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April 28, 2015

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Hey Stumptown, the picture of Jack with the band up at the top of this page is not a picture of Jack with the Kingsmen it's a picture of Jack with The Courtmen. Can't remember who ended up in that band but I was one of the first to jam with Jack while he was recruiting players.

It's an interesting story of how Lynn Easton stole The Kingsmen.

Easton's mother had registered the Kingsmen name under her son's name only. Lynn Easton had been the band's drummer but decided he wanted to be the frontman and attempted to relegate Ely to the back of the band as the drummer. Ely quit and "Louie, Louie" went on to become a national hit with Easton lip-synching on shows such as Shindig and Hullabaloo.

The flip-side was an instrumental called "Haunted Castle" which was co-written by Ely and organist Don Gallucci (Don & the Goodtimes.) It somehow was credited to Easton on both the Jerden and Wand pressings of the record.

Interesting story indeed and well documented in the book Sonic Boom. Sadly Jack never received the gold record that was promised him in the suit he brought and partially won against his former band and by extension Lynn. Gary Abbott the who played drums on the Kingsmen's first LP also died last month

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