CHARLEY JORDAN

 

 

 

 


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Born in Mabelvale, Arkansas, on New Years Day in 1890, little is recorded about his early years. He almost certainly spent many years as an itinerant musician travelling the southern US States.  He was a guitarist, singer and songwriter who, in 1928, suffered a serious spinal injury as the result of a shooting,  possibly accidental, which happened whilst allegedly running moonshine. It was perhaps as a result of the ongoing disability that this left him with that he eventually settled in St. Louis. Charley Jordan teamed with many well regarded blues performers for some fine recordings including Memphis Minnie, Roosevelt Sykes, Casey Bill Weldon and Peetie Wheatstraw. He recorded for Vocalion and Decca in the 1930's and also acted as a talent scout for both labels. He had most of his biggest hits, including "Keep It Clean", in the early to mid 1930's. In the latter years of his career he frequently worked with Big Joe Williams. Jordan died of pneumonia in St. Louis in 1954.

 

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