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Jack Ely

Born: Sep 11, 1943

Death: Apr 28, 2015

Birthplace: Portland

Profession: Musician

Nationality: United States

Jack Ely

Date of Birth : Sep 11, 1943
Date of Death : Apr 28, 2015
Birth Place : Portland

Jack Brown Ely was an American guitarist and singer, best known for singing the Kingsmen's version of "Louie Louie". Classically trained in piano, he began playing guitar after seeing Elvis Presley on television. In 1959, he co-founded the Kingsmen and with them recorded "Louie Louie" in 1963; Ely's famously incoherent vocals were partly the result of his braces and the rudimentary recording method. Before the record became a hit Ely was forced out of the group and began playing with his new band, the Courtmen. Ely died in Terrebonne, Oregon, on April 28, 2015 at age 71.


  • Musician
  • Singer
  • Guitarist
  • Horse trainer

Also known as

  • J. Ely of the Kingsmen
  • Jack Ely (The Kingsmen)
  • Ely, Jack
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