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“Louie Louie” Singer Jack Ely Dies At 71

This photo is of a group that Ely formed after leaving the group called the Kingsmen that he recorded “Louie Louie” with.

Lynn Easton, who played drums with the group that recorded the hit, had his parents get the Kingsmen name from another band in Portland who they heard was breaking up. After they recorded “Louie Louie,” but before it became a hit, Easton informed the band that he wanted to be the singer. So Ely quit on the spot.

As the song grew in popularity Ely asked back in to the band, but Easton would not let him in.

So Ely started his own group called Jack Ely & The Kingsmen which is pictured above.

This group didn’t last long as a legal struggle about the name quickly ensued.

The result of this was that Ely received $6000 in monetary compensation for singing on the hit version of “Louie Louie,” he could no longer use the Kingsmen name, and Lynn Easton was no longer allowed to lip sync along to Ely’s vocals at live performances.

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