Early in the Mornin’


Early in the Mornin’ (Dallas Bartley, Louis Jordan, Leo Hickman)

Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five — #3 hit on the Billboard R&B (Race) singles chart, 1947.

Recorded 23 April 1947 NYC — Louis Jordan (as, voc, ldr); Wild Bill Davis (p, arr); Carl Hogan (eg); Dallas Bartley (b); Christopher Columbus [Joe Morris] (d); The Calypso Boys (maracas, claves).

The disc in the video below is Decca [Swi] 30640. Player credits (adapted) and disc identification courtesy of the Eddie Johnson discography at hubcap.clemson.edu. Of the five sides listed for the session, Johnson is credited on all but this one. Tympany Five trumpeter Aaron Izenhall is also uncredited on this track. But a note in the same discography says,

Our basic information comes from Tom Lord’s Jazz DiscographyLord also opines that The Calypso Boys are actually Aaron Izenhall and Eddie Johnson.


Bill Beau Trio, with vocal by Chi-Chi — from Live! at the Blueport Lounge, released 1958

  • Bill Beau – Hammond organ
  • Joe Stafford – guitar
  • Lorenzo Green – drums
  • Chi-Chi – vocal


Lorez Alexandria with the Ramsey Lewis Trio — under the title “Early In the Morning,” issued as the title track of the 1960 Argo Records album LP 663 (mono), also released in stereo as LPS 663

Ramsey Lewis – piano
Johnny Gray – guitar
Eldee Young – bass
Red Holt – drums


Harry Nilsson — track three on Nilsson Schmilsson — album recorded in June 1971, at Trident Studios, London, and released in November that year


B.B. King featuring Van Morrison — first track of the 2005 album B.B. King & Friends: 80. King had previously recorded the song for his 1999 LP Let the Good Times Roll: The Music of Louis Jordan.


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