Louis Jordan, Wynonie Harris, Bill Haley, Louis Prima, and Sam Butera
Jump Blues pioneer Wynonie Harris' pivotal single "Good Rockin' Tonight" (1948). Intensity in music as we know it today begins with this very song, which spent six months in the R&B Top Ten and permanently raised the noise level in both R&B and popular music.
He have stressed throughout the website that it is essential to understand and research Vintage Music well in order to bring it to current audiences and move it forward as a vibrant, progressing entity. This section features resources that will help you do exactly that. We feature detailed introductory articles and/or discographies for some of our Vintage Music heroes, namely Louis Jordan, Wynonie Harris, Bill Haley, Louis Prima, and Sam Butera, to help document and pass on what we have learned about them. We hope that it will help you appreciate these great artists more, as well as assist you in your own research.
Wynonie "Mr. Blues" Harris is the cat who started intensity in music as we know it today with the release of the single “Good Rockin’ Tonight” (1948). This is the first and only full, detailed Wynonie Harris discography on the web. It is heavily annotated so that it is easy to follow and understand.
A look at the career of the man who gave us “Jump Jive an’ Wail”, “Just a Gigolo/I Ain’t Got Nobody”, and “Sing, Sing, Sing”. Where this the intensity of his music come from and why do we love it so much? This article helps answer those questions, and brings the many facets and accomplishments of Prima’s career together in one rollicking read.
Basic information about Louis Prima’s secret weapon, complete with streaming audio for his classic single “Bim Bam” (1958).
We have two entries for this foundational R&B artist, both of which concentrate on his
1954-1958 Rockin' Period:
The godfather of Jump Blues’ best-known and most important music was released in the 1940’s and very early 1950’s. But as Louis Jordan’s popularity began to wane, his music began to intensify. It is this hard-rocking post-Decca period, covering his sessions with Aladdin, "X", Vik, and Mercury Records, that we examine in this detailed and annotated discography.
Collecting Louis Jordan's Rockin' Period just got much easier and cheaper with the 2011 release of Jasmine Records' 2-CD compilation The Rock 'n' Roll Years 1955-58. Here we discuss the rather convoluted and spotty reissue treatment Louis Jordan's rockin' era received before the advent of this release, and offer some advice on what to supplement this purchase with to get a more complete collection. We also mention a cut down entry-level compilation to cut your teeth on if you are new to Louis Jordan.
We have no less than three entries for this musical pioneer:
Subtitled “The Man Who Turned Jump Blues Into Rock ’n Roll,” this article looks at the story of how Haley managed to create the hybrid genre of Rock ’n Roll and why his own creation left him behind. The article discusses Haley’s four theme albums, and the Comets spinoff group The Jodimars. The Jodimars would later become Bill Haley’s Original Comets, one of rock music’s longest-running nostalgia acts.
There are so many Bill compilations to choose from—which are the best? This article offers advice for all levels of Bill Haley interest, with recommendations for Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Haley fans, as well as recommendations for obsessed Haley collectors that want it all.
Complete and annotated discography of Haley’s most famous period, spanning 1952 to 1959. Features capsule reviews of the LP’s Bill Haley released for Decca Records, including reviews of his four theme LP’s, Rockin’ The Oldies (1957), Rockin’ Around the World (1958), Bill Haley’s Chicks (1959), and Strictly Instrumental (1959). Especially entertaining is the brutally harsh review of Bill Haley’s second theme LP, Rockin’ Around the World (1958). And did you know that Bill Haley also forayed into Bachelor Pad Music? Check out the review of the fourth theme LP, Strictly Instrumental (1959), for more info on that.