Tribute to Jack Ely

Sad to see that Jack Ely has died, singer with the Kingsmen, whose recording of “Louie Louie” in 1963 somehow better than almost anyone captured the inchoate rawness of adolescence. So much so that the FBI launched an investigation to discover whether the song contained hidden political or pornographic content.

Ely’s work was affectionately sent up a bit, by the great Todd Snider’s compassionate and humorous tribute here:

8 comments on “Tribute to Jack Ely

  1. sussexlabourleft on said:

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    May 2nd 2015 is the first anniversary of the massacre of anti-fascists at the House of Trade unions building in Odessa, Ukraine.
    This event needs to be marked by the trade union movement and wider left. Can Socialist Unity write a brief article? Some of us are busy with the General Election in Britain but let’s have an article to discuss events and take political stock of the situation, one year on.
    Sussexlabourleft.

  2. JOCK MCTROUSERS on said:

    Thanks for this fine appreciation of a now almost unknown visionary who gave us one of the high points of Western Culture. Could there have been a Bob Dylan or Beatles without Louie Louie? Even Frank Zappa covered it and he was like a SERIOUS musician!!! ” Louie, Louie, woa- oh – oh babe…” How did the rest of it go again?

  3. JOCK MCTROUSERS on said:

    Vanya,

    Wow! What do you think? Advance forensic sound isolation technology, or they got the sheet music from somewhere?

  4. Jellytot on said:

    So much so that the FBI launched an investigation to discover whether the song contained hidden political or pornographic content.

    Says a lot about the utter paranoia of the FBI under Hoover during the Cold War.