Rock Doc! Louis Jordan on Mercury 1956-57 - Louis Jordan

Rock Doc! Louis Jordan on Mercury 1956-57
The legendary Louis Jordan was as vulnerable as anybody else to changing fashions in the 1950s as Rock n Roll arose, bookings reduced.

His longstanding deal with DECCA Records was unbelievably not renewed. Louis' former manger had founded soon to be major Chicago label Mercury Records, and had the idea of not recording new material, but re-recording Louis' greatest songs for the new microgroove album market with a new Tympany 5 made up of top New York, Chicago and Hollywood session men, not the odd idea it sounds nowadays, as this would not only capture a potential new market of youngsters, but recapture older fans who wanted the best of Louis on the new-fangled LP format.

If Louis Jordan had harboured any reservations about the use of session musicians on these initial recordings, these were soon blown away by the new life injected into his familiar old songs by the likes of Sam The Man Taylor on tenor sax, pianist Ernie Hayes, Mickey Baker on guitar and young Quincy Jones'ssympathetic arrangements. The optimism was infectious: Mercury marketed the new recordings in the trade paper ads by billing Jordan as The Original Rock And Roller , making an astute reference to his place among the progenitors of R&B and, therefore, rock n roll.
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