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

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Recordings (Results 76-100 of 187 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
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  
(Results 76-100 of 187 records)

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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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/328178

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