"I didn't have to go to Vietnam," he said. "I was sent to Fort Lewis and got hooked into booking all the shows for the groups going and returning from Vietnam for the whole West Coast. We entertained a lot of wounded soldiers -- and god, a lot of those guys were just torsos. They didn't have any arms or legs."
Jordan said he was told the general wanted smiles on the faces of those wounded soldiers, and he didn't care what it took.
"So we brought in top entertainers from Hollywood," he said. "We got Red Skelton, George Carlin, Earth, Wind and Fire -- people like that."
He was pretty good at his job, and after he'd served his two years, he stayed on as a civilian before moving on to a variety of jobs.
"I've performed here and there. I've been a clown. I was Daffy The Clown, and now I own a winery," he said.
Business is pretty good.
"I sell wine to China," he said. "We've got a variety we call Rock Star Red. It does pretty well."
Jordan said he and the other members of The Soul Survivors began reaching out to each other over the Internet a few years ago.
"We were stretched all over the country," he said. "We had guys in New Jersey, North Carolina, Texas and me, in Washington state."
They managed to get together, rehearsed and did a few shows for old times sake.
"Things took off," he said. "And then they died out. People got busy. Some of us were still working, but I still wanted to play."
So, he recorded a CD of cover songs called "The Bemiss," and he's out performing some.
"I've got a band I'm working with, and for Charleston, we've got like four or five members from The Soul Survivors coming out."
It's kind of a mini-reunion and maybe the chance to connect with some of the people who came out and listened to The Soul Survivors in Charleston 45 years ago. It's also a way for Jordan to give back. Part of the proceeds from the show will go toward helping children with cancer.
"I survived cancer," he said. "And this is just my way to sort of give back."
Past the show this weekend, Jordan's ambitions are modest. He thought he might bring the band out to do a show on the West Coast next year, and he's been looking into doing a small tour in China.
"The people I sell the wine to say they can arrange that, but we'll see what happens," he said.Reach Bill Lynch at ly...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5195.