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Today: The late Louis Jordan was born in 1908 – 104 years ago

From Wikipedia:

Louis Thomas Jordan (July 8, 1908 – February 4, 1975) was a pioneering American jazz, blues and rhythm & blues musician,songwriter and bandleader who enjoyed his greatest popularity from the late 1930s to the early 1950s. Known as “The King of the Jukebox“, Jordan was highly popular with both black and white audiences in the later years of the swing era. In 2004, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked him #59 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

Jordan was one of the most successful African-American musicians of the 20th century, ranking fifth in the list of the all-time most successful black recording artists according to Billboard magazine’s chart methodology.

 Influence on popular music

  • Louis Jordan is described by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as “the Father of Rhythm & Blues” and “the Grandfather of Rock ‘n’ Roll.”
  • He is one of a number of seminal black performers who are often credited with inventing rock and roll, or at least providing many of the building blocks for the music
  • Jordan was the greatest post-war exponent of the jump blues style, one of the prototypes of rock and roll
  • Jordan also strongly influenced Bill Haley & His Comets, whose producer, Milt Gabler, had also worked with Jordan and attempted to incorporate Jordan’s stylings into Haley’s music
  • Among Jordan’s biggest fans were Little Richard and Chuck Berry. Berry clearly modeled his musical approach on Jordan’s, changing the text from black life to teenage life, and substituting cars and girls for Jordan’s primary motifs of food, drink, money and girls.
  • Jordan’s guitarist, Carl Hogan, was a particularly direct influence on Berry’s guitar style, as can be heard on the 1946 hit “Ain’t That Just Like A Woman”; Hogan’s opening single-note solo on the song was lifted essentially note-for-note by Berry on his iconic opening riff onJohnny B. Goode
  • James Brown has also specifically cited Jordan as a major influence because of his multi-faceted talent. In the 1992 documentary Lenny Henry Hunts The Funk Brown said that Jordan had influenced him “… in every way. He could sing, he could dance, he could play, he could act. He could do it all.”

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More July-08:

  • Toby Keith Covel (born July 8, 1961) best known as Toby Keith, is an American country music singer-songwriter, record producer and actor. Keith released his first four studio albums — 1993′s Toby Keith, 1994′s Boomtown, 1996′s Blue Moon and 1997′s Dream Walkin’, plus a Greatest Hits package for various divisions of Mercury Records before leaving Mercury in 1998. These albums all earned gold or higher certification, and produced several chart singles, including his debut “Should’ve Been a Cowboy“, which topped the country charts and was the most played country song of the 1990s. The song has received three million spins since then, according toBroadcast Music Incorporated.
  • Andy Fletcher (born 8 July 1961, Nottingham, England), known as “Fletch”, is a co-founder and member of the English synth band Depeche Mode.
  • Willie Nix (August 6, 1922 — July 8, 1991) was an American Chicago blues singer and drummer, active in Memphis, Tennessee,United States, in the 1940s and 1950s.

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