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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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Louis Jordan: Somebody Up There Digs Me (10inch LP)
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 - no terms and conditions for dealers! 10inch LP (limited edition - yellow vinyl) 12 Tracks. Unique 10inch in our 11000 collectors series...

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Louis Jordan: Five Guys Named Moe - Golden Greats
Art-Nr.: MCL1718
 

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(1991/MCA GB) 16 tracks Decca masters

$16.52 *

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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Louis Jordan: And Ella Fitzgerald
Art-Nr.: BF15557
 

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LP on BEAR FAMILY RECORDS by Louis Jordan - And Ella Fitzgerald

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

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(1986/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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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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Louis Jordan: Swingsation (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDGRD9951
 

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(1999/GRP) 16 tracks - Mercury recordings!

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Louis Jordan: Rock'n'Roll With Louis Jordan (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDKR003
 

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(1995/Rhythm Records) 24 Tracks - Original Mercury recordings! Rare Portuguese CD!

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

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-Cole Saw (1947-52) Jukebox Lil

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Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five: G.I. Jive
Art-Nr.: CDRBD602
 

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(1987/Mr.R&B) 16 tracks, rare Swedish CD, Jumpin' G.I. Jive, 1940-47, 8-page booklet with informative liner notes and session details.

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

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-Somebody Done Hoodooed (1938-42) Jukebox Lil

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Louis Jordan: The Aladdin 'X' & Vik Recordings (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD0610006
 

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- (1953-55) (75:49/28) (2006/REV-OLA) 28 tracks. Aladin/Vik/X with 8 page booklet.

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Louis Jordan: G.I. Jive (1940-47)
Art-Nr.: JB602
 

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-G.I.Jive (1940-47) Jukebox Lil

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JORDAN, Louis: And His Tympany Five (5-CD Cube Box)
Art-Nr.: CDJSP905
 

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(1938-50) (380:39/131) Fünf CDs im Schuber mit Linernotes und ausführlichen diskografischen Angaben / five CDs ina cube carton box. Along with liner notes and discographical details this is a nice set at a reasonable price.

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Louis Jordan: The Man Who Invented Rock
Art-Nr.: CD3930405
 

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(2004/MAGIC) 24 tracks 1943-53 (24-bit remastered) Digipack Rock 'N' Roll Jubilee by Jacques Barsamian & Martial Matinay; 50 Anniversary Original versions restored & remastered include booklet with french & english sleeves notes.

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Louis Jordan: On Film 1942-48
Art-Nr.: CDKK17
 

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CD on INTERSTATE RECORDS by Louis Jordan - On Film 1942-48

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Louis Jordan: Just Say Moe! The Best Of (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDR271144
 

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CD on RHINO RECORDS by Louis Jordan - Just Say Moe! The Best Of (CD)

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Louis Jordan: Let The Good Times Roll(1938-1954) (9-CD)
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 plates. This is everything...

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Louis Jordan: The Best Of Louis Jordan (CD-Longbox)
Art-Nr.: CDMCAD4079
 

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(1992/MCA) 20 Tracks (63:26), originally issued between 1941-1954 - Reissue of the 1975 Best Of 2-LP album set! 

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Louis Jordan: The Later Years (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJSP4207
 

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(1953-57) (152:27/56)

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Louis Jordan: Somebody Up There Digs Me
Art-Nr.: LPPNY4509
 

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(2015/Penny) 12 tracks, 140g vinyl plus CD.

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