Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Obituaries

One-time child actress Suzanne Crough, 52, was found dead in her Laughlin, Nevada, home.

She is best remembered as the youngest cast member of the 1970s sitcom The Partridge Family.
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Singer Jack Ely, 71, died after a long illness.

The name may not be familiar, but the band for which he sang, The Kingsmen, and their 1963 smash hit, "Louie, Louie," are legendary.

The song was the definitive garage rock classic:

Jack Ely was original member of the Kingsmen, a band formed in 1959 that mostly performed cover versions of songs. Four years later, the group recorded "Louie Louie" at a studio in its home city of Portland. According to lore, it cost $36.

The song was written in the mid-1950s by Richard Berry, a Los Angeles musician with roots in doo-wop music. As he recorded it in 1957, the tune had a calypso feel and described a patron telling the barkeep he had to go, to get back to his girl waiting across the sea in Jamaica.

"Louie Louie" has been covered hundreds of times, a three-chord, garage-band classic anybody could play soon after picking up an electric guitar.

Lots of people misinterpreted the rather mundate lyrics. Hell, even music writer Dave Marsh got into the act writing an entire book about the song.
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