Louis Jordan had an enormously successful international recording and touring career. His heyday was in the 1940s, when he placed 21 hits on Billboard’s R&B, Pop and Country charts. Jordan was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
During his career, Jordan recorded with many artists, including Chick Webb, Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby and Ella Fitzgerald.
In addition to all of his personal success, Jordan was a big influence on several entertainers who became well known musicians in their own time. Artists such as Ray Charles, Chuck Berry, James Brown and B.B. King all list Louis Jordan as a defining influence on their musical careers.
Here are a few of Louis Jordan’s most popular songs:
- Choo Choo Ch’Boogie
- Let the Good Times Roll
- Beans and Corn Bread
- Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out
- Beware, Brother, Beware
- Run Joe
- Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens
Read more about Louis Jordan in the All Music Guide at AllMusic.com
Louis Jordan Tribute
Stephen Koch founded and hosts the annual Louis Jordan Tribute each July. The event is a fundraising concert and conference honoring the Brinkley-born R&B, rap and rock 'n' roll pioneer.
Plans for the 2007 Louis Jordan Tribute are underway for July. Year-long events are planned to mark the Louis Jordan Centennial in 2008.
Koch has written and reported extensively about Jordan, including the saxman's biography for the University of Arkansas Press and the Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture. The Library of Congress, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Department of Arkansas Heritage and others have recognized the Louis Jordan Tribute, begun in 1997. Proceeds from the tribute event go to a memorial to, and bust of, Jordan to be placed in his Monroe County hometown.
Louis Jordan Tribute Fund
c/o Bank of Brinkley
1405 N. Main St.
Brinkley, AR 72021