Bobby Lewis who recorded the huge hit TOSSIN AND TURNIN in 1961 learned piano and music in an orphanage. Adopted at 12 he had jobs as ice man, desk clerk, janitor and truck driver. His first song was Solid As A Rock in 1956.
BB King remembers Louis Jordan. “With the exception of Jordan, most of the 50s audience for black stars was black. But when Jordan came to Memphis, they would have one EARLY SHOW FOR WHITES and one late show for blacks. Jordan had a lot of white fans.”