Personalities | Louis Jordan | Roots of Rock
(Bandleader, saxophonist, 1908–75)
During the big-band era saxophonist Jordan was burning up the R&B charts with his small group, The Tympany Five. Jordan’s music combined jazz and blues with salty, jive-talking humour. People called the sound ‘jump blues’ or ‘jumpin’ jive’, and from 1942 to 1951, Jordan scored 57 R&B chart hits. Jordan’s best-loved songs include ‘Choo Choo Ch’Boogie’, ‘Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens’ and ‘Saturday Night Fish Fry’. Bill Haley and Chuck Berry each cited Jordan as a major influence, while Joe Jackson cut a 1981 album of his music, suitably titled Jumpin’ Jive.
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