Louis Jordan's Record "Let the Good Times Roll" Hit the
boogie, and let the good times roll! Louis Jordan was a swinging
musician who played "jazz with a broad grin." On December 21,
1946, Jordan's single, "Let the Good Times Roll," debuted on the
rhythm-and-blues (R&B) charts. Over the next 22 weeks, the
recording stayed near the top of the chart, occupying the Number
2 spot for four weeks.
Do you play a musical instrument?
Louis Jordan started playing saxophone at the age of 7. As
a teenager, he toured with the famed Rabbit Foot Minstrels and
backed blues singers, including Bessie Smith. What was
next for this talented musician?
By 1938, Jordan headed
his own band--Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five. His goal was to
create music that appealed to all people. From 1943 until 1950,
his singles topped the R&B chart more than 25 percent of the
time. Fifteen of those hits crossed over to the pop charts.
Jordan combined musical innovation with humor and jive talk.
"Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens" ranked Number 1 on the R&B
charts for 17 weeks. This excellent saxophonist and talented
entertainer appeared in films and recorded with prominent
artists, including Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby, and Ella
Fitzgerald. Unfortunately, the next decade had something else in
store for the bandleader
While Jordan introduced jump
blues and boogie-woogie to the masses in the 1940s, his career
was not successful in the 1950s. Repeated attempts to stage a
If you've never heard a Louis Jordan
recording, you have certainly heard his style. Jordan influenced
a wide range of performers, most notably Chuck Berry, Ray
Charles, and Bill Haley. Among many others who have played his
music are Woody Herman, Muddy Waters, B. B. King, and Eric
Clapton. Jordan was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
in Cleveland, Ohio, 1987, 12 years after he died.