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 […]

Odd Man Out / Ray Stevens II – LOUIE of the Month

Today, we’re going to shine the LOUIE spotlight at San Jose music legend, and longtime associate Ray Stevens II. Ray’s been in a bunch of fun punk/rock bands – Los Olvidados, The Faction, Drunk Injuns, and Clay Wheels, among others, and today we’re going to share a very special clip of him with one […]

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 […]

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” […]

A Midsummer Update (the 2020 edition)

(from Louis Restaurant Facebook page)

In the city of San Francisco, Geary is a major thoroughfare that runs almost 6 miles east–west, starting off downtown at Market Street, running westbound through the Civic Center area, cutting through what used to be the Fillmore district, with a majority of the street running through the […]

RIP: Bonnie Pointer, founding member of the Pointer Sisters

I was hoping not to write any more obituaries for people that I’ve met that have provided support for this documentary project.

Sadly, we have lost more of these people, and I feel the urgency to acknowledge those kind souls that made a difference.

Bonnie Pointer was one of those special beings.

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The Unlikely Adventure of Emma Berquist

Today’s post may not seem to have any obvious LOUIE connections, but it’s a human story that I thought was worth sharing.

This post refers to a scary real life story of Emma Berquist, who survived a terrible assault in New Zealand.

Emma is the daughter of my friend and film school teacher […]

RIP: Roy Loney, founding member of Flamin’ Groovies

Last week, we lost a dear friend.

Roy Loney, a founding member of the Flamin’ Groovies, died on Friday the 13th of December. He passed away at Sutter Health’s California Pacific Medical Center Davis Campus. As noted in the SF Chronicle, the cause of death was severe organ failure, according to Vivian Altmann, his […]

Neil Innes and the PledgeMusic fiasco

This post has very little to do with LOUIE LOUIE, but it does address a terrible situation that occurred with a rocker we’re quite fond of.

Neil Innes is a brilliant singer-songwriter that created quite a few wonderful, iconic songs over the course of five decades. Sadly, he’s had to deal with some ugly […]

Update on KFJC 60th Anniversary

Last Sunday, October 20th, KFJC Radio held an Open House as part of their 60th Anniversary celebration.

As many of you probably know, KFJC Radio was the place where the legendary “Maximum LOUIE LOUIE” marathon took place many decades ago. Songwriter Richard Berry met original Kingsmen vocalist Jack Ely for the very first time, […]