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Let the Good Times Roll (The Michigan American Music) Paperback – 30 Dec 1997
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John Chilton also helps to rectify this tragic wrong in his biography of the great jazz comedian. He does an excellent job in combiining research with interviews with Jordan's then-living family and contemporaries, old interviews with LJ, and films and recordings of the jive-master. He gives our man his long-forgotten due not only as a fine musician, but as a treasurer who preserved a lot of genuine African-American humor and folklore in his recording. His early influences, such as his father's love for Bert Williams' recordings of comical story-songs and Jordan's own relationship with the legendary Satchmo, explain the roots of Jordan's unique style of comical jazz storytelling.
Chilton also gives our man his due in managing to preserve a lot of genuine African-American folklore and comedy in his story-songs and closes with a timey quote from Martin Luther King on the need to preserve such things.
The only weakness is a not-too thorough discography (although a lot of Jordan Cds and DVD's have been relelased since the initial publication of this book).A familiarity with Jordan's music and films would help the reader, and if you like Louis Jordan, you'll love this book.