|Rock & Roll Hall of Famer|
Category: Early Influence
Inducted in: 1987
Inducted by: Seymour Stein
Inducted into Rock Hall Revisited in 1988 (ranked #2 in the Influences - Pre-Rock Era category) .
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Not only is Louis Jordan a highly qualified early influence on rock 'n' roll, he's also a early (make that very early) influence on rap. Listen to songs like Beware, Ain't That Just Like a Woman, and Beans and Cornbread, and you'll notice that Jordan's alliterative vocal delivery is very much a forerunner of rap.
Posted by Zach on Saturday, 10.6.12 @ 17:38pm
Louis Jordan was the the chief builder of of the R&B idiom. The pioneering usage of his shuffle rhythms crossed over into rock and roll as people like Bill Haley and Chuck Berry were influenced by Jordan. His hit making run with Decca Records contained some memorable performances with his band, The Tympany Five with Louis playing his alto sax and the street corner sense of humor. Also, Louis was the frist black performer to sell records to the pop section and some of his duet mates were Bing Crosby and Ella Fitzgerald. After he died in 1975, his fame cotinued to grow thanks to a Broadway musical called Five Guys Named Moe. Louis is a great singer and his bubbly style still lives on today.
Posted by Andrew on Tuesday, 10.16.12 @ 14:38pm
You're speaking my language, Andrew! I wish you posted here more often because you also share a deep appreciation for the roots of rock 'n roll and respect the originators.
Posted by Zach on Sunday, 12.16.12 @ 00:42am
Thanks, Zach! I never knew that the opening guitar riff on "Ain't That Just Like A Woman" was used for "Johnny B. Goode". I'm continuing to learn more and more about the background of rock and roll and as you said, I do have a deep appreciation for singers like Robert Johnson and Hank Williams who helped make rock and roll!
Posted by Andrew on Saturday, 01.26.13 @ 21:51pm
Here's a red-hot performance from Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five in the 1946 film Swing Parade of 1946, which also features The Three Stooges! The song is Caldonia:
Posted by Zach on Wednesday, 05.15.13 @ 23:07pm
A highly popular and influential saxophonist, Louis Jordan was one of the chief builders of the R&B idiom. People haven't called him "the Father of R&B" or "the Father of Rock N' Roll" for nothing. In the 40s, Jordan was a wild bandleader who pioneered a mix of jazz and blues.
Posted by Andrew on Saturday, 07.27.13 @ 22:49pm
As always, Andrew, your comments on the originators of rock 'n roll are perceptive, informative, and all-around enjoyable to read.
Posted by Zach on Sunday, 07.28.13 @ 23:56pm
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