The death of Jack Ely, the Louie Louie performer

The death of Jack Ely, the Louie Louie performer

After a long battle with illness, the lead Kingsmen’s singer, who was widely-known for the Louie Louie hit in the 1960-s, has died at the age of 71.

After a long battle with illness, the lead Kingsmen’s singer, who was widely-known for the Louie Louie hit in the 1960-s, has died at the age of 71.

Due to his religious beliefs, the singer’s family wasn’t even sure what kind of the illness had Jack. Sean Ely, his son, said that the musician died at home in Redmond, Oregon.

The famous Louie Louie track was investigated by FBI, since they had suggested that because of its incoherent singing it might be obscene, but after a number of operations with the track, the law representatives concluded in a report that Louie Louie song was fully unintelligible at any speed.

The famous song was written by Richard Berry in 1955, who had originally recorded it two years later. Ely, whose rendition was the main cause why this song gained such popularity, had felt out from the band soon after recording and started training horses in Oregon.

Sean Ely narrated that his father with his band were going just to record Louie as instrumental, but in the last moment Jack decided that he would sing it and succeeded. This song tells the story of a man, who is going to sail to Jamaica for returning to a girl he loves.

The organisations such as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Grammy Hall of Fame recognized Louie Louie for its influence on the rock and roll history.

The Kingsmen appeared in 1959 and also had a number of hits, for example Money and The Jolly Green Giant. Four years later the group recorded Louie Louie.

The Jack’s son said that his father had tried on different occasions to perform and create something new, different and fresh in the music industry. Also Sean was confident that after his father had done with all deals, he was pretty happy that he did Louie Louie.

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