Ep. #10: Featuring "Ambassador of Soul" Ellis Hall
"Let the Good Times Roll"
The Orpheum, right here in Los Angeles, was the spot of a young Louis Jordan's first West Coast show and if you were lucky enough to be there, you heard the soon-to-be hit "Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby?".
Remember "Soundies", those 3-minute jukebox "music videos" that you could view for 10 cents? Jordan, full of charisma and dynamic stage performances, was dubbed "King of the Jukeboxes" with tunes like "Caldonia" and "Beware, Brother, Beware!" He became a leader of jump blues with over 57 hits. To many, including a young James Brown, "He was Everything."
Most of Jordan's recordings with his band Tympany Five took place in LA, NY, and Chicago; the latter is where he met composer-comedian Sam "Spoo-De-O-Dee" Theard. Their song, "Let the Good Times Roll" hit the charts in 1946 and then again, in 1959, with Ray Charles performing an arrangement by a then only 26-year-old Quincy Jones. In 1976, B.B. King recorded his own hit version of "Let the Good Times Roll" right here in Los Angeles at the Coconut Grove. This song was his favorite concert opener, and in 1999, he honored his hero with his album Let the Good Times Roll: The Music of Louis Jordan.
"Let the Good Times Roll" continues to live on in movies and on dance floors. Carrying it forward, in this MUSE/IQUE In A Minute! (...Or Two), we are honored to present the one and only, Ambassador of Soul, Ellis Hall.
"Despite the craziness going around every day, we can still celebrate the music, the life we have and the love we share. Oh yeah, 'Let the Good Times Roll.'" - Ellis Hall
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