Juke In The Back With Matt The Cat

Series produced by Matt "The Cat" Baldassarri

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The Juke In The Back With Matt The Cat 

Matt The Cat presents the soul that came before rock n' roll: 1950s rhythm and blues. Each week, this underrated and rollicking music plays on that old Rockola Jukebox in the back.

If you wanted to hear rhythm & blues during the 1950s, you couldn't get it from the juke box in the front. No, no! In order to hear that glorious, down and dirty R&B, you had to go to the low-lit, spit-shined "Juke In The Back." These songs are the building blocks of rock n' roll. These are the records that inspired Elvis and single-handedly led to the rock n' roll explosion of the mid-1950s. Big Joe Turner, Fats Domino, Little Richard, Ruth Brown, Ray Charles, Wynonie Harris, LaVern Baker, Roy Brown, Joe Liggins, Professor Longhair and many more take center stage on The Juke In The Back. Matt The Cat hosted a similar program on XM Satellite Radio called "Harlem" and now he brings this great music and information to PRX.


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Halloween has always been a frightfully good time of the year for the "Juke In The Back." This year, Matt The Cat, along with Miss Rosie and Bobby ...

Bought by WNMU-FM Marquette, Mich., WOUB, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, KTRT RADIO INC, and KMXT


  • Added: Oct 25, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 5
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This week, the "Juke In The Back" solutes the Unsung Ladies of R&B! We'll dig deep into a stack of shellac from some women you know, like Varetta D...

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  • Added: Oct 18, 2020
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 6
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This week, "Juke In The Back" honors two unsung R&B heroes who passed away over the past six months. Vocal group leader and songwriter Gaynel Hodge...

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  • Added: Oct 11, 2020
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 5
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Pianist Paul Gayten is one of the true unsung heroes of R&B and rock n' roll, but he is often overlooked in the history of the genre. Matt The Cat ...

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  • Added: Oct 04, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 4
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Etta James was one of the grittiest and most influential R&B singer of all-time. This week, Matt The Cat focuses on Etta's early records from 1954-...

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  • Added: Sep 27, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 5
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Today's popular culture has left so many musical pioneers behind and this week the "Juke In The Back" features Joe Liggins, one such pioneer who's ...

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  • Added: Sep 20, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 5
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With so many wonderful vocal groups present during the 1950s, it took a few distinct ones to lead the pack and blaze the trail. The Heartbeats are ...

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  • Added: Sep 13, 2020
  • Length: 59:01
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"Juke In The Back" digs deep into New Orleans R&B this week for the highly underrated 1950s vocal group, Bobby Mitchell & The Toppers. Best known f...

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  • Added: Sep 06, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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The Harptones never had a national hit record, yet they are arguably the finest vocal group to come out of New York City during the 1950s. What set...

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  • Added: Aug 30, 2020
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 5
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Jimmy Reed was a hit-making blues machine back in the 1950s, yet he isn't as well remembered today as some of his contemporaries. Almost anyone cou...

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  • Added: Aug 23, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 6
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Last week, the "Juke In The Back" featured every recording made by the innovative BO DIDDLEY during the year 1955. This week, the Juke picks it up ...

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  • Added: Aug 16, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 5
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This week's "Juke In The Back" features every record Bo Diddley recorded during his debut year of 1955. You'll hear where it all began with one of ...

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  • Added: Aug 09, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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This week, it's part 10 of a 10 part feature on the great King Record Label, out of Cincinnati. At the end of 1950, King launched a new R&B subsidi...

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  • Added: Aug 02, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 5
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This week, it's part 9 of a multi-part feature on the great King Record Label, out of Cincinnati. At the end of 1950, King launched a new R&B subsi...

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  • Added: Jul 26, 2020
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 6
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This week, it's part 8 of a multi-part feature on the great King Record Label, out of Cincinnati. Matt The Cat takes a look at King's spectacular ...

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  • Added: Jul 19, 2020
  • Length: 59:01
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This week, it's part 7 of a multi-part feature on the great King Record Label, out of Cincinnati. Matt The Cat takes a look at King's spectacular ...

Bought by WHRV, WOUB, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, KTRT RADIO INC, and KMXT


  • Added: Jul 12, 2020
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 5
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This week, it's part 6 of a multi-part feature on the great King Record Label, out of Cincinnati. In part 6, we take a look at King's spectacular r...

Bought by WHRV, KTRT RADIO INC, WOUB, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, and KMXT


  • Added: Jul 05, 2020
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 5
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This week, it's part 5 of a multi-part feature on the great King Record Label, out of Cincinnati. We take a look at King's spectacular releases du...

Bought by KTRT RADIO INC, WHRV, WOUB, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, and KMXT


  • Added: Jun 28, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 5
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This week, it's part 4 of a multi-part feature on the great King Record Label, out of Cincinnati. Matt The Cat fills the ol' Rockola Jukebox with ...

Bought by WHRV, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, WOUB, and KMXT


  • Added: Jun 21, 2020
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 4
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This week, it's part 3 of a multi-part feature on the great King Record Label, out of Cincinnati. In part 3, we take a look at King's spectacular r...

Bought by KTRT RADIO INC, WHRV, WOUB, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, and KMXT


  • Added: Jun 14, 2020
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 5