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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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 1998 Big Band And Jazz 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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