Louis Jordan, bandleader, saxophonist
birth name: Louis Thomas Jordan

Louis Jordan

July 8, 1908, Brinkley, AR ~ February 4, 1975, Los Angeles, CA

Jordan was one of the most successful African-American musicians of the 20th century, ranking fifth in the list of the all-time most successful black recording artists according to Billboard magazine's chart methodology. Though comprehensive sales figures are not available, he scored at least four million-selling hits during his career. Jordan regularly topped the R&B “race” charts, and was one of the first black recording artists to achieve a significant crossover in popularity into the mainstream (predominantly white) American audience, scoring simultaneous Top Ten hits on the white pop charts on several occasions. After Duke Ellington and Count Basie, Louis Jordan was probably the most popular and successful African-American bandleader of his day. ~ Wikipedia: Louis Jordan ~ retrieved February 3, 2014 © Wikipedia

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July 8, 1995 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (3) The Notorious B.I.G., One More Chance/Stay With Me ~ #2 (2) Monica, Don't Take It Personal (Just One Of Dem Days) ~ #1 (7) TLC, Waterfalls


From 1942 to 1951, Jordan scored an astonishing 57 R&B chart hits (all on Decca), beginning with the humorous blues I'm Gonna Leave You on the Outskirts of Town and finishing with Weak Minded Blues. In between, he drew up what amounted to an easily followed blueprint for the development of R&B (and for that matter, rock & roll - the accessibly swinging shuffles of Bill Haley & the Comets were directly descended from Jordan; Haley often pointed to his Decca labelmate as profoundly influencing his approach). ~ Allmusic: Louis Jordan ~ retrieved February 1, 2014 © Allmusic

Louis Jordan ~ Inducted in the 1987 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame ~ In fact, it has been plausibly argued that Saturday Night Fish Fry, is worthy of consideration as the first rock and roll record, containing many of the genre’s key ingredients: a distorted electric guitar, an early use of the word rocking, party-themed lyrics, and danceable, uptempo music. Similarly, with their breathless, manic spoken delivery, both Look Out and Saturday Night Fish Fry - released in 1947 and 1949, respectively - can be seen as early examples of what would come to be known as rap. ~ 1987 © Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

In 1995 two songs by Louis Jordan & his Tympani Five made it to the 500 Songs That Shaped Rock & Roll ~ Caldonia ~ Saturday Night Fish Fry

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