Choo Choo Ch'boogie: The Louis Jordan Story

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0120081006

012008100620150526 (6M)

Clarke Peters looks at the story behind the smash hit Five Guys Named Moe.

012008100620150526 (6M)

Clarke Peters looks at the story behind the smash hit Five Guys Named Moe.

0120081006

012008100620150526 (6M)

One of the most extrovert characters in show business history, Louis Jordan with his yard-wide smile, rousing vocals and searing alto saxophone was the bridge from the minstrel show to rock and roll.

He started out with the Rabbit Foot Minstrels, and ended up being the main influence on performers like Little Richard and Chuck Berry. In between, he and his Tympany Five created jump-jive music, the feel-good small band sound that bridged the swing era and r'n'b.

Nobody is more steeped in Jordan's life and work than Clarke Peters, who not only wrote, directed and starred in the West End tribute show Five Guys Named Moe, but researched behind the scenes to discover the fascinating stories of Jordan's life - his battles with illness, his perfectionism, his comedy, and his enduring influence on the likes of Bill Haley and Ray Charles.

Pacey, fast moving and packed with good humour, the series is just like a Jordan performance. As we enter his unique sound world, we hear the hits, Saturday Night Fish Fry, Outskirts of Town, Caldonia, and Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens, a string of million-sellers that made his name.

This series was first broadcast in 2008, to coincide with the centenary of Louis Jordan's birth.

012008100620150526 (6M)

One of the most extrovert characters in show business history, Louis Jordan with his yard-wide smile, rousing vocals and searing alto saxophone was the bridge from the minstrel show to rock and roll.

He started out with the Rabbit Foot Minstrels, and ended up being the main influence on performers like Little Richard and Chuck Berry. In between, he and his Tympany Five created jump-jive music, the feel-good small band sound that bridged the swing era and r'n'b.

Nobody is more steeped in Jordan's life and work than Clarke Peters, who not only wrote, directed and starred in the West End tribute show Five Guys Named Moe, but researched behind the scenes to discover the fascinating stories of Jordan's life - his battles with illness, his perfectionism, his comedy, and his enduring influence on the likes of Bill Haley and Ray Charles.

Pacey, fast moving and packed with good humour, the series is just like a Jordan performance. As we enter his unique sound world, we hear the hits, Saturday Night Fish Fry, Outskirts of Town, Caldonia, and Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens, a string of million-sellers that made his name.

This series was first broadcast in 2008, to coincide with the centenary of Louis Jordan's birth.

0120081006

012008100620140527 (6M)

One of the most extrovert characters in show business history, Louis Jordan with his yard-wide smile, rousing vocals and searing alto saxophone was the bridge from the minstrel show to rock and roll.

He started out with the Rabbit Foot Minstrels, and ended up being the main influence on performers like Little Richard and Chuck Berry. In between, he and his Tympany Five created jump-jive music, the feel-good small band sound that bridged the swing era and r'n'b.

Nobody is more steeped in Jordan's life and work than Clarke Peters, who not only wrote, directed and starred in the West End tribute show Five Guys Named Moe, but researched behind the scenes to discover the fascinating stories of Jordan's life - his battles with illness, his perfectionism, his comedy, and his enduring influence on the likes of Bill Haley and Ray Charles.

Pacey, fast moving and packed with good humour, the series is just like a Jordan performance. As we enter his unique sound world, we hear the hits, Saturday Night Fish Fry, Outskirts of Town, Caldonia, and Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens, a string of million-sellers that made his name.

This series was first broadcast in 2008, to coincide with the centenary of Louis Jordan's birth.

0120081006

0120081006

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022008101320140528 (6M)

Another chance to hear Clarke Peters celebrate the charismatic and influential musician Louis Jordan.

Louis Jordan with his yard-wide smile, rousing vocals and searing alto saxophone was the bridge from the minstrel show to rock and roll. He started out with the Rabbit Foot Minstrels, and ended up being the main influence on performers like Little Richard and Chuck Berry. In between, he and his Tympany Five created jump-jive music, the feel-good small band sound that bridged the swing era and r'n'b.

Long before The Wire, Clarke Peters wrote, directed and starred in the West End tribute show Five Guys Named Moe, researching behind the scenes to discover the fascinating stories of Jordan's life - his battles with illness, his perfectionism, his comedy, and his enduring influence on the likes of Bill Haley and Ray Charles.

This series originally broadcast in 2008 to mark the centenary of Jordan's birth. The second episode covers how Louis Jordan and his Tympani Five came to be one of the biggest acts on the scene and features music which was covered 20 years later and became some of the biggest hits of early rock and roll.

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032008102020140529 (6M)

Clarke Peters explores Jordan's collaborations with Bing Crosby and Ella Fitzgerald.

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032008102020140529 (6M)

Clarke Peters continues his celebration of Louis Jordan featuring the great recording collaborations with Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, and the biggest sequence of hits for Jordan and his Tympany five including: Let The Good Times Roll, Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens, and of course, the classic Choo Choo Ch'Boogie. First broadcast in 2008.

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042008102720150529 (6M)

Clarke Peters concludes his celebration of Louis Jordan, the King of the Juke Boxes. First broadcast in 2008.

042008102720150529 (6M)

Clarke Peters concludes his celebration of Louis Jordan, the King of the Juke Boxes. First broadcast in 2008.

0420081027

042008102720150529 (6M)

Clarke Peters concludes his celebration of Louis Jordan, the King of the Juke Boxes. First broadcast in 2008.

042008102720150529 (6M)

Clarke Peters concludes his celebration of Louis Jordan, the King of the Juke Boxes. First broadcast in 2008.

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04 LAST2008102720140530 (6M)

Clarke Peters assesses the legacy of the King of the Jukeboxes.

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04 LAST2008102720140530 (6M)

Clarke Peters concludes his celebration of Louis Jordan, the King of the Juke Boxes. First broadcast in 2008.