The king made it big in the 40s with the release of several hit songs. “Saturday Night Fish Fry”, “Buzz Me”, “Blue Light Boogie” were just a few that stuck in the mind of his followers. The first actually is considered by many as the first true powerful contender for the title of the very first rock & roll record ever.
However towards the beginning of 1950s, his success began to fade. By 1951 he had got a big band assembled that even included the iconic Pee Wee Moore. Unfortunately, this was the era when big bands slowly started fading away. The king’s success too coincided with the demise of big bands. In fact, within just a single year, he downsized to a five format band but by the end of the 50s his records were not selling any more and he was finally forced to part ways Decca Records.
Aladdin Records saw this as an opportunity and they snagged Jordan up who made total of 21 recordings somewhere in the mid-50s. Of these 21, only nine were ever released and just 6 made it to the public. Then Jordan went over and released the three singles with X Records. It was also around this time that Jordan began to intensify his music so as to compete with the new fad called rock and roll.
Finally though in 1956, he released two LPs that brought his previous hits closer to the current rock and roll versions. While Jordan intended his LPs with Mercury Records to be his way back into the world of fame and name, it was never a proper commercial success. After his release from Mercury records in 1958, he went on to record sporadically with several other labels but never came close to his 1940s stature.