Louis Jordan Marker
Marker honors Louis Jordan, a major recording star in the 1930s and 40s. Born in Brinkley in 1908, Jordan grew up in this east Arkansas town and was taught by his father to play clarinet. He toured with the Rabbit Foot Minstrels in the late 1920s and gained fame in the 1930s with his “jump-blues” style. He made many recordings, including such hits as “Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby,” and “Caldonia” with his Tympany Five band and appeared in several films. He died in 1975 in Los Angeles and is buried in St. Louis. A stop on the Arkansas Delta Music Trail: Sounds from the Soil and Soul and the African American Heritage Trail.