Juke In The Back With Matt The Cat

Series produced by Matt "The Cat" Baldassarri

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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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The "Juke In The Back" with Matt The Cat features Billy "The Kid" Emerson, a talented R&B singer and songwriter who never had a hit record, but his...

Bought by KNCT FM, WHRV, KSRQ, KIOS-FM Omaha Public Radio, WYAP and more


  • Added: May 22, 2022
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 8
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This week, the "Juke In The Back" pays our respects to one of the great record men of the 1940s and 50s; Art Rupe. Rupe passed away on April 15, 20...

Bought by Royalton Community Radio, KNCT FM, WHRV, KIOS-FM Omaha Public Radio, KSRQ and more


  • Added: May 15, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 8
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This week, the "Juke In The Back" pays our respects to one of the great record men of the 1940s and 50s; Art Rupe. Rupe passed away on April 15, 20...

Bought by Royalton Community Radio, KNCT FM, WHRV, KSRQ, KIOS-FM Omaha Public Radio and more


  • Added: May 08, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 9
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This week, the "Juke In The Back" pays our respects to one of the great record men of the 1940s and 50s; Art Rupe. Rupe passed away on April 15, 20...

Bought by Royalton Community Radio, KSRQ, WHRV, KNCT FM, KIOS-FM Omaha Public Radio and more


  • Added: May 01, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 9
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Terry Johnson of The Flamingos joins Matt The Cat this week as the "Juke In The Back" jumps and grooves with part three of our three part feature o...

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  • Added: Apr 24, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 7
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The "Juke In The Back" jumps and grooves this week as Matt The Cat presents part 2 of a three part feature on The Flamingos, one of the most influe...

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  • Added: Apr 17, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 6
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The "Juke In The Back" jumps and grooves this week as Matt The Cat begins a 3 part feature on The Flamingos, one of the most influential and best r...

Bought by Royalton Community Radio, KNCT FM, KIOS-FM Omaha Public Radio, WOUB, KTRT RADIO INC and more


  • Added: Apr 10, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 6
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Marvin Phillips is one of LA's unsung heroes of 1950s rhythm & blues. He, along with Jesse Belvin, popularized R&B duos with their 1952 smash, "Dre...

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  • Added: Apr 03, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 7
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Jack McVea is an integral part of the Los Angeles Rhythm & Blues scene of the 1940s. He's best remembered today as the originator of the recorded v...

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  • Added: Mar 27, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 7
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Few African Americans accomplished so much (songwriter, revered singer, entrepreneur) during the 1950s as the legendary Sam Cooke. This week, Matt ...

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  • Added: Mar 20, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 8
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This week, Matt The Cat spotlights the fantastic R&B that was coming out of Decca Records in the late '40s and early '50s. As you'll hear, many maj...

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  • Added: Mar 13, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 7
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The "Juke In The Back" features The Robins, one of the earliest and most influential R&B vocal group to come out of Los Angeles in the late '40s an...

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  • Added: Mar 06, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 7
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What better way to celebrate Mardi Gras than with the “Grandaddy of New Orleans Rhythm & Blues”? That, cats & kittens, is Henry Roeland Byrd, aka R...

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  • Added: Feb 27, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 6
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Get ready for Carnival with part 3 of "Juke In The Back"'s 3 part series on the great, influential and infectious music that came out of New Orlean...

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  • Added: Feb 20, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 6
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Get ready for Carnival with part 2 of "Juke In The Back"'s 3 part series on the great, influential and infectious music that came out of New Orlean...

Bought by Royalton Community Radio, WHRV, KIOS-FM Omaha Public Radio, WYAP, WOUB and more


  • Added: Feb 13, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 7
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Get ready for Carnival as the "Juke In The Back" begins a 3 part series on the great, influential and infectious music that came out of New Orleans...

Bought by Royalton Community Radio, WHRV, KIOS-FM Omaha Public Radio, WOUB, KTRT RADIO INC and more


  • Added: Feb 06, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 6
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Air Week: January 31-February 6, 2022 This week, the "Juke In The Back" is proud to shine the spotlight on guitarist Gene Phillips, one of the unsu...

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  • Added: Jan 30, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 6
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Air Week: January 24-30, 2022 This week, "Juke In The Back" highlights the short career of one of R&B's greatest talents: JOHNNY ACE. His great rec...

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  • Added: Jan 23, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 7
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Air Week: January 17-23, 2022 The Ink Spots, along with the Mills Brothers, Delta Rhythm Boys and Golden Gate Quartet built the musical bridge from...

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  • Added: Jan 16, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 5
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Air Week: January 10-16, 2022 This week, the jukebox is in the spotlight as the "Juke In The Back" features part 2 of a 2 part series on the bigges...

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  • Added: Jan 09, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 7