Jack Ely, who incoherently sang ‘Louie Louie’, dead at age 71
Jack Ely, lead singer of the Kingsmen who popularized the song ‘Louie Louie’, has died.
Ely was just 19 years old back in 1963 when he walked into a Portland, Oregon studio and sang vocals on a cover of the then little-known song by Richard Berry.
That tune would later become one of the most influential songs in rock ‘n’ roll, a party anthem that would be featured in frat-house movies like “Animal House”.
At one time, the FBI even became involved with the song. Sure that what Ely was (incoherently) singing was obscene, law officials investigated but found that the song was “unintelligible at any speed”.
Ely’s son Sean said the musician died at home in Redmond, Oregon, after a long battle with an illness.
“Because of his religious beliefs, we’re not even sure what (the illness) was,” he said.
Jack Ely was 71.