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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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 ...

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  • Added: Jul 12, 2020
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 4
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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...

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  • 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 ...

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  • 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...

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  • Added: Jun 14, 2020
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 5
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This week, it's part 2 of a multi-part feature on the great King Record Label, out of Cincinnati. Syd Nathan, who began putting out records under t...

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  • Added: Jun 07, 2020
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 6
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This week, we begin a multi-part feature on the great King Record Label, out of Cincinnati. In part one, Matt The Cat will look at King's short-li...

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  • Added: May 31, 2020
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 4
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On May 9, 2020, we lost another one of Rock n' Roll's true founders: Little Richard. He stands alone in his uniqueness and his influence to all tha...

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  • Added: May 24, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 4
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On May 9, 2020, we lost another one of Rock n' Roll's true founders: Little Richard. He stands alone in his uniqueness and his influence to all tha...

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


  • Added: May 17, 2020
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 5
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On April 27th, we lost Young Jessie, one of the unsung heroes of the LA vocal group scene. He was 83 years old. Young Jessie never enjoyed a nation...

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  • Added: May 10, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 5
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The "Juke In The Back" features another highly underrated R&B vocal group from the 1950s: The Checkers. They never scored a national hit, but they'...

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  • Added: May 03, 2020
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 5
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Clyde McPhatter had one of the sweetest and most powerful tenor voices in all of Rhythm & Blues and early Rock n' Roll. This week, Matt The Cat foc...

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  • Added: Apr 26, 2020
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 5
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The "Juke In The Back" celebrates 10 years on the air with this special 10th anniversary program, featuring records that have never been played on ...

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  • Added: Apr 19, 2020
  • Length: 59:01
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The Drifters would become the most successful vocal group in history, charting hit after hit for over 20 years, with no less than a dozen different...

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  • Added: Apr 12, 2020
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 5
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Tommy Brown is one of the unsung blues shouters of the Rhythm & Blues Era. His only two charting records were done with the Griffin Brothers on Dot...

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  • Added: Apr 05, 2020
  • Length: 59:01
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This week, the "Juke In The Back" explores the rhythm and blues phenomenon of the "Annie" song. This is the giant wave of sequel songs and answer r...

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  • Added: Mar 29, 2020
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 4
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We are living in some strange times and we could all use a little laugh to brighten the mood. Matt The Cat has put together a solid program of tune...

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  • Added: Mar 22, 2020
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 5
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"Juke In The Back" is proud to dedicate an entire show to Jesse Belvin, one of greatest talents to come out of LA in the 1950s. After meeting Marvi...

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  • Added: Mar 15, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 5
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The "Juke In The Back" spotlights a true blues legend, Lowell Fulson. From his 1948 breakthrough, "Three O'Clock Blues" to his 1954 legendary smash...

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  • Added: Mar 08, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 4
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This week, The "Juke In The Back" features the songs of one of R&B's greatest songwriters: Rudy Toombs. This underrated cat wrote some of the most ...

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  • Added: Mar 01, 2020
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 4