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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Clyde McPhatter had one of the sweetest and most powerful tenor voices in all of Rhythm & Blues and early Rock n' Roll. This week, Matt The Cat foc...

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  • Added: Apr 26, 2020
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 5
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The "Juke In The Back" celebrates 10 years on the air with this special 10th anniversary program, featuring records that have never been played on ...

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  • Added: Apr 19, 2020
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 5
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The Drifters would become the most successful vocal group in history, charting hit after hit for over 20 years, with no less than a dozen different...

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  • Added: Apr 12, 2020
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 5
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Tommy Brown is one of the unsung blues shouters of the Rhythm & Blues Era. His only two charting records were done with the Griffin Brothers on Dot...

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  • Added: Apr 05, 2020
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 5
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This week, the "Juke In The Back" explores the rhythm and blues phenomenon of the "Annie" song. This is the giant wave of sequel songs and answer r...

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  • Added: Mar 29, 2020
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 4
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We are living in some strange times and we could all use a little laugh to brighten the mood. Matt The Cat has put together a solid program of tune...

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  • Added: Mar 22, 2020
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 5
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"Juke In The Back" is proud to dedicate an entire show to Jesse Belvin, one of greatest talents to come out of LA in the 1950s. After meeting Marvi...

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  • Added: Mar 15, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 5
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The "Juke In The Back" spotlights a true blues legend, Lowell Fulson. From his 1948 breakthrough, "Three O'Clock Blues" to his 1954 legendary smash...

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  • Added: Mar 08, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 4
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This week, The "Juke In The Back" features the songs of one of R&B's greatest songwriters: Rudy Toombs. This underrated cat wrote some of the most ...

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  • Added: Mar 01, 2020
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 4
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Memphis Slim dubbed himself the "Ambassador Of The Blues" and for good reason. He spread the gospel of America's music around the world during his ...

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  • Added: Feb 23, 2020
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 4
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In late 1953, RCA Victor launched a new subsidiary to focus on the Rhythm & Blues market, called Groove Records. It's hard to imagine, but Piano Re...

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  • Added: Feb 15, 2020
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 4
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The "Juke In The Back" pays tribute to the great R&B vocalist, Lil Greenwood. You'll hear her greatest early recordings from 1950-1954, before she ...

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  • Added: Feb 09, 2020
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 5
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The "Juke In The Back" takes you back 70 years to the biggest jukebox hits of 1950 as we feature another Jukebox Rhythm Review. This week, in part ...

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  • Added: Feb 02, 2020
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 5
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The "Juke In The Back" takes you back 70 years to the biggest jukebox hits of 1950 as we feature another Jukebox Rhythm Review. This week, in part ...

Bought by KTRT RADIO INC, WHRV, WOUB, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, Royalton Community Radio and more


  • Added: Jan 26, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 6
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Elmore James never tried to have crossover success. He was a bluesman through and through; an ambassador of the Mississippi Delta Blues with a mode...

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  • Added: Jan 19, 2020
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 5
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Some songwriters and singers just know how to tap into deepest regions of sadness, passion and truth. Such is the musical prowess of Percy Mayfield...

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  • Added: Jan 08, 2020
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 5
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The Hollywood Flames recorded for nearly 20 different record labels and had numerous personnel changes over their 18 year history, but they always ...

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  • Added: Jan 05, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 6
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Herb Cox, the primary singer and songwriter for the Cleftones passed away on December 7, 2019 at the age of 80. Cox was a founding member of this u...

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  • Added: Dec 29, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 5
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The "Juke In The Back" presents part 2 of our 2 part vintage Christmas Rhythm & Blues extravaganza that Matt The Cat is calling "Cool Yule." Dig on...

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  • Added: Dec 21, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 6
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The "Juke In The Back" begins a 2 part Holiday Music Extravaganza with a tribute to Santa Claus. This week, we find the "man in red" doing the boog...

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  • Added: Dec 14, 2019
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 7