Luke Jordan

Country blues guitarist and vocalist
Born: January 28, 1892 in Bluefield, West Virginia, United States (or Appomattox County, Virginia)
Died: June 25, 1952 in Lynchburg, Virginia, United States

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.
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Singles & EPs

21076 Luke Jordan - Church Bells Blues / Cocaine Blues album art Luke Jordan Church Bells Blues / Cocaine Blues(Shellac, 10") Victor 21076 US 1928 Sell This Version