Louis Jordan

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Saxophonist
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Date of Birth July 8, 1908
Place of Birth Brinkley, Arkansas
Date of Death Feb 4, 1975 (66)
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Louis Jordan

Louis Thomas Jordan was an American saxophonist, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and bandleader who was popular from the late 1930s to the early 1950s. Known as "The King of the Jukebox", he earned his highest profile towards the end of the swing era. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as an "early influence" in 1987. Jordan was a talented singer with great comedic flair, and he fronted his own band for more than twenty years. He duetted with some of the biggest solo singing stars of his time, including Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. Jordan was also an actor and a film personality—he appeared in dozens of "soundies"; the one for "Caldonia" is the most readily available for viewing on various websites. He also made numerous cameos in mainstream features and short films, and starred in two musical feature films made especially for him. He was an instrumentalist who played all forms of the saxophone but specialized in the alto.

Birth name: Louis Thomas Jordan
Born: July 08, 1908, Brinkley, Arkansas, U.S.
Died: February 04, 1975, Los Angeles, California
Genres: Swing, jump blues, boogie-woogie
Occupation(s): Musician, bandleader, songwriter, singer, actor
Instruments: Saxophones, vocals
Years active: 1932–1974
Labels: Decca, Mercury, Aladdin
Associated acts: Tympany Five
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About Louis Jordan

"The King of the Juxebox," a swing saxophonist and bandleader who was considered one of the Greatest Artists of All Time by Rolling Stone Magazine.

Louis Jordan Before Fame

He learned clarinet from his father and played both clarinet and piano semi-professionally until he took up alto saxophone.

Achievement of Louis Jordan

He is considered one of the most successful African-American musicians of the twentieth century.

Louis Jordan Family Life

Jordan was supposedly married to five women over the course of his life.

Associations of Louis Jordan

He performed duets with Ella Fitzgerald when they were both coming up in popularity.

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