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... Read more →

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... Read more →

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... Read more →

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... Read more →

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... Read more →

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... Read more →
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