Monday, January 19, 2015

caldonia








 Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five had a rocking and rolling hit with this hilarious hard headed jump blues boogie.  Jordan had already had four number one singles on the Billboard Harlem Hit Parade  ( "What's the Use of Getting Sober (When You Gonna Get Drunk Again)""Ration Blues""G.I. Jive", and "Mop! Mop!" ) when he recorded this rave up on January 19, 1945 for Decca Records with producer Milt Gabler.   Jordan credited the song to his wife at the time, childhood sweetheart Fleecie Moore in an effort to get around his publishing deal; but it would backfire.  Their marriage was short lived (she was the second of what would be five wives) and tempestuous; with Moore allegedly stabbing Jordan on more than one occasion.  "Caldonia" spent seven weeks at the top of the Harlem Hit Parade and as "Caldonia Boogie" reached number six on the US pop chart.  'King of the Jukebox' Jordan would later relate:   "Fleecie Moore's name is on it, but she didn't have anything to do with it. That was my wife at the time, and we put it in her name. She didn't know nothin' about no music at all. Her name is on this song and that song, and she's still getting money."






http://www.louisjordan.com/









https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gs9x9iqGdi8



Walkin with my baby she's got great big feet
Shes long, lean, and lanky and ain't had nothing to eat
Shes my baby and I love her just the same
Crazy 'bout that woman 'cause Caldonia is her name
Caldonia
Caldonia
What makes your big head so hard?
I love her. I love her just the same
Crazy bout that woman 'cause Caldonia is her name

You know what mama told me? Mama said son...
Keep away from that woman - she's gonna take all your money
Hey, hey, hey boy.... Don't laugh about my mama - you hear that?
Hey man I told you man....
You don't know what you doin boy - don't laugh about my mama
Caldonia
Caldonia
What makes your big head so hard?
I love her. I love her just the same
Crazy 'bout that woman 'cause Caldonia is her name

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=diCdzy14kds


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgOge7N3U3s













Erskine Hawkins also did a version in 1945 that Billboard magazine described as "right rhythmic rock and roll music", the first time "rock and roll" was used in print to describe any style of music.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AblIeUmlU-U






Woody Herman did a new arrangement, with a five trumpet chorus.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lkLqzDH5mZM





Muddy Waters
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5RZ-_jjffM




James Brown
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KeRLQh4wOo




Van Morrison






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