RIP: Edward Allan Clarke, aka Fast Eddie of Motorhead

Sad news reported on the Official Motorhead Facebook page today:

We are devastated to pass on the news we only just heard ourselves earlier tonight…Edward Allan Clarke – or as we all know and love him Fast Eddie Clarke – passed away peacefully yesterday. Ted Carroll (who formed Chiswick Records) made the sad announcement via his FB page, having heard from Doug Smith that Fast Eddie passed peacefully in hospital where he was being treated for pneumonia…

Phil Campbell said, “JUST HEARD THE SAD NEWS THAT FAST EDDIE CLARKE HAS PASSED AWAY. SUCH A SHOCK, HE WILL BE REMEMBERED FOR HIS ICONIC RIFFS AND WAS A TRUE ROCK N ROLLER. RIP EDDIE.”

Mikkey Dee said, ““OH MY FUCKING GOD, THIS IS TERRIBLE NEWS, THE LAST OF THE THREE AMIGOS. I SAW EDDIE NOT TOO LONG AGO AND HE WAS IN GREAT SHAPE. SO THIS IS A COMPLETE SHOCK. ME AND EDDIE ALWAYS HIT IT OFF GREAT. I WAS LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING HIM IN THE UK THIS SUMMER WHEN WE COME AROUND WITH THE SCORPS…NOW LEM AND PHILTHY CAN JAM WITH EDDIE AGAIN, AND IF YOU LISTEN CAREFULLY I’M SURE YOU’LL HEAR THEM, SO WATCH OUT!!! MY THOUGHTS GO OUT TO EDDIE’S FAMILY AND CLOSE ONES.”

Fast Eddie…keep roaring, rockin’ and rollin’ up there as goddamit man, your Motörfamily would expect nothing less!!!

RIP FAST EDDIE CLARKE 5th October 1950 – 10th January 2018

The three original members of Motorhead – Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister, Phil “Philthy Animal and now “Fast” Eddie Clarke.. are no longer alive.

The Wikipedia LOUIE LOUIE page provides a quick history lesson about their recording of the song:

“Louie Louie” was Motörhead’s first single for Bronze Records in 1978, following their initial release on Chiswick Records in 1977. It was a relatively faithful cover of the song, with “Fast” Eddie Clarke’s guitar emulating the Hohner Pianet electric piano riff. It was released as a 7″ vinyl single and reached number 68 on the UK Singles Chart. The reverse cover carries the dog Latin motto “Nil Illegitimum Carborundum”, which is humorously said to mean “Don’t let the bastards grind you down”. The song is released with “Tear Ya Down” and appears on the CD re-issues of Overkill and The Best of Motörhead compilation. On 25 October 1978 a pre-recording of the band playing this song was broadcast on the BBC show Top of the Pops.


https://youtu.be/bS8Fn2gaGpM

Reference Links:
Official Motorhead Facebook page
Wikipedia on LOUIE LOUIE

Incredible LOUIE Birthday Coincidences!

It blows my mind to think about how the man who wrote LOUIE LOUIE and the man who sang the most famous version of LOUIE LOUIE both became fathers for the very first time on January 10th!!

What’s also incredible is that Richard Berry‘s youngest daughter and Jack Ely‘s youngest son also share a common birthday in November!

I don’t think Richard or Jack knew about this.

Would anyone know about such things if not for Facebook social networking? Hard to say….

Either way, a BIG Happy Birthday for Pamela and Robb today, with another set of birthday wishes 10 months later for Christy and Sean!

BONUS COINCIDENCE: This is blog post #9110 and Jack Ely’s birthday was 9/11. I didn’t realize this until after I posted….

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.

EXTRA UPDATE:

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.

YET ANOTHER ADDITION:

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!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

We’re on the Road to D’ohwhere

Reference:

http://pixa.club/en/the-simpsons/season-17/epizod-11-were-on-the-road-to-dohwhere

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 GoComics.com

J.C. Duffy’s website

Holiday Greetings from LouieLouie.net

I want to send out a big Happy Holidays message from LouieLouie.net, 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!

cheers!

ERIC PREDOEHL
producer/ director of LOUIE project / LouieLouie.net

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!!
https://www.gofundme.com/jeff-stretch-riedle-medical-fund

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:


https://youtu.be/DnkWrFODEuo

Here’s Louis and Sam’s version:

https://youtu.be/l1nyHSo8qHI

(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:

https://youtu.be/gSpdfdrJ3IU

Here’s Louis and Keely doing that song:

https://youtu.be/ql8kyRtgKMw

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.

REFERENCE LINKS:
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!


https://youtu.be/OQGxuFPY6aA

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!


https://youtu.be/heyQFCqa9RI

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.

https://www.gofundme.com/jeff-stretch-riedle-medical-fund

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….


https://youtu.be/7mTQU0S3y8Q

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…


https://youtu.be/adez4kZrPMw

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!


https://youtu.be/5wgxH8LVar8

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


https://youtu.be/iNANEdKQ5XA

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.


https://youtu.be/oHebRiT5Vmw

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:
https://www.gofundme.com/jeff-stretch-riedle-medical-fund

MONDAY UPDATE:

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!