“Choo-Choo-Ch’Boogie” Louis Jordan and the Tympani Five

Here’s the incredible Louis Jordan, all but forgotten today, one of the fathers of modern blues and rock.┬áThis hit, “Choo-Choo-Ch’Boogie”, one of many for Louis, originally came out in 1946 when the genre was called ‘jive boogie’ or ‘jump blues’ and traversed the musical color barrier of the time — white kids liked it as much as black kids. (Sidenote: It was written by two white guys with a country music background.) Today it’d be classed as R&B or rock by those obsessed with labels and categories. Who cares? It’s just great music. Can anyone with a pulse listen to this tune without tapping their feet?

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