RIP: Sandy Nelson, legendary drummer

Last month, we lost Sandy Nelson, one of the best-known rock drummers of the early 1960s.

He was the drummer for a lot of Top 40 records, including songs recorded by friends he knew from high school – Jan Berry, Dean Torrence, Kim Fowley, and Phil Spector. In addition to working as a […]

RIP: Meat Loaf (the singer) and the LL thing

One week ago, we lost the singer known as Meat Loaf. His passing was announced on Facebook.

His career spanned six decades, selling over 100 Million albums worldwide and was featured in 65 movies, including “Fight Club”, “Focus”, “Rocky Horror Picture Show” and “Wayne’s World. “Bat Out of Hell” remains one of the top […]

RIP: Don Wilson of the Ventures

On Saturday, January 22, Don Wilson, a founding member of the Ventures, died at the age of 88 at his home in Tacoma, Washington. The Ventures were formed in 1958 in Tacoma by Don Wilson and Bob Bogle. Within a few years, Nokie Edwards would be recruited to join the band, followed by Mel […]

Celebrating the music of Ronnie Spector

We lost Ronnie Spector, the leader of the girl group the Ronettes and the voice behind such immortal classics as “Be My Baby” and “Walking in the Rain.”

Another beautiful soul with an amazing voice taken away by awful cancer.

As I was reading bits and pieces about Ronnie’s life I found a quote […]

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 […]

August update for 2021 dearly departed

It’s August 2021 and time for an update on more folks that are no longer with us

Death, the inevitable factor in this cycle of life, continues in it’s natural path. We continue to lose people we care about, in spite of all efforts to delay such final conclusions.

Joey D’Ambrosio

Joey D’Ambrosio […]

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 […]

The Subtle Sounds of LOUIE

Some of the most inspired variations of LOUIE LOUIE aren’t even called LOUIE LOUIE. […]

RIP: Rusty Warren, comedian

Rusty Warren, the groundbreaking bawdy female comic, died in her sleep on Tuesday morning at 91 years old.

Warren was a lounge and nightclub performer who released a bunch of comedy albums containing songs with naughty lyrics. At the height of her success, alongside such contemporaries as Lenny Bruce, Redd Foxx and others, she […]

It’s International LOUIE LOUIE Day 2021

Today is April 11 – International LOUIE LOUIE Day!

Richard Berry, author of this song, would have been 86 years old today.

Last night at KFJC radio, the place where the Maximum LOUIE LOUIE marathon (63 hours, over 800 unique versions) took place many years ago, there was a re-broadcast of a 4 hour […]