The Kingsmen

Louie Louie singer Jack Ely dies aged 71

Jack Ely, the lead singer of the Kingsmen who was best known for 1960s hit Louie Louie, has died aged 71.

His son, Sean Ely said the singer died at home in Redmond, Oregon after a long battle with an illness.

Ely’s incoherent singing on Louie Louie led the FBI to investigate the famous track on the grounds that it might be obscene.

Louie Louie – The Kingsmen

  • mizfolia

    Best Lyrics ever. 🙂 Rest in Peace.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    For those that pine for the days of a politically incorrect FBI, unhampered by sensitivity training and concerns about community cohesion, I present this example.
    Back then was still better than today, but it was still far from perfect.

    • Norman_In_New_York

      The FBI never touched the recorded monologues of Redd Foxx, which were unabashedly raunchy.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        No, but those recordings were never played over the public airwaves.
        Back in the day, the FCC would just yank your plug and that would be it.

  • dukestreet

    It sounded a lot worse than it was. The lyrics were really nothing but ihe made it sound great.

  • Justin St.Denis

    One of the original garage band hits!