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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Atlantic Records was the most influential, significant and important independent record label to come out of the late-1940s, during a time when the...

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  • Added: Jan 31, 2021
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 7
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New Orleans is not known for its R&B vocal groups. In a city where jazz, blues and zydeco thrive, one vocal group rose to the top: The Spiders. In ...

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  • Added: Jan 24, 2021
  • Length: 59:01
  • 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 1951. ...

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  • Added: Jan 17, 2021
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 6
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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 1951. Y...

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  • Added: Jan 10, 2021
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 6
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Let's begin 2021 with a solid hour of Boogie Woogie Rhythm & Blues. The blues style of Boogie Woogie piano features a strong left hand, playing rep...

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  • Added: Jan 03, 2021
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 7
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"Juke In The Back" is proud to honor the late, great Johnny Otis. He was a true renaissance man. Otis was a singer, songwriter, drummer, bandleader...

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  • Added: Dec 27, 2020
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 6
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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 20, 2020
  • Length: 59:01
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2020 has been a tough year all around, so why not grab a glass of 'nog, sit back and relax and dig on some great vintage Rhythm & Blues Christmas t...

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  • Added: Dec 13, 2020
  • Length: 59:01
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The Larks are one of the most influential and best sounding vocal groups of the early 1950s and yet, they are never remembered quite as well as man...

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  • Added: Dec 06, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 5
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The Larks are one of the most influential and best sounding vocal groups of the early 1950s and yet, they are never remembered quite as well as man...

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


  • Added: Nov 29, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 5
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The "Juke In The Back" looks at the very beginnings of one of early R&B's biggest groups, The Midnighters. Before "Work With Me Annie," they were k...

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  • Added: Nov 22, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 6
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The "Juke In The Back" presents part 3 in our series on Aladdin Records, one of the most important independent labels of the pre-rock era. Part 3 f...

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  • Added: Nov 15, 2020
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 6
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This week, "Juke In The Back" features part 2 of our 3 part series on Aladdin Records. Matt The Cat focuses on Aladdin's releases from 1950-53 and ...

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  • Added: Nov 08, 2020
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 6
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The "Juke In The Back" presents part 1 of a 3 part series on Aladdin Records. Aladdin was one of the independent LA record labels that launched in ...

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  • Added: Nov 01, 2020
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 5
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Halloween has always been a frightfully good time of the year for the "Juke In The Back." This year, Matt The Cat, along with Miss Rosie and Bobby ...

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  • Added: Oct 25, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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This week, the "Juke In The Back" solutes the Unsung Ladies of R&B! We'll dig deep into a stack of shellac from some women you know, like Varetta D...

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  • Added: Oct 18, 2020
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 6
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This week, "Juke In The Back" honors two unsung R&B heroes who passed away over the past six months. Vocal group leader and songwriter Gaynel Hodge...

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  • Added: Oct 11, 2020
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 5
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Pianist Paul Gayten is one of the true unsung heroes of R&B and rock n' roll, but he is often overlooked in the history of the genre. Matt The Cat ...

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  • Added: Oct 04, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 4
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Etta James was one of the grittiest and most influential R&B singer of all-time. This week, Matt The Cat focuses on Etta's early records from 1954-...

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  • Added: Sep 27, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 5
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Today's popular culture has left so many musical pioneers behind and this week the "Juke In The Back" features Joe Liggins, one such pioneer who's ...

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  • Added: Sep 20, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 5