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Instruments  Vocals, guitar
Albums  Church Bells Blues
Genres  Blues
Role  Guitarist
Name  Luke Jordan

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Born  January 23, 1892 Appomattox County, Virginia, United States (1892-01-23)
Died  June 25, 1952, Lynchburg, Virginia, United States
Labels  Victor Talking Machine Company
Similar People  Carolina Slim, Lucille Hegamin, Doctor Clayton, Jaybird Coleman, Papa Charlie Jackson

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Luke Jordan (January 28, 1892 – June 25, 1952) was an American blues guitarist and vocalist of some renown, particularly in the area of his home, in Lynchburg, Virginia.


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Sources conflict on Jordan's birthplace. Some sources list his birthplace as Appomattox County, Virginia, or Bluefield, West Virginia. According to his World War I draft registration card, Jordan was born in Lynchburg, Virginia. At the time of his registration on June 5, 1917, he was living in Bluefield and worked as a delivery boy and janitor. Jordan's gravestone mentions that he served in the "7th Development Battalion" during the war.

His professional career started at age 35, when he was noticed by Victor Records. He went to Charlotte, North Carolina, in 1927 and made several records. The records sold moderately well, and Victor decided to take Jordan to New York in 1929 for two more sessions. He recorded few known tracks in his career. In comparison with the harsh voices of many contemporary Delta blues musicians, Jordan sang in a smooth and relaxed tenor. During the Great Depression, Jordan stayed in Lynchburg, and was often found playing by the local shoe factory. By the 1940s, Jordan had lost his voice, and had stopped singing.

According to a second draft registration card filled out on April 27, 1942 for World War II, Jordan was living in Lynchburg, and was unemployed. Jordan was known in his early years to be a Cocaine addict, and in later life as a heavy alcoholic who was unable to hold down steady employment.

He died in Lynchburg in June 1952. His gravestone lies at Forest Hill Burial Park, in Lynchburg, Virginia.

His song "Church Bells Blues" was later recorded by Ralph Willis.

Recorded August 16, 1927, Charlotte, North Carolina

  • 39819-1. "Church Bells Blues." Victor unissued
  • 39819-2. "Church Bells Blues." Vi 21076
  • 39820-1. "Pick Poor Robin Clean." Victor unissued
  • 39820-2. "Pick Poor Robin Clean." Vi 20957
  • 39821-2. "Cocaine Blues." Vi 21076
  • 39822-1. "Traveling Coon." Vi 20957
  • Recorded November 18, 1929, New York City

  • 57703-1. "My Gal's Done Quit Me." Vi V38564
  • 57704-3. "Won't You Be Kind?" Vi V38564
  • Recorded November 19, 1929, New York City

  • 57705- . "If I Call You Mama." Vi 23400
  • 57706-2. "Look Up, Look Down." Victor unissued
  • 57707- . "Tom Brown Sits in His Prison Cell." Vi 23400
  • 57708-2. "That's a Plenty." Victor unissued
  • References

    Luke Jordan Wikipedia

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