R.I.P. Jack Ely

Jack Ely was briefly a member of the 60s rock band The Kingsmen. His most well-known contribution was for the mostly incomprehensible lyrics to the classic “Louie, Louie” – a song pretty much on the required playlist of every party from that point on.

The authorities at the time were convinced that the song that no one could understand was actually filled with obscenities and launched an investigation. The FBI spent two years listening to the song, interviewing the band and songwriter, and produced an 119-page report that basically determined that the words to “Louie Louie” were in fact, “unintelligible at any speed.” (See this article for more details).

Before “Louie, Louie” became a hit, Jack Ely was forced out of the band. He formed the Courtmen, was drafted to fight in Vietnam, and sadly never managed to break back into the music business.

His legacy lives on, though, in this classic song.

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