'Louie Louie' Singer Jack Ely Dead At 71

(Radio.com) Jack Ely, former singer of the Kingsmen, died on late Monday evening the age of 71. Ely's son, Sean, confirmed the death Tuesday (April 28). The Kingsmen singer died at his home in Redmond, Oregon, after a long battle with an undisclosed illness.

The Kingsmen are best known as the performers of jukebox classic "Louie Louie," one of the most covered and beloved rock and roll songs ever recorded.

Ely sung on the recorded version in 1963, which was itself of a cover of the song originally written by Richard Berry in 1955. The Kingsmen version cost 50 dollars to record and resulted in a smash for the Portland, Oregon group. Read more here.

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