Greetings from Portland – the Mike Mitchell memorial + the LOUIE plaques

Two weeks ago, yours truly made a little visit to Portland, Oregon.

I wanted to pay my respects to Mike Mitchell, a founding member of the Kingsmen. From 1967 until his passing this year, he was the only member of the original band that recorded LOUIE LOUIE that was still part of the Kingsmen […]

The First and Long-Lost LOUIE LOUIE plaque of Portland?

Last month, I was shocked when I stumbled upon a certain LOUIE LOUIE plaque being sold on eBay.

The Kingsmen Louie Louie cast bronze dedication plaque Vintage 14 inch x 20 inch Mint condition This Item has been in my store as a display item for the past 20 years it has a board […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 ’til LOUIE LOUIE 2020 Christmas – Day 9

It’s the 9th day of the 12 days ’til LOUIE LOUIE 2020 Christmas, and we’re thinking about…

Rockin’ Robin Roberts

For many people, especially in the Pacific Northwest, Rockin’ Robin Roberts provided the definitive version of LOUIE LOUIE in 1961. Backed by the (Fabulous) Wailers of Tacoma, Washington, this was THE version that transformed […]

RIP: Pat O’Day, NW Music Legend

Pat O’Day, the legendary Broadcaster and concert promoter of the Pacific Northwest, has passed away.

During the 1960’s he was the highest-profile disc jockey of Seattle and the region’s dominant dance promoter. He has often been credited as being the primary person responsible from bringing the Seattle music scene to national prominence during that […]

The Confidentials – rarely-seen LOUIE from early 80s

Yesterday, my friend Monte Von Struck‎ shared this one on his Facebook feed..

Look what David Jester, just uncovered ! Louie Louie by the Confidentials back in ’82

I had to ask my friend and LOUIE associate producer David Jester “Who are (or were) The Confidentials?… to which he replied..

This was a […]

RIP: Barrie Jackson, manager of Wailers, Sonics

On April 5th, my friend Dennis Flannigan shared some sad news about his old friend Barrie Jackson, who used to manage The (Fabulous) Wailers and The Sonics.

There are the good ones, and the great ones, and beyond those are the friends that always stay on the front page. Such was Barrie Jackson, a […]