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托马脱(Doc Tomato)正在演唱乔丹(Louis Jordon)的知名曲「Let the Good Times Roll


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(Louis Armstrong)及克劳斯贝(Bing Crosby),这两位知名且受欢迎的音乐家,但您 很可能从未听过乔丹,当他在世时,也跟上述两位音乐家一样的受欢迎。

生于阿肯色州的乔丹(1908-1975)被视为节奏 & 蓝调、摇滚乐,甚或是绕舌歌之父。1940年代及1950年代间,他是少数几个能够 越跨种族界线的非裔美国人音乐家之一,黑人及白人听众都喜爱他的音乐。1942年前,乔丹及他的乐团:Tympany Five是国内最受欢迎的广播节目之一;由于他的声望,他曾主演过许多的好莱坞短片,与其他的艺人并列同一等级,如:阿姆斯壮及克劳斯贝,甚至在现今绕舌乐诞生的数十年前,他就已经开始表演绕舌歌了。

他的许多歌曲仍广受欢迎;「谷仓空地摇滚乐」(Barnyard Boogie)是电影「我很乖,因为我要出国」(Babe: Pig in the City)的主要配乐,其他您也许 还认得的歌还包括Ain't Nobody Here But Us ChickensLet the Good Times Roll。对摇滚乐及绕舌乐历史而言,乔丹是相当重要的一份子,所以也被列 入摇滚乐名人堂(Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)

You might have heard of Louis Armstrong and Bing Crosby, two well-known and popular musicians, but it's very possible that you've never heard of Louis Jordan, who was just as popular when he was alive.

Arkansas-born Louis Jordan (1908-1975) is considered the father of rhythm & blues, rock 'n' roll, and even rap. During the 1940s and 1950s he was one of the few African American musicians who had "crossover" appeal - that is he was popular with both black and white audiences. Jordan and his band, the Tympany Five, were one of the most popular recording acts in the country by 1942. As a result of his popularity, he starred in many Hollywood short films and received equal billing with performers like Louis Armstrong and Bing Crosby. He was even rapping decades before modern-day rap was born.

Many of his songs are still popular. "Barnyard Boogie" is featured in the movie "Babe: Pig in the City." Other songs of his that you might recognize include "Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens" and "Let the Good Times Roll." Louis Jordan is such an important figure in the history of rock and rap music that he is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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