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Arkansas Born Louis Jordan

Old State House Museum - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Arkansas-born Louis Jordan's songs like "Baby, It's Cold Outside," "Caldonia" and "Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens" can still be heard today, decades since Jordan ruled the charts. In his five-decade career, Jordan influenced American popular music, film and more and inspired the likes of James Brown, B.B. King, Chuck Berry and Ray Charles. Known as the "King of the Jukeboxes," he and his combo played a hybrid of jazz, swing, blues and comedy music during the big band era that became the start of R&B.

In a stunning narrative portrait of Louis Jordan, writer and musician Stephen Koch contextualizes the great, forgotten musician among his musical peers, those he influenced and the musical present. Koch has spoken at and performed music in places ranging from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to festivals in the United Kingdom. Koch lives in Little Rock, where he is creator and host of "Arkansongs," syndicated on National Public Radio affiliates.