Get Back and the Music Documentaries of 2021

2021 was a great year for music documentaries. For many of us, it felt like a godsend to find these treasures after the extremely difficult and challenging year of 2020.

Billie was the powerful film about Billie Holliday, built upon previously unheard audio interviews conducted by Linda Lipnack Kuehl, who was working on a […]

An Appreciation of The Dreamers to The Blossoms

The Dreamers – Annette Williams, Gloria Jones and Nannette Williams

This week, we’re pointing the mighty LOUIE spotlight at The Dreamers, a vocal group that would became the Blossoms. As music writer Jay Warner once declared, this band was “the most successful unknown group of the 60s.”

Richard Berry, the man who […]

Thoughts on Billie Holiday

photo by William P. Gottlieb*

Today, April 7, 2021 is the 106th birthday of an extraordinary individual named Eleanora Fagan that became a jazz singer known as Billie Holiday. She was a music stylist unlike any other singer before her. In 1958, a year before she passed, Frank Sinatra referred to her as […]

Memories of KFJC Maximum LOUIE LOUIE

Today is a special anniversary for the KFJC Maximum LOUIE LOUIE marathon event that began at 6 pm (PDT) on Friday, August 19th of 1983 in Los Altos Hills, California. For 63 hours, the song was celebrated with a special live radio broadcast that showcased over 800 unique recordings of the song written by Richard […]

RIP: Anthony Randall, lost son of Johnny Flamingo

A few days ago, I received some very sad news from my friend Joe Macoll…

Hello Eric, it breaks my heart to tell you Anthony Randall has died after a battle with motor neurone disease, he was a lovely man.

I remember when Joe introduced me to Tony back in 2008..

Hi Eric, today […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Ace of Cups – long awaited 1st album (non-LOUIE of the Week)

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For the past 7 or so years, the LOUIE production team has also been quietly working on another project.

LOUIE co-producer Jesse Block has been directing a documentary on the band known as The Ace of Cups.

The Ace of Cups is a band that was formed in San Francisco during the […]

RIP: Stephen Parr, owner of Oddball Films

We lost another friend.

Stephen Parr was someone I’ve known for many years. Stephen owned Oddball Films, a stock footage company in San Francisco that supplied a lot of wonderfully quirky material for a lot of different film productions.

Before Stephen was running Oddball, I knew him as the guy who assembled some of […]

RIP: Lexie Shabel, cancer fighter + documentary maker

I lost another friend this week.

I first met Lexie Shabel ten years ago at the 2007 Santa Cruz Film Festival. She was presenting her documentary “We Like To Drink: We Like to Play Rock’n’Roll,” which told the story about a band from Massachusetts known as The UnBand. I’d never heard of this band […]