Here’s something you don’t see every day – a special performance by two former members of the Kingsmen that never toured together.
The Soul Benders were performing live in Bend, Oregon, and they had two special guests for their show – Jack Ely and Norm Sundholm of the Kingsmen.
Jack Ely was a founding member of the Kingsmen, playing with the band for over 3 years, singing LOUIE LOUIE for their record, and later quitting the band after a business dispute with co-founder Lynn Easton.
Norm Sundholm joined the Kingsmen after Jack and original bassist Bob Nordby left the band. When the band embarked on their first national tour, Norm was the bassist. During these big tours, Norm discovered that the amplifiers used by the band were inadequate, inspiring Norm to work with his brother Conrad Sundholm to develop some high-powered amplifiers, which led to the creation of the Sunn Musical Equipment Company. Eventually, Norm left the band, and devoted more time to his company, which provided amplifiers for the Who, Jimi Hendrix, Buffalo Springfield, Cream, and countless other bands during the 1960s.
Needless to say, Jack and Norm didn’t collaborate on any music as the Kingsmen, as their paths were very different.
Fast forward to the 21st Century, and the two former Kingsmen take the stage as very special guests for the Soul Benders.
If this isn’t worthy of a LOUIE of the Week award, I don’t know what is.