BluLou was created in 1979 when I was working as a doorman at a Blues bar in Chicago. A combination of “Blue Lou” Marini (saxophonist in the SNL/Blues Brothers Band. The group frequented the bar while they were filming “The Blues Brothers” movie) and the great 30’s singer Blue Lu Barker (11/13/1913 – 05/07/1998).
The name became an easy alternate identity, both in the bar, where she was much cooler than the broke college student I really was, and during my stint in the 90s as a blues DJ at public radio station WEFT in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois.
It was at U of I Champaign that I was introduced to the wonders of the World Wide Web.
I registered blulou.com in February of 1998.