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.


710 Pieces

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Jimmy Liggins may not have been as successful as his older brother Joe, but Jimmy's 1948 recording of "Cadillac Boogie" just might be the first roc...

Bought by WRNC-LP, KPVL, and 88.5 JAZZ FM Erie's Jazz Station


  • Added: Aug 26, 2012
  • Length: 59:02
  • Purchases: 3
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The entire "Juke In The Back" focuses on a tiny Chicago R&B record label with a big sound; Parrot Records. The label was started by Chicago DJ Al B...

Bought by KMUW, KPVL, WRNC-LP, and 88.5 JAZZ FM Erie's Jazz Station


  • Added: Aug 19, 2012
  • Length: 59:02
  • Purchases: 4
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Much has been said about Ike Turner's personal life, but not enough has been said about his musical legacy. This week's "Juke In The Back" looks a...

Bought by KWEMradio.com/KWEM LP, KPVL, and 88.5 JAZZ FM Erie's Jazz Station


  • Added: Aug 12, 2012
  • Length: 59:03
  • Purchases: 3
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Elvis Presley's early music was a blend of Hillbilly, Country, Gospel and R&B. This week's "Juke In The Back" explored the enormous debt Elvis owe...

Bought by WRNC-LP and 88.5 JAZZ FM Erie's Jazz Station


  • Added: Aug 05, 2012
  • Length: 59:03
  • Purchases: 2
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This week, "Juke In The Back" highlights the short career of one of R&B's greatest talents: JOHNNY ACE. His great records usually get overshadowed...

Bought by KMUW, KPVL, and 88.5 JAZZ FM Erie's Jazz Station


  • Added: Jul 29, 2012
  • Length: 59:02
  • Purchases: 3
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Matt The Cat presents another highly underrated vocal group from the 1950s: The Du-Droppers as part of a full hour of 1940s and '50s rhythm & blues...

Bought by KZYX, KPVL, and 88.5 JAZZ FM Erie's Jazz Station


  • Added: Jul 22, 2012
  • Length: 59:02
  • Purchases: 3
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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...

Bought by WRNC-LP, KPVL, and 88.5 JAZZ FM Erie's Jazz Station


  • Added: Jul 15, 2012
  • Length: 59:02
  • Purchases: 3
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"Juke In The Back" features one of early R&B's greatest blues shouters, Roy Brown. From his early hits for the DeLuxe Label in the late 1940s to h...

Bought by WRNC-LP, KPVL, and 88.5 JAZZ FM Erie's Jazz Station


  • Added: Jul 08, 2012
  • Length: 59:03
  • Purchases: 3
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This week, the "Juke In The Back" features a rhythm & blues vocal group from Winston-Salem, NC that not only influenced James Brown, but quite poss...

Bought by 88.5 JAZZ FM Erie's Jazz Station


  • Added: Jul 02, 2012
  • Length: 59:02
  • Purchases: 1
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What's more American than celebrating America's birthday with some good ol' red, white and Rhythm & Blues about THE Fourth of July staple: food? Di...

Bought by KPIP-LP, WNMU-FM, WRNC-LP, KMXT, and 88.5 JAZZ FM Erie's Jazz Station


  • Added: Jun 25, 2012
  • Length: 59:03
  • Purchases: 5
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This week, "Juke In The Back" features the conclusion of our 2 part series on Aladdin Records. Matt The Cat features Aladdin's releases from 1950-...

Bought by KCSM, 90.5 WSNC, KPVL, and 88.5 JAZZ FM Erie's Jazz Station


  • Added: Jun 17, 2012
  • Length: 59:02
  • Purchases: 4
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The "Juke In The Back" presents part 1 of a 2 part series on Aladdin Records. Aladdin was one of the independent LA record labels that launched in...

Bought by KCSM, 90.5 WSNC, KPVL, and 88.5 JAZZ FM Erie's Jazz Station


  • Added: Jun 10, 2012
  • Length: 59:02
  • Purchases: 4
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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...

Bought by 90.5 WSNC, WRNC-LP, KPVL, and 88.5 JAZZ FM Erie's Jazz Station


  • Added: Jun 03, 2012
  • Length: 59:03
  • Purchases: 4
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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...

Bought by KCSM, WJAB, 90.5 WSNC, WRNC-LP, KPVL and more


  • Added: May 27, 2012
  • Length: 59:03
  • Purchases: 6
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This is the third and final part of "Juke In The Back"'s tribute to Specialty Records. This week, host Matt The Cat looks at Specialty's hit-making...

Bought by 90.5 WSNC, KPVL, and 88.5 JAZZ FM Erie's Jazz Station


  • Added: May 20, 2012
  • Length: 59:03
  • Purchases: 3
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This week, the "Juke In The Back" is jumpin' with records all hailing from the Specialty Label out of LA on part 2 of The Specialty Records Story. ...

Bought by 90.5 WSNC, KPVL, and 88.5 JAZZ FM Erie's Jazz Station


  • Added: May 11, 2012
  • Length: 59:03
  • Purchases: 3
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This week, the "Juke In The Back" is full of old records from one of the greatest record labels of all-time, Specialty Records. Art Rupe started th...

Bought by 90.5 WSNC, KPVL, 88.5 JAZZ FM Erie's Jazz Station, and KAWC / Border Radio - KOFA


  • Added: May 07, 2012
  • Length: 59:03
  • Purchases: 4
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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. I...

Bought by 90.5 WSNC, WRNC-LP, and 88.5 JAZZ FM Erie's Jazz Station


  • Added: Apr 29, 2012
  • Length: 59:03
  • Purchases: 3
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This week, the "Juke In The Back" features one of the great big talents of early R&B, Little Willie John. From interviews with people who knew Wil...

Bought by 90.5 WSNC and 88.5 JAZZ FM Erie's Jazz Station


  • Added: Apr 22, 2012
  • Length: 59:03
  • Purchases: 2
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This week, the "Juke In The Back" honors one of the greatest blues shouters of all-time, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson. Matt The Cat covers Vinson's ear...

Bought by KMUW, 90.5 WSNC, WRNC-LP, KPVL, and 88.5 JAZZ FM Erie's Jazz Station


  • Added: Apr 15, 2012
  • Length: 59:03
  • Purchases: 5