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Juke In The Back With Matt The Cat (Series)

Produced by Matt "The Cat" Baldassarri

Most recent piece in this series:

Episode #612 - Johnny Ace

From Matt "The Cat" Baldassarri | Part of the Juke In The Back With Matt The Cat series | 59:00


Johnny AceAir Week: January 24-30, 2022

Johnny Ace


He is often called the "first casualty of rock n' roll," since his life was brought to a controversial end just as rock n' roll was picking up steam in the mainstream, but Johnny Ace's demise does not overshadow his impressive, yet short career.  This week's "Juke In The Back" highlights Ace's early session with rising star, B.B. King, as well as a his rare first solo record, cut for the Bihari Brothers in 1951, but not released by them until 1953.  Ace tasted success early, as his first single for the fledgling Duke Records soared to the top of the R&B charts.  He would have 2 more #1 smashes, including "Pledging My Love," which was released posthumously and hit an impressive #17 on the pop lists.  Yes, Johnny Ace died young and became immortal in verse and tribute and Matt The Cat shows you why he was much revered on this week's "Juke In The Back."

Song Travels with Michael Feinstein News Friendly Version (Series)

Produced by South Carolina Public Radio

Most recent piece in this series:

Diane Schuur

From South Carolina Public Radio | Part of the Song Travels with Michael Feinstein News Friendly Version series | 53:00

Songtravelslogo_small Blessed with perfect pitch and a resonant voice, vocalist and pianist Diane Schuur received her training at the Washington State School for the Blind. Today Schuur is a two-time Grammy winner and has performed at Carnegie Hall and the White House. Her album Diane Schuur and the Count Basie Orchestra spent 33 weeks at Number One on the Billboard jazz charts. On this week's Song Travels she swings on a few favorite tunes including "I Get Along Without You Very Well" and "The Very Thought of You."