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Juke In The Back With Matt The Cat (Series)

Produced by Matt "The Cat" Baldassarri

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Episode #699 - Red Robin Records

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

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This week, the "Juke In The Back" salutes one of R&B's greatest unsung labels, Red Robin Records. Bobby Robinson started Robin Records in 1952 as a way to expand the business in his Harlem record store, Bobby Record Shop. He was a natural-born entrepreneur with a keen ear for musical talent and early Robin releases focused on local New York talent ranging from the screaming saxes of Morris Land, Charlie Singleton and Red Prysock to the smooth teen vocal group sound of The Mello-Moods, The Velvets and The Vocaleers. Robinson also recorded the already established Blues titans of Champion Jack Dupree, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee. Robinson was forced to change the name of Robin Records to the now iconic Red Robin Records, after he was threatened with a lawsuit from a Country Music Label of the same name. Matt The Cat digs through the racks of shellac to pull out the most prime sides from Red Robin Records and load them into your source for 1940s and '50s Rhythm & Blues, the "Juke In The Back."

Song Travels with Michael Feinstein News Friendly Version (Series)

Produced by South Carolina Public Radio

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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."