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Louis Jordan with the Tympany Five, New York, New York
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Louis Jordan's Record "Let the Good Times Roll" Hit the Charts
December 21, 1946

By 1938, Jordan headed his own band--Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five. His goal was to create music that appealed to all people. From 1943 until 1950, his singles topped the R&B chart more than 25 percent of the time. Fifteen of those hits crossed over to the pop charts.

Jordan combined musical innovation with humor and jive talk. "Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens" ranked Number 1 on the R&B charts for 17 weeks. This excellent saxophonist and talented entertainer appeared in films and recorded with prominent artists, including Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby, and Ella Fitzgerald. Unfortunately, the next decade had something else in store for the bandleader.

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