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?

PLEASE SPEAK UP!

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

Electric Tortoise – LOUIE of the Week

It’s time for a new LOUIE of the Week…. as opposed to every other week ….. or something like that… life does get hectic sometimes, OK?

Anyways, today the mighty LOUIE spotlight is pointed at a band known as Electric Tortoise performing live at The Black Griffin in Canterbury (UK) sometime in November 2015.


https://youtu.be/KgTdGxhbExU

Chronicled by Andrew Heenan, this version is © 2015 Local&Live, Andrew Heenan and Electric Tortoise, with more information available at Local n Live.co.uk.

ENJOY!!

UPDATE OCTOBER 2018:
Bass Tortoise shares this update in the comment section..

Interestingly… or not … when the camera pans to the right at 2:15 ish the two guys at the bar are Dave Maggs and Pete Lucas neither of whom were in the Troggs when they recorded Louie Louie but were Troggs in 2015 when this video was made. So sort of a mild double Louie Louie reference… a Louie Louie Louie Louie if you will!

LOUIE event in Venice – August 26th

Here’s an event my friend Gerry Fialka invited me to…

Eric Predoehl (in person) of LOUIELOUIE.NET and producer/director of the upcoming and long-awaited Meaning of Louie documentary, screens rare film clips and probes the history of the world’s coolest rock’n’roll song. Local music icons will perform unique versions of “ultimate party song” written by LA’s Richard Berry in 1955. The Kingmens version caused controversy in 1963. Celebrate the fun and impact of one of the most recorded and covered songs ever. Summer splurge party!
More info – http://laughtears.com/

Other details available at the Official Facebook Event Page!

LOUIE LOUIE radio on KCRW + NPR

Two things i forgot to mention on these pages…

1) KCRW Radio (KCRW.com) launched a new radio series “LOST NOTES,” sharing stories of LOUIE LOUIE for the first episode on April 12, 2018 (one day after International LOUIE LOUIE Day)!

The life of one of the world’s most ubiquitous rock n’ roll anthems – the song that every teenager bangs out on their first guitar – stretches far beyond the Kingsmen’s definitive version and “Animal House.” As performed by the Kingsmen, and as it began tearing up the charts “Louie Louie’s” ambiguous lyrics became the target of a lengthy FBI investigation. By this point, its writer Richard Berry had already sold the rights to this soon to be national phenomenon in order to buy an engagement ring. But the song comes back into his life later in a most spectacularly 1980s fashion.

LISTEN AT:

https://www.kcrw.com/news-culture/shows/lost-notes/louie-louie-the-strange-journey-of-the-dirtiest-song-never-written

2) NPR Radio (NPR.org) used some LOUIE LOUIE questions on their “WAIT, WAIT.. DON’T TELL ME” quiz show which aired on June 16, 2018.

My friend Robert B. Stevenson‎ was the first to tell me about this one:

Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me, the weekly NPR radio quiz, today highlighted Louis Louis. Guest Louis Anderson answered three multiple choice questions about the song, According to NPR host Peter Segal, the FBI spent two years listening to the song at different speeds and could not find any obscenities. However, at the 54 second mark, the drummer dropped his drumstick and then dropped an f-bomb.

He also added:

Here are some incorrect answers offered in the quiz;

The bass line contains Morse code for an obscene reference to genitalia

Chicago White Sox baseball player Lou Brock had the song played as walk-up music when he went to bat, and was soon traded to St. Louis.

When asked about Louie Louie, FBI director J. Edgar Hoover said he thought the lyrics were trite but otherwise the song was danceable.

Feen-A-Mint laxative used part of the song in a commercial, “Me gotta go now”

LISTEN AT:
https://www.npr.org/programs/wait-wait-dont-tell-me/620277438/wait-wait-for-june-16-2018-with-not-my-job-guest-louie-anderson?showDate=2018-06-16

UPDATE:

Here’s yet another one…

3) The Ridiculous History Show / How Stuff Works (ridiculoushistoryshow.com) also shared a LOUIE LOUIE audio program on June 28th!

The Kingsmen’s cover of “Louie, Louie” is one of the world’s most famously unintelligible songs — and this haunted the FBI. In this episode, Ben and Noel recount the evolution of “Louie, Louie”, as well as Uncle Sam’s insanely thorough (and hilariously unsuccessful) attempt to figure out the song’s lyrics. The guys also rack up some extra credit with their special guest Christopher Hassiotis, who introduces them to the wide, wide world of “Louie, Louie” cover songs across multiple musical genres.

https://www.ridiculoushistoryshow.com/podcasts/the-fbis-quest-to-understand-louie-louie.htm

2016 LOUIE comic strip – Free Range LOUIE!

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It’s time for yet another comic strip that features LOUIE LOUIE!

This one is from the November 30, 2016 edition of Free Range by Bill Whitehead.

Believe it not, the situation described in this comic strip actually happened! Someone DID try to ban the instrumental version of this song by a marching band in 2005. This very thing took place when McCord Middle School Marching Band was was scheduled to play at the Grand Floral Parade in Benton Harbor, Michigan!

For more details about this historic event, click HERE.

If you enjoyed this comic strip, be sure to visit the official GoComics webpage for Free Range, where you can can order the official merchandise!

Louie Louie Conspiracy – (extinct) LOUIE of the Week

Unfortunately, this week’s LOUIE was removed from YouTube.

Oh well, it was a fun one…

This week, we are sharing a charming little video clip that explores the “Louie Louie” Conspiracy.” It’s the Kingsmen‘s iconic version of the song, using various film clips from a variety of different feature films.

The dead link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgwEOAMJmag

RIP: Jerry Dennon, the record company guy who signed The Kingsmen

I recently discovered that Jerry Dennon, the man responsible for unleashing the Kingsmen‘s recording of LOUIE LOUIE to the world, passed away last year on January 2017.

Often credited as the producer of this iconic recording, Jerry Dennon had nothing to do with the original recording session that took place in April 1963 at the Northwestern Inc. recording studio in Portland, Oregon. KISN DJ + nightclub owner of The Chase, “Ken Chase” aka Milton “Mike” Korgan was the actual producer of this session, working with studio owner / recording engineer Robert Lindahl to create this very special recording that neither the band or Mr. Lindahl thought was a particularly good recording. Ken Chase was the visionary producer who thought this recording with the false starts and less-than-coherent vocals captured a wonderful rock music performance, and sought out a record label that could release this recording.

Jerry Dennon was the Seattle-based record company executive that took a chance on releasing this odd-sounding record by this teenage band from Portland, Oregon, initially putting it out on his Jerden record label. As fate would have it, this recording found an unlikely audience in Boston, Massachusetts, where WMEX DJ Arnie Ginsburg added this song to his “Worst Record of the Week” radio show. With consumer demand growing for the record beyond Boston, Jerry Dennon made a decision to cut a deal with Scepter Records to sign the Kingsmen to the larger record label, providing better distribution for the band, and more seed money for Jerry Dennon to expand his Jerden Records empire, as Jerry aligned himself to be the producer for all future Kingsmen records.

When Governor Matthew Welsh of Indiana took offense over this record, and sought to get it removed from Indiana radio airplay, Jerry Dennon responded by offering to create a benefit concert to raise money to buy a hearing aid for the Governor!

There’s more stories to be told about Jerry, but we’ll save ’em for later…

Rest in peace, Jerry.

Reference Links
Seattle Times/Legacy obit on Jerry Dennon
Stumptownblogger article on Jerry Dennon
Wikipedia on Jerden Records
The Jerden 45 Single Discography (courtesy of Global Dog Productions)
Billboard article on Glassnote

In Memory of Andrew Peejack and Eagle Buckett – LOUIE of the Week

photo of Andrew by Matt Herman; photo of Eagle by Eric Predoehl

Earlier this year, my friend Andrew Pejack sent me a special message…

Hi Eric ! Not sure if you have this LL version, from SJ’s own Eagle Buckett. He released an album ‘Black Diamond Street’, and then had a 2nd album in the works, which had LL on it. The 2nd album was never officially released, because he passed away. -Andrew

photo by Eric Predoehl

Eagle Buckett was a friend of ours that passed away back in 2010. Back in the late 1980s, Eagle was in charge of booking various musical bands to play at Marsugi’s – San Jose’s most exciting nightclub at the time. It was a vibrant scene, and Eagle was the first of a handful of booking agents to bring in a lot of up-and-coming bands that later became major headliners in the rock ‘n’ roll universe.

Over the years, Eagle was a regular part of the San Jose music scene, working various jobs at different venues- either mixing audio or basic property maintenance, as well doing his own music whenever possible. In addition to his music, he was also writing a lot of little science fiction adventures that were published in one of the local entertainment papers.

His passing left a big hole in the music community, as he had a lot of friends that cared deeply about him.

Anyways, Andrew gave me a copy of Eagle’s recording of LOUIE LOUIE, which I loved. As it turned out, I actually shot video of Eagle many years before I got to know him at Marsugi’s. It didn’t even dawn on me that I even had this footage of him at the KFJC Maximum LOUIE LOUIE event, back when he was probably still using his original name of Arnold Valdez.

Thanks to Andrew, I was able to obtain this music of Eagle, including his album “Black Diamond Street,” which I’d never heard before. Andrew also helped me connect with some of Eagle’s other friends, which was wonderful.

Here’s Eagle’s version of LOUIE LOUIE…

https://youtu.be/0KT79nK31Ok

… and here’s an Eagle original – the title track from his album “Black Diamond Street.”


https://youtu.be/3cB_0PCNEY0

As fate would have it, we just lost Andrew Pejack last week – May 22.

Andrew was another great guy that was also a big part of the San Jose music community. He was a musician with Beachkrieg– a highly entertaining German surf band. He was also manager and fan club coordinator for our friend, the Legendary Stardust Cowboy, aka Norman Carl Odam.

photo by Erin Shirley‎

Andrew was a super talented guy with wicked sense of humor.

One of his funny pranks got a lot of attention on the internet

Andrew played the role of “Baron Von Krieg” in Beachkrieg.

I’m grateful I captured some video of this fine band at the 2011 Halloween Spookenanny in San Francisco.


https://youtu.be/_Y5DO1eQuo8

As quoted on his own Facebook wall…

“Once met, never forgotten.”Andrew Pejack

Truer words were never written.

Rest in peace, Andrew.
Rest in peace, Eagle.

Continue reading In Memory of Andrew Peejack and Eagle Buckett – LOUIE of the Week

RIP: Chuck Rubin, helped Richard Berry reclaim his rights

Chuck Rubin, the man who helped songwriter Richard Berry reclaim his copyright and publishing rights for the song LOUIE LOUIE, passed away last month.

Here’s Chuck’s official Legacy obituary, which was shared in the New York Times:

Charles Rubin passed away on Sunday, April 15th. Chuck began his career as a young gun agent who saw the potential in rock n roll musicians performing for the masses. He was instrumental in bringing the Beatles and the Rolling Stones to the U.S on their early tours. Soon after, he became a successful and in-demand manager to many artists, including the inspiration for his innovative business plan, Wilbert Harrison of “Kansas City” fame. In 1977, he researched why and how Wilbert was not getting paid for his music — and discovered it was a norm for the music business. Artists Rights Enforcement Corporation was created by Chuck and continues to assist hundreds of musicians and songwriters in receiving their rightful royalties and rights. Coined by the New York Times as “the white knight of rock n roll,” Chuck passionately and tirelessly fought for his music heroes. His legacy will live on, but he will be sorely missed. He is survived by his devoted wife, Marcia, of over 50 years; his daughter, Gabin, who has been working by his side for 20 years; and his loving grandson, Asher.

Chuck’s history with LOUIE LOUIE was not without controversy. While some people believed Chuck received a higher fee than he should have, Richard Berry had the highest respect and admiration for Chuck, who he considered a second father.

When I met Richard at the KFJC Maximum LOUIE LOUIE event, he was struggling to survive, receiving welfare checks and taking a data entry course to get new skills for a more stable income than he was receiving with his music career. Not long after that event, Chuck and his team at AREC began negotiating on Richard’s behalf, and Richard became the recipient of some serious money for the rest of his life.

A few years ago, Chuck shared some comments on the topic of music usage for political campaigns in a 2015 issue of Rolling Stone magazine:

“I don’t think it has anything to do with money. It has to do with the political viewpoint of the artist or songwriter or publisher,” Chuck Rubin, founder of Artists Rights Enforcement Corporation, tells Rolling Stone. “But they do have the right to either say yea or nay.” The fact that politicians feel compelled to link themselves to particular songs, he adds, “just goes to show how powerful music can be.”

Rest in peace, Chuck.
Thank you again for helping our friend Richard.

______________________________________

Reference Links:
Legacy / NY Times obituary on Charles Rubin
Artists Rights Enforcement Corporation
Rolling Stone – Stop Using My Song: 35 Artists Who Fought Politicians Over Their Music

Blast from past – Richard & Dorothy Berry in 1962 Cash Box / non-LOUIE of Week

In course of my research for this project, I’ve uncovered some interesting things connected to the LOUIE LOUIE universe.

Here’s an example of one of those things. This is a page of short record reviews in the December 1, 1962 issue of Cash Box magazine – one year before the Kingsmen transformed Richard Berry‘s LOUIE LOUIE into a chart-topping hit record.

Right in the middle of this page, there’s some reviews of records by Richard and his wife, Dorothy Berry, side-by-side, which I’d never seen before in any music publication.

As the story goes, Richard sold most of his rights to the song LOUIE LOUIE to pay for his wedding to Dorothy. They married in early 1957, Dorothy became a recording artist in 1961, and the rest is … history…..

Anyways, here’s a little close-up of their record reviews.

… and here’s some of those songs.


https://youtu.be/WJZuVAIWjcI


https://youtu.be/MqLaCBSdnzM