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Louis Jordan

Louis Thomas Jordan (July 8, 1908 – February 4, 1975) was an American musician, songwriter and bandleader who was popular from the late 1930s to the early 1950s. Known as "The King of the Jukebox", his highest profile came towards the end of the swing era.

Jordan was a talented singer with great comedic flair, and he fronted his own band for more than twenty years. He duetted with some of the biggest solo singing stars of his time, including Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. Jordan was also an actor and a film personality—he appeared in dozens of "soundies" (promotional film clips), made numerous cameos in mainstream features and short films, and starred in two musical feature films made especially for him. He was an instrumentalist who played all forms of the saxophone but specialized in the alto. He also played the piano and clarinet. A productive songwriter, he wrote or co-wrote many songs that were influential classics of 20th-century popular music.

Jordan began his career in big-band swing jazz in the 1930s, but he became known as one of the leading practitioners, innovators and popularizers of jump blues, a swinging, up-tempo, dance-oriented hybrid of jazz, blues and boogie-woogie. Typically performed by smaller bands consisting of five or six players, jump music featured shouted, highly syncopated vocals and earthy, comedic lyrics on contemporary urban themes. It strongly emphasized the rhythm section of piano, bass and drums; after the mid-1940s, this mix was often augmented by electric guitar. Jordan's band also pioneered the use of the electronic organ.

With his dynamic Tympany Five bands, Jordan mapped out the main parameters of the classic R&B, urban blues and early rock-and-roll genres with a series of highly influential 78-rpm discs released by Decca Records. These recordings presaged many of the styles of black popular music of the late 1940s, 1950s and 1960s and exerted a strong influence on many leading performers in these genres. Many of his records were produced by Milt Gabler, who went on to refine and develop the qualities of Jordan's recordings in his later production work with Bill Haley, including "Rock Around the Clock".

Jordan ranks fifth in the list of the most successful African-American recording artists according to Joel Whitburn's analysis of Billboard magazine's R&B chart. Though comprehensive sales figures are not available, he had at least four million-selling hits during his career. Jordan regularly topped the R&B "race" charts and was one of the first black recording artists to achieve significant crossover in popularity with the mainstream (predominantly white) American audience, having simultaneous Top Ten hits on the pop charts on several occasions.

Birth and Death Data: Born July 8, 1908 (Arkansas), Died February 4, 1975 (Los Angeles)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1936 - 1960

Roles Represented in DAHR: alto saxophone, vocalist, leader, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, clarinet, songwriter, composer

= Recordings are available for online listening.
= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-045946 10-in. 1/17/1940 You ain't nowhere Don Redman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and vocal ensemble composer  
Victor BS-074648 10-in. 7/30/1942 I'm gonna leave you on the outskirts of town Jazz Gillum Male vocal solo, with instrumental quartet songwriter  
Victor D9VB-1181 10-in. 8/16/1949 Saturday night fish fry Gay Crosse ; Good Humor Six (Gay Crosse) Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band songwriter  
Decca 61361 10-in. 10/29/1936 (If you can't sing it) You'll have to swing it Chick Webb Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 61362 10-in. 10/29/1936 Swinging on the reservation Chick Webb Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 61363 10-in. 10/29/1936 I got the Spring fever blues Chick Webb Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 61364 10-in. 10/29/1936 Vote for Mr. Rhythm Chick Webb Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 61520 10-in. 1/14/1937 There's frost on the moon-1 Chick Webb Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist  
Decca 61527 10-in. 1/14/1937 Take another guess Chick Webb Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 61528 10-in. 1/14/1937 Love marches on-1 Chick Webb Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist  
Decca 61530 10-in. 1/15/1937 Gee, but you're swell Chick Webb Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist  
Decca 62064 10-in. 3/24/1937 Rusty hinge Chick Webb Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist  
Decca 62065 10-in. 3/24/1937 Wake up and live-2 Chick Webb Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist  
Decca 62066 10-in. 3/24/1937 It's swell of you Chick Webb Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist  
Decca 62067 10-in. 3/24/1937 You showed me the way Chick Webb Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 62068 10-in. 3/24/1937 Clap hands! Here comes Charley Chick Webb Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist  
Decca 62069 10-in. 3/24/1937 Cryin' mood Chick Webb Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 62072 10-in. 3/24/1937 Love is the thing, so they say Chick Webb Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 62073 10-in. 3/24/1937 That naughty waltz Chick Webb Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist  
Decca 62213 10-in. 5/24/1937 All or nothing at all Ella Fitzgerald and her Savoy Eight instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 62214 10-in. 5/24/1937 If you ever should leave Ella Fitzgerald and her Savoy Eight instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 62215 10-in. 5/24/1937 Everyone's wrong but me Ella Fitzgerald and her Savoy Eight instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 62216 10-in. 5/24/1937 Deep in the heart of South Ella Fitzgerald and her Savoy Eight instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 62725 10-in. 10/27/1937 Just a simple melody Chick Webb Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 62726 10-in. 10/27/1937 I got a guy Chick Webb Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 62728 10-in. 10/27/1937 Holiday in Harlem Chick Webb Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 62738 10-in. 11/1/1937 Rock it for me Chick Webb Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 62739 10-in. 11/1/1937 Squeeze me Chick Webb Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 62740 10-in. 11/1/1937 Harlem conga Chick Webb Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 62743 10-in. 11/2/1937 Hallelujah! Chick Webb Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 62744 10-in. 11/2/1937 I want to be happy Chick Webb Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 62886 12-in. 12/17/1937 I want to be happy-1 Chick Webb Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 62887 10-in. 12/17/1937 The dipsy doodle-1 Chick Webb Orchestra ; Ella Fitzgerald instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 62888 10-in. 12/17/1937 If dreams come true Chick Webb Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 62889 12-in. 12/17/1937 Hallelujah! Chick Webb Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 62890 10-in. 12/17/1937 Midnite in a madhouse (Midnite in Harlem) Chick Webb Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 62896 10-in. 12/21/1937 Bei mir bist du schoen Ella Fitzgerald and her Savoy Eight instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 62897 10-in. 12/21/1937 It's my turn now Ella Fitzgerald and her Savoy Eight instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 63225 10-in. 1/25/1938 It's wonderful Ella Fitzgerald and her Savoy Eight instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 63226 10-in. 1/25/1938 I was doing all right Ella Fitzgerald and her Savoy Eight instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 63693 10-in. 5/2/1938 A-tisket, a-tasket Chick Webb Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 63694 10-in. 5/2/1938 Heart of mine Chick Webb Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 63695 10-in. 5/2/1938 I'm just a jitterbug Chick Webb Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 63696 10-in. 5/2/1938 Azure Chick Webb Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 63703 10-in. 5/3/1938 That time it's real Ella Fitzgerald and her Savoy Eight instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 63704 10-in. 5/3/1938 What do you know about love? Ella Fitzgerald and her Savoy Eight instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 63705 10-in. 5/3/1938 You can't be mine (and someone else's too) Ella Fitzgerald and her Savoy Eight instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 63706 10-in. 5/3/1938 We can't go on this way Ella Fitzgerald and her Savoy Eight instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 63707 10-in. 5/3/1938 Spinnin' the Webb Chick Webb Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 63708 10-in. 5/3/1938 Liza (All the clouds 'll roll away) Chick Webb Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 63709 10-in. 5/3/1938 Saving myself for you Ella Fitzgerald and her Savoy Eight instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 63710 10-in. 5/3/1938 If you only knew Ella Fitzgerald and her Savoy Eight instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 64823 10-in. 12/20/1938 Toodle-loo on down Rodney Sturgis instrumentalist, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone  
Decca 64824 10-in. 12/20/1938 So good Rodney Sturgis instrumentalist, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone  
Decca 64825 10-in. 12/20/1938 Away from you Rodney Sturgis instrumentalist, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone  
Decca 64826 10-in. 12/20/1938 Honey in the bee ball Louis Jordan's Elks Rendezvous Band instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, clarinet, baritone saxophone  
Decca 64827 10-in. 12/20/1938 Barnacle Bill the sailor Louis Jordan's Elks Rendezvous Band instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, clarinet, baritone saxophone  
Decca 65304 10-in. 3/29/1939 Flat face (Instrumental) Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, clarinet, baritone saxophone, leader  
Decca 65305 10-in. 3/29/1939 Keep a-knockin' (but you can't come in) Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, clarinet, baritone saxophone, leader  
Decca 65306 10-in. 3/29/1939 Sam Jones done snagged his britches on Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, clarinet, baritone saxophone, leader  
Decca 65307 10-in. 3/29/1939 Swingin' in a cocoanut tree (Instrumental) Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, clarinet, baritone saxophone, leader  
Decca 65308 10-in. 3/29/1939 Doug the jitterbug Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, clarinet, baritone saxophone, leader  
Decca 65309 10-in. 3/29/1939 At the swing cats' ball Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, clarinet, baritone saxophone, leader  
Decca 66871 10-in. 11/14/1939 Jake, what a snake (Instrumental) Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, baritone saxophone, clarinet, leader  
Decca 66872 10-in. 11/14/1939 Honeysuckle rose Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, baritone saxophone, clarinet, leader  
Decca 66873 10-in. 11/14/1939 'Fore day blues-2 Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, baritone saxophone, clarinet, leader  
Decca 66874 10-in. 11/14/1939 But I'll be back Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, baritone saxophone, clarinet, leader  
Decca 66875 10-in. 11/14/1939 You ain't nowhere Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, baritone saxophone, clarinet, leader  
Decca 66876 10-in. 11/14/1939 You're my meat-1 Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, baritone saxophone, clarinet, leader  
Decca 67111 10-in. 1/25/1940 June Tenth jamboree Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, clarinet, baritone saxophone, leader  
Decca 67112 10-in. 1/25/1940 You run your mouth and I'll run my business Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, clarinet, baritone saxophone, leader  
Decca 67113 10-in. 1/25/1940 I'm Alabama bound Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, clarinet, baritone saxophone, leader  
Decca 67114 10-in. 1/25/1940 Hard lovin' blues Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, clarinet, baritone saxophone, leader  
Decca 67308 10-in. 3/13/1940 You've got to go when the wagon comes Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, clarinet, baritone saxophone, leader  
Decca 67309 10-in. 3/13/1940 Lovie Joe Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, clarinet, baritone saxophone, leader  
Decca 67310 10-in. 3/13/1940 Somebody done hoodooed the hoodoo man Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, clarinet, baritone saxophone, leader  
Decca 67311 10-in. 3/13/1940 Bounce the ball (Do da dittle um day) Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, clarinet, baritone saxophone, leader  
Decca 67318 10-in. 3/13/1940 Penthouse in the basement Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, clarinet, baritone saxophone, leader  
Decca 67319 10-in. 3/13/1940 After school swing session (Instrumental) (Swinging with Symphony Sid) Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, clarinet, baritone saxophone, leader  
Decca 67634 10-in. 4/29/1940 Oh boy I'm in the groove Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, clarinet, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, leader  
Decca 67635 10-in. 4/29/1940 Never let your left hand know what your right hand's doin' Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, clarinet, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, leader  
Decca 67636 10-in. 4/29/1940 Don't come cryin' on my shoulder Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, clarinet, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, leader  
Decca 67637 10-in. 4/29/1940 Waitin' for the Robert E. Lee Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, clarinet, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, leader  
Decca 68169 10-in. 9/30/1940 A chicken ain't nothin' but a bird-1 Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, clarinet, baritone saxophone, tenor saxophone, leader  
Decca 68170 10-in. 9/30/1940 Pompton turnpike Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, clarinet, baritone saxophone, tenor saxophone, leader  
Decca 68171 10-in. 9/30/1940 Do you call that a buddy?-1 Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, clarinet, baritone saxophone, tenor saxophone, leader  
Decca 68172 10-in. 9/30/1940 I know you (I know what you wanna do) Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, clarinet, baritone saxophone, tenor saxophone, leader  
Decca 68621 10-in. 1/24/1941 Pinetop's boogie woogie (Instrumental) Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, clarinet, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, leader  
Decca 68622 10-in. 1/24/1941 The two little squirrels (Nuts to you) Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, clarinet, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, leader  
Decca 68623 10-in. 1/24/1941 T-Bone blues Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, clarinet, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, leader  
Decca 68624 10-in. 1/24/1941 Pan-Pan Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, clarinet, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, leader  
Decca 68905 10-in. 4/2/1941 St. Vitus dance Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, tenor saxophone, leader  
Decca 68906 10-in. 4/2/1941 Saxa-woogie-1 Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, tenor saxophone, leader  
Decca 68907 10-in. 4/2/1941 Brotherly love Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, tenor saxophone, leader  
Decca 68908 10-in. 4/2/1941 De laff's on you Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, tenor saxophone, leader  
Decca 68909 10-in. 4/2/1941 Boogie woogie came to town Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, tenor saxophone, leader  
Decca 68910 10-in. 4/2/1941 John, stop teasing me Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, tenor saxophone, leader  
Decca 71126 10-in. 7/21/1942 What's the use of gettin' sober Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, leader  
Decca 71127 10-in. 7/21/1942 The chicks I pick are slender tender and tall Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, leader  
Decca 71128 10-in. 7/21/1942 I'm gonna leave you on the outskirts of town Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, leader  
Decca 71129 10-in. 7/21/1942 That'll just 'bout knock me out Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, leader  
Decca 71130 10-in. 7/21/1942 Dirty snake Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, leader  
Decca 71131 10-in. 7/21/1942 Somebody done changed the lock on my door Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, leader  
Decca 71132 10-in. 7/21/1942 Five guys named Moe Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, leader  
Decca 71133 10-in. 7/21/1942 It's a low-down dirty shame Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, leader  
Decca 71134 10-in. 7/21/1942 De laff's on you Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, leader  
Decca 71818 3/1/1944 How high am I? Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 71820 3/1/1944 The truth of the matter Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 71821 3/1/1944 Hey! Now let's jive Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 71871 10-in. 3/15/1944 Mop mop Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 71873 10-in. 3/15/1944 You can't get that no more Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 72709 10-in. 1/19/1945 Buzz me Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 72710 1/19/1945 They raided the house Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 72711 10-in. 1/19/1945 Caldonia Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 72978 7/16/1945 Don't worry 'bout that mule Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 72979 10-in. 7/16/1945 Salt Pork, West Virginia Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 72980 10-in. 7/18/1945 No baby, nobody but you Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 72982 10-in. 7/18/1945 Don't worry 'bout that mule Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 73073 10-in. 10/8/1945 Stone cold dead in de market Ella Fitzgerald ; Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 73074 10-in. 10/8/1945 Petootie pie-1 Ella Fitzgerald ; Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 73081 10/15/1945 Petootie pie Ella Fitzgerald ; Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, leader  
Decca 73082 10-in. 10/15/1945 Reconversion blues Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, leader  
Decca 73302 1/23/1946 It's so easy Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 73303 1/23/1946 Beware! Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 73304 1/23/1946 Don't let the sun catch you cryin' Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 73305 1/23/1946 Choo choo ch' boogie Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 73306 1/23/1946 Ain't that just like a woman Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 73307 1/23/1946 That chick's too young to fry Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 73642 6/26/1946 No sale Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 73643 6/26/1946 If it's love you want baby, that's me Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 73644 6/26/1946 Ain't nobody here but us chickens Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 73645 6/26/1946 Let the good times roll Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 73716 10/10/1946 All for the love of Lil Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 73717 10/10/1946 Texas and Pacific Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 73718 10/10/1946 Jack you're dead Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 73719 10/10/1946 Reet petite and gone Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 73720 10/10/1946 Sure had a wonderful time Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 73721 10/10/1946 I know what you're puttin' down Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 73882 4/23/1947 Boogie woogie blue plate Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 73883 4/23/1947 Barnyard boogie Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 73884 4/23/1947 Every man to his own profession Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 73885 4/23/1947 Early in the mornin' Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 73886 4/23/1947 Run Joe Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 73936 6/4/1947 Look out! Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 73937 6/4/1947 Beans and cornbread Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 74833 4/12/1949 Push-ka-pee she pie (The saga of saga boy)-1 Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, tenor saxophone, leader  
Decca 74834 4/12/1949 Cole slaw Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, tenor saxophone, leader  
Decca 74835 4/12/1949 Beans and corn bread Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, tenor saxophone, leader  
Decca 74836 4/13/1949 Onions (Instrumental) Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, tenor saxophone, leader  
Decca 74837 4/13/1949 Baby's gonna go, bye bye Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, tenor saxophone, leader  
Decca 74838 4/13/1949 Heed my warning Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, tenor saxophone, leader  
Decca 74839 4/13/1949 Psycho-loco (Instrumental) Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, tenor saxophone, leader  
Decca 74866 4/28/1949 Baby, it's cold outside Ella Fitzgerald ; Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, leader  
Decca 74867 4/28/1949 Don't cry, cry baby Ella Fitzgerald ; Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, leader  
Decca 74876 4/28/1949 School days Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, leader  
Decca 75121 8/9/1949 Hungry man Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 75122 8/9/1949 Love you 'til your money's gone blues Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 75123 8/9/1949 Saturday night fish fry, part 1 Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 75124 8/9/1949 Saturday night fish fry, part 2 Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 76540 6/26/1950 I want a roof over my head Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 76541 6/26/1950 Show me how Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 76542 6/26/1950 Blue light boogie, part 1 Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 76543 6/26/1950 Blue light boogie, part 2 Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 76731 8/15/1950 Ain't nobody's business but my own Ella Fitzgerald ; Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 76732 8/15/1950 I'll never be free Ella Fitzgerald vocalist  
Decca 76736 8/18/1950 Tambouritza boogie Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 76737 8/18/1950 Chartreuse Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 76738 8/18/1950 Lemonade Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 76739 8/18/1950 It's a great, great pleasure Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 76740 8/18/1950 You will always have a friend-2 Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 76741 8/21/1950 Louisville Lodge meeting Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 76742 8/21/1950 Trouble then satisfaction Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 76743 8/21/1950 Crazy baby Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 76744 8/23/1950 Life is so peculiar Louis Armstrong ; Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 76745 8/23/1950 (I'll be glad when you're dead) You rascal you Louis Armstrong ; Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 80299 12/21/1950 Tear drops from my eyes Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, baritone saxophone, leader  
Decca 80300 12/21/1950 If you've got some place to go Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, baritone saxophone, leader  
Decca 80633 3/1/1951 Weak minded blues Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 80634 3/1/1951 Is my Pop in there? Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 80635 3/1/1951 I can't give you anything but love, baby Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 81121 6/5/1951 If you so smart, how come you ain't rich ? Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 81122 6/5/1951 Trust in me Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 81123 6/5/1951 Louisville Lodge meeting Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 81124 6/5/1951 How blue can you get ? Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 81125 6/5/1951 Happy birthday boogie Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 81148 6/13/1951 May every day be Christmas Louis Jordan Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist  
Decca 81149 6/13/1951 Please don't leave me Louis Jordan Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 81150 6/13/1951 Bone dry Louis Jordan Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist  
Decca 81151 6/13/1951 I love that kinda carryin' on Louis Jordan Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist  
Decca 81152 6/13/1951 Three handed woman Louis Jordan Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist  
Decca 81153 6/13/1951 Fat Sam from Birmingham Louis Jordan Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist  
Decca 81321 7/30/1951 Cock-a-doodle doo Louis Jordan Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist  
Decca 81322 7/30/1951 Garmoochie Louis Jordan Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist  
Decca 81323 7/30/1951 There must be a way Louis Jordan Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist  
Decca 81908 11/28/1951 Come and get it Louis Jordan Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 81909 11/28/1951 Stop makin' music Louis Jordan Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 81910 11/28/1951 Slow down Louis Jordan Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 81911 11/28/1951 Work baby work Louis Jordan Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 81912 11/28/1951 Never trust a woman-1 Louis Jordan Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist  
Decca 81913 11/28/1951 All of me Louis Jordan Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 81914 11/28/1951 There goes my heart Louis Jordan Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 81915 11/28/1951 Lay something on the bar (Besides your elbows)-1 Louis Jordan Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist  
Decca 82793 4/30/1952 Gimme gimme blues Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 82794 4/30/1952 Junco partner Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 82795 4/30/1952 Time marches on Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 82796 4/30/1952 Azure-Te Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 82797 4/30/1952 Oil well Texas Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 82798 4/30/1952 There's nothing else that I can do Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 82834 5/8/1952 Jordan for president Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 82835 5/8/1952 The soon-a baby Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 83681 12/3/1952 There's nothing else that I can do Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 83682 12/3/1952 The soon-a baby Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 83683 12/3/1952 You didn't want me baby Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 83684 12/3/1952 A man's best friend is a bed Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 84627 5/28/1953 Hog wash (Hot wash) Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 84628 5/28/1953 House party Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 84629 5/28/1953 Everything that's made of wood Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 84630 5/28/1953 I want you to be my baby Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 84631 5/28/1953 You know it too Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 85657 1/4/1954 Locked-up Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 85658 1/4/1954 I gotta move Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 85659 1/4/1954 Nobody knows you when you're down and out Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 85660 1/4/1954 If it's true Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 85661 1/4/1954 Wake up, Jacob Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 85662 1/4/1954 Lollypop Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 85663 1/4/1954 Perdido (Instrumental) Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca 88507 8/15/1955 I want you to be my baby Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five leader  
Decca 93783 10-in. 11/15/1941 How 'bout that? Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, tenor saxophone, leader  
Decca 93784 10-in. 11/15/1941 Teacher (How I love my teacher) Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, tenor saxophone, leader  
Decca 93785 10-in. 11/15/1941 Mama Mama blues (Rusty dusty blues) Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, tenor saxophone, leader  
Decca 93786 10-in. 11/15/1941 Knock me a kiss Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, tenor saxophone, leader  
Decca 93821 10-in. 11/22/1941 The green grass grows all around Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, tenor saxophone, leader  
Decca 93822 10-in. 11/22/1941 Mister Lovingood Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, tenor saxophone, leader  
Decca 93823 10-in. 11/22/1941 Small townboy Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, tenor saxophone, leader  
Decca 93824 10-in. 11/22/1941 I'm gonna move to the outskirts of town Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, tenor saxophone, leader  
Decca 108558 1/12/1960 Saturday night fish fry Louis Jordan instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist  
Decca 120079 8/9/1949 Saturday night fish fry Louis Jordan vocalist  
Decca 120080 6/26/1950 Blue light boogie Louis Jordan vocalist  
Decca L 3204 10-in. 10/4/1943 Ration blues Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, tenor saxophone, leader  
Decca L 3205 10-in. 10/4/1943 Is you is or is you ain't my baby Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, tenor saxophone, leader  
Decca L 3206 10-in. 10/4/1943 Deacon Jones Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, tenor saxophone, leader  
Decca L 3207 10-in. 10/4/1943 The things I want I can't get at home Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, tenor saxophone, leader  
Decca L 3477 10-in. 7/26/1944 (Yip yip de hootie) My baby said yes Bing Crosby ; Louis Jordan instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca L 3478 10-in. 7/26/1944 (Yip yip de hootie) My baby said yes-2 Bing Crosby instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca L 3479 10-in. 7/26/1944 Your socks don't match Bing Crosby ; Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca L 4341 1/11/1947 Open the door Richard Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca L 4342 1/11/1947 Friendship Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca L 4351 1/23/1947 Open the door Richard Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca L 4572 11/24/1947 Have you got the gumption Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca L 4573 11/24/1947 We can't agree Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca L 4574 11/24/1947 Chicky-Mo, Craney-crow Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca L 4575 11/24/1947 Roamin's blues Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca L 4594 12/1/1947 Inflation blues Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca L 4595 12/1/1947 You're much too fat Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca L 4596 12/1/1947 Chug chug boogie Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca L 4597 12/1/1947 There'll be no days like that Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca L 4598 12/1/1947 Pettin' and pokin' Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca L 4631 12/8/1947 You're on the right track baby Louis Jordan instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca L 4632 12/8/1947 Don't burn the candle at both ends Louis Jordan instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca L 4633 12/8/1947 Why'd you do it, baby Louis Jordan ; Louis Jordan instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist  
Decca L 4634 12/8/1947 Daddy-o Louis Jordan instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca L 4887 2/7/1949 Safe, sane and single Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca L 4888 2/7/1949 I know what you've got Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca L 4889 2/7/1949 You broke your promise Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca L 7059 2/23/1953 I didn't know what time it was Louis Jordan instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist  
Decca L 7060 2/23/1953 It's better to wait for love Louis Jordan instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist  
Decca L 7061 2/23/1953 Only yesterday Louis Jordan instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist  
Decca L 7062 2/23/1953 Just like a butterfly (that's caught in the rain) Louis Jordan instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist  
Decca N 1797 10-in. 3/1/1944 I like 'em fat like that Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca N 1920 10-in. 3/15/1944 G.I. jive Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca N 3046 10-in. 1/19/1945 Somebody done changed the lock on the door Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca N 3427 10-in. 7/16/1945 It's full or it ain't no good Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca N 3428 10-in. 7/16/1945 How long must I wait for you? Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  
Decca N 3449 10-in. 7/19/1945 Paper boy Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, alto saxophone, vocalist, leader  

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Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Jordan, Louis," accessed January 30, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109210.

Jordan, Louis. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 30, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109210.

"Jordan, Louis." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 30 January 2023.

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