If you're like us and basically everyone else in the world — unless you don't drink, in which case we're happy for you — you probably greeted 2013 with a fairly sizable hangover yesterday. There's a surprising amount of complexity to be found in waking up and feeling like shit after a big night out, and it's a subject that's been addressed by a host of songwriters over the years. So we thought we'd welcome 2013 with an exploration of musical renditions of the morning after the night before, from the quietly contented to the morbidly, morbidly hung over. We hope [...]
mp3: Louis Jordan - Big Bess mp3: Louis Jordan - Cat Scratchin' Here are couple of hot sides from one of the most influential musicians of all time. Louis Jordan was wildly popular in his day, which was probably centered on the 1940s. These recording came a little later, Jordan had left Decca and, after a brief stint at Aladdin, joined Mercury in 1956. However, don't be dissuaded, both Big Bess and Cat Scratchin' are jump and jive worthy rockers.
mp3: Louis Jordan - Choo Choo Ch'Boogie mp3: Louis Jordan - Run Joe Louis Jordan was a giant of mid-20th century American music. I won't go into detail but you should know that he was a singer, saxophonist, bandleader, songwriter and actor, and Chuck Berry said that he (Jordan) was the first person he (Berry) heard playing rock'n'roll. Recorded in 1946 with Jordan's Tympany Five, Choo Choo Ch'Boogie was a multi-million selling smash hit. It's a rollicking jump blues featuring lyrics that resonated with people transitioning [...]
I was reading the local newspaper today and noticed that a small nearby town is again holding its annual Bean Dinner, a special festival that has taken place for well over a century. Although my family never lived in that particular town while I was growing up, I can remember that we often made the long drive to the festival site, as did many others in the area. The nominal attraction was the chance to stuff ourselves with free beans, but it offered all kinds of other attractions too - carnival rides (which weren't [...]
"With my little band, I did everything they did with a big band. I made the blues jump. " ~ Louis Jordan
After seeing the absolutely amazing C.W. Stoneking a few months ago (in a tiny church, which was pretty much the best show I've ever been to. No exaggeration, literally the best show I've ever been to. Even months later, I'm in awe.), I started to wonder about some of his direct influences. I knew that some of the songs on his Jungle Blues must be covers, but since we don't get liner notes anymore (sigh), I hadn't yet looked into any of the original artists. During the show, Stoneking mentioned a few who I [...]
Louis Jordan - Choo choo Ch’boogie Louis Jordan’s Choo choo Ch’boogie, here became the biggest hit of 1946 and the musical style and sound of the song is considered to be one of the forerunners of what would progress into Rock and Roll as we now know it. Check it out! Peace.
Harry Nilsson stubbornly made music that he was interested in, not necessarily music that would sell albums. Although his two biggest songs were covers, his catalog contained dozens of more obscure cover songs. We'll go beyond 'Without You' and 'Everybody's Talkin' to present some Nilsson covers you may have missed.
Hello again and a warm welcome to Wild Weekend , issue 64. As no real interesting new stuff struck my eardrums this week alas, we'll just have to make do with a bunch of oldies goldies. No probs, as we're talking tracks by Delroy Wilson, Sir Doug Sahm and Louis Jordan amongst others. And a Japanese star fruits surf rider. Now is that wild or what? We'll start with a fine song from a very fine album: Doug Sahm's '74 Tex-Mex masterpiece Groovers Paradise . Sir Doug's got the [...]
Rockstar Games never skimps on a soundtrack and L.A. Noire is no exception. The game features the music of Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, and Thelonious Monk - a suitable backdrop for a detective thriller set in 1947 Los Angeles. In addition, Rockstar partnered with Verve Records for L.A. Noire: Remixed , an EP of remixes of jazz standards by the likes of Dave Sitek and DJ Premier. Premo turned Louis Jordan's "Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens" into an undeniable head-nodder. Rockstar sure knows how to please hip-hop heads. [...]
Louis Jordan - Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens (DJ Premier Remix) New remix soundtrack for the game L.A. Noire presented by Verve Records & Rockstar Games. DJ Premier remixes Louis Jordan's "Aint' Nobody Here But Us Chicken". via DJPremier
a.k.a. Oak Cliff T-Bone T-Bone walker is the reason the Blues is what it is today. Legend has it he was the first ever blues performer to use an electric guitar. He roamed the streets of dallas at age 15 opening for national acts and String bands. By the time he was in his twenties he was in Los Angeles headlinging on Central Avenue. I know you've heard this one Inspiring a generation of Bluesmen [...]
Today's edition of Before and After comes courtesy of Friend of the Blog, Mr. Art Fein . Art points us to the origins of the Cramps' "Most Exalted Potentate Of Love" by tracing it to "Louisville Lodge Meeting" by Louis Jordan, about a fist fight that breaks out at a mens lodge. As a one time manager of the Cramps, he knows about these things. "I was driving through Downey with Lux, and we were looking for thrift stores when this song came up on the tape I made and gave him. It apparently [...]
My father was a big fan of Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five, and for good reason. These guys could rock. This one's my fave:
Aux origines, le rhythm and blues qui signifie rythme et mélancolie désignait la musique issue du Gospel, du jazz et surtout du blues, créée par des musiciens et chanteurs noirs américains. Ce terme a été inventé par l’un des journalistes travaillant pour le très célèbre Billboard Magazine : Jerry Wexler. Ce magazine présente le classement de chansons selon différents critères tel que le style de musique ; ainsi il introduisit à la fin des années 1940 le terme « R’n’b » qui remplaça le terme « race music » utilisé auparavant et jugé trop péjoratif voire insultant. Ainsi, le rhythm [...]
I'm sitting in my backyard with Emily Bate , trying to figure out today's song. I realized that besides Mr. Kevin Dunn , we're having kind of an old-timey week. So, hey, let's run with that. I heard this song for the first time at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, where Louis Jordan was described, in one of the intro videos as “the Father of Rhythm & Blues” and “the Grandfather of Rock ‘n’ Roll." Ryan and I really liked this song and for some reason [...]
En Avril 1945 sort un titre qui est de loin mon préféré de toute la décennie. Un morceau emblématique de la lente évolution du Rythm & Blues en Rock'n'Roll . Selon les versions (celle mythique du film dont elle est tirée , la soul , la jump blues ...) le modus operandi est diffèrent mais leurs finalité est la même, cet état d'allégresse extatique. Quand on voit l'effet dévastateur de ce titre sur votre serviteur, il est difficile d'imaginer la transe qu'il a pu provoquer chez des gens sortant tout juste d'une guerre mondiale. [...]
Louis Jordan: Caldonia ( buy ) "Caldonia, Caldonia, What makes your big head so hard?" An infectious jump blues tune from 1945, featuring wild vocals and an even wilder sax. At the height of his career, Louis Jordan was known as the King of the Jukebox. In hindsight, he became known as the Father of Rhythm & Blues and the Grandfather of Rock ´n´ Roll. "I love you, I love you just the same, I´ll always love you baby ´cause Caldonia is your [...]