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If after a long hard weekend, you find yourself wondering if you're really alive or not, please consult with Louis Jordan.
A couple months ago CLLN featured a clip of Five Guys Named Mo by one of the first crossover artists ever, Louis Jordan. The live clip can still be seen at the link above. If you like that one, I suspect you're also like his hilarious, upbeat "Saturday Night Fish Fry." Watch 'em both.
I used to work for a guy named Mo, one of the only truly artist-friendly record company chairmen in the Biz. But tonight's music is about EatMo (AKA- Louis Jordan), one of the musical pioneers often credited with inventing rock'n'roll. Before he died, over 30 years ago, he had put an indelible impression on jazz, swing, blues, rock and rap. And at a time when blacks listened to black musicians and whites listened to white musicians, Jordan was one of the first really successful "crossover" artists. His biggest hits were "G.I. Jive," "Is You Is Or Is You Ain't?," "Choo Choo Ch'Boogie," "Let The Good Times Roll" (made famous by Ray Charles and Molly Hatchet), "Caldonia," "Saturday Night Fish Fry," "Ain't That Just Like A Woman?," but this one (from 1943 when he was still new in the recording biz, has always been my fave: