New series 1/4. A profile of singer and saxophonist Louis Jordan
(1908-75), whose feel-good jump-jive sound (with the band Tympany Five) is credited with bridging the gap between the minstrel show and rock 'n' roll, between swing and R&B. One of America's most successful performers of the last century, Jordan reached number one 18 times on the then named race charts. The title of Jordan's
1943 hit Five Guys Named Moe was also the title of a hit 1990 tribute show written, directed and starring series presenter. Clarke Peters , who has researched Jordan's humour, perfectionism, battles with illness, and his impact on the likes of Little Richard , Chuck Berry , Ray Charles and Bill Haley. Producer Terry Carter
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