Morning Song – Let The Good Times Roll
Little Richard may be “the architect of rock and roll“, but he was working from Louis Jordan’s blueprint.
By the late 1930s Jordan was most likely the third most popular Black bandleader in the US (after the Duke and the Count). But it’s his jump blues records of the 1940s—mixing uptempo jazz, blues and boogie-woogie in a heavily spiced, highly concentrated stew of small bands and crowd-pleasing showmanship that laid the foundation for post-war rock and roll, R & B, and electrified blues.
When Jordan and his Tympany Five recorded “Let The Good Times Roll” in 1946, the war was over, the economy was booming and Jordan himself was in the midst of an unprecedented—and still unmatched—string of 5 consecutive #1 songs on the “race” (i.e., R & B) charts for a staggering 44 weeks.
Let the good times roll indeed.
Hey tell everybody, Mr. King’s in town;
I got a dollar and a quarter, Just rarin’ to clown;
But don’t let nobody play me cheap,
I got fifty cents more that I’m gonna keep, so
Let the good times roll, let the good times roll;
I don’t care if you’re young or old,
Get together, let the good times roll.