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 Louis Jordan

Louis Jordan

Birth
Brinkley, Monroe County, Arkansas, USA
Death 4 Feb 1975 (aged 66)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Lemay, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA
Memorial ID 2016 · View Source
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Blues humorist. Some of his big hits were "G.I. Jive," "Caldonia," "Buzz Me," "Choo Choo Ch' Boogie," "Ain't That Just like a Woman," "Ain't Nobody Here but Us Chickens," "Boogie Woogie Blue Plate," "Beans and Cornbread," "Saturday Night Fish Fry," "Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby?," and "Blue Light Boogie." Jordan was particularly popular during World War II. He recorded prolifically for the Armed Forces Radio Service and the V-Disc program. Jordan's massive popularity also translated into the movies. He filmed a series of entertaining short musicals during the late '40s that were considered short on plot but long on visual versions of his hits (Caldonia, Reet Petite & Gone, Look Out Sister, and Beware, along with countless soundies) give a good idea of what made him such a beloved entertainer. Jordan also cameoed in a big-budget Hollywood wartime musical, "Follow the Boys." Jordan made a brief attempt at fronting a big band in 1951 that proved an ill-fated venture, but it didn't dim his ebullience. In 1952, tongue firmly planted in cheek, he offered himself as a candidate for the highest office in the land on the amusing album, "Jordan for President." Jordan's profile continues to rise posthumously, in large part due to the recent acclaimed Broadway musical "Five Guys Named Moe," based on Jordan's bubbly, romping repertoire and charismatic persona. Most people hear his music each week if they watch TBS' "Dinner and a Movie" with Paul and Anabell. It's his "Beans and Cornbread" that they use as the theme song.


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  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 2016
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Louis Jordan (8 Jul 1908–4 Feb 1975), Find A Grave Memorial no. 2016, citing Mount Olive Catholic Cemetery, Lemay, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .