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Jack Ely

American guitarist and singer

Jack Ely (September 11, 1943 – April 27, 2015) was an American guitarist and singer. He was best known for singing the Kingsmen's version of "Louie Louie". Ely was born in Portland, Oregon.

Ely died at his Oregon farm residence on April 27, 2015 age 71,[1] having long suffered from an unknown illness. "Because of his religious beliefs, we’re not even sure what it [the illness] was," his son Sean Ely said.[2]


  1. "'Louie Louie' singer Jack Ely of The Kingsmen dies". KOIN 6 News. April 28, 2015. Retrieved April 28, 2015.
  2. "Louie Louie' Singer Jack Ely Dies at 71". Time. Associated Press. April 28, 2015. Retrieved April 28, 2015.