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Portrait of Louis Jordan, 1946
The remarkable Louis Jordan

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

While Jordan introduced jump blues and boogie-woogie to the masses in the 1940s, his career was not successful in the 1950s. Repeated attempts to stage a comeback failed.

If you've never heard a Louis Jordan recording, you have certainly heard his style. Jordan influenced a wide range of performers, most notably Chuck Berry, Ray Charles, and Bill Haley. Among many others who have played his music are Woody Herman, Muddy Waters, B. B. King, and Eric Clapton. Jordan was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, 1987, 12 years after he died.

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