Tuesday, 8 July 2014

King of the Jukebox

Never as esteemed or recognised in musical history as his contemporaries Count Basie or Duke Ellington, nor as fondly admired as quirky "cult" figures like Cab Calloway, nevertheless today's birthday boy Mr Louis Jordan was more commercially prosperous than any of them in his day.

According to Billboard magazine, he ranked fifth in the list of the most successful black recording artists of all time, and he made several million-selling hits in the pre-rock'n'roll era, working with Chick Webb and Ella Fitzgerald before forming his own big band.

Among his million-sellers was this house fave here at Dolores Delargo Towers - Caldonia!

Now, that's cheered me up...

Louis Thomas Jordan (8th July 1908 – 4th February 1975)

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