The song of the day for Monday, September 16, 2013 is “Let The Good Times Roll.”
About This Song
“Let The Good Times Roll” is a classic jump blues song written by Sam Theard, a New Orleans blues singer and Fleecie Jordan, wife of Louis Jordan, who first recorded the song in 1946 with his group the Tympany Five. This recording charted as #2 on the 1947 Billboard R&B chart; the A-side of the record with “Let the Good Times Roll” was “Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens” which was #1 that year and both songs stayed on the charts for six months. “Let The Good Times Roll” was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in 2013. It’s been widely recorded by many notable artists, including Clifton Chenier, Muddy Waters and B.B. King, who released an album entitled Let The Good Times Roll in 1999 as a tribute album to Louis Jordan.
About This Version
Today’s version is the duet with Tony Bennett and B.B. King from the 2001 album Playin’ With My Friends. We choose this song today not only because it’s a great song but also because it’s the birthday of B.B. King, who was born near Berclair, Mississippi (this is Mississippi Delta blues country) on September 16. 1925. His birth is commemorated by a marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail. You can read more about the Mississippi Blues Trail here.
Tony can really sing the blues. If you haven’t explored this album, do yourself a favor — there’s some great music from some great musicians here.
“Let The Good Times Roll,” as well Playin’ With My Friends: Bennett Sings The Blues, is available from iTunes and Amazon.com.