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Episode #484 – Louis Jordan, Pt. 3: 1946

Air Week: August 12-18, 2019

Louis Jordan, Pt. 3: 1946

The “Juke In The Back” presents Part 3 of a mammoth, multi-part series, featuring the most important musical figure of the 1940s, Louis Jordan. He was the most successful African-American artist of the decade, selling millions of records to both Black and White audiences. Jordan charted 57 singles between 1942 and 1951, scoring 18 #1 R&B hits and 56 top 10s. Several of his records even crossed over into the Pop Top 10, which was an almost unheard of feat at the time. Part 3 of our series focuses on the entire year of 1946. Jordan scored 5 #1 records that year and spent 35 out of 52 weeks at the top of the Race Record Chart (the name of the R&B chart at that time). One of those #1s was a duet with the great Ella Fitzgerald. We’ll also hear Jordan duetting with another musical titan, Bing Crosby. Decca Records put their 2 biggest stars together, but unfortunately that tune only hit #14 on the Pop Chart. “Choo Choo Ch’Boogie” topped the chart for 18 weeks and then it was knocked out of the top spot by another Louis Jordan record, “Ain’t That Just Like A Woman.” He was at the top of his game in 1946, selling more records than any other African-American artist. We’ll also dig on a V-Disc Jordan cut for those serving overseas in the Armed Forces as well as some choice B sides. The “Juke” is jumpin’ with Jordan this week on part 3 of “Juke In The Back”‘s tribute to the “King Of The Jukeboxes, Louis Jordan. 

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