Memorial for Mike Mitchell of the Kingsmen

Music Millennium (of Portland, Oregon) announced this special event on Facebook.

In 1963, before Beatlemania here in the states, there was a song that a Portland band recorded that inspired a ton of guitarists to play guitar …..Louie Louie by the Kingsmen. The Kingsmen’s guitarist was Mike Mitchell, an amazing guitarist and an amazing […]

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: Paul Harris, photographer

We recently lost yet another fine individual that’s collaborated with the LOUIE documentary project. Paul Harris, an exceptional photographer with a long career of documenting a ton of rock and roll, blues, R&B, country and rockabilly music performances, passed away after a long illness on April 12th, a few days short of his 81st […]

RIP: Mike Mitchell of the Kingsmen

Yesterday, we lost Mike Mitchell of the Kingsmen.

Mike Mitchell was a founding member of the Kingsmen. Mike grew up in a musical family, and learned how to play guitar from his father, who was a country western musician.

Mike’s career in music began with a collaboration with Lynn Easton, a schoolmate from […]

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 […]

The Return of the Return the Invasion of MAXIMUM LOUIE LOUIE 2011 radio show

KFJC international LL Day show – E.P., Jeff Riedle, Robyn Bravernman and Pete Dixon

In less than three hours, in celebration of International LOUIE LOUIE Day, there will be a special replay of the “The Return of the Invasion of MAXIMUM LOUIE LOUIE” radio show that took place ten years ago on KFJC […]

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 […]

Countdown to 2021 International LOUIE LOUIE Day!

Today is April 6th, which means we’ve got 5 more days before International LOUIE LOUIE Day!

Tomorrow – Wednesday, April 7th, you can get into the spirit of LOUIE LOUIE Day at noon-2pm PDT by visiting FREEFORM PORTLAND, a nonprofit, independent, community-driven radio station broadcasting live at KFFP-LP 90.3 FM, KFFD-LP 98.3 FM & […]

LOUIE LOUIE Memories of Michael Dresbach (aka Padre Mickey)

This week, I’ve invited my old friend Michael Dresbach to be a special guest blogger.

Michael was a part of the infamous KFJC Maximum LOUIE LOUIE marathon all those years ago, and I thought it’d be fun to share his story. – E.P.

I grew up in Okinawa, Japan (well, it wasn’t “Japan” […]