Tympany Five

Tympany Five was a successful and influential American rhythm and blues and jazz dance band founded by Louis Jordan in 1938. The group was composed of a horn section of three to five different pieces and also drums, double bass, guitar and piano.

Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five created many of the most influential songs of the early R&B and rock and roll era, including "Let The Good Times Roll", "Keep A-Knockin'", and "Caldonia". Carl Hogan's opening riff to "Ain't That Just Like A Woman" later became one of rock's most recognizable riffs in Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode".

Jordan first formed the band as "The Elks Rendezvous Band", named after the Elks Rendezvous jazz joint in Harlem. The original lineup of the sextet was Jordan (saxes, vocals), Courtney Williams (trumpet), Lem Johnson (tenor sax), Clarence Johnson (piano), Charlie Drayton (bass) and Walter Martin (drums). The various lineups of the Tympany Five (which often featured two or three extra players) included Bill Jennings and Carl Hogan on guitar, renowned pianist-arrangers Wild Bill Davis and Bill Doggett, "Shadow" Wilson and Chris Columbus on drums and Dallas Bartley on bass. Jordan played alto, tenor and baritone saxophone and sang the lead vocal on most numbers. The band found fame after opening for The Mills Brothers at the Capitol Lounge in Chicago in 1941.

In 1941, they were transferred from Decca's "race" label to its Sepia Series, featuring artists thought to have the crossover potential to appeal to both black and white audiences. Jordan was always proud of the fact that the Tympany Five's music was just as popular with white as it was with black people.

Jordan's last recordings were made for the French Black & Blue label in 1973 and issued as I Believe in Music. The session included Irv Cox tenor in saxophone, Dave Burrell on piano, bassist John Duke and drummer Archie Taylor.

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1939 - 1955

Roles Represented in DAHR: Musical group

= 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
Decca 65304 10-in. 3/29/1939 Flat face (Instrumental) Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 65305 10-in. 3/29/1939 Keep a-knockin' (but you can't come in) Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 65306 10-in. 3/29/1939 Sam Jones done snagged his britches on Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 65307 10-in. 3/29/1939 Swingin' in a cocoanut tree (Instrumental) Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 65308 10-in. 3/29/1939 Doug the jitterbug Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 65309 10-in. 3/29/1939 At the swing cats' ball Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 66871 10-in. 11/14/1939 Jake, what a snake (Instrumental) Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 66872 10-in. 11/14/1939 Honeysuckle rose Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 66873 10-in. 11/14/1939 'Fore day blues-2 Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 66874 10-in. 11/14/1939 But I'll be back Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 66875 10-in. 11/14/1939 You ain't nowhere Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 66876 10-in. 11/14/1939 You're my meat-1 Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 67111 10-in. 1/25/1940 June Tenth jamboree Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 67112 10-in. 1/25/1940 You run your mouth and I'll run my business Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 67113 10-in. 1/25/1940 I'm Alabama bound Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 67114 10-in. 1/25/1940 Hard lovin' blues Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 67308 10-in. 3/13/1940 You've got to go when the wagon comes Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 67309 10-in. 3/13/1940 Lovie Joe Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 67310 10-in. 3/13/1940 Somebody done hoodooed the hoodoo man Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 67311 10-in. 3/13/1940 Bounce the ball (Do da dittle um day) Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 67318 10-in. 3/13/1940 Penthouse in the basement Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 67319 10-in. 3/13/1940 After school swing session (Instrumental) (Swinging with Symphony Sid) Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 67634 10-in. 4/29/1940 Oh boy I'm in the groove Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
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 Musical group  
Decca 67636 10-in. 4/29/1940 Don't come cryin' on my shoulder Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 67637 10-in. 4/29/1940 Waitin' for the Robert E. Lee Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 68169 10-in. 9/30/1940 A chicken ain't nothin' but a bird-1 Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 68170 10-in. 9/30/1940 Pompton turnpike Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 68171 10-in. 9/30/1940 Do you call that a buddy?-1 Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 68172 10-in. 9/30/1940 I know you (I know what you wanna do) Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 68621 10-in. 1/24/1941 Pinetop's boogie woogie (Instrumental) Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 68622 10-in. 1/24/1941 The two little squirrels (Nuts to you) Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 68623 10-in. 1/24/1941 T-Bone blues Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 68624 10-in. 1/24/1941 Pan-Pan Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 68905 10-in. 4/2/1941 St. Vitus dance Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 68906 10-in. 4/2/1941 Saxa-woogie-1 Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 68907 10-in. 4/2/1941 Brotherly love Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 68908 10-in. 4/2/1941 De laff's on you Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 68909 10-in. 4/2/1941 Boogie woogie came to town Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 68910 10-in. 4/2/1941 John, stop teasing me Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 71126 10-in. 7/21/1942 What's the use of gettin' sober Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 71127 10-in. 7/21/1942 The chicks I pick are slender tender and tall Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 71128 10-in. 7/21/1942 I'm gonna leave you on the outskirts of town Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 71129 10-in. 7/21/1942 That'll just 'bout knock me out Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 71130 10-in. 7/21/1942 Dirty snake Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 71131 10-in. 7/21/1942 Somebody done changed the lock on my door Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 71132 10-in. 7/21/1942 Five guys named Moe Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 71133 10-in. 7/21/1942 It's a low-down dirty shame Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 71134 10-in. 7/21/1942 De laff's on you Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 71818 3/1/1944 How high am I? Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 71820 3/1/1944 The truth of the matter Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 71821 3/1/1944 Hey! Now let's jive Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 71871 10-in. 3/15/1944 Mop mop Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 71873 10-in. 3/15/1944 You can't get that no more Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 72709 10-in. 1/19/1945 Buzz me Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 72710 1/19/1945 They raided the house Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 72711 10-in. 1/19/1945 Caldonia Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 72978 7/16/1945 Don't worry 'bout that mule Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 72979 10-in. 7/16/1945 Salt Pork, West Virginia Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 72980 10-in. 7/18/1945 No baby, nobody but you Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 72982 10-in. 7/18/1945 Don't worry 'bout that mule Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 73073 10-in. 10/8/1945 Stone cold dead in de market Ella Fitzgerald ; Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 73074 10-in. 10/8/1945 Petootie pie-1 Ella Fitzgerald ; Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 73081 10/15/1945 Petootie pie Ella Fitzgerald ; Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 73082 10-in. 10/15/1945 Reconversion blues Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 73302 1/23/1946 It's so easy Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 73303 1/23/1946 Beware! Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 73304 1/23/1946 Don't let the sun catch you cryin' Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 73305 1/23/1946 Choo choo ch' boogie Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 73306 1/23/1946 Ain't that just like a woman Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 73307 1/23/1946 That chick's too young to fry Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 73642 6/26/1946 No sale Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 73643 6/26/1946 If it's love you want baby, that's me Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 73644 6/26/1946 Ain't nobody here but us chickens Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 73645 6/26/1946 Let the good times roll Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 73716 10/10/1946 All for the love of Lil Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 73717 10/10/1946 Texas and Pacific Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 73718 10/10/1946 Jack you're dead Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 73719 10/10/1946 Reet petite and gone Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 73720 10/10/1946 Sure had a wonderful time Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 73721 10/10/1946 I know what you're puttin' down Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 73882 4/23/1947 Boogie woogie blue plate Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 73883 4/23/1947 Barnyard boogie Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 73884 4/23/1947 Every man to his own profession Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 73885 4/23/1947 Early in the mornin' Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 73886 4/23/1947 Run Joe Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 73936 6/4/1947 Look out! Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 73937 6/4/1947 Beans and cornbread Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 74833 4/12/1949 Push-ka-pee she pie (The saga of saga boy)-1 Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 74834 4/12/1949 Cole slaw Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 74835 4/12/1949 Beans and corn bread Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 74836 4/13/1949 Onions (Instrumental) Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 74837 4/13/1949 Baby's gonna go, bye bye Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 74838 4/13/1949 Heed my warning Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 74839 4/13/1949 Psycho-loco (Instrumental) Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 74866 4/28/1949 Baby, it's cold outside Ella Fitzgerald ; Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 74867 4/28/1949 Don't cry, cry baby Ella Fitzgerald ; Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 74876 4/28/1949 School days Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 75121 8/9/1949 Hungry man Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 75122 8/9/1949 Love you 'til your money's gone blues Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 75123 8/9/1949 Saturday night fish fry, part 1 Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 75124 8/9/1949 Saturday night fish fry, part 2 Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 76540 6/26/1950 I want a roof over my head Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 76541 6/26/1950 Show me how Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 76542 6/26/1950 Blue light boogie, part 1 Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 76543 6/26/1950 Blue light boogie, part 2 Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 76731 8/15/1950 Ain't nobody's business but my own Ella Fitzgerald ; Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 76736 8/18/1950 Tambouritza boogie Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 76737 8/18/1950 Chartreuse Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 76738 8/18/1950 Lemonade Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 76739 8/18/1950 It's a great, great pleasure Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 76740 8/18/1950 You will always have a friend-2 Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 76741 8/21/1950 Louisville Lodge meeting Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 76742 8/21/1950 Trouble then satisfaction Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 76743 8/21/1950 Crazy baby Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 76744 8/23/1950 Life is so peculiar Louis Armstrong ; Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 76745 8/23/1950 (I'll be glad when you're dead) You rascal you Louis Armstrong ; Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 80299 12/21/1950 Tear drops from my eyes Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 80300 12/21/1950 If you've got some place to go Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 80633 3/1/1951 Weak minded blues Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 80634 3/1/1951 Is my Pop in there? Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 80635 3/1/1951 I can't give you anything but love, baby Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 81121 6/5/1951 If you so smart, how come you ain't rich ? Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 81122 6/5/1951 Trust in me Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 81123 6/5/1951 Louisville Lodge meeting Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 81124 6/5/1951 How blue can you get ? Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 81125 6/5/1951 Happy birthday boogie Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 82793 4/30/1952 Gimme gimme blues Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 82794 4/30/1952 Junco partner Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 82795 4/30/1952 Time marches on Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 82796 4/30/1952 Azure-Te Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 82797 4/30/1952 Oil well Texas Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 82798 4/30/1952 There's nothing else that I can do Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 82834 5/8/1952 Jordan for president Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 82835 5/8/1952 The soon-a baby Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 83681 12/3/1952 There's nothing else that I can do Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 83682 12/3/1952 The soon-a baby Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 83683 12/3/1952 You didn't want me baby Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 83684 12/3/1952 A man's best friend is a bed Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 84627 5/28/1953 Hog wash (Hot wash) Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 84628 5/28/1953 House party Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 84629 5/28/1953 Everything that's made of wood Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 84630 5/28/1953 I want you to be my baby Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 84631 5/28/1953 You know it too Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 85657 1/4/1954 Locked-up Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 85658 1/4/1954 I gotta move Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 85659 1/4/1954 Nobody knows you when you're down and out Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 85660 1/4/1954 If it's true Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 85661 1/4/1954 Wake up, Jacob Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 85662 1/4/1954 Lollypop Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 85663 1/4/1954 Perdido (Instrumental) Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 88507 8/15/1955 I want you to be my baby Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 93783 10-in. 11/15/1941 How 'bout that? Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 93784 10-in. 11/15/1941 Teacher (How I love my teacher) Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 93785 10-in. 11/15/1941 Mama Mama blues (Rusty dusty blues) Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 93786 10-in. 11/15/1941 Knock me a kiss Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 93821 10-in. 11/22/1941 The green grass grows all around Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 93822 10-in. 11/22/1941 Mister Lovingood Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 93823 10-in. 11/22/1941 Small townboy Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca 93824 10-in. 11/22/1941 I'm gonna move to the outskirts of town Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca L 3204 10-in. 10/4/1943 Ration blues Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca L 3205 10-in. 10/4/1943 Is you is or is you ain't my baby Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca L 3206 10-in. 10/4/1943 Deacon Jones Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca L 3207 10-in. 10/4/1943 The things I want I can't get at home Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca L 3477 10-in. 7/26/1944 (Yip yip de hootie) My baby said yes Bing Crosby ; Louis Jordan Musical group  
Decca L 3479 10-in. 7/26/1944 Your socks don't match Bing Crosby ; Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca L 4341 1/11/1947 Open the door Richard Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca L 4342 1/11/1947 Friendship Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca L 4351 1/23/1947 Open the door Richard Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca L 4572 11/24/1947 Have you got the gumption Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca L 4573 11/24/1947 We can't agree Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca L 4574 11/24/1947 Chicky-Mo, Craney-crow Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca L 4575 11/24/1947 Roamin's blues Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca L 4594 12/1/1947 Inflation blues Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca L 4595 12/1/1947 You're much too fat Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca L 4596 12/1/1947 Chug chug boogie Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca L 4597 12/1/1947 There'll be no days like that Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca L 4598 12/1/1947 Pettin' and pokin' Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca L 4887 2/7/1949 Safe, sane and single Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca L 4888 2/7/1949 I know what you've got Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca L 4889 2/7/1949 You broke your promise Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca N 1797 10-in. 3/1/1944 I like 'em fat like that Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca N 1920 10-in. 3/15/1944 G.I. jive Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca N 3046 10-in. 1/19/1945 Somebody done changed the lock on the door Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca N 3427 10-in. 7/16/1945 It's full or it ain't no good Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca N 3428 10-in. 7/16/1945 How long must I wait for you? Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  
Decca N 3449 10-in. 7/19/1945 Paper boy Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Musical group  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Tympany Five," accessed February 6, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/328178.

Tympany Five. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 6, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/328178.

"Tympany Five." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 6 February 2023.

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