Luke Jordan

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Luke Jordan
Background information
Born (1892-01-23)January 23, 1892
Appomattox County, Virginia, United States
Died June 25, 1952(1952-06-25) (aged 60)
Genres Blues
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Labels Victor Records

Luke Jordan (January 28, 1892 – June 25, 1952)[1] was an American blues guitarist and vocalist of some renown, particularly in the area of his home, in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Jordan was born in Appomattox County, Virginia. His professional career started at age 35, when he was noticed by Victor Records. He went to Charlotte, North Carolina, in 1927 and made several records. The records sold moderately well, and Victor decided to take Jordan to New York in 1929 for two more sessions. He recorded few known tracks in his career.

He died in Lynchburg in June 1952.[1]

His song "Church Bells Blues" was later recorded by Ralph Willis.[2]

Known recordings[edit]

Recorded August 16, 1927, Charlotte, North Carolina[edit]

  • 39819-1. "Church Bells Blues." Victor unissued
  • 39819-2. "Church Bells Blues." Vi 21076
  • 39820-1. "Pick Poor Robin Clean." Victor unissued
  • 39820-2. "Pick Poor Robin Clean." Vi 20957
  • 39821-2. "Cocaine Blues." Vi 21076
  • 39822-1. "Traveling Coon." Vi 20957

Recorded November 18, 1929, New York City[edit]

  • 57703-1. "My Gal's Done Quit Me." Vi V38564
  • 57704-3. "Won't You Be Kind?" Vi V38564

Recorded November 19, 1929, New York City[edit]

  • 57705- . "If I Call You Mama." Vi 23400
  • 57706-2. "Look Up, Look Down." Victor unissued
  • 57707- . "Tom Brown Sits in His Prison Cell." Vi 23400
  • 57708-2. "That's a Plenty." Victor unissued[3]


  1. ^ a b Doc Rock. "The 50s and Earlier". The Dead Rock Stars Club. Retrieved 2015-09-07. 
  2. ^ Russell, Tony (1997). The Blues: From Robert Johnson to Robert Cray. Dubai: Carlton Books. p. 190. ISBN 1-85868-255-X. 
  3. ^ Stefan Wirz. "Illustrated Luke Jordan discography". Retrieved 2015-09-07.