Big band leader and R&B forebear Louis Jordan had a sizable platter with the upbeat and thoroughly jumpin' "Five Guys Named Moe" (b/w "It's a Lowdown Dirty Shame"). The percolating cadence coupled with Jordan's agile interpretation was a smash, capping the Harlem Hit Parade, as well as making it all the way to a considerable number three on Billboard Magazine's pop survey. It's certainly not hard to understand the appeal, as the boogie defies the listener to keep still. Joining Jordan (tenor sax) in his Tympany 5 are Eddie Roane (trumpet), Arnold Thomas (piano), Dallas Bartley (bass), and Walter Martin (drums). The side commences with a jazzy introduction from Thomas, landing into a simmering vibe. They collectively wail, especially during the instrumental break between the second repeat of the sole verse. Roane's hot solo is passed over to Jordan, who duly obliges with a few fiery licks of his own. In the lyrics, the Moe quintet is a widely touted musical combo consisting of Big Moe, Little Moe, Four-Eyed Moe, No Moe, and brother Eat Moe. The combo is lauded as "the greatest band around," which "makes the cats jump up and down" and is the "talk of Rhythm Town." The quintet's capacity as a top-flight aggregate is universally appreciated, as evidenced in the lines "High brow, low brow, all agree/They're the best in harmony/I'm telling you folks you just got to see/Five guys named Moe." Jordan and company even provide a taste of the fivesome's vocal capabilities as they limberly repeat the word "Moe" in several quick exchanges incorporating some tricky chord progressions. "Five Guys Named Moe" inspired a Broadway production of the same name in the early '90s, with the show's soundtrack being heavily adapted from Jordan's songbook. Other cover versions include readings from Joe Jackson, Jellyroll, Chazz Cats, and the Chevalier Brothers.