Louis Jordan discography

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Louis Jordan discography
Releases
Studio albums 10
Live albums 1
Compilation albums 10+
Singles 125

Louis Jordan was an American popular music innovator who recorded from the 1930s until the 1970s. During the 1940s, he was the most popular recording artist of the soon-to-be-called rhythm and blues music.[note 1] Jordan had eighteen No. 1 hits, which places him as the third most successful singles artist in Billboard R&B charts history.[note 2] His 1946 recording of "Choo Choo Ch'Boogie" is tied for first place for spending the most weeks (eighteen) at No. 1.[note 3] Jordan's success was not limited to the R&B market — he also had No. 1 hits on the Billboard Pop and Country charts.

The peak of Jordan's popularity occurred when the two-song record single was the typical format, before the emergence of the long-playing record album. As a result, although he recorded prolifically, he had relatively few albums until compilations began appearing after his death in 1975. Listed here are the singles and albums Jordan recorded during his career, as well as the more current and notable compilations.

Singles[edit]

1930s[edit]

Year Title Details Peak chart positions
[note 4]
1939 "Honey in the Bee Ball"
1939 "Barnacle Bill the Sailor"
1939 "Flat Face"
  • Composer: Courtney Williams
  • Recorded: March 29, 1939
  • Label: Decca 7590
1939 "Doug the Jitterbug"
  • Composer: Jordan
  • Recorded: March 29, 1939
  • Label: Decca 7590
1939 "Keep a-Knockin’"
1939 "At the Swing Cat’s Ball"
  • Composer: Campbell
  • Recorded: March 29, 1939
  • Label: Decca 7609
1939 "Sam Jones Done Snagged His Britches"
1939 "Swinging in a Cocoanut Tree"
1939 "Honeysuckle Rose"[note 5]
1939 "But I’ll Be Back"
  • Composer: Jordan
  • Recorded: November 14, 1939
  • Label: Decca 7675
1939 "‘Fore Day Blues"
1939 "You Ain’t Nowhere"
  • Composer: Jordan, Don Redman
  • Recorded: November 14, 1939
  • Label: Decca 7693
1939 "You’re My Meat"
  • Composer: Skeets Tolbert
  • Recorded: November 14, 1939
  • Label: Decca 7719
1939 "Jake, What a Snake"
Blank in chart positions indicates release that did not chart.

1940s[edit]

Year Title Details Peak chart positions[note 6]
R&B Pop C&W
1940 "Hard Lovin’ Blues"[note 7]
  • Composer: Yack Taylor
  • Recorded: January 25, 1940
  • Label: Decca 7705
1940 "You Run Your Mouth and I’ll Run My Business"[note 8]
  • Composer: Lil Armstrong
  • Recorded: January 25, 1940
  • Label: Decca 7705
1940 "I'm Alabama Bound"
  • Composer: Mike Jackson, Robert Hoffman
  • Recorded: January 25, 1940
  • Label: Decca 7723
1940 "June Teenth Jamboree"
  • Composer: Sammy Price
  • Recorded: January 25, 1940
  • Label: Decca 7723
1940 "You Got to Go When the Wagon Comes"[note 9]
  • Composer: Randy Culbreth, Jasper Thomas
  • Recorded: March 13, 1940
  • Label: Decca 7729
1940 "After School Swing Session (Swinging with Symphony Sid)"
  • Composer: Jordan, Buddy Feyne
  • Recorded: March 13, 1940
  • Label: Decca 7729
1940 "Lovie Joe"[note 10]
1940 "Somebody Done Hoodooed the Hoodoo Man"
  • Composer: Wesley Wilson
  • Recorded: March 13, 1940
  • Label: Decca 7745
1940 "Bounce the Ball (Do Da Little Um Day)"
  • Composer: Mike Jackson
  • Recorded: March 13, 1940
  • Label: Decca 3253
1940 "Don’t Come Crying on My Shoulder"
1940 "Never Let Your Left Hand Know What Your Right Hand’s Doin’"
  • Composer: Ted Delaney, Georgia South
  • Recorded: April 29, 1940
  • Label: Decca 7777
1940 "Penthouse in the Basement"
1940 "Oh Boy, I’m in the Groove
1940 "Waitin’ for the Robert E. Lee"
1940 "Do You Call that a Buddy? (Dirty Cat)"
  • Composer: Wesley Wilson
  • Recorded: September 30, 1940
  • Label: Decca 8500
1940 "Pompton Turnpike"
  • Composer: Will Osborne, Dick Rogers
  • Recorded: September 30, 1940
  • Label: Decca 8500
1940 "I Know You (I Know What You Wanna Do)"
  • Composer: Jordan
  • Recorded: September 30, 1940
  • Label: Decca 8501
1940 "A Chicken Ain't Nothin' but a Bird"
  • Composer: Emmett "Babe" Wallace
  • Recorded: September 30, 1940
  • Label: Decca 8501
1941 "T-Bone Blues"[note 11]
1941 "Pinetop's Boogie Woogie"[note 12]
  • Composer: Pinetop Smith
  • Recorded: January 24, 1941
  • Label: Decca 8525
1941 "The Two Little Squirrels (Nuts to You)"
  • Composer: Mack David, Eddie Lane, Vee Lawnhurst
  • Recorded: January 24, 1941
  • Label: Decca 8537
1941 "Pan-Pan"
  • Composer: Jerry Daniels
  • Recorded: January 24, 1941
  • Label: Decca 8537
1941 "Saxa-Woogie"[note 13]
  • Composer: Jordan
  • Recorded: April 2, 1941
  • Label: Decca 8560
1941 "Brotherly Love (Wrong Ideas)"
1941 "Boogie Woogie Came to Town"
1941 "Saint Vitus Dance"
  • Composer: Mike Jackson
  • Recorded: April 2, 1941
  • Label: Decca 8581
1942 "I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town"[note 14]
1942 "Knock Me a Kiss"[note 15]
  • Composer: Mike Jackson
  • Recorded: November 15, 1941
  • Label: Decca 8593
1942 "How 'Bout That?"
  • Composer:
  • Recorded: November 15, 1941
  • Label: Decca 8605
1942 "The Green Grass Grows All Around"
  • Composer: Arthur Johnson, J. Mayo Williams
  • Recorded: November 22, 1941
  • Label: Decca 8605
1942 "Mama Mama Blues (Rusty Dusty Blues)"[note 16]
1942 "Small Town Boy"
  • Composer: Jordan, Dallas Bartley
  • Recorded: November 22, 1941
  • Label: Decca 8627
1942 "I'm Gonna Leave You on the Outskirts of Town"[note 17] 3
1942 "It's a Low Down Dirty Shame"[note 18]
  • Composer: (Big Bill Broonzy rec 3/38)
  • Recorded: July 21, 1942
  • Label: Decca 8638
1942 "What's the Use of Getting Sober (When You're Gonna Get Drunk Again)"[note 19]
  • Composer: Bubsy Meyers
  • Recorded: July 21, 1942
  • Label: Decca 8645
1
1943 "The Chicks I Pick Are Slender and Tender and Tall"[note 20]
  • Composer: Mike Jackson
  • Recorded: July 21, 1942
  • Label: Decca 8645
10
1943 "Five Guys Named Moe"[note 21]
  • Composer: Jerry Bresler, Larry Wynn
  • Recorded: July 21, 1942
  • Label: Decca 8653
3
1943 "That'll Just 'Bout Knock Me Out" 8
1943 "Ration Blues"[note 22]
  • Composer: Jordan, Collenane Clark, Antonio Cosey
  • Recorded: October 4, 1943
  • Label: Decca 8654
1 11 1
1944 "Deacon Jones" 7
1944 "G.I. Jive"
  • Composer: Johnny Mercer
  • Recorded: March 15, 1944
  • Label: Decca 8659
1 1
1944 "Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby"[note 23]
  • Composer: Jordan, Billy Austin
  • Recorded: October 4, 1943
  • Label: Decca 8659
3 2 1
1945 "Mop! Mop!" 1
1945 "You Can't Get That No More"
  • Composer: Jordan, Sam Theard
  • Recorded: March 15, 1944
  • Label: Decca 8668
2 11
1945 "Caldonia"[note 24][note 25]
  • Composer: F. Moore
  • Recorded: April 19, 1945
  • Label: Decca 8670
1 6
1945 "Somebody Done Changed the Lock on My Door"[note 26] 3
1946 "Buzz Me"
  • Composer: F. Moore, Danny Baxter aka Dave Dexter, Jr.
  • Recorded: January 19, 1946
  • Label: Decca 18734
1 9
1946 "Don't Worry 'Bout That Mule"
  • Composer: F. Moore, C. Stewart, W. Davis, D. Groaner
  • Recorded: July 18, 1945
  • Label: Decca 18734
1
1946 "Salt Pork, West Virginia"
  • Composer: F. Moore, Bill Tennyson
  • Recorded: July 16, 1945
  • Label: Decca 18762
2
1946 "Reconversion Blues"
  • Composer: F. Moore, Steve Graham
  • Recorded: October 15, 1945
  • Label: Decca 18762
2
1946 "Beware (Brother, Beware)"[note 27]
  • Composer: F. Moore, Morry Lasco, Dick Adams
  • Recorded: January 23, 1946
  • Label: Decca 18818
2 20
1946 "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Cryin'"[note 28]
  • Composer: Joe Greene
  • Recorded: January 23, 1946
  • Label: Decca 18818B
3
1945 "My Baby Said Yes (Yip, Yip de Hootie)"[note 29]
  • Composer: Leo Robin
  • Recorded: July 1944
  • Label: Decca 23417
14
1945 "Your Socks Don't Match"
  • Composer: Leon Carr, Leo Corday
  • Recorded: July 1944
  • Label: Decca 23417
1946 "Stone Cold Dead in the Market (He Had It Coming)"[note 30] 1 7
1946 "Petootie Pie"[note 31]
  • Composer: Lorenzo Pack, Frank Paparelli, Raymond Leveen
  • Recorded: October 9, 1945
  • Label: Decca 23546
3
1946 "Choo Choo Ch'Boogie"
  • Composer: Vaughn Horton aka George Vaughn Horton, Denver Darling, Milt Gabler
  • Recorded: January 23, 1946
  • Label: Decca 23610
1 7
1946 "That Chick's Too Young to Fry"
  • Composer: Tommy Edwards, Jimmy Hillard
  • Recorded: January 23, 1946
  • Label: Decca 23610
3
1946 "Ain't That Just Like a Woman (They'll Do It Every Time)"
  • Composer: F. Moore, Claude Demetrius
  • Recorded: January 23, 1946
  • Label: Decca 23669
1 17
1946 "If It's Love You Want, Baby That's Me"
  • Composer: Sid Robin aka Sidney Rabinowitz
  • Recorded: June 26, 1946
  • Label: Decca 23669
1946 "Ain't Nobody Here but Us Chickens" 1 6
1946 "Let the Good Times Roll"
  • Composer: F. Moore, Sam Theard
  • Recorded: June 26, 1946
  • Label: Decca 23741
2
1947 "Texas and Pacific"
  • Composer: Jack Wolf Fine, Joseph E. Hirsch
  • Recorded: October 10, 1946
  • Label: Decca 23810
1 20
1947 "I Like 'Em Fat Like That" 5
1947 "Open the Door, Richard!" 2 6
1947 "It's So Easy"
  • Composer: Allen Roberts, Doris Fisher
  • Recorded: January 23, 1947
  • Label: Decca 23841
1947 "Jack, You're Dead" 1 21
1947 "I Know What You're Puttin' Down"
  • Composer: Jordan, Bud Allen
  • Recorded: October 10, 1946
  • Label: Decca 23901
3
1947 "Boogie Woogie Blue Plate"
  • Composer: Joe Bushkin, Johnny DeVries
  • Recorded:
  • Label: Decca 24104
1 21
1947 "Sure Had a Wonderful Time"
  • Composer: F. Moore, Claude Demetrius
  • Recorded: October 10, 1946
  • Label: Decca 24104
1947 "Look Out"
  • Composer: Jordan, Leo Robin
  • Recorded: June 4, 1947
  • Label: Decca 24155
5
1947 "Early in the Mornin'"
  • Composer: Jordan, Dallas Bartley, Leo Hickman
  • Recorded: April 23, 1947
  • Label: Decca 23155
3
1948 "Barnyard Boogie"
  • Composer: Jordan, Wilhelmina Gray
  • Recorded: April 23, 1947
  • Label: Decca 24300
2
1948 "How Long Must I Wait for You"
  • Composer: Lucky Millinder, Jerry Black
  • Recorded: July 16, 1945
  • Label: Decca 24300
9
1948 "Reet, Petite and Gone"
  • Composer: Jordan, Lora Lee
  • Recorded: October 10, 1946
  • Label: Decca 24381
4
1948 "Inflation Blues"
  • Composer: Jordan, Allegretto Alexander, Tommy Southern
  • Recorded: December 1, 1947
  • Label: Decca 24381
1948 "Run Joe"
  • Composer: Jordan, Walter Merrick, Joe Willoughby
  • Recorded: April 23, 1947
  • Label: Decca 24448
1 23
1948 "All for the Love of Lil"
  • Composer: Jerry Bresler, Larry Wynn
  • Recorded: October 10, 1946
  • Label: Decca 24448
13
1948 "Don't Burn the Candle at Both Ends" 4
1948 "We Can't Agree"
  • Composer: Jordan, Wilhelmina Gray
  • Recorded: November 24, 1947
  • Label: Decca 24483
14
1948 "Daddy-O"[note 32] 7
1948 "You're Right on Track"[note 33]
1948 "Pettin' and Pokin'"
  • Composer: Jordan, Leo Robin
  • Recorded: December 1, 1947
  • Label: Decca 24527
5
1948 "Why'd You Do It, Baby?"
  • Composer:
  • Recorded: December 18, 1947
  • Label: Decca 24527
1949 "Roamin' Blues"
  • Composer: Jordan, Jeff Dane, Ben Lorre
  • Recorded: November 24, 1947
  • Label: Decca 24571
10
1949 "Have You Got the Gumption?"
  • Composer: Bill Austin, Pinetop Smith
  • Recorded: November 24, 1947
  • Label: Decca 24571
1949 "You Broke Your Promise" 3
1949 "Safe, Sane and Single"
1949 "Cole Slaw (Sorghum Switch)"
  • Composer: Jesse Stone
  • Recorded: April 12, 1949
  • Label: Decca 24633
7
1949 "Every Man to His Own Profession" 10
1949 "You Run Your Mouth, I’ll Run My Business"[note 34]
  • Composer: Lil Armstrong
  • Recorded: January 1940
  • Label: Decca 24643
1949 "A Chicken Ain’t Nothin’ but a Bird"[note 35]
  • Composer: Emmett "Babe" Wallace
  • Recorded: September 30, 1940
  • Label: Decca 24643
1949 "Baby, It's Cold Outside"[note 36]
  • Composer: Frank Loesser
  • Recorded: April 8, 1949
  • Label: Decca 24644
6 9
1949 "Don't Cry, Cry Baby"[note 37]
  • Composer: Clarence Maher, Bennie Martini, Sail Tepper
  • Recorded: April 28, 1949
  • Label: Decca 24644
1949 "Beans and Corn Bread"
  • Composer: F. Moore, Fred B. Clark
  • Recorded: April 12, 1949
  • Label: Decca 24673
1
1949 "Chicky-Mo, Craney-Cro"
  • Composer: Jordan, Wesley Wilson
  • Recorded: November 24, 1947
  • Label: Decca
1949 "Saturday Night Fish Fry (Pts. 1 & 2)"
  • Composer: Jordan, Ellis Walsh, Al Carters
  • Recorded: August 9, 1949
  • Label: Decca 24725
1 21
Blank in chart positions indicates release that did not chart.

V-Discs[edit]

Year Title Details Peak chart positions
[note 38]
1943 "Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby"
  • Composer: Jordan, Billy Austin
  • Recorded:
  • Label: V-Disc 158
1943 "Knock Me a Kiss"
  • Composer: Mike Jackson
  • Recorded:
  • Label: V-Disc 158
1942 "I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town"
1943 "I've Found a New Baby"
1943 "Five Guys Named Moe"
  • Composer: Jerry Bresler, Larry Wynn
  • Recorded:
  • Label: V-Disc 196
1943 "Jumpin' at the Jubilee"
  • Composer: Jordan
  • Recorded:
  • Label: V-Disc 196
1943 "You Can't Get That No More"
  • Composer: Jordan, Sam Theard
  • Recorded:
  • Label: V-Disc 237
1943 "The End of My Worries"
  • Composer: Jordan
  • Recorded:
  • Label: V-Disc 237
1944 "How High Am I"
1944 "Hey Now Let's Live"
1944 "Deacon Jones"
1944 "I Like 'Em Fat Like That"
1944 "Bahama Joe"
  • Composer: F. Moore
  • Recorded:
  • Label: V-Disc 513
1944 "Nobody but Me"
  • Composer: F. Moore
  • Recorded:
  • Label: V-Disc 513

1950s[edit]

Year Title Details Peak chart positions[note 39]
R&B Pop C&W
1950 "School Days" 5
1950 "I Know What I've Got"
  • Composer: Jordan, Sid Robin aka Sidney Rabinowitz
  • Recorded: February 1949
  • Label: Decca 24815
1950 "Push-Ka-Pee Shee Pie"
  • Composer: Jordan, Walter Merrick, Joe Willoughby
  • Recorded: April 12, 1949
  • Label: Decca 24877
1950 "Hungry Man"
  • Composer: Bobby Troup
  • Recorded: August 9, 1949
  • Label: Decca 24877
1950 "Baby's Gonna Go Bye Bye"
  • Composer: Dave Franklin, Van Alexander
  • Recorded: April 12, 1949
  • Label: Decca 24981
1950 "Heed My Warning"
  • Composer: Jordan, Howard Bowman
  • Recorded: April 12, 1949
  • Label: Decca 24981
1950 "Pinetop's Boogie Woogie"[note 40]
  • Composer: Pinetop Smith
  • Recorded: January 24, 1941
  • Label: Decca 25394
1950 "Saxa-Woogie"[note 41]
  • Composer: Jordan
  • Recorded: April 2, 1941
  • Label: Decca 25394
1950 "Honeysuckle Rose"[note 42]
1950 "T-Bone Blues"[note 43]
1950 "Onion"
  • Composer: Jordan, Bill Doggett
  • Recorded: April 12, 1949
  • Label: Decca 27058
1950 "Psycho-Loco"
  • Composer: Jordan, Bill Doggett
  • Recorded: April 12, 1949
  • Label: Decca 27058
1950 "Blue Light Boogie (Pts. 1 & 2)" 1
1950 "I Want a Roof Over My Head"
  • Composer: Brooks, Harvey
  • Recorded: June 26, 1950
  • Label: Decca 27129
1950 "Show Me How (You Milk the Cow)"
  • Composer: Nicola Paone
  • Recorded: June 26, 1950
  • Label: Decca 27129
1950 "I'll Never Be Free"[note 44] 7
1950 "Ain’t Nobody’s Business but My Own"[note 45]
1950 "Tamburitza Boogie"
  • Composer: Steve Crlencia, George Vaughn aka George Vaughn Horton
  • Recorded: August 18, 1950
  • Label: Decca 27203
10
1950 "Trouble Then Satisfaction"
  • Composer: George Vaughn aka George Vaughn Horton, Matthew Strange
  • Recorded: August 21, 1950
  • Label: Decca 27203
1950 "Life Is So Peculiar"[note 46]
1950 "(I'll Be Glad When You're Dead) You, Rascal You"[note 47]
  • Composer: Sam Theard
  • Recorded:
  • Label: Decca 27212
1951 "Lemonade"
  • Composer: Jordan, Wihelmina Gray
  • Recorded: Aust 18, 1950
  • Label: Decca 27324
5
1951 "(You Dyed Your Hair) Chartreuse"
  • Composer: Billy Moore, Jr., J. Leslie McFarland
  • Recorded: August 18, 1950
  • Label: Decca 27324
1951 "Tear Drops from My Eyes"
  • Composer: Rudy Toombs
  • Recorded: December 21, 1950
  • Label: Decca 27428
4
1951 "It's a Great, Great Pleasure"
1951 "Weak Minded Blues"
  • Composer: Jordan
  • Recorded: March 15, 1951
  • Label: Decca 27547
5
1951 "Is My Pop in There?"
  • Composer: Brooke Taylor, Wayne Vaughn
  • Recorded: March 1951
  • Label: Decca 27547
1951 "I Can't Give You Anything but Love, Baby"
1951 "You Will Always Have a Friend"
  • Composer: Jordan, Joe Willoughby
  • Recorded: August 1950
  • Label: Decca 27620
1951 "If You're So Smart How Come You Ain't Rich"
  • Composer: F. Norman, B. Friedman, Walter Bishop, Sr.
  • Recorded: June 5, 1951
  • Label: Decca 27648
1951 "How Blue Can You Get?"
  • Composer: Jane Feather
  • Recorded: June 1951
  • Label: Decca 27648
1951 "Please Don't Leave Me"
  • Composer:
  • Recorded: June 13, 1951
  • Label: Decca 27694
1951 "Three-Handed Woman"
  • Composer: Ben Raleigh, Hilda Taylor
  • Recorded: June 13, 1951
  • Label: Decca 27694
1951 "Trust in Me"
  • Composer:
  • Recorded: June 5, 1951
  • Label: Decca 27784
1951 "Cock-a-Doodle Doo"
  • Composer: Vaughn Horton aka George Vaughn Horton
  • Recorded: July 30, 1951
  • Label: Decca 27784
1951 "May Every Day Be Christmas"
  • Composer: Jordan
  • Recorded: June 1951
  • Label: Decca 27806
1951 "Bone Dry"
  • Composer: Walt Barrows, Bernard Zee, Libby Zee
  • Recorded: June 13, 1951
  • Label: Decca 27806
1952 "Lay Something on the Bar (Besides Your Elbows)"
  • Composer: Billy Austin, Sheldon Smith
  • Recorded: November 28, 1951
  • Label: Decca 27898
1952 "No Sale"
  • Composer:
  • Recorded: June 26, 1946
  • Label: Decca 27898
1951 "Louisville Lodge Meeting"
  • Composer: Ervin Drake, Jimmy Shirl
  • Recorded: June 5, 1951
  • Label: Decca 27969
1951 "Work Baby Work"
  • Composer: Jack Adrian
  • Recorded: November 28, 1951
  • Label: Decca 27969
1952 "Slow Down"
  • Composer: Jordan, Russell Royster
  • Recorded: November 1951
  • Label: Decca 28088
1952 "Never Trust a Woman"
  • Composer: Jordan, Bill Doggett
  • Recorded: November 1951
  • Label: Decca 28088
1952 "Junco Partner"
  • Composer: Bob Shad, Robert Ellen
  • Recorded: April 1952
  • Label: Decca 28211
1952 "Azure-Te"
  • Composer: Wild Bill Davis, Don Wolf
  • Recorded: April 1952
  • Label: Decca 28211
1952 "Oil Well, Texas"
  • Composer: Jordan, Elton Hill, Bill Tennyson
  • Recorded: April 1952
  • Label: Decca 28225
1952 "Jordan for President"
  • Composer: Jordan
  • Recorded: May 1952
  • Label: Decca 28225
1952 "Friendship"
  • Composer: Jordan, Claude Demetrius
  • Recorded: January 20, 1947
  • Label: Decca 28444
1952 "You're Too Much Fat"
  • Composer: Jordan, Ben Lorre, Jeff Dane
  • Recorded: December 1, 1947
  • Label: Decca 28444
1953 "You Didn't Want Me Baby"
  • Composer: F. Moore
  • Recorded: December 1952
  • Label: Decca 28543
1953 "A Man's Best Friend"
  • Composer: Ray McKinley
  • Recorded: December 1952
  • Label: Decca 28543
1953 "It's Better to Wait for Love"
1953 "Just Like a Butterfly"
  • Composer: Mort Dixon, Harry Woods
  • Recorded: February 1952
  • Label: Decca 28664
1953 "Hog Wash"
  • Composer: Jordan, Bill Tennyson
  • Recorded: May 1953
  • Label: Decca 28756
1953 "House Party"
  • Composer: Jordan, Rose Marie McCoy, Julian Dash, George Kelly
  • Recorded: May 1953
  • Label: Decca 28543
1953 "Time Marches On"[note 48]
  • Composer: Jordan, Joe Willoughby
  • Recorded: April 1952
  • Label: Decca 28820
1953 "There Must Be a Way"
  • Composer: David Saxon, Sammy Gallop
  • Recorded: July 1952
  • Label: Decca 28820
1953 "I Want You to Be My Baby"
  • Composer: Jon Hendricks
  • Recorded: June 28, 1953
  • Label: Decca 28883
1953 "You Know It Too"
  • Composer: Jordan, Earlie Walsh
  • Recorded: June 28, 1953
  • Label: Decca 28883
1953 "The Soona Baby"
  • Composer: Jordan, Bill Doggett, Arthur Johnston
  • Recorded: December 3, 1952
  • Label: Decca 28982
1953 "Fat Sam from Birmingham"
1954 "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out"
  • Composer: Jimmy Cox
  • Recorded: January 4, 1954
  • Label: Decca 29018
1954 "Lollypop"
  • Composer:
  • Recorded: January 4, 1954
  • Label: Decca 29018
1954 "Only Yesterday"
  • Composer:
  • Recorded: February 1953
  • Label: Decca 29166
1954 "I Didn't Know What Time It Was"
1954 "If It's True"
  • Composer: Gus Bentley, Don Redman
  • Recorded: January 2, 1954
  • Label: Decca 29263
1954 "Wake Up Jacob"
1954 "Locked Up"
  • Composer: George Kelly, Wayne Watts, Sidney Wyche
  • Recorded: January 4, 1954
  • Label: Decca 29424
1954 "Perdido"
  • Composer: Juan Tizol
  • Recorded: January 1, 1954
  • Label: Decca 29424
1954 "I Want You To Be My Baby"[note 49]
  • Composer: Jon Hendricks
  • Recorded: June 28, 1953
  • Label: Decca 29655
1954 "Come And Get It"
  • Composer: Alfred Cobbs
  • Recorded: November 1951
  • Label: Decca 29655
1954 "I Gotta Move"
  • Composer: Mamie Thomas, Leroy Kirkland
  • Recorded: January 1954
  • Label: Decca 29860
1954 "Everything That's Made of Wood (Was Once a Tree)"
1954 "Time Marches On"[note 50]
  • Composer: Jordan, Joe Willoughby
  • Recorded: April 1952
  • Label: Decca 30223
1954 "Run Joe"[note 51]
  • Composer: Jordan, Dr. Walt Merrick, Joe Willoughby
  • Recorded: April 23, 1947
  • Label: Decca 30223
1954 “Whiskey Do Your Stuff”
1954 “Dad Gum Ya Hide, Boy”
  • Composer: Browley Guy, Jr.
  • Recorded: January 1954
  • Label: Aladdin 3223
1954 “I’ll Die Happy”
  • Composer: Jon Hendricks, Connie Moore
  • Recorded: February 195
  • Label: Aladdin 3227
1954 “Ooo-Wee”
  • Composer: Howard Biggs, Thomas
  • Recorded: January 1954
  • Label: Aladdin 3227
1954 “A Dollar Down”
  • Composer: Jesse Stone
  • Recorded: February 1954
  • Label: Aladdin 3243
1954 “Hurry Home”
1954 “I Seen Watcha Done”
  • Composer: Jordan
  • Recorded: January 1954
  • Label: Aladdin 3246
1954 “Messy Bessy”
  • Composer: Jon Hendricks
  • Recorded: February 1954
  • Label: Aladdin 3246
1954 “Louie's Blues”
  • Composer: Jordan
  • Recorded: February 1954
  • Label: Aladdin 3249
1954 “If I Had Any Sense, I’d Go Back Home”
  • Composer: Rosemarie McCoy
  • Recorded: April 1954
  • Label: Aladdin 3249
1954 “Yeah, Yeah Baby!”
  • Composer: Rudy Toombs
  • Recorded: February 1954
  • Label: Aladdin 3264
1954 “Put Some Money in the Pot, Boy (‘Cause the Juice is Running Low)”
  • Composer: Adelia Davis
  • Recorded: February 1954
  • Label: Aladdin 3264
1954 “Fat Back and Corn Liquor”
  • Composer: Rudy Toombs
  • Recorded: February 1954
  • Label: Aladdin 3270
1954 “The Dripper”
  • Composer: Jordan
  • Recorded: January 1954
  • Label: Aladdin 3270
1954 “Gal, You Need a Whippin’”
  • Composer: Jordan, Antonio Cosey
  • Recorded: January 1954
  • Label: Aladdin 3279
1954 “Time is a Passin’”
  • Composer: Jordan
  • Recorded: January 1954
  • Label: Aladdin 3279
1954 “Gotta Go”
  • Composer: Jordan
  • Recorded: February 1954
  • Label: Aladdin 3295
1954 “It’s Hard to be Good Without You”
  • Composer: Jordan, Eddie Lane
  • Recorded: January 1954
  • Label: Aladdin 3295
1955 Whatever Lola Wants (Lola Gets)
1955 “It’s Been Said”
1955 “Bananas”
1955 “Baby Let’s Do It Up”
1955 “Chicken Back”
  • Composer: Ernie Hays, Timmie Rogers, Joe Taylor
  • Recorded: October 18, 1955
  • Label: X 0182
1955 “Where Can I Go?”
  • Composer: Jordan, Clyde Jones
  • Recorded: October 18, 1955
  • Label: X 0182
1955 “Rock 'n Roll Call”
  • Composer: Jack Hammer aka Earl Burroughs, Rudy Toombs
  • Recorded: October 18, 1955
  • Label: Vik 0192
1955 “Baby, You’re Just Too Much”
1956 “Big Bess”
  • Composer: Teddy McCrae, Mamie Thomas
  • Recorded: October 23, 1956
  • Label: Mercury 70993
1956 “Cat Scratchin’”
  • Composer: R. Refond
  • Recorded: October 23, 1956
  • Label: Mercury 70993
1956 "Ain't Nobody Here but Us Chickens (remake)
1956 "Choo Choo Ch'Boogie" (remake)
  • Composer:Vaughn Horton aka George Vaughn Horton, Denver Darling, Milt Gabler
  • Recorded: 1956
  • Label: Mercury 71023
1957 “Rock Doc”
  • Composer: Allman, Lloyd Shaffer
  • Recorded: January 25, 1957
  • Label: Mercury 71052
1957 “Morning Light”
  • Composer: Don Benoliel, Jerry Ragovoy
  • Recorded: January 25, 1957
  • Label: Mercury 71052
1957 “Fire”
  • Composer: Jordan, Brook Benton
  • Recorded: January 25, 1957
  • Label: Mercury 71106
1957 “Ella Mae”
  • Composer: Mayme Watts
  • Recorded: 1957
  • Label: Mercury 71106
1957 "I Found My Piece of Mind"
1957 "I Never Had a Chance"
1958 “Sweet Hunk of Junk”
  • Composer:
  • Recorded: June 9, 1958
  • Label:Mercury 71319
1958 “Wish I Could Make Some Money”
  • Composer:
  • Recorded: June 9, 1958
  • Label: Mercury 71319
Blank in chart positions indicates release that did not chart.

1960s[edit]

Year Title Details Peak chart positions[note 52]
R&B Pop C&W
1960 "Bills"
  • Composer: Leslie Ann Butler, Terry Dossie
  • Recorded:
  • Label: Warwick M–583
1960 "Fifty Cents"
  • Composer:
  • Recorded:
  • Label: Warwick M–583
1962 "You're My Mule"
  • Composer: Jordan, William Jones, Lawernce Washington
  • Recorded:
  • Label: Tangerine 924
1962 "Texarkana Twist"
  • Composer: D. DeLuca, F. Jordan
  • Recorded:
  • Label: Tangerine 924
1962 "Workin' Man"
  • Composer:
  • Recorded:
  • Label: Tangerine 926
1962 "The Meeting"
  • Composer:
  • Recorded:
  • Label: Tangerine 926
1963 "Hardhead"
1963 "Never Know When a Cheating Woman Changes Her Mind"
1963 "Don't Send Me Flowers When I'm in the Graveyard"
1963 "Point of No Return"
1964 "What I Say"[note 53]
1964 "Old Age"
  • Composer: Jordan, Mabel Davis, Ray Charles
  • Recorded:
  • Label: Tangerine 937
1964 "Time Is Running Out"
  • Composer:
  • Recorded:
  • Label: Tangerine 942
1964 "Troubadour"
  • Composer:
  • Recorded:
  • Label: Tangerine 942
1964 "Ain't Nobody Here but Us Chickens" (remake)
1964 "Saturday Nite Fish Fry" (remake)
  • Composer: Jordan, Ellis Walsh, Al Carters
  • Recorded:
  • Label: Tangerine 947
1965 "Comin' Down"
  • Composer: Bobby Darin, Howlett Smith
  • Recorded:
  • Label: Tangerine 958
1965 "65 Bars"
  • Composer: Don Padgett, Howlett Smith
  • Recorded:
  • Label: Tangerine 958
1963 "Just to Look at You"
  • Composer: Irwin Schuster, Jeff Berry
  • Recorded:
  • Label: Josie 903
1963 "You Made a Fool Out of Me"
  • Composer: Jordan, Salle Bell
  • Recorded:
  • Label: Josie 903
1968 "Sakitumi"
  • Composer:
  • Recorded:
  • Label: Pzazz 015
1968 "Santa Claus, Santa Claus"
Blank in chart positions indicates release that did not chart.

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • Somebody Up There Digs Me (1956)
  • Man, We're Wailin' (1957)

Live albums[edit]

  • Live Jive

Compilation albums[edit]

  • The Best of Louis Jordan
  • Let the Good Times Roll: the Complete Decca Recordings 1938–1954
  • Jivin' With Jordan

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn 1988, p. 584.
  2. ^ Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder are tied for first with twenty each.
  3. ^ Joe Liggins's "The Honeydripper" was also No. 1 for eighteen weeks.
  4. ^ 1930s chart information is not available.
  5. ^ Reissued in 1950 on 25473.
  6. ^ Whitburn 1988, pp. 229–230.
  7. ^ Vocals by Yack Taylor.
  8. ^ Reissued in 1949 on 24643.
  9. ^ Vocal by Daisy Winchester.
  10. ^ Vocal by Mabel Robinson.
  11. ^ Reissued in 1950 on 25473.
  12. ^ Reissued in 1950 on 25394.
  13. ^ Reissued in 1950 on 25394.
  14. ^ Reissued in 1946 on 23628.
  15. ^ Reissued in 1946 on 23628.
  16. ^ Reissued in 1946 on 23631.
  17. ^ Reissued in 1946 on 23631.
  18. ^ Reissued in 1946 on 23631.
  19. ^ Reissued in 1946 on 23629.
  20. ^ Reissued in 1946 on 23629.
  21. ^ Reissued in 1946 on 23630.
  22. ^ First crossover hit.
  23. ^ Reissued in 1946 on 23630.
  24. ^ Retitled "Caldonia Boogie" for national chart.
  25. ^ Reissued in 1947 on 23932.
  26. ^ Reissued in 1947 on 23932.
  27. ^ Reissued in 1947 on 23931.
  28. ^ Reissued in 1947 on 23931.
  29. ^ Duet with Bing Crosby.
  30. ^ Duet with Ella Fitzgerald.
  31. ^ Duet with Ella Fitzgerald.
  32. ^ Duet with Martha Davis.
  33. ^ Duet with Martha Davis.
  34. ^ Reissue of 7705.
  35. ^ Reissue of 8501.
  36. ^ Duet with Ella Fitzgerald.
  37. ^ Duet with Ella Fitzgerald.
  38. ^ Not applicable.
  39. ^ Whitburn 1988, pp. 230
  40. ^ Reissue of 8525.
  41. ^ Reissue of 8560.
  42. ^ Reissue of 7675.
  43. ^ Reissue of 8525.
  44. ^ Duet with Ella Fitzgerald.
  45. ^ Duet with Ella Fitzgerald.
  46. ^ Duet with Louis Armstrong.
  47. ^ Duet with Louis Armstrong.
  48. ^ Reissued as 30223.
  49. ^ Reissue of 28883.
  50. ^ Reissue of 28820.
  51. ^ Reissue of 24448.
  52. ^ Whitburn 1988, p. 230
  53. ^ Ray Charles' "What'd I Say" with different lyrics.

References[edit]