Thursday, August 09, 2007

Louie Louie

Many of you may remember this next singer from his role as Madonna's boyfriend in the early 80s classic Borderline video (remember them up on the rooftop?):


Madonna and Louie Louie in the 'Borderline' video.

Louie Louie had a brief run on the pop charts in the early 90s. From what little info I've been able to find he released a single in 1987 entitled The Girl Who Seduced The World produced by none other than Jon St. James (Stacey Q, Anything Box).


1987 Synthicide Records

In 1990 Louie Louie released his debut single Sittin' In The Lap Of Luxury on WTG Records (whose parent label was CBS Records). The song peaked at # 19 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #17 on the Billboard Dance charts and featured Dizzie Gillespie on the trumpet.



His debut album followed shortly entitled The State I'm In peaked at #136 on the Billboard 200 album chart. Two more singles were culled from this release but failed to set the charts on fire: I Wanna Get Back and Rodeo Clown.


Louie Louie's debut album THE STATE I'M IN

In 1993 he returned w/ a new album and a new label (Reprise). The album Let's Get Started came and went without much fanfare. Though it must be noted he worked w/ both Prince and George Michael on several tracks.



Louie's 2nd effort LET'S GET STARTED


Two singles were released, Thought Of It and Walk With Me. Though neither did much chartwise.






At some point during the mid 90s (1996) to be exact, Louie Louie resurfaced recording under this real name Louie Cordero and released an album with Interscope featuring songs in both English and Spanish reflecting on Louie's Puerto Rican heritage. The album featured the singles Ain't No Other Woman (which was released in both English and Spanish) and Don't Say You Love Me. Needless to say the album came and went. One would think that after all these years Mr. Cordero has faded into obscurity. Well we thought wrong. He is a live and well!!

Turns out he is performing in Vegas!

Here are some highlights from his current bio:

The party started a little more than 3 1/2 years ago when Louie Louie first came with his band to Las Vegas as the House Band for Sunset Station. In time, the Las Vegas Hilton gave Louie Louie both his own showroom and the freedom to play with his act.

In 1998, Nevada Governor Bob Miller declared July "Louie Louie Month" to honor the performing artist for "bringing Las Vegas back to its roots – back to the days when the best performers were in the lounges of Las Vegas’ legendary hotels." On August 21, 2002 Louie was awarded the Key to the city by Mayor Oscar Goodman.



For more info please visit the following website. Don't you love it when your fave acts of yesteryear are still out there doing their thing? 'Til next time...

16 comments:

Vanity said...

OH MY GOD! FANTASTIC profile! Beyond the call of duty! I just bought both his albums on CD recently. Love it! ;)

beaux said...

my name is beaux enriquez, and i used to know this incredible singer, i guess yeah, you could say we had a friendship, he put my name on the album credits of special thank yous on the 2nd album, and well, it was an exciting time for me, but i know also the fan thing got crazy.....and watching someone go from his humble beginnings to stardom is kinda tricky and well if your mind is not in the right place for this kind of wonderful experience one can get hurt feelings...but, not because of him but high expectations...he's an amazing friend and talent....i'd love to get a hold of his music again...i miss him and his music.

DELORES said...

HELLO WORLD.... MY NAME IS MS. DELORES M. JOHNSON BKA.... MS. JASS'Z'D I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT LOUIE LOUIE IS A GREAT AND VERY TALENTED PERSON I HAD A CHANCE TO MEET HIM @ SANTA FE STATION IN 2003 FEB FROM THE VERY FIRST TIME I LAYED EYES ON HIM AND HIS BAND I FELL HEAD OVER HEELS IN LOVE WITH LOUIE LOUIE NOT ONLY THAT HE DOES A WONDERFUL, HIGH ENERGY PERFORMANCE HE 'S VERY GOOD AT WHAT HE DO AND I WILL ALWAYS LOVE HIM NO MATTER WHAT.... MUCH LOVE TO YOU LOUIE .... MAD LOVE BABY... PEACE... LOVE... HAPPINESS... AND MUCH JOY...HE'S MY KING OF ENTERTAINMENT.....

Dawn said...

What can I say about " Uncle Louie "? He is fantastic! When I first heard of Louie Louie, I thought of the 50's band. My 8 year old daughter at the time convinced me to go watch Louie Louie perform at Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas. From that day on, both of us became huge fans. My daughter calls Louie " Uncle Louie ", which became his title. We miss seeing him perform live down at Fremont Street, and hopefully someday we will have the pleasure of seeing him again. We love you Uncle Louie!
From you know who...

Anonymous said...

I had the chance to see him, Live in concert once. At that time, I had never heard of him. Let me tell you, he gave one hell of a show. I was so impressed, I went out and bought his album. And that's a big deal coming from me, for I am a singer myself. I am glad to hear, he's still out there doing his thing. I 'll have to make a plan to see his show, next time I'm in Vegas. And I will go see him. I have no doubt it will be a good show.

Finevelvet

Tessie said...

I LOVED 'lap of luxury', his singing & dance moves were wicked. I think I pimped that cassette to all my friends (most of whom had never heard of him before that) glad to hear he's doing well. I'd love to see him, too bad I live in canada! I wish he had an official website that I could catch up on what that smexy guy has been up to & when (if ever) he may be travelling my way with his band! =]
~Tessie

Anonymous said...

I played guitar for Louie Louie during his "Let's Get Started" days. Man, we had high hopes... but I knew it would never go anywhere. Louie thought he knew the "music business". He lost his opportunity after his first album when he cussed out Sony (CBS) Music president (at the time), Tommy Mottola during contract negotiations. That pretty much got him "blackballed" from the music industry. Tommy Mottola is and was a powerful man... too bad. I packed my bags and got onto another tour.

Jill said...

I remember Louie and his brother when we were "tweens" handing out at Circle City in OC. He was always someone that we knew would be famous some day. I was so glad to see him in the Madona video and in the "We Are The World" (nice hair!)video. He was a good friend and I wish he would have gained the superstardom he deserved. I saw his show in Vegas and was blown away. Anyone know where he is playing these days?

Doug said...

Yea..I do miss LL in Vegas. He's the only one to BLOW you away. He's been in Atlantic City for the past few years and will be performing a NYE Party to end this year in AC at the Trump Plaza

Anonymous said...

Old school 80's memories! Anyone remember
"BOBBY & LOUIE"? Dejavu Costa Mesa. How about "MARI & LOUIE"?
WOW the good old days. And Sammy his percussionist was a dancer for a group I was involved with. I do believe I introduced Sammy to Louie!!!

marsha said...

I do remember Mari& Louie..and Sammy too!The 80's were fun times!I used to know Louie and made some of his stage clothes back in the day.Very nice to hear that he is still going strong!I still have pictures of him from way back when. He always had that star quality.Can't wait to go to Vegas and say Hello! Best of luck always..

eva said...

I know him and Mari all to well...lol and his brothers, we were good friends for a long time going to El Paso Cantina, De Ja Vu, hanging in the studio he made in the back of the house in Santa Ana..He was my Puerto Rican brother and I will always have nothing but fond memories of hanging out and dancing together.My son Adrian is now living in Las Vegas training with Roger Mayweather and hopefully you will be seeing him plastered all over the billboards! God bless... your long lost sis,
Eva Roan Christmas

Anonymous said...

I would be at his shows in Vegas every weekend. His whole show & band were awesome! What a great entertainer he is Las Vegas entertainment has not been the same without Louie Louie.

Anonymous said...

Trip. Last time I saw him was at the line waiting to get in to the first Arsenio Hall Prince show in '91 I think? He looked all Princely, long hair and leather bellbottoms, he was workin' it, kind of over the top a bit I thought, but ambitious. Then gone.

Only interest is that Prince gave him a great song for Get Started "Bet Blue" which of course, Prince's version is more compelling and moody, whereas LL takes it to a more mediocre but decent level.

Paul Chairez said...

Wow takes you back Santa Ana dayz!!!! Louie made the city little more special !!!!

Anonymous said...

Anyone know how i can reconnect with Louie? If so, hit me up @ TatianaYvonne on twitter. And facebook, Tatiana Yvonne Thumbtzen. Id love to say hello! I starred in one of his vídeos. Always felt, gis talent was underated.

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