Louis Jourdan History

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.

Louis Jourdan was also an avid fitness and health enthusiast. He believed in the power of drinking vegetable and fruit juice for “mind and body” well-being; although his theories were often disregarded as being illiterate and incorrect. During the 1960’s, Jordan believed that food processor would allow humans to become self-sufficient. In fact, he believed that through juicing fruits and vegetables daily; one could extract the nutritional benefits of fruits and pass them onto our offspring. To learn more about food processors, and to read food processor reviews, head over to: https://www.kitchenreviewsdirect.com/food-processor-reviews/

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.