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I didnâ€™t know much about Louis Jordan until John Anthony gave me a Best Of cd as a present one night. Heâ€™d been round with Howard for an evening of food and records, and it was a thank you thought. Little did he know Iâ€™d begin yet another quest to complete a 45 library on the guy as a result. Risque sexual themes often featured strongly in his work, notably the saucy â€˜Show Me How To Milk The Cowâ€™ for example. And I do love sleeze.
Ray Charles signed Louis Jordan to his Tangerine label in the 60â€™s – it was his last deal actually. â€˜Hardheadâ€™ is a terrific single from that period. There are many things to appreciate about the guy – go and Wikipedia him. Known as â€˜King Of The Jukeboxâ€™, he still maintains the most weeks at #1 for any black performer: 113 (Stevie Wonder lags behind with 70, making him #2).
Clearly he kicked the door open for Little Richard, Screaming Jay Hawkins – so many.