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 151-175 of 187 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
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  
(Results 151-175 of 187 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Tympany Five," accessed February 9, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/328178.

Tympany Five. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 9, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/328178.

"Tympany Five." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 9 February 2023.

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