Edmonton Journal

Louie Louie singer dies


PORTLAND, ORE. — Jack Ely, the singer known for the rock ’n’ roll classic Louie Louie, has died.

Ely, who died April 28 at 71, had no idea his 1963 song would become such a hit. Nor did he know he was laying the groundwork for one of the first U.S. federal investigat­ions into dirty song lyrics, while creating a tune so memorable that everybody from the Beach Boys to Nirvana would later record it.

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