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 […]

The Filipino Kingsmen Playing “Hitchhike” – LOUIE distant relative of Week

Here’s a cool vintage discovery from the early 1960s – another band known as “the Kingsmen” that had NOTHING to do with the band with the LOUIE hit recording. This is a Filipino ‘Kingsmen” rock band playing “Hitchhike.”

For this one, I’ll recycle the YouTube description that Paquito Dela Cruz posted with his […]

B.B. King & the Kings Men – LOUIE distant relative of Week

Did you know that one of B.B. King‘s earliest recordings was with the Kings Men?

Absolutely true. In 1954, RPM Records released a recording by B.B. “Blues Boy” King* And The Kings Men entitled “Sneakin’ Around,” with “Everyday I Have The Blues” by B.B. “Blues Boy” King* And His Orchestra on the flip […]

Al Dote & the Kingsmen – Hang On Sloopy (LOUIE relative of Week)

This week, the LOUIE spotlight is on a LOUIE-relative (a category that includes brother, sister, bastard or distant cousin) performed by band known as “the Kingsmen,” which as far as I can tell has absolutely no connection with the successful band from Portland, Oregon with the same name.

This band was known as Al […]

Kingsman: The Secret Service- a movie that probably has NOTHING to do with LOUIE LOUIE

…. but then again, I haven’t heard the soundtrack yet.

What the hey, it IS a catchy name for a movie!

This film opens in the USA on February 13.

Batmobile at Kingman

Stumbling around the internet tonight, I found myself at, the website for a company that creates Batmobile repllica kits. If I had the money, I could build my very own working Batmobile, and be the envy of all my fellow pop culture enthusiasts.

This photo caught my eye. Someone drove their Batmobile across […]

Yet another band called the Kingsmen

For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been spending some time trying to clean up some defective, yet “once-in-a-lifetime” type Hi8 footage I’ve shot for this documentary of mine. It’s a lot of work to repair some of this stuff, as it’s all very time-consuming.

Today, I thought I’d share a photo of a band […]

Hawaiian Kingsmen

Things have been super-busy at the headquarters. I’ve barely been able to do much editing on the documentary this past month, much less add anything new to the LOUIE REPORT blog. I know a lot of people have written to me with good words about my comic strip blog posts, which are really fun to […]

ULTRA-RARE KingsMen film clip!

Here’s a very obscure film clip of the KingsMen performing “The Hut Sut Song” many years before “LOUIE LOUIE” became a big hit song.

I love the opening of this clip – a newspaper with the headline “Song Becomes National Disease!”

Just like all of the other film clips of the Kingsmen, this […]

Not the same Kingsmen

Contrary to certain rumors floating around cyberspace, the upcoming movie “All the Kings Men” starring Sean Penn is NOT the story of Lynn Easton, Jack Ely, Mike Mitchell, Dick Peterson, Barry Curtis, Don Gallucci, Bob Nordby, or even Norm Sundholm. It is based on a former governor of LOUISiana, but that’s probably the only […]