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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This week, the "Juke In The Back" looks at the great Smiley Lewis, another influential force out of New Orleans that time has chosen to forget. He ...

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  • Added: Jan 29, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 6
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In 1950, Down Beat Records owner Jack Lauderdale was forced to change the name. He chose Swing Time and left the logo exactly same. Lauderdale cont...

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  • Added: Jan 22, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 8
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This week, the jukebox is in the spotlight as Matt The Cat takes you back 70 years and highlights the top jukebox hits of the second half of 1953. ...

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  • Added: Jan 15, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 9
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This week, the jukebox is in the spotlight as Matt The Cat takes you back 70 years and highlights the top jukebox hits of the first half of 1953. Y...

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  • Added: Jan 08, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 10
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Charles Brown was the "King of Smoky Blues" for over 50 years. A move to Los Angeles in 1943, hooked him up with Johnny Moore, who hired him to sin...

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  • Added: Jan 01, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 10
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This week's "Juke In The Back" is dedicated to one of the true unsung heroes of 1940s and '50s rhythm & blues, Johnny Moore's Three Blazers. The gr...

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  • Added: Dec 25, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 10
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Matt The Cat has dug up some more R&B Christmas treasures and added a few tunes about New Years for this week’s continuation of the “Juke In The Ba...

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  • Added: Dec 18, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 9
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It's the Holiday Season, so why not grab a glass of 'nog, sit back and relax and dig on some great vintage Rhythm & Blues Christmas tunes. It’s the...

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  • Added: Dec 11, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 9
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This week, "Juke In The Back" focuses on Down Beat Records, another of the early, small, independent R&B record labels. Afro-American businessman J...

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  • Added: Dec 04, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 9
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The "Juke In The Back" pays its respects to a true musical icon, B.B. King. Matt The Cat focuses on B.B.'s first records for Nashville's Bullet Rec...

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  • Added: Nov 27, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 9
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Pookie Hudson spent his entire life close to the music he loved. In high school, he began to develop his own style using his falsetto with just a t...

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  • Added: Nov 20, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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If you're "hep to the jive" and can "dig the scene," then you're in for a treat on this week's "Juke In The Back." Matt The Cat presents Cab Callow...

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  • Added: Nov 13, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Cobra Records left quite a bite, even thought this little West Side Chicago label was only in existence for three short years. They hit gold right ...

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  • Added: Nov 06, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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The "Juke In The Back" highlights the often ignored early career of Big Maybelle, one of the great female blues shouters. Matt The Cat highlights h...

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  • Added: Oct 30, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 8
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This week, the ol' Rockola Jukebox is haunted by a strange spirit of rhythm & ghouls. Dig on some of your old favorites by Screamin' Jay Hawkins, L...

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  • Added: Oct 23, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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The "Juke In The Back" honors one of the greatest, yet more underrated originators of electric blues guitar: Pee Wee Crayton. Matt The Cat presents...

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  • Added: Oct 16, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 8
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Little Miss Cornshucks was an influential figure in post WWII Rhythm & Blues. Lavern Baker copied Cornshucks' country girl stage act down to the na...

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  • Added: Oct 09, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 10
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The "Juke In The Back" features The Ravens, an R&B vocal group that set the stage for all the groups that would follow. With Jimmy Ricks' bass lead...

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  • Added: Oct 02, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 10
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Drop a nickel in the ol' Rockola Juke as Matt The Cat dedicates the entire hour to the great little Nashville R&B label, Excello Records. From The ...

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  • Added: Sep 25, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Vocalese is a musical sub-genre of Jazz and R&B that burst on the scene in 1952 and was practically gone by 1954. Before it departed, King Pleasure...

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  • Added: Sep 18, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 9