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After School Swing Session

Born July 8, 1908, Brinkley, Arkansas;
died February 4, 1975, Los Angeles, California

The Father of the Rhythm & Blues came out of the blues world of Brinkley, Arkansas, to play in Chick Webb's swing band from 1932 to 1938; he played alto sax and participated in comedy routines.

He began recording for Decca in 1938 with his own Tympany Five, remaining on the label until 1953. He had his first million-seller in 1944 with "Is You Is Or Is You Ain't Ma Baby?" -- having previously attracted attention with "Knock Me A Kiss" and "I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town," the latter a classic Blues.

His second million-seller was "Caldonia (What Makes Your Big Head So Hard?)," followed in 1946 by two million-sellers, "Beware, Brother, Beware" and "Choo Choo Ch 'Boogie," the biggest seller of all.

In all these, he pursued a basic rhythm of Shuffle Boogie, later taken over by early Rock 'n' Roll. As he said, he "made the blues jump," and in so doing, influenced B. B. King, Chuck Berry, and Bill Haley.

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mr mug10/5/2005 12:49:58 PM why no mention of beans and cornbread?
rachel smith1/18/2006 1:07:24 PM i love music
rachel smith1/18/2006 1:07:27 PM i love music
chris h.1/24/2006 1:36:29 PM this friday is the anniversary of the birth of mozart; there's gotta be a similar hullabaloo regarding louis jordan; how about it?
tara2/15/2006 7:36:08 AM i love to listen to music ,music is my life all day every day
moon cat2/25/2006 6:26:20 PM This man has a voice that tempt the angles down from heaven
Jelly2/27/2006 7:16:20 AM Still aint nobody here but us CHICKENS!
kester3/5/2006 5:34:19 AM One of the greatest legends ever lived.Funny, great vocals and a mellow saxophone. Love the site
Tiyheen 3/26/2006 5:59:06 PM Wow, that's a great song list. My father, Bill Tennyson (1926-1959), co-wrote several songs for Louis Jordan. Any chance of me getting the lyrics? That would be for "Salt Pork, West Virginia", and "Hog Wash". Also, any pictures of Bill Tennyson at Birdland or in the studio or anyplace with Louis Jordan? Do you know of anyone who does? Thanks I love the posters. What a great website.
Lloyd Brown4/14/2006 9:33:43 PM Tiyheen, your dad (Bill Tennyson) and my uncle (Louis Jordan) were a great team. Can't do all of the words to Salt Pork West Virgina here, but heres a bit: "McNeal, McNeal don't steal my wheels cause I gotta go to Salt Pork West Verginia. Thats where my baby lives and I ain't going no further". I have almost every album Uncle Louis ever made. No CDs. Just vynals.
Sparky25/12/2006 4:34:41 PM Just visiting ... the reason being that Ramblin' Jack Elliott played 'Salt Pork West Virginia' as part of the famous Rolling Thunder Revue in 1975. (Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell et al) Just thought you'd be interested in why some of us come visiting.