Today in History: Louis Jordan

Portrait of Louis Jordan
Today in History–December 21–the Library of Congress features saxophonist Louis Jordan, debuted two popular singles on rhythm and blues (R&B) charts on this date in 1946. With a style that combined jazz and blues, Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five launched 54 singles in the 1940s, 18 of which songs reached number one. Learn more about this talented musician by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below for related primary sources.

Louis Jordan’s Record “Let the Good Times Roll” Hit the Charts

Louis Jordan image set

Louis Jordan historical newspaper articles & ads

Let the Good Times Roll song recording

More Louis Jordan & His Tympany five song recordings

Louis Jordan honorary legislation

Tribute to Louis Jordan (America’s Library local legacy)

Curated sets of jazz primary sources

Curated sets or blues primary sources