Jordan, Louis: The Later Years 1953-1957

Jordan, Louis SKU: 14105791
Jordan, Louis: The Later Years 1953-1957

Jordan, Louis: The Later Years 1953-1957

Jordan, Louis SKU: 14105791

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Title: The Later Years 1953-1957
Artist: Jordan, Louis
Label: JSP Records
UPC: 788065420727
Genre: Jazz Vocals

Throughout the 1940s, singer/saxist Louis Jordan had been a phenomenon. Between 1942 and 1951, he had 55 Top Ten hits, some of which were 'crossovers'. Louis was born in on July 8, 1908. Well versed in music from an early age, his father James was the leader of a local band. In the 1920s, father and son joined a minstrel troupe, which also included a young Homesick James. 'We'd put up a tent. It was like a carnival then, ' James later said. At college in Little Rock, Louis took jobs with a number of bands. In 1932 he got together with Ida Fields, a hoofer from Texas. Then he turned up in Philadelphia, where he met trumpeter Charlie Gaines. In March 1934, the pair cut 'I Can't Dance, I Got Ants In My Pants' in New York. In the summer of 1936 Louis joined Chick Webb's band, which featured Ella Fitzgerald. He cut two sessions with Webb, where he took the chance to sing. He tried to recruit Fitzgerald to his own outfit and Webb sacked him. Louis got a residency at Harlem's Elks Rendezvous Club and a contract with Decca. There followed a decade of almost continuous hits. By the end of the 1940s, Jordan's star was waning, but his career was dealt a blow by what became Rock 'n' Roll. Worse, the leading exponent of the new music - Bill Haley - was mentored by Jordan's old manager, Milt Gabler. He was always bitter about this - but he still made some great music. He moved from label to label, seeking a return to his earlier success. Signing a contract with Mercury enabled him to revisit some of his hits, re-arranged to make them more palatable to a younger rock-oriented audience. Eleven oldies were laid down in October 1956, from which two singles were released, the second containing 'Big Bess' and 'Cat Scratchin' - new songs that might have done better. Despite Mercury's obvious enthusiasm, little found favor with the public. But fifty years on, we can see that the quality of these last efforts is greater than their original fate implied.

1.1 Dad Gum Ya Hide, Boy!
1.2 Whiskey Do Your Stuff
1.3 Gal, You Need a Whippin'!
1.4 Time's A-Passin'
1.5 It's Hard to Be Good Without You
1.6 The Dripper
1.7 Ooo-Wee
1.8 I Seenwhat'cha Done
1.9 Fat Back
1.10 Put Some Money in the Pot, Boy. 'Cause the Juice Is Runnin' Low
1.11 Private Property (No Trespassing)
1.12 Gotta Go
1.13 Messy Bessy
1.14 Louie's Blues
1.15 I'll Die Happy
1.16 If I Had Any Sense, I'd Go Back Home
1.17 Hurry Home
1.18 A Dollar Down
1.19 Yeah, Yeah, Baby!
1.20 It's Been Said
1.21 Whatever Lola Wants (Lola Gets)
1.22 Slo', Smooth and Easy
1.23 Bananas
1.24 Baby, Let's Do It Up!
1.25 Chicken Back
1.26 Baby, You're Just Too Much!
1.27 Where Can I Go
1.28 Rock 'N' Roll Call
2.1 Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens
2.2 Choo Choo Ch'boogie
2.3 Knock Me a Kiss
2.4 Caldonia
2.5 Let the Good Times Roll
2.6 Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby
2.7 Beware Brother Beware
2.8 Big Bess
2.9 Cat Scratchin'
2.10 Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying
2.11 I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town
2.12 Salt Pork West Virginia
2.13 Run Joe
2.14 Early in the Morning
2.15 Fire
2.16 Rock, Doc!
2.17 Ella Mae
2.18 The Jamf
2.19 Route 66
2.20 Saturday Night Fish Fry
2.21 Got My Mo-Jo Working
2.22 Sunday
2.23 Sweet Lorraine
2.24 The Stop
2.25 A Man Ain't a Man
2.26 I Hadn't Anyone Till You
2.27 The Nearness of You
2.28 I Found My Peace of Mind
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