Luke Jordan, Blues Pioneer

Luke Jordan, Blues Pioneer (HM10UM)

Location: Lynchburg, VA 24504
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N 37° 24.701', W 79° 8.212'

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Singer-guitarist Luke Jordan (1892-1952) was a familiar presence on the streets of Lynchburg from the 1920s until World War II. Jordan and other African American musicians in the Southeast merged blues with an existing repertoire of ballads, ragtime, and tent-show songs, creating a syncopated and upbeat style now called Piedmont or East Coast Blues. The Victor Record Company, seeking blues artists to satisfy popular demand, recorded Jordan in 1927 and 1929, issuing classics such as "Church Bell Blues" and "Pick Poor Robin Clean." The Great Depression hurt sales and ended Jordan's career, but he remained an important and widely imitated Virginia blues musician.
HM NumberHM10UM
Marker NumberQ 6-21
Year Placed2000
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, October 6th, 2014 at 2:25am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 664883 N 4142172
Decimal Degrees37.41168333, -79.13686667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 24.701', W 79° 8.212'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 24' 42.06" N, 79° 8' 12.72" W
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Area Code(s)434, 540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1287-1399 Jefferson St, Lynchburg VA 24504, US
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