“Let the Good Times Roll” Performed by Louis Jordan (1946)

November 16, 2007

I am still singing Louis Jordan tunes after my last post here, so here’s one more to share with you on this Friday morning. This is “Let The Good Times Roll” performed by Louis Jordan with his Tympany Five, from the 1947 public domain film “Reet, Petite, and Gone”.

I always thought of this song as belonging to the one and only “King of the Blues” – BB King – since he often performs it live on TV appearances and in concert, almost like a trademark. I didn’t realize it was a Jordan song until I recently discovered all of Jordan’s great music a fews years ago.

You know Jordan was a hero to Ray Charles, among others, and so I guess it was no different for B.B. King. In fact I just recently learned that B.B. King did an album entitled “Let the Good Times Roll: The Music of Louis Jordan” which is now at the top of my wish list for purchase.

I will close with a live rendition of the tune, as sung by Mr. King, from the “Annual New Year’s Eve Party with Willie Nelson and Family” on 12/31/1984. Enjoy the music and as always thanks for stopping by.


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Filed under:B.B. King,Blues/Urban,Decca,Forties,Let The Good Times Roll,Live Performances,Louis Jordan & The Tympany 5,R&B/Jump Blues

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1 SupaStarry June 1, 2009 at 3:23 am

i LOVE Louis! i caught that Reet, Petite, and Gone movie really late one night by accident actually lol the actin wasnt too good but i loved every song! especially this one, it got stuck in my head for a while lol


2 sondan June 1, 2009 at 2:45 pm

I love his music too. He was way cool and ahead of his time IMHO. I want to see that movie some day. I have seen the music clips from it but never the entire movie. Thanks for reminding me so I can add it to my “list:” gotta write everything down nowadays or it flys right outta my head.


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