Biography Joe Jordan

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Jordan, Joe
Parlor and Concert Stage
Popular Songs of the Day
Progressive Era to New Era
Social Change
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Joe Jordan
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-  Jordan, Joe -- -- composer
-  Popular Songs of the Day
-  Songs and Music
-  Parlor and Concert Stage
-  Social Change
-  Progressive Era to New Era (1900-1929)
-  Biographies
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Image: Cover of I think an awful lot of you
I think an awful lot of you; Shoo-fly regiment by Joe Jordan (1907). Historical American Sheet Music: 1850-1920, American Memory, Library of Congress.

Joe Jordan (1882-1971) was born in Cincinnati, raised in St. Louis, and moved to Chicago in his youth. From 1900-05, Jordan concentrated on writing piano rags, but also contributed a song to Sons of Ham (1900).

Around 1905, he began a long career as a conductor and composer, working with James Reese Europe on Ernest Hogan's Memphis Students performance troupe. In 1906 he became music director of Chicago's Pekin Theater Orchestra. Jordan also worked in Chicago as a composer and conductor for several musicals. He contributed songs such as "Lovey Joe" to Ziegfeld's 1910 Follies. In 1939 Jordan directed the performance of "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing" for the ASCAP Silver Jubilee.