Louis Jordan (I) (1908–1975)

Soundtrack | Actor | Music Department
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KNOWN FOR 
The Blues Brothers (1980) | Raging Bull (1980) | Swingers (1996)
AKA 
Louis Jordan & His Tympani Five | Louis Jordan and His Tympani Five
NICKNAME  
The King of the Juke Boxes
BORN 
Jul 8, 1908 (died Feb 4, 1975)

Filmography Filter

Past Film & Video (45 titles)YEARBUDGETUS Gross / WORLDWIDE
  • Primary photo for Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James BrownMr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown Himself (archive footage), Performer ("Caldonia (What Makes Your Big Head So Hard?)", "Choo Choo Ch-Boogie")  Less 2014
  • Primary photo for 4242 Performer ("I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town")  Less 2013 $40MM $95MM / —
  • Primary photo for B.B. King: The Life of RileyB.B. King: The Life of Riley Performer ("Saturday Night Fish Fry"), Writer ("Saturday Night Fish Fry")  Less 2012
  • Primary photo for The Big SomethingThe Big Something Performer ("Saxa Woogie"), Writer ("Saxa Woogie")  Less 2011 $2K
  • Primary photo for Chuck Brown: We Got ThisChuck Brown: We Got This (Video) Writer ("Woody Woodpecker", "Run Joe")  Less 2010
  • Primary photo for World's Greatest DadWorld's Greatest Dad Writer ("Is You Is, Or Is You Ain't My Baby")  Less 2009 $221K / —
  • Primary photo for The ExpressThe Express Performer ("Choo Choo Ch' Boogie")  Less 2008 $40MM $9.6MM / —
  • Primary photo for ShortbusShortbus Writer ("Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby")  Less 2006 $2MM $2MM / $3.1MM
  • Primary photo for GrilledGrilled Writer ("Early In The Mornin'")  Less 2006
  • Primary photo for A Love Song for Bobby LongA Love Song for Bobby Long Performer ("Santa Claus Santa Claus")  Less 2004 $159K / —
  • Primary photo for SwingSwing Writer ("Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby")  Less 2003 $2.5MM
  • Primary photo for It Runs in the FamilyIt Runs in the Family Writer ("Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby")  Less 2003 $7.4MM / —
  • Primary photo for Swept AwaySwept Away Performer ("Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens" (1947))  Less 2002 $10MM $8K / —
  • Primary photo for Russian DollRussian Doll Writer ("Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby")  Less 2001 $127K / —
  • Primary photo for My Dog SkipMy Dog Skip Performer ("Ration Blues"), Writer ("Ration Blues")  Less 2000 $6MM $34MM / —
  • Primary photo for SwingSwing Performer ("Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens")  Less 1999
  • Primary photo for BeefcakeBeefcake Performer ("Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens")  Less 1998 $276K / —
  • Primary photo for Babe: Pig in the CityBabe: Pig in the City Performer ("Barnyard Boogie"), Writer ("Barnyard Boogie")  Less 1998 $80MM $18MM / $69MM
  • Primary photo for My Fellow AmericansMy Fellow Americans Performer ("Life Is So Peculiar")  Less 1996 $22MM $22MM / —
  • Primary photo for SwingersSwingers Performer ("Knock Me a Kiss")  Less 1996 $200K $4.5MM / —
  • Primary photo for Grumpier Old MenGrumpier Old Men Performer (" (I'll Be Glad When You're Dead) You Rascal You")  Less 1995 $25MM $70MM / —
  • Primary photo for Five Guys Named MoeFive Guys Named Moe (Video) Composer  Less 1995
  • Primary photo for Love AffairLove Affair Performer ("Never Let Your Left Hand Know What Your Right Hand's Doing", "Life Is So Peculiar")  Less 1994 $60MM $18MM / —
  • Primary photo for Bluesland: A Portrait in American MusicBluesland: A Portrait in American Music Himself - Performer (archive footage), Performer ("Caldonia")  Less 1993
  • Primary photo for Malcolm XMalcolm X Performer ("Beans and Cornbread")  Less 1992 $33MM $48MM / —
  • Primary photo for Dr. Demento 20th Anniversary CollectionDr. Demento 20th Anniversary Collection (Video) Actor, Performer ("Jack You're Dead")  Less 1991
  • Primary photo for HeartburnHeartburn Writer ("Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby?")  Less 1986 $20MM $25MM / —
  • Primary photo for Trouble in MindTrouble in Mind Performer ("Rusty Dusty Blues", "Knock Me a Kiss"), Writer ("Rusty Dusty Blues", "Knock Me a Kiss")  Less 1985 $20K / —
  • Primary photo for Raging BullRaging Bull Performer ("Stone Cold Dead in the Market" (1946))  Less 1980 $18MM $49K / —
  • Primary photo for The Blues BrothersThe Blues Brothers Performer ("LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL")  Less 1980 $27MM $57MM / $115MM
  • Primary photo for Calypso Heat WaveCalypso Heat Wave Music ("Run, Joe")  Less 1957
  • Primary photo for Value for MoneyValue for Money Music ("Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby?") (uncredited)  Less 1955
  • Primary photo for Smitten KittenSmitten Kitten (Short) Writer ("Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby")  Less 1952
  • Primary photo for Look-Out SisterLook-Out Sister Himself, Musical Director  Less 1947
  • Primary photo for Reet, Petite, and GoneReet, Petite, and Gone Schyler Jarvis / Louis Jarvis, Soundtrack ("THE BLUES AIN'T NOTHIN'", "YOU GOT ME WHERE YOU WANT ME") (uncredited), Arranger ("THE GREEN GRASS GREW ALL AROUND") (uncredited), Performer ("TEXAS AND PACIFIC", "ALL FOR THE LOVE OF LIL", "TONIGHT, BE TENDER TO ME", "THE GREEN GRASS GREW ALL AROUND", "WHAM, SAM! (DIG THEM GAMS)", "I KNOW WHAT YOU'RE PUTTIN' DOWN", "LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL", "REET, PETITE, AND GONE", "THAT CHICK'S TOO YOUNG TO FRY", "AIN'T THAT JUST LIKE A WOMAN?", "IF IT'S LOVE YOU WANT, BABY, THAT'S ME") (uncredited), Writer ("WHAM, SAM! (DIG THEM GAMS)", "I KNOW WHAT YOU'RE PUTTIN' DOWN", "REET, PETITE, AND GONE") (uncredited)  Less 1947
  • Primary photo for Solid SerenadeSolid Serenade (Short) Writer ("Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby?") (uncredited)  Less 1946
  • Primary photo for BewareBeware Lucius Brokenshire 'Louis' Jordan, Music Arranger, Performer ("Beware, Brother, Beware", "Long Legged Lizzie", "Salt Pork, West Virginia", "Don't Worry 'Bout That Mule", "Good Morning, Heartache", "Old Fashion Passion")  Less 1946
  • Primary photo for Swing Parade of 1946Swing Parade of 1946 Louis Jordan, Soundtrack ("Caldonia"), Performer ("Caldonia", "Don't Worry 'Bout That Mule")  Less 1946
  • Primary photo for Swingtime JamboreeSwingtime Jamboree Actor  Less 1946
  • Primary photo for CaldoniaCaldonia (Short) Himself, Performer ("Honey Chile", "Buzz Me", "Caldonia", "Tillie")  Less 1945
  • Primary photo for Easy to Look atEasy to Look at Music ("Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby") (uncredited)  Less 1945
  • Primary photo for Her Lucky NightHer Lucky Night Music ("Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby?")  Less 1945
  • Primary photo for Meet Miss Bobby SocksMeet Miss Bobby Socks Louis Jordan, Performer ("Deacon Jones")  Less 1944
  • Primary photo for Follow the BoysFollow the Boys Louis Jordan, Performer ("Is You Is or Is You Ain't Ma Baby" (1944)) (uncredited), Writer ("Is You Is or Is You Ain't Ma Baby" (1944)) (uncredited)  Less 1944
  • Primary photo for Is You Is, or Is You Ain't My Baby?Is You Is, or Is You Ain't My Baby? (Short) Writer ("Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby?")  Less 1944
Past Television (23 titles)YEAREPISODE COUNT
  • Primary photo for Nunca es tardeNunca es tarde (TV Series) Writer ("Early in the Mornin'") (1 episode, 2017)  Less 2017 1
  • Primary photo for American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner StoryAmerican Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story (TV Series) Performer ("I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town") (1 episode, 2017)  Less 2017 1
    • Members Only: The Playboy Club (Apr 7, 2017) Performer ("I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town") (uncredited)  Less
  • Primary photo for The BreaksThe Breaks (TV Series) Writer ("Run Joe") (1 episode, 2017)  Less 2017 1
    • Runaway (Mar 27, 2017) Writer ("Run Joe")  Less
  • Primary photo for VinylVinyl (TV Series) Performer ("Reet, Petite And Gone") (1 episode, 2016), Writer ("Reet, Petite And Gone") (1 episode, 2016)  Less 2016 1
    • Alibi (Apr 17, 2016) Performer ("Reet, Petite And Gone"), Writer ("Reet, Petite And Gone")  Less
  • Primary photo for Dancing with the StarsDancing with the Stars (TV Series) Writer ("Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby") (2 episodes, 2009), Soundtrack (1 episode, 2012), Writer ("Five Guys Named Moe") (1 episode, 2013)  Less 2009–2013 3
    • Week 2 (Mar 25, 2013) Writer ("Five Guys Named Moe")  Less
    • Episode #14.1 (Mar 19, 2012) Soundtrack ("Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby"), Writer ("Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby")  Less
    • Round Seven (Nov 2, 2009) Writer ("Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby") (uncredited)  Less
  • Primary photo for Late Show with David LettermanLate Show with David Letterman (TV Series) Writer ("Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby") (1 episode, 2004), Writer ("Early in the Mornin'") (1 episode, 2010)  Less 2004–2010 2
  • Primary photo for You Don't Know JackYou Don't Know Jack (TV Movie) Writer ("Early in the Morning")  Less 2010
  • Primary photo for Gossip GirlGossip Girl (TV Series) Writer ("Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby (Rae and Christian Remix)") (1 episode, 2009)  Less 2009 1
    • Seder Anything (Apr 20, 2009) Writer ("Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby (Rae and Christian Remix)") (uncredited)  Less
  • Primary photo for So You Think You Can DanceSo You Think You Can Dance (TV Series) Writer ("Five Guys Named Moe") (2 episodes, 2008), Writer ("Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby") (1 episode, 2005)  Less 2005–2008 3
  • Primary photo for The WarThe War (TV Mini-series) Writer ("If You Can't Smile and Say Yes (Please Don't Cry and Say No)") (1 episode, 2007)  Less 2007 1
  • Primary photo for Cold CaseCold Case (TV Series) Performer ("Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby") (1 episode, 2004), Writer ("Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby") (1 episode, 2004), Writer ("Five Guys Named Moe") (1 episode, 2005), Performer ("Buzz Me") (1 episode, 2006)  Less 2004–2006 3
    • Sandhogs (Oct 8, 2006) Performer ("Buzz Me")  Less
    • Colors (Oct 16, 2005) Writer ("Five Guys Named Moe")  Less
    • Factory Girls (Oct 10, 2004) Performer ("Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby"), Writer ("Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby")  Less
  • Primary photo for Independent LensIndependent Lens (TV Series) Writer ("Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby") (1 episode, 2005)  Less 2005 1
  • Primary photo for Power and BeautyPower and Beauty (TV Movie) Performer ("How 'bout That"), Writer ("How 'bout That")  Less 2002
  • Primary photo for Hollywood Rocks the Movies: The Early Years (1955-1970)Hollywood Rocks the Movies: The Early Years (1955-1970) (TV Movie) Performer ("Let the Good Times Roll")  Less 2000
  • Primary photo for SpacedSpaced (TV Series) Writer ("Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby?") (1 episode, 1999)  Less 1999 1
    • Ends (Nov 5, 1999) Writer ("Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby?")  Less
  • Primary photo for The 46th Annual Tony AwardsThe 46th Annual Tony Awards (TV Special) Writer ("Five Guys Named Moe", "Caledonia")  Less 1992
  • Primary photo for Only Fools and Horses....Only Fools and Horses.... (TV Series) Writer ("Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby") (1 episode, 1989)  Less 1989 1
    • Danger UXD (Jan 15, 1989) Writer ("Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby") (uncredited)  Less
  • Primary photo for Frank's PlaceFrank's Place (TV Series) Performer ("Caldonia", "Beans and Corn Bread") (1 episode, 1988)  Less 1988 1
    • Night Business (Feb 3, 1988) Performer ("Caldonia", "Beans and Corn Bread") (uncredited)  Less
  • Primary photo for The Execution of Private SlovikThe Execution of Private Slovik (TV Movie) Performer ("Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby"), Writer ("Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby")  Less 1974
  • Primary photo for McHale's NavyMcHale's Navy (TV Series) Writer ("Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby") (1 episode, 1964)  Less 1964 1
    • The Rage of Taratupa (Apr 7, 1964) Writer ("Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby") (uncredited)  Less
  • Primary photo for Toast of the TownToast of the Town (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 1957), Performer ("Caldonia", "I Found My Peace of Mind") (1 episode, 1957)  Less 1957 1
    • Episode #11.14 (Dec 29, 1957) Himself (as Louis Jordan and His Tympani Five), Performer ("Caldonia", "I Found My Peace of Mind")  Less
  • Primary photo for The Steve Allen ShowThe Steve Allen Show (TV Series) Writer ("Caldonia") (1 episode, 1956), Himself - Tympani Five (1 episode, 1956), Performer ("Caldonia") (1 episode, 1956)  Less 1956 1
  • Primary photo for Appointment with AdventureAppointment with Adventure (TV Series) Inspector Beaumont (1 episode, 1955)  Less 1955 1
Self (16 titles)YEARBUDGETUS Gross / WORLDWIDE
  • Primary photo for The 60th Annual Grammy AwardsThe 60th Annual Grammy Awards (TV Special) Himself - Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient (credit only)  Less 2018
  • Primary photo for StartimeStartime (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 1960)  Less 1960
  • Primary photo for The Music ShopThe Music Shop (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 1959)  Less 1959
  • Primary photo for The Big RecordThe Big Record (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 1958)  Less 1958
  • Primary photo for Toast of the TownToast of the Town (TV Series) Himself / Himself - Musician (2 episodes, 1948)  Less 1948–1957
    • Episode #11.14 (Dec 29, 1957) Himself (as Louis Jordan and His Tympani Five)  Less
    • Episode #2.2 (Sep 19, 1948) Himself - Musician  Less
  • Primary photo for The Jackie Gleason ShowThe Jackie Gleason Show (TV Series) Himself / Himself - Guest Musical Performer (2 episodes, 1957)  Less 1957
  • Primary photo for The Steve Allen ShowThe Steve Allen Show (TV Series) Himself - Tympani Five (1 episode, 1956)  Less 1956
  • Primary photo for The Perry Como ShowThe Perry Como Show (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 1956)  Less 1956
  • Primary photo for Music 55Music 55 (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 1955)  Less 1955
  • Primary photo for Songs for SaleSongs for Sale (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 1952)  Less 1952
  • Primary photo for Texaco Star Theatre Starring Milton BerleTexaco Star Theatre Starring Milton Berle (TV Series) Himself - Singer / Actor (2 episodes, 1951)  Less 1951
  • Primary photo for Ford Star RevueFord Star Revue (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 1951)  Less 1951
  • Primary photo for The Saturday Night Revue with Jack CarterThe Saturday Night Revue with Jack Carter (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 1950)  Less 1950
  • Primary photo for Fuzzy WuzzyFuzzy Wuzzy (Short) Himself  Less 1946
  • Primary photo for If You Can't Smile and Say YesIf You Can't Smile and Say Yes (Short) Himself  Less 1946
  • Primary photo for Five Guys Named MoeFive Guys Named Moe (Short) Himself  Less 1943
Archive Footage (11 titles)YEARBUDGETUS Gross / WORLDWIDE
  • Primary photo for James Brown: The Man, the Music, & the MessageJames Brown: The Man, the Music, & the Message (Video) Himself (archive footage)  Less 2008
  • Primary photo for TimeshiftTimeshift (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 2005)  Less 2005
  • Primary photo for Soul Deep: The Story of Black Popular MusicSoul Deep: The Story of Black Popular Music (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 2005)  Less 2005
  • Primary photo for That's Black Entertainment: WesternsThat's Black Entertainment: Westerns (TV Movie) Louis Jordan (Look-Out Sister) (archive footage)  Less 2002
  • Primary photo for Standing in the Shadows of MotownStanding in the Shadows of Motown Himself (archive footage)  Less 2002 $1.6MM / —
  • Primary photo for It's Black EntertainmentIt's Black Entertainment (TV Special) Himself (archive footage)  Less 2002
  • Primary photo for Blues OdysseyBlues Odyssey (TV Movie) Himself (archive footage)  Less 2001
  • Primary photo for Walk on By: The Story of Popular SongWalk on By: The Story of Popular Song (TV Series) Themselves (1 episode, 2001)  Less 2001
    • The Road to Rock 'n' Roll (Mar 31, 2001) Themselves (archive footage) (as Louis Jordan & His Tympani Five)  Less
  • Primary photo for American MastersAmerican Masters (TV Series) Self (1 episode, 1998)  Less 1998
  • Primary photo for The History of Rock 'n' RollThe History of Rock 'n' Roll (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 1995)  Less 1995
  • Primary photo for Toast of the TownToast of the Town (TV Series) Himself - Actor (1 episode, 1966)  Less 1966
    • Episode #19.21 (Feb 6, 1966) Himself - Actor (archive footage)  Less
Other (3 titles)YEARBUDGETUS Gross / WORLDWIDE
  • Primary photo for L.A. NoireL.A. Noire (Video Game) Performer ("Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens", "Stone Cold Dead In the Market")  Less 2011 $26MM
  • Primary photo for Mafia IIMafia II (Video Game) Writer ("FRIENDSHIP", "INFLATION BLUES", "RATION BLUES") (uncredited)  Less 2010
  • Primary photo for Mafia: The City of Lost HeavenMafia: The City of Lost Heaven (Video Game) Performer ("You Run Your Mouth And I'll Run My Business, Brother") (uncredited)  Less 2002

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