Louis Jordan - Rock n Roll Music

Beware Louis JordanLOUIS JORDAN

Louis Jordan was born in Brinkley Arkansas - 60 miles from Memphis Tennessee - on the 8th July 1908.

At age 7 he began learning the clarinet taught by
his father a music teacher.

In 1929 he turned professional and on May 14th
went into Brunswick Studios to record Dog Bottom
& Jungle Mama under the guidance of Chick Webb.

He joined Chick's Orchestra in 1936 who were
popular with the dancers at The Savoy.

After Chicks death in 1938 Louis formed the 9 piece Elks Rendez-vous Band which was subsequently reduced to become the now legendary Tympany Five.

By 1941 he had begun recording for Decca and performed many successful arrangements written
by keyboard players Bill Doggett and Wild Bill Davis.

Louis Jordan on stageLouis Jordan Decca LP

For the next decade this was his time and he developed in to the showman supreme and the hits kept on coming - Caldonia, Choo Choo Ch' Boogie,
Let The Good Times Roll & many more.

Change of line up in 1951 saw him set up a big band, but this was not the way of the trend and in 1952 went in to temporary retirement no doubt also influenced by his suffering from arthritis.

Louis Jordan Preachin The Blues posterHe continued to record but only occasionally and played his last gig
in Sparks Nevada in February 1975.

Louis Jordan died from a heart attack
in Los Angeles California on the 4th February 1975.

It could be argued that Beware in 1946 with its clever rhyming jive was the first rap record. - over half a century before it became mainstream.

 

"The Chicks I Pick
are Slender and
Tender and Tall"

Louis Jordan

"The King of the Jukebox"

 

Discography below

Louis Jordan and the Tympany Five

LOIUS JORDAN DISCOGRAPHY Chart Positions
Release Date Song Title
US R&B "Race" Charts
US Charts
Additional Notes
1942 "I'm Gonna Leave You on the Outskirts of Town"
#3
 
1942 "What's the Use Of Getting Sober (When You Gonna Get Drunk Again)"
#1
 
1943 "The Chicks I Pick Are Slender and Tender and Tall"
#10
 
1943 "Five Guys Named Moe"
#3
 
1943 "That'll Just 'Bout Knock Me Out"
#8
 
1943 "Ration Blues"
#1
#11
First "crossover" hit
1944 "G.I. Jive"
#1
#1
Topped R&B chart for 6 weeks
1944 "Is You Is Or Is You Ain't (Ma Baby)"
#3
#2
 
1945 "Mop! Mop!"
#1
 
1945 "You Can't Get That No More"
#2
#11
 
1945 "Caldonia"
#1
#6
Topped R&B chart for 7 weeks; retitled "Caldonia Boogie" for national chart
1945 "Somebody Done Changed the Lock on My Door"
#3
 
1945 "My Baby Said Yes"
#14
Duet with Bing Crosby
1946 "Buzz Me"
#1
#9
Topped R&B chart for 9 weeks
1946 "Don't Worry 'Bout That Mule"
#1
 
1946 "Salt Pork, West Virginia"
#2
#2 for 6 weeks; blocked by Lionel Hampton
1946 "Reconversion Blues"
#2
 
1946 "Beware (Brother, Beware)"
#2
#20
 
1946 "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Cryin'"
#3
 
1946 "Stone Cold Dead in the Market (He Had It Coming)"
#1
#7
Duet with Ella Fitzgerald; topped R&B chart for 5 weeks
1946 "Petootie Pie"
#3
Duet with Ella Fitzgerald
1946 "Choo Choo Ch'Boogie"
#1
#7
Topped R&B chart for 18 weeks; tied with Joe Liggins' The Honeydripper for longest stay at #1
1946 "That Chick's Too Young to Fry"
#3
 
1946 "Ain't That Just Like a Woman (They'll Do It Every Time)"
#1
#17
 
1946 "Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens"
#1
#6
Topped R&B chart for 17 weeks, the second-longest stay at #1
1946 "Let the Good Times Roll"
#2
 
1947 "Texas and Pacific"
#1
#20
 
1947 "I Like 'Em Fat Like That"
#5
 
1947 "Open the Door, Richard!"
#2
#6
 
1947 "Jack, You're Dead"
#1
#21
Topped R&B chart for 7 wks
1947 "I Know What You're Puttin' Down"
#3
 
1947 "Boogie Woogie Blue Plate"
#1
#21
Topped R&B chart for 14 wks
1947 "Early in the Mornin'"
#3
 
1947 "Look Out"
#5
 
1948 "Barnyard Boogie"
#2
 
1948 "How Long Must I Wait for You"
#9
 
1948 "Reet, Petite and Gone"
#4
 
1948 "Run Joe"
#1
#23
 
1948 "All for the Love of Lil"
#13
 
1948 "Pinetop's Boogie Woogie"
#14
 
1948 "Don't Burn the Candle at Both Ends"
#4
 
1948 "We Can't Agree"
#14
 
1948 "Daddy-O"
#7
 
1948 "Pettin' and Pokin'"
#5
 
1949 "Roamin' Blues"
#10
 
1949 "You Broke Your Promise"
#3
 
1949 "Cole Slaw (Sorghum Switch)"
#7
 
1949 "Every Man to His Own Profession"
#10
 
1949 "Baby, It's Cold Outside"
#6
#9
Duet with Ella Fitzgerald
1949 "Beans and Corn Bread"
#1
 
1949 "Saturday Night Fish Fry (Pts. 1 & 2)"
#1
#21
Topped R&B chart for 12 weeks
1950 "School Days"
#5
 
1950 "Blue Light Boogie (Pts. 1 & 2)"
#1
Topped R&B chart for 7 wks
1950 "I'll Never Be Free"
#7
Duet with Ella Fitzgerald
1950 "Tamburitza Boogie"
#10
 
1951 "Lemonade"
#5
 
1951 "Tear Drops from My Eyes"
#4
 
1951 "Weak Minded Blues"
#5
 

 

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