Thursday 23 February 2017

'Louie Louie' singer Jack Ely dies

UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1970: Photo of Kingsmen Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1970: Photo of Kingsmen Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Louie Louie singer Jack Ely has died at the age of 71.

His son, Sean Ely, confirmed the death today, saying the Kingsmen singer died at his home in Redmond, Oregon, after a long illness.

Despite being one of the most famous songs of the 20th century, Ely's incoherent singing made the 1963 hit version of Louie Louie also one of the most misunderstood.

The FBI was so mystified by the hard-to-understand lyrics that it conducted an investigation into whether the song was obscene.

Ely had a falling out with the band shortly after the song was recorded. He later trained horses in Central Oregon.

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