Sunday, 18 August 2013

Knock Me Out – Louis Jordan

 
 
 
 
Side One
1. A Chicken Ain't Nothing But A Bird
2. Do You Call That A Buddy?
3. I Know You
4. The Two Little Squirrels
5. Pan-Pan
6. St Vitus Dance
7. Brotherly Love
8. How 'Bout That?

Side Two
1. Mama Mama Blues
2. The Green Grass Grows All Around
3. Small Town Boy
4. I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town
5. The Chicks I Pick Are Slender, Tender And Tall
6. That'll Just 'Bout Knock Me Out
7. It's A Low-Down Dirty Shame
8. Ration Blues

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We continue our jump blues theme with the originator, the pioneer of jump and R&B, the man himself - Louis Jordan. I've always felt a little guilty that Louis hasn't been properly represented on Be Bop Wino apart from a couple of posts in the earliest days of the blog, and these vanished long ago. This 1986 LP features sides recorded by Louis and his backing group, The Tympany Five, between September 1940 and October 1942. Louis had left the Chick Webb Orchestra back in 1938 to strike out on his own, forsaking the big band scene for small group swing which was popular in the clubs of Harlem.

The recordings on this LP are from the period when Louis' band started to break big, graduating from clubs to ball rooms and theatres and enjoying ever increasing record sales on the major label Decca. "I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town" was the B-side of "Knock Me a Kiss" but it was such a big seller that it was promoted to double A-side, and the disc became one of the major hits of 1942. "The Chicks I Pick" and "That'll Just About Knock Me Out" were two more wildly popular releases with jivey vocals and raucous sax breaks that set the pattern for a series of hits which lasted up until the end of the 1940s.

Here's some Louis to listen to - with the emphasis on his blues singing, rather on the light hearted novelties for which he is mostly remembered:

7 comments:

Frank Jive said...

Really fun there, B.W. I especially liked "Brotherly Love" and I don't think I've ever heard it before. I used to have Vol. 1 of this set back in the 80s—bought at a record store in Chicago, on Diversey Parkway I think, right down the street from a health food store I shopped at when I lived there.

tanktop said...

Thank you so much for some great, out-of-the-way Louis Jordan!
Some very fine stuff here - wonderful of you to uncover it for us!:)

Anonymous said...

Great stuff!

Paolo

boogiewoody said...

There's more Louis in the pipeline! Mention of "Brotherly Love" drew my attention to the fact that the disc label wrongly attributes all composer credits to Louis Jordan. "Brotherly Love" was written by Leonard Feather. "I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts of Town" was written by Casey Bill Weldon.

Charissa said...

Awesome!

bluelou said...

Do you have Hallelujah..Louis Jordan Is Back LP?

boogiewoody said...

Sorry, Bluelou, I don't have that one.