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in praise of Louis Jordan (1908-1975)

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Subject: in praise of Louis Jordan
From: keberoxu
Date: 02 Jan 17 - 05:26 PM

I never know whether or not these clicky links are going to work:

video of "Caldonia"


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Subject: RE: in praise of Louis Jordan
From: keberoxu
Date: 02 Jan 17 - 05:43 PM

...and this is a Johnny Mercer tune, I think, but still my favorite interpretation.

G I Jive OUCH -- that one doesn't work, sorry.

Louis Jordan really deserves a Mudcat thread, where if not here?
His was popular music, by whatever category or name you put to it. When I first heard his novelty hits, it was instant recognition for me: not of those hits, as they were before my day, but recognition of the commercial advertisements on the network television shows of my childhood: so, that's where that upbeat funny music comes from!

How did Louis Jordan charm his way into YOUR history?


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Subject: RE: in praise of Louis Jordan
From: Stanron
Date: 02 Jan 17 - 05:49 PM

Louis Jordan's music is one of the roots of rock and roll. It is superb music with oodles of good time feeling and humour.


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Subject: RE: in praise of Louis Jordan
From: keberoxu
Date: 02 Jan 17 - 05:58 PM

An AMEN from me!

Louis Jordan had no shame in helping himself to what was around on the ground, so to speak. I recently discovered the music in the next link, and said, A-HA: so that's where "Push Ka Pe She Pie" comes from.

1938: Phil Madison's "Sly Mongoose"

Louis Jordan and the Tympany Five


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Subject: RE: in praise of Louis Jordan
From: GUEST,Larry the Radio Guy
Date: 02 Jan 17 - 08:25 PM

I remember my parents had a 78rpm of Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby.   I think it was the one with G.I. Jive as the B-side, but I can't remember that one.   It was Is You Is or Is You Ain't that I'd always play.


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Subject: RE: in praise of Louis Jordan
From: keberoxu
Date: 02 Jan 17 - 08:44 PM

Dear Larry the Radio Guy,
in that case, the version in THIS YouTube file will be different from the one you grew up with, it is safe to suppose. Your 78 is probably the recording with the Tympany Five. This recording is not:
"Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby" was re-recorded here with Louis Jordan and some of his musicians, and the arrangement was by a youngster named....Quincy Jones.

1956 Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby


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Subject: RE: in praise of Louis Jordan
From: punkfolkrocker
Date: 02 Jan 17 - 11:02 PM

this is a welcome memory jogger...

In the early 80s when I was in my early 20s and active in electro new wave post punk agit pop music bands..
I somehow became obsessed with Louis Jordan and other proto rock n roll jump blues artists...

I'd inflict cassettes on my mates at parties in student houses..

I also took along tapes of ribald songs by another of my favourites back then, Julia Lee...

They went down quite well in the late night intimate drinking & smoking sessions...


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Subject: RE: in praise of Louis Jordan
From: Will Fly
Date: 03 Jan 17 - 03:31 AM

Love Louis Jordan. I played in a band which did a mix of funky stuff and "Caledonia" and "Blue Light Boogie" were two of our staples.


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Subject: RE: in praise of Louis Jordan
From: GUEST
Date: 03 Jan 17 - 07:27 AM

Ain't nobody here but us chickens ;0)


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Subject: RE: in praise of Louis Jordan
From: Will Fly
Date: 03 Jan 17 - 07:35 AM

And that one!


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Subject: RE: in praise of Louis Jordan
From: keberoxu
Date: 07 Jan 17 - 01:45 PM

The person who presented this recording as a 'video' forgot that it was a duet. Yes, Louis Jordan sings on this song. It's a favorite of mine. Of course you can see who the other artist is.

Life is so Peculiar


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Subject: RE: in praise of Louis Jordan
From: punkfolkrocker
Date: 07 Jan 17 - 01:51 PM

One good reason I keep coming back to mudcat is occasionally threads like this
remind me who I used to be and what I used to be passionate about... 😎


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Subject: RE: in praise of Louis Jordan (1908-1975)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 07 Jan 17 - 05:38 PM

A number of Louis Jordan songs have been posted here at Mudcat over the years - most of them by Jim Dixon. They're scattered all over the threads, so maybe I should index them here.

Here's a nice Louis Jordan playlist for a chilly January afternoon:


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Subject: RE: in praise of Louis Jordan (1908-1975)
From: keberoxu
Date: 07 Jan 17 - 05:49 PM

Did "Life Is So Peculiar" please you, punkfolkrocker?

Although "G. I. Jive" seems not to be in the DT, Jim Dixon did post Johnny Mercer's lyrics as he himself sang them, in this message. (hope this link works)

G. I. Jive


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Subject: RE: in praise of Louis Jordan (1908-1975)
From: keberoxu
Date: 06 Feb 17 - 04:55 PM

Did you know that Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five were behind this song?

"Beware, Brother, Beware"

It seems safe to guess that all the calling back and forth between Jordan and the rest of the Tympany Five was rehearsed ahead of time so that it would SOUND spontaneous but fit in smoothly with the singing and the playing.

Louis Prima would do the same thing in Vegas decades later.

It still works! I love the band members yelling, "Tell him EV'RYTHING!"


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Subject: RE: in praise of Louis Jordan (1908-1975)
From: GUEST,keberoxu
Date: 07 Feb 17 - 05:24 PM

Louis Jordan died rather suddenly of a heart attack. He was performing, however, nearly up to the end. Evidence in this video:

Ain't Nobody Here but Us Chickens


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