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Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five

No artist was more seminal to the development of R&B and ultimately rock and roll than jumpin', jivin' alto saxist Louis Jordan and his relentlessly swinging Tympany Five. The most popular R&B act of their era with an unbroken string of hits for Decca spanning 1942-1951, Jordan and his compact crew managed to cross over to the pop hit parade in unprecedented fashion. A naturally gifted comic, he starred in several low budget musical films for black audiences and proved a major influence on Bill Haley & His Comets, who were produced by Jordan's former Decca A&R man, Milt Gabler.

Born in Brinkley, Arkansas, on July 8, 1908, Louis came by his musical talents naturally: his father was a bandleader. The younger Jordan was skilled enough on his horn to find work in New York during the early '30s, recording behind Louis Armstrong and Clarence Williams before joining drummer Chick Webb's orchestra in 1936 (he was showcased on Webb's Rusty Hinge). Louis left Chick's employ in 1938, ready to lead the first incarnation of his Tympany Five (he was playing clarinet as well as alto sax in those days).

The hits began to come in late '42 with I'm Gonna Leave You On The Outskirts Of Town and didn't let up for a full decade. Jordan rallied the troops with his Ration Blues and G.I. Jive and kept jitterbugs hopping back home with Caldonia and Choo Choo Ch'Boogie. Like nine of his Decca 78s before it, Ain't That Just Like A Woman paced the race music charts. Written by Claude De Metruis (alleged co-author Fleecie Moore was Jordan's wife; he'd soon divorce her after she attacked him with a knife, losing a lot of compositional royalties he'd assigned to her in the process) and cut January 23, 1946 in New York, the humorous romp saw Louis' band expand to six with the addition of guitarist Carl Hogan.

Pianist Wild Bill Davis keeps the track driving, but it's Hogan's fluid boogie underpinning that gets the witty number rocking. Chuck Berry has long cited Hogan as a main influence and cut his own version of the song nearly two decades later; Fats Domino and Lloyd Price made convincing renditions as well. Sadly, like many of his peers, Jordan got left behind during the rock and roll revolution he helped spark. He was still performing until shortly before his February 4, 1975 death.

 

Bill Dahl
Chicago, Illinois

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Someone Done Hoodooed The Hoodoo Man (CD)
Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five: Someone Done Hoodooed The Hoodoo Man (CD) Art-Nr.: CDRBD619

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(Mr. R&B) 16 tracks, rare Swedish CD, original Decca recordings, 1938-42, 8-page booklet with the story and session details.
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G.I. Jive (CD)
Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five: G.I. Jive (CD) Art-Nr.: CDRBD602

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(Mr. R&B) 16 tracks Rare Swedish CD, Jumpin' G.I. Jive, 1940-47, 8-page booklet with informative liner notes and session details. The beauiful part in the World War II scenario - The soundtrack to Europe's Liberation from Nazi Terror!
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G.I. Jive (1940-47)
Louis Jordan: G.I. Jive (1940-47) Art-Nr.: JB602

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Cole Slaw (1947-52)
Louis Jordan: Cole Slaw (1947-52) Art-Nr.: JB605

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Someone Done Hoodooed The Hoodoo Man (1938-42
Louis Jordan: Someone Done Hoodooed The Hoodoo Man (1938-42 Art-Nr.: JB619

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Somebody Up There Digs Me (LP, 10inch, Ltd.)
Louis Jordan: Somebody Up There Digs Me (LP, 10inch, Ltd.) Art-Nr.: BAF11005

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BEAR FAMILY Vinyl Club Exclusive - limited collector's edition, order now from Bear Family's Shop and Mailorder 10inch LP (limited edition - yellow vinyl) 12 Tracks. Unique 10inch in our 11000 collectors series Reissues of the very rare...
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Collector Card #203 - Jumpin' And Jivin' Louis Jordan
Louis Jordan: Collector Card #203 - Jumpin' And Jivin' Louis... Art-Nr.: BFCC203

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Collector Card - Sheet Metal 19.5x14.5 cm, 90 gram with drillholes perfect for your wall Bear Family collector's cards are tin signs in postcard or single envelope format with cultural nostalgia motifs from the good old days. These cards...
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Let The Good Times Roll(1938-1954) (9-CD Deluxe Box Set)
Louis Jordan: Let The Good Times Roll(1938-1954) (9-CD Deluxe... Art-Nr.: BCD15557

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9-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 47-page book, 215 tracks. Playing time approx. 623 mns. Look out! as the man himself said, 'This is it!' Throw away those old bootlegs, sell the other albums and pick up these nine little boogie woogie blue...
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Five Guys Named Moe Vol.2 (CD)
Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five: Five Guys Named Moe Vol.2 (CD) Art-Nr.: CDMCA10503

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(1992/MCA) 18 tracks 1946-52 with 16 page booklet - out of print collector's item
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Five Guys Named Moe - Louis Jordan's Golden Greats (LP)
Louis Jordan: Five Guys Named Moe - Louis Jordan's Golden... Art-Nr.: LPMCL1718

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(MCA GB) 16 tracks Decca masters For most people, the music of Louis Jordan is going to be something of a discovery, even though he is credited as the man who 'made the blues jump'. The astonishing thing about his material is that it...
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Rock 'N Roll Call (CD)
Louis Jordan: Rock 'N Roll Call (CD) Art-Nr.: CDBMG07863

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(1993/BMG) 12 tracks, Cut-Out
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Reet Petite And Gone - 22 Original Classics (CD)
Louis Jordan: Reet Petite And Gone - 22 Original Classics (CD) Art-Nr.: CDIGO2092

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(1999/Indigo) 22 tracks
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The Greatest Hits - No Moe (CD)
Louis Jordan: The Greatest Hits - No Moe (CD) Art-Nr.: CDVER512523

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(1992/Verve) 16 tracks
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Classics 1941-1943 (CD)
Louis Jordan: Classics 1941-1943 (CD) Art-Nr.: CDCL741

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(1994/Classics) 24 tracks - Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five
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Swingsation (CD)
Louis Jordan: Swingsation (CD) Art-Nr.: CDGRD9951

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(1999/GRP) 16 tracks - Mercury recordings!
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Five Guys Named Moe (CD)
Louis Jordan: Five Guys Named Moe (CD) Art-Nr.: CD185326

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Great Rhythm & Blues
Louis Jordan: Great Rhythm & Blues Art-Nr.: LPBDL1000

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(1973/Bulldog) 10 tracks - Louis Jordan's last recordings featuring Johnny Otis and Shuggie Otis!
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Jumpin' And Jivin' At Jubilee
Louis Jordan: Jumpin' And Jivin' At Jubilee Art-Nr.: CDCCM10352

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(2002/CCM) 10 tracks (36:10) AFRS Jubilee transcriptions from Los Angeles 1943 & 1944 - good sound quality.
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Five Guys Named Moe (CD)
Louis Jordan: Five Guys Named Moe (CD) Art-Nr.: CD904821

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Five Guys Named Moe (CD)
Louis Jordan: Five Guys Named Moe (CD) Art-Nr.: CD194229

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(Charly Records) 20 tracks
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Saturday Night Fish Fry (7inch, 45rpm)
Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five: Saturday Night Fish Fry (7inch, 45rpm) Art-Nr.: 45MCA60131

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(MCA) 2-Track Single - Decca 1949 (1980 US pressing) - 45 rpm, large inner hole perfect for the juke box! Company Sleeve!
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Let the Good Times Roll (CD)
Louis Jordan: Let the Good Times Roll (CD) Art-Nr.: CD425127

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(Coolnote) 20 tracks
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Louis Jordan And His Tympany Five - Quest Stars Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong (CD)
Louis Jordan And His Tympany Five: Louis Jordan And His Tympany Five - Quest Stars... Art-Nr.: CD003525

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(Sarabandas) 22 tracks
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Jordan's Jazz (CD)
Louis Jordan: Jordan's Jazz (CD) Art-Nr.: CD107078

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The King Of The Jukebox (2-CD)
Louis Jordan: The King Of The Jukebox (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CD091169

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(The Primo Collection) 40 tracks
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