Oregon Music Hall of Fame tribute to Jack Ely

On Saturday, October 10th, there will be the 9th Annual Oregon Music Hall of Fame (OMHOF) Induction & Concert will be held at the Aladdin Theater in Portland, Oregon.

At this event, there will be a big tribute to Jack Ely, the original vocalist for the Kingsmen, who passed away earlier this year. […]

RIP: Wally Todd, member of Jack Ely & the Courtmen

I lost my friend Wally last week. On May 14, Wally Todd, guitarist with Jack Ely & the Courtmen, died of a sudden heart attack less than three weeks after the passing of his old bandmate.

I met Wally back in 1999 when the Courtmen did a big reunion show in Seaside, Oregon in […]

Misidentifications of Jack Ely

With the passing of Jack Ely, former singer of the Kingsmen, a lot of folks shared a common video of the Kingsmen, featuring what they thought was Jack singing….

https://youtu.be/XL20vPIXs-A

What many of these people didn’t realize was that person lip synching was not Jack, but Lynn Easton.

Rolling Stone.com also initially misidentified Jack […]

More thoughts on Jack Ely … and a LOUIE of the Week

Yes, we’re still thinking about our friend Jack Ely…

This was a heavy hit at LOUIE Central, and some things just take longer to process..

My first posting on the passing of Jack Ely felt like the proverbial tip of the iceberg. There’s so many other things I could have posted on Jack, but […]

RIP: Jack Ely, original lead singer of the Kingsmen

Jack Ely, the original lead singer on the most popular version ever recorded of the song LOUIE LOUIE, died this week at his home in Oregon.

Jack was a member of the Kingsmen, but he left the band not long after recording the song, and never had the opportunity to rejoin the band after […]

Soul Benders with special guests Jack Ely & Norm Sundholm of Kingsmen – LOUIE of Week

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 […]

Happy Birthday Jack Ely (original Kingsmen singer) – LOUIE of the Week

Today – September 11 marks a birthday for Jack Ely, original lead singer for the Kingsmen, who created the iconic version of the song heard around the world.

Jack has certainly recorded more than just LOUIE LOUIE. In fact, Jack recently recorded an original composition for his upcoming album.

I’ll let Jack explain […]

Jack Ely in Nashville 2011- LOUIE of Week

Jack Ely, the original singer for the Kingsmen‘s LOUIE LOUIE, may be semi-retired from the music biz, but that doesn’t stop him from doing an occasional cameo every now and then.

On July 8th, Jack paid a visit to Nashville, and sat in on a writer’s round with Dawn-joy Thornton, Jeff Cohen, Matt McElravy, Steve […]

Jack Ely & the Courtmen – live at Ontario Oregon Armory 2009- LOUIE of the Week

This week’s LOUIE is by Jack Ely & the Courtmen – live at the Ontario Oregon Armory in 2009.

LOUIE die-hards will recognize Jack as the original vocalist for the Kingsmen when they recorded their big hit. Jack left the band after they recorded the song, and never had a chance to tour with […]

Follow-up on Jack Ely & Courtmen at Ontario Armory

Jack Ely sent out a message to his friends after his big show at the Ontario Armory. He gave me permission to recycle these words, so here’s his report:

As most of you know by now, last weekend my old band and I played a benefit gig for the tri-county food bank at the Ontario […]