer in this performance, as he was a member of the Kingsmen from 1974 to 1986.

David Jester shared some memories of the making of this video:

I had already produced a couple of Music Videos for Mr. Monte Van Struck for a band called “Puzzle”. Monte was also managing a Legendary Band – “The Kingsmen”… He didn’t have to ask me twice if I wanted to produce “Louie Louie”… I shot a take from 16 different camera angles… I was shooting alone, under extenuating circumstances, one of which was that I had a broken left shoulder from a skateboarding accident 3 days before…. And I had no assistant… Some hot babe whisked him away before we got the gear unloaded, and I didn’t see him again until we were driving off. He was chasing the truck down, trying to pull up his pants.. right out of the movies.. They tore down the house the next week… We broke out all the windows so there would not be a glare for my shot… Dick Peterson spent a lot of time editing with me…. Without a controller… Crash Edited on the Beat….


Reference Link
Bohemian Festival – Animal House Toga Party & Concert

R.Stevie Moore – LOUIE of the Week

it’s time to share a LOUIE LOUIE that doesn’t fit into the usual LOUIE LOUIE garage rock archetype.

Then again, the creator of this this week’s LOUIE is hardly the type of musician that easily fits into normal musical categories.

This week, I’m proud to point the mighty LOUIE LOUIE spotlight at the artist known as R. Stevie Moore.

My first exposure to R.Stevie Moore music was when he sent me a LOUIE LOUIE cassette ages ago..

I have to confess it took awhile for me to digest his version. Like a handful of other things sent to my PO Box, I didn’t quite get to it in a timely manner.

(APOLOGIES TO OTHERS THAT ALSO FELL INTO THAT CATEGORY – Sometimes my best intentions didn’t quite work out as well as I wanted. Please feel free send me another email If I failed to respond. It certainly wasn’t intentional… I do wish i had an assistant.)

Anyways, fast forward to a few years ago. With the new conservations initiated by the new-fangled social networks, I reconnected with R. Stevie, and wound up becoming a big fan of his music.

“Prolific” is a rather mild way of describing the output of R. Stevie’s legacy. He’s one-man music machine that’s been creating music for over 50 years, and has released over 400(??) albums.

GreatBigStory shared a little introduction to his music:

Stevie is a pioneer of low fidelity music. His love began at a young age, writing and recording tracks out of his basement. Years later, he took home recording to the next level, producing over 4,000 songs and finding fans in bands like the Talking Heads and The B-52s. Now, he’s moving up and out of the basement, playing at concerts and festivals around the world.


Here’s a trailer for an upcoming documentary on R. Stevie Moore:

R Stevie Moore: The Cool Daddio from Spring Films on Vimeo.

R. Stevie created a lot of really catchy pop music. Check out this one – “Wayne Wayne (Go Away).” Great hooks and some hypnotic harmonies that remind me of the Beach Boys.


“Hug Me” is another super-catchy little number. Like one of my longtime faves “You’re Breaking My Heart” by Harry Nilsson, this song shares some warm ‘n fuzzy thoughts about love stuff in a funny, somewhat naughty kind of way.


Here’s a little something I shot of R. Stevie in a few years ago in San Francisco, where he performs “Sort of Way” and “Play Myself Some Music.”


Getting back to the subject of LOUIE LOUIE, I’m proud to share R.Stevie’s version of Richard Berry‘s immortal song, as heard during the 1984 KALX LOUIE LOUIE marathon. It’s actually 3 (maybe 4) different versions, assembled as one big movement, which I transformed into a little video, using a lot of public domain footage. It starts off with a version that samples heavily from low-fi copy of the Kingsmen recording, and then ends with a rather manic version of the song (at 3:43), accentuated by some snippets from a wild little 1938 animated film produced by the Jam Handy Organization.


R. Stevie Moore also played LOUIE with one of his early bands The Taxmen which existed in 1966-1967.

You can hear (and buy) a recording of the Taxmen doing LOUIE at the 1999 Reunion by visiting his Tax Men BandCamp page.

His BandCamp page, which encompasses his old R. Stevie Cassette Club (launched in 1982), is a massive playground to explore.

Go visit him, and tell him LOUIE sent cha!

Reference Links:

Official R. Stevie Moore webpage

The R. Stevie Moore Facebook page

The (massive) R. Stevie Moore BandCamp page

Wikipedia on R. Stevie Moore

R. Stevie Moore – TaxMen page

The Tax Men 1999 Reunion BandCamp page

GreatBigStory.com- The One-Man Record Label

The Wire Magazine article – HERE COMES THE FLOOD (The lo-fi vision of R STEVIE MOORE)

Peoria LOUIE LOUIE Parade 2017 – LOUIE of the Week

Did you know about the annual LOUIE LOUIE parades in Peoria?

Here’s the word from LouieLouiePeoria.com:

Since 1987, Central Illinois has been kicking off the summer with the St. Jude Louie Louie Parade and RiverJam in downtown Peoria with the sole purpose of raising money for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. We have raised over $300,000 for St. Jude since this event began.

Here’s a video from the 2017 parade, shared by Ron Johnson, staff photographer at Peoria Journal Star, news and sports junkie, lover of jazz music and great beer, published on: May 26, 2017:


Reference Links:
Peoria Journal Star – 2017 Parade video
Facebook page for St. Jude Louie Louie Parade and River Jam

Out In the Streets – LOUIE of the Week

Here’s an odd one….


There’s a variety of different ways of answering that question, but for today, one example for such a thing would be if the musician(s) choose to call themselves “Louie Louie.”

They aren’t the first ones to do that, and certainly won’t be the last.

I was alerted to this recording from an old message sent by Leslie Burnette:

Here is a nice review of the #LouieLouie 7″ from a music blog founded by 2 dudes who met as children auditioning to be Star Trek Klingons in 1988. The review rules but I think I like that fact more?

The review was from BeardedGentlemenMusic.com:

Louie Louie – “Out In the Streets”
Hidden Volume Records

The Philadelphia music scene has always been rich with culture. Whether it’s the Hip-Hop coming from claustrophobic basements of the underground, or the do-it-yourself Rock crawling its way out of the seediest dive bars the city has to offer. Even with such diversity in the scene, Louie Louie, an all-female garage pop outfit inspired by the surf and sun of the early 1960s, seems to have come out of left field.

As their name suggests, there’s plenty of influence from 1960s pre-Beatles pop bands like The Ronettes and The Shangri-Las, but never feeling forced or too tongue-in-cheek like most indie acts who draw influence from the past. From the reverb-soaked harmonies and jangly beauty of the surf ballad title track to the discord sultriness of Blondie meets The Black Angels found on side B’s “Miles Around”, Louie Louie deliver something that’s both comforting and exciting as hearing Dusty Springfield doing vocals for Teenage Fanclub.

One of the most interesting aspects of this release is how in spite of being their debut, they’ve managed to completely nail their style as if they’ve been doing this for decades.They are in good company too “Out In The Streets” has just recently been released on vinyl and digital through Baltimore’s Hidden Volume Records, home of releases from The Above, The Reverberations, and The Kurt Baker Combo to name a few. Louie Louie may have only been functioning as a band for a short period of time, but if this release is any indication, they have a promising career ahead of them. – Aaron Cooper

Here’s a link to the music at HiddenVolume.com

I still wish they’d do the damned song!


Reference Links:

Official Musician Link
BeardedGentlemenMusic.com Review

Extension, LOUISiana – birthplace of Richard Berry

One of the more obscure facts is that Richard Berry, creator of the song LOUIE LOUIE, was born in state of LOUISiana, in a town known as Extension.

As I searched to find out more info about “Extension,” I discovered there’s not a lot of online information about this place, but there is a Wikpedia page….

It is an unincorporated community in Franklin Parish, Louisiana, United States, and it’s ZIP code is 71243.

As I did some more searching, I was EXCITED to find a Facebook page entitled “Things to do in Extension, Louisiana.”

…. and then I took a look at what was there…

Hmmm…. I’m not sure if I’ll be visiting this place anytime in the immediate future…

Oh well..

Anyone got any interesting stories or photos about Extension?


Reference links:
Wikipedia page on Extension_Louisiana
Things to do in Extension, Louisiana . the Facebook page