Louis Jordan

The story goes that back in 1945 legendary jazz saxophonist Louis Jordan was arrested in Bluefield, West Virginia on charges of speeding and possible drunk driving. His car was impounded and he appeared that evening before justice of the peace Wallace McNeal. Jordan’s humor and charm convinced the JP to drop the charges, and Jordan, thrilled and relieved, offered to buy McNeal “a big fine meal” at Bluefield’s best restaurant. McNeal declined the boisterous offer, leaving Jordan and his associates to instead immortalize it in song.

Louis Jordan “Salt Pork, West Virginia”

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