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Portrait of Louis Jordan, 1946.
Louis Jordan swings on the saxophone

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Louis Jordan's Record "Let the Good Times Roll" Hit the Charts
December 21, 1946

Jump, boogie, and let the good times roll! Louis Jordan was a swinging musician who played "jazz with a broad grin." On December 21, 1946, Jordan's single, "Let the Good Times Roll," debuted on the rhythm-and-blues (R&B) charts. Over the next 22 weeks, the recording stayed near the top of the chart, occupying the Number 2 spot for four weeks.

Do you play a musical instrument? Louis Jordan started playing saxophone at the age of 7. As a teenager, he toured with the famed Rabbit Foot Minstrels and backed blues singers, including Bessie Smith. What was next for this talented musician?

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