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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Willie Mabon scored 2 #1 R&B records with "I Don't Know" and "I'm Mad" in 1952 and '53 respectively. Having 2 #1s ensured that he would never be fo...

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  • Added: Jun 23, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 3
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This week, the "Juke In The Back" salutes one of R&B's greatest unsung labels, Red Robin Records. Bobby Robinson started Robin Records in 1952. It ...

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  • Added: Jun 16, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 6
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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...

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  • Added: Jun 09, 2019
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 6
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The Five Keys were undoubtedly one of the finest vocal groups of both the R&B and Rock n' Roll eras. This week, in part 2 of our 2 part feature, we...

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  • Added: Jun 02, 2019
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 6
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The Five Keys were undoubtedly one of the finest vocal groups of both the R&B and Rock n' Roll eras. In part 1, Matt The Cat focuses on The Five Ke...

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  • Added: May 26, 2019
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 6
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Nashville truly earned its nickname as "Music City" during the 1950s as it was not only the home of Country Music, but also a hotbed for a thriving...

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  • Added: May 19, 2019
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 6
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This week's "Juke In The Back" highlights the short, but important career of Faye Adams. DJ Alan Freed called her "The little gal with the big voic...

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  • Added: May 12, 2019
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 6
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The "Juke In The Back" features the most important and influential vocal group of the post World War II era, The Orioles. Baltimore's finest singin...

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  • Added: May 05, 2019
  • Length: 59:01
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The West Coast is often ignored as a post World War II Rhythm & Blues hot spot, but some mighty fine R&B artists, groups and labels called LA home....

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  • Added: Apr 28, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 6
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The "Juke In The Back" is proud to salute Sister Rosetta Tharpe, one of the most important and influential musical figures of the 20th Century. Mat...

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  • Added: Apr 21, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 6
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This week, "Juke In The Back" features The Griffin Brothers, one of the unsung Rhythm & Blues groups from the early 1950s. The Griffin Brothers wer...

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  • Added: Apr 14, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 6
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This week, "Juke In The Back" features another unsung hero of early Rhythm & Blues, Floyd Dixon. He's often overlooked or labeled as a Charles Brow...

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  • Added: Apr 07, 2019
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 6
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New Orleans has probably given birth to more musical geniuses than any other city in the world. So when you cite one particular artist from The Cre...

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  • Added: Mar 31, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 5
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This past week, we lost Andre Williams, a completely original and unique voice from the early days of Rhythmn & Blues. He was 82 and died from colo...

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  • Added: Mar 24, 2019
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 6
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There are many great pianists in the history of boogie woogie that helped push its evolution, but it was Little Willie Littlefield who popularized ...

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  • Added: Mar 17, 2019
  • Length: 59:01
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This week, we continue our salute to the great blues shouter, Big Joe Turner with part 2 of 2. The show opens in 1951, with Turner's first recordin...

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  • Added: Mar 10, 2019
  • Length: 59:01
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This week, the "Juke In The Back" is loaded with nothing but the great recordings of Big Joe Turner, the "Boss Of The Blues." The show also feature...

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  • Added: Mar 03, 2019
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 5
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Once again, it's time to put the ol' Rockola Jukebox in the spotlight as we blast back 70 years on our annual Jukebox Rhythm Review. Matt The Cat l...

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  • Added: Feb 24, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 6
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Once again, it's time to put the ol' Rockola Jukebox in the spotlight as we blast back 70 years on our annual Jukebox Rhythm Review. Matt The Cat l...

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


  • Added: Feb 17, 2019
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 5
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This week, "Juke In The Back" presents one of the architects of the "honkin'" sax, Paul Williams. Williams' Sextette released some moderately succe...

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  • Added: Feb 10, 2019
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 6