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 […]
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 […]
In 1964, two teenagers from a small town in Indiana got upset with the obscene lyrics that they thought heard in a new rock ‘n roll song on the radio, and decided they wanted to do something about it. They both wrote a letter to the governor.
Will Higgins, an investigative reporter with the […]
It’s time for yet another comic strip that features LOUIE LOUIE!
This one is from the November 30, 2016 edition of Free Range by Bill Whitehead.
Believe it not, the situation described in this comic strip actually happened! Someone DID try to ban the instrumental version of this song by a marching band […]
Dick Dodd, vocalist and drummer for The Standells for their 1966 hit recording “Dirty Water,” has died at the age of 68 years old. He had been admitted to a hospital in Orange Country for stage 4 cancer, where he passed away.
Jonny Whiteside provided an excellent biographical overview of Dick Dodd at LA […]
The FBI investigation of LOUIE LOUIE has received a lot of extra attention this week with the recent Smithsonian article on the subject, as summarized by Daily Caller:
What you may not know is that person responsible for setting off the investigation — which, amazingly, lasted two long years — appears to have been […]
Matthew Callan uncovers the Secret Record Reviews of J. Edgar Hoover, and it’s quite an eye-opener….
The FBI’s now infamous probe of “Louie Louie,” the ubiquitous garage rock hit of the early 1960s, was not only one of the weirder chapters in the history of the bureau, but it also had a profound, life-changing […]
I’m glad to see an article on TopTenz.net on “Top 10 Controversial Pieces of Music.”
I’m partial to #6, but nothing new there…
Click here to see what I’m talking about..
Thanks to Clay for spotting this one!
OK, I lied. There will be a LOUIE of the Week. Someone just sent me a clip of Todd Snider doing his song “The Ballad of the Kingsmen.” This is a funny little song, and there’s snippets of LOUIE LOUIE in this one…
I think I’ll try to make Tuesday the semi-official day of […]
I think I did pretty good this year.
Four years ago, I ran into some problems when I shared some of my political beliefs on this website, which probably wasn’t the best idea of mine, as I try to focus on a more universal appeal with this project. I’ve got friends on all […]