Charley Jordan

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s


c.1890, Mabelvale, Arkansas, USA, d. 15 November 1954, St. Louis, Missouri, USA. Jordan arrived in St. Louis in 1925, and became a major figure on the city’s blues scene, being closely associated with Peetie Wheatstraw, and acting as a talent scout for record companies. In 1928, he was crippled by a shooting incident connected with his bootlegging activities. Jordan recorded extensively from 1930-37, playing light, clean, but often very complex, ragtime-influenced guitar, and singing his wittily original lyrics in a high, taut voice. He accompanied many of his St. Louis contemporaries on disc, notably Henry Brown, for whom his second guitar work is a dazzling display of improvising skills.

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