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: 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 […]

RIP: Gail Harris, member of Fabulous Wailers revue

We are saddened to report the passing of Gail Harris, a dynamic female vocalist from the Pacific Northwest. Like Rockin’ Robin Roberts, she was a singer that sang regularly with the Fabulous Wailers as part of their revue show.

Jivetime Records provided an excellent summary of her career…

The Wailers had begun […]

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: 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 […]

Rare LOUIE 45 single by (alternative) Sonics Sells for $4,850

It’s time for the first LOUIE post for 2021! It’s a new year, as we hit the “restart” with a new operating system in the USA, which will hopefully be a better year than the other year!

Today is 1-23-21, or 12321….backwards or forwards… a Palindrome Day!

Exciting, huh?

Anyways, the first noteworthy LOUIE […]

12 Days of LOUIE LOUIE 2020 Christmas – Day 3

On the third day of LOUIE LOUIE 2020 Christmas, someone gave to me…

BRYAN AND THE BRUNELLES

Bryan and The Brunelles were Barry ‘Snip’ Turner, Eddy Spence, Ray Goodship, John Bachini, and Bryan Burke.

A British band that recorded LOUIE LOUIE in 1965 at the legendary Abbey Road studio in London?

I had […]

12 Days of LOUIE LOUIE 2020 Christmas – Day 2

On the second day of LOUIE LOUIE 2020 Christmas, someone gave to me…

SMOKY & THE BEARS!

I’m not sure what to think about Smoky & the Bears. There’s nothing here that acknowledges Smokey Bear, the legendary advertising icon that spoke out on behalf of the U.S. Forest Service.

This isn’t even a real […]

Identifying the first pressings of Kingsmen LOUIE LOUIE

This week, we’re sharing some of the great research our friend Clay Stabler had conducted to identify the first pressings of the 1963 Kingsmen LOUIE LOUIE recording. He’s been sharing his research notes at the LOUIE LOUIE Facebook party, so we’re going to provide some LouieLouie.net real estate as a means of sharing these […]