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"Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby" is a 1944 Louis Jordan song, released as the B-side of single with "G.I. Jive". "Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby" reached #1 on the folk/country charts [1]. The Louis Jordan recording also peaked at number two for three weeks on the pop chart and peaked at number three on the R&B charts [2].

It was co-written by Jordan and Billy Austin. Austin (March 6, 1896 - July 24, 1964) was a songwriter and author, born in Denver, Colorado. The phrase "Is you is or is you ain't" is dialect, apparently first recorded in a 1921 story by Octavus Roy Cohen, a Jewish writer from South Carolina who wrote humorous black dialect fiction. Glenn Miller recorded this song on a radio broadcast from Europe during World War II.

Cover versions

In popular culture


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 184.  
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 309.  
Preceded by
"Straighten Up and Fly Right" by King Cole Trio
Most Played Juke Box Folk Records
number one single by Louis Jordan

July 29, 1944 - August 26, 1944
(five weeks)
Succeeded by
"Soldiers Last Letter" by Ernest Tubb


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