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 […]

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 […]

Remembering Jesse Belvin

It’s February – Black History Month, and this seems like a good time as any to pause to remember one of the great underrated rhythm and blues singers from Los Angeles in the 1950s.

Richard Berry, the man responsible for writing the song LOUIE LOUIE, had high praise for Jesse Belvin, who he considered […]

RIP: Little Richard, rock ‘n’ roll legend

We lost a beautiful soul this weekend. Truly, there was no person ever like Little Richard, nor will there ever be another person like Little Richard.

I mean seriously… he WAS the heart and soul of this thing we call rock ‘n’ roll…. a genuine believer in the higher power… and a bonafide supernova […]

RIP: Roy Ross / Pete Dixon of KFJC Radio

Last week, we lost another fine human – KFJC disc jockey Pete Dixon aka Roy Ross.

As the KFJC 89.7 FM Facebook page points out…

We are heartbroken by the passing of our dear friend Pete Dixon, who left us on Mayhem 1st. During three decades at KFJC, he left his mark in so […]

RIP: Young Jessie, founding member of the Flairs w/ Richard Berry

Another great singer – Young Jessie aka Obediah Donnell “Obie” Jessie, who was one of Richard Berry‘s earliest musical collaborators, passed away on April 27th.

Obediah Donnell Jessie was born on December 28, 1936 in Lincoln Manor, Texas, a suburb of Dallas. His father was a cook, and his mother, who had a brief […]

Follow-up on 2020 Intl. Louie Louie Day -the Quarantine Edition

On Saturday, over at LouieLouie.net, we celebrated ” International Louie Louie Day – the Quarantine Edition”.. for hopefully the first and only time.

It was a challenge to find a way to celebrate this day with all the shelter restrictions in place, but we did manage to assemble a last minute Zoom teleconference / […]

a cool Richard Berry photo with Wanda Coleman and Michelle T. Clinton

© Heather Harris

My friend Heather Harris shared this wonderful photograph on Facebook!

For Black History Month, one of the most important persons ever in Rock & Roll: this man wrote “Louie, Louie.” Richard Berry flanked by Wanda Coleman and Michelle T. Clinton.

Heather shared some history on how this photo happened..

I […]

Days of Christmas LOUIE – part 2

It’s time for part 2 of the recycled cool versions of LOUIE LOUIE shared by our friend Clay Stabler originally over at the Facebook LOUIE LOUIE PARTY group as part of a “Days of Christmas” theme. …

On the 5th day of Christmas — a fine version by Kelly Melvin. Sounds a bit like Green […]

RIP: Dorothy Berry, high school sweetheart + first wife of Richard

I’m saddened to report that Dorothy Berry (Durr), high school sweetheart and first wife of Richard Berry, passed away on Friday, December 20th. She suffered with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and died at the age of 79 years old.

Dorothy met Richard Berry during her time at Jefferson High School (Los Angeles) […]