Jack Ely to perform with the Courtmen in August

Last week, AP posted a story about Jack Ely, and the challenges of getting properly compensated for singing on the hit record with the Kingsmen.

I just found the official AP video on that story, so here it is…

For those of you keeping track…there’s another version of the song in this video.


The A.P. story on Jack Ely, Louie Louie, and money from music

My sister Ann, who shares a birthday with Jack Ely, was the first one to send me this story as shared by the Baltimore Sun:

Singers tell Congress: Money (That’s What I Want) By Ryan Nakashima | The Associated Press May 4, 2009 . Jack Ely, the singer whose 1963 version of “Louie Louie” still […]

Jack Ely & Courtmen in Las Vegas 2008 – LOUIE of the Month

I’ve written about this year’s reunion of Jack Ely & the Courtmen at the The Sand Dollar Blues Room in Las Vegas back in October. The Courtmen was the band that Jack assembled after a court order prohibited him from using the Kingsmen name. As you may or may not know, Jack was the original […]

The Kingsmen (without Jack Ely) – LOUIE of the Week

I’ve been giving Jack Ely a lot of attention to this blog lately, so I thought I’d give some attention to the band that parted ways with him.

The Kingsmen had the big hit with “LOUIE LOUIE” in 1963, but they never actually toured with the original singer. There was a big argument between Lynn […]

Vegas Report for Jack Ely & the Courtmen

I missed the big show in Las Vegas last week, but here’s a report of the latest reunion with Jack Ely & the Courtmen.

Here’s a few words from the man himself:

This was the quintessential “geezers night out.” Jack Ely and The Courtmen, revived after 42 years, was having a ball. It […]

Seven Days Til Vegas – Jack Ely & The Courtmen

Seven days from now, Jack Ely, the original vocalist of LOUIE LOUIE with the Kingsmen, will be performing a very special show in Las Vegas, Nevada with The Courtmen, the band he formed after he left the Kingsmen, and was prohibited to use the Kingsmen name. I asked Jack for details about this upcoming […]

Update on Jack Ely & Courtmen at Las Vegas

Here’s the official word on the Las Vegas show, direct from the source:

The cat is out of the bag.

The “Sand Dollar Blues Nightclub and Lounge,” Las Vegas, NV. will be the place of the Oct. 1, 2008 reunion gig by Jack Ely and The Courtmen. We Will play one set only, not […]

Jack Ely & The Courtmen to play special show in Las Vegas

I got an interesting announcement from Jack Ely, the original lead vocalist for the Kingsmen on the infamous LOUIE LOUIE recording:

Wednesday evening, October 1, 2008, JACK ELY and the original COURTMEN will be performing a set at a club in Las Vegas, and you can bet we’re gonna play Louie Louie. Live […]

Jack Ely of Kingsmen enters Hall of Fame (?)

I love my spies. Today, my pal Pamela Meyer, who runs Alchemy Jewelry of Brooklyn, sent me an article from the Chicago Tribune about the topic of mangled lyrics. Here’s a few excerpts that seemed LOUIE-worthy:

On the few occasions when I’ve checked, a song’s actual lyrics turn out to be less interesting that my […]

Rare photos of Jack Ely & Courtmen

Here’s a little test… See how many differences you see between the photo on the right and the photo on the left?

OK, here’s another set of images. How many differences did you see this time?

Both of these sets are near-identical photographs of Jack Ely & the Courtmen, the group created by […]