Jack Ely, the guitar player and lead singer for the Kingsmen who sang the classic rock and roll song “Louie, Louie, ” died April 27 . He was 71 years old.
In 1966, three years after he and his band mates recorded the iconic song, Ely was drafted into the U.S. Army. He served for two years, but following his Army service the band never had another hit. Ely said that his famed garbled singing of the words to the song was the result of having recently been fitted for braces and the rudimentary microphone the band used to try to simulate a live concert recording.