July 8, 1908 :
Louis Jordan born in Brinkley, Arkansas.
Louis Jordan begins playing the saxophone at the age of 7.
Louis Jordan had his first professional gig at the age of 15 with Ruby Williams
at the Green Gables Club.
June 14, 1929 :
It is thought that this is when he recorded his first record. The songs "Dog
Bottom" and "Jungle Mama" with The Jungle Band
Louis Jordan marries Ida Fields, his second wife.
He joined the orchestra of Chick Webb, staying there until 1938.
He waxed his first 78 for Decca, "Honey in the Bee Ball", as The
Elks Rendezvous Band
The Elks Rendezvous Band become known as The Tympany Five
Louis Jordan marries Fleecie More, his third wife.
Louis Jordan entered into the most sucesful 8 year run of his carrer, during
which he had an amazing 57 R&B chart hits. 18 of which hit #1, totalling
113 weeks in the #1 slot!
He had his first million-seller with "Is You Is Or Is You Ain't Ma Baby?"
"G.I. Jive" hit #1 on the R&B chart and stays there for 6 weeks.
It also hit #1 on the Pop chart staying there for two weeks. G.I Jive was Louis
Jordan's only Pop chart topping song, though 15 of his hits made it into the
"Caldonia" hit #1 on the R&B chart and stays there for 7 weeks.
"Buzz Me" hit #1 on the R&B chart and stayed there for 9 weeks.
"Stone Cold Dead In THe Market" hit #1 on the R&B chart and stayed
there for 5 weeks.
"Choo Cho Ch'Boogie" hit #1 on the R&B chart and stayed there for
18 weeks. The longest of any song of his that hit the charts
"Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens" hit #1 on the R&B chart and
stayed there for 17 weeks.
"Jack, You're Dead" hit #1 on the R&B chart and stayed there for
"Boogie Woogie Blue Plate" hit #1 on the R&B chart and stayed there
for 14 weeks.
"Saturday Night Fish Fry" hit #1 on the R&B chart and stayed there
for 12 weeks.
"Blue Light Boogie" hit #1 on the R&B chart and stayed there for
Louis Jordan marries his 4th wife, Vicky Hayes.
Louis Jordan departs from Decca.
Louis Jordan marries Martha Weaver, his 5th wife.
Louis Jordan entered the recording studio for the last time to record the tracks
found on I Believe in Music.
February 4, 1975 :
Louis Jordan dies of a heart attack in Los Angeles, California, and is buried
in St. Louis Missouri.
Louis Jordan was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The musical Five Guys Named Moe opened on Broadway.
Louis Jordan was inducted into the Arkansas Black Hall