"G. I. Jive"/"Is You Is Or Is You Ain't (Ma' Baby)"
by Louis Jordan And His Tympany Five
on Decca 8659 A/B
released in 1944
Above: Louis Jordan And His Tympany Five clipping From 1946. Louis Jordan was a saxophonist, singer, band leader, composer, arranger, and entertainer.
Above: Louis Jordan And His Tympany Five performing "Deacon Jones" from the 1944 movie "Meet Miss Bobby Socks."
Above: Review from The Billboard magazine dated 4/29/44.
Above: Pictures of Louis Jordan from Jet magazine, 1951 and 1953.
Above: (Left) Column from The Billboard magazine dated 6/3/44. "Bobby-Sock Brigade" was probably the 1944 movie "Meet Miss Bobby Socks." (Right) Obituary from Jet magazine dated 2/20/75.
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Above Left: Photo of Louis Jordan.
Above Right: Label image of Decca 8659 A recorded on 3/15/44. The flip, co-composed by Jordan, was recorded on 10/4/43. Louis Jordan And His Tympany Five recorded for Decca from 1938 to 1954, at which time he moved to the Aladdin label. Louis Jordan first recorded for Decca as a saxophonist in Chick Webb's band in 1936.
NOTE: The band assists with vocal harmony on the B side. While there is no vocal harmony on the A side, it is included for completeness.
Listen to this week's selections by Louis Jordan And His Tympany Five on Decca 8659 A/B from 1944: [Audio restoration by Dave Saviet.]
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1. G. I. Jive
2. Is You Is Or Is You Ain't (Ma' Baby)
BOTH played in sequence
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