As we continue our celebration of Black Music Month I wanted to post two songs that continue to be record breakers(pun intended). These songs “The Honeydripper” from Joe Liggins and “Choo Choo Ch’Boogie” from Louis Jordan are tied for the longest stay at the #1 position on what eventually became the R&B charts. In 1945 and 1946 when these songs were released the stayed atop of the “Harlem Hit Parade” for an astounding 18 weeks a piece, a record that remains in place until this very day.

Ivan Orr is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, performer, and writer. A native of Charlottesville, Virginia Ivan was involved with the forming and nascent days of The Music Resource Center as its first Program Director. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Music, Ivan currently resides in Richmond, VA where he maintains an active performance and production schedule while serving as the Music Editor for Grown Folks Music, a position he has held since 2010.