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Juke In The Back

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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.

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.

Location:

Washington , DC

Description:

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.

Language:

English


Episodes

Episode #546 – Unsung Ladies of R&B

10/18/2020
Air Week: October 19-25, 2020 Unsung Ladies of R&B 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 Dillard, Ann Cole and The Cookies, as well as from some that you may not know, such as […]

Duration:00:59:00

Episode #545 – R.I.P. Gaynel Hodge & Hal Singer

10/11/2020
Air Week: October 12-18, 2020 R.I.P. – Gaynel Hodge & Hal Singer 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 died at age 83 on June 2, 2020 and sax honker Hal Singer left us on August […]

Duration:00:59:00

Episode #544 – Paul Gayten

10/4/2020
Air Week: October 5-11, 2020 Paul Gayten Paul Gayten is one of the unsung heroes of rhythm & blues and one of the many architects of rock n’ roll. This week, Matt The Cat spotlights Gayten’s great contributions to music on the “Juke In The Back.” Paul Gayten scored the first New Orleans’ hit of […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #543 – Early Etta James

9/27/2020
Air Week: September 28-October 4, 2020 Early Etta James Producer Jerry Wexler called Etta James, “The greatest of all modern blues singers.” That’s great praise coming from a guy who worked with the greatest of the greats for 50 years. Etta had an amazing talent for mixing a bit of tenderness and heartbreak into her […]

Duration:00:59:00

Episode #542 – Joe Liggins

9/20/2020
Air Week: September 21-27, 2020 Joe Liggins There were so many important figures in post WWII Rhythm & Blues that helped build what would become Rock n’ Roll. 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 been largely […]

Duration:00:59:00

Episode #541 – The Heartbeats

9/13/2020
Air Week: September 14-20, 2020 The Heartbeats With so many wonderful vocal groups present during the 1950s, it took a few distinct ones to lead the pack and blaze the trail. The Heartbeats are always right up there with The Clovers, Harptones, Moonglows, Flamingos and the other leaders who carried the torch lit by the […]

Duration:00:59:00

Episode #540 – Bobby Mitchell & The Toppers

9/6/2020
Air Week: September 7-13, 2020 Bobby Mitchell & The Toppers The “Juke In The Back” digs deep into New Orleans Rhythm & Blues this week to focus on Bobby Mitchell & The Toppers, one of the few vocal groups to come out of a city best known for its blues, jazz and cajun roots. The […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #539 – The Harptones

8/30/2020
Air Week: August 31-September 6, 2020 The Harptones The Harptones never had a national hit record, yet they are arguably the finest vocal group to come out of New York City during the 1950s. Willie Winfield’s soaring tenor matched with Raoul Cita’s songwriting and arrangements helped them hit the local charts and influence their peers. […]

Duration:00:59:00

Episode #538 – Jimmy Reed

8/23/2020
Air Week: August 24-30, 2020 Jimmy Reed: 1953-59 Jimmy Reed was a hit-making blues machine back in the 1950s, yet he isn’t as well remembered today as some of his contemporaries. This week, Matt The Cat and the “Juke In The Back” dedicate the entire program to this highly influential bluesman. Reed’s mid-tempo shuffle was […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #537 – Bo Diddley: 1956-59

8/16/2020
Air Week; August 17-23, 2020 Bo Diddley: 1956-59 Last week, the “Juke In The Back” featured every recording made by the innovative BO DIDDLEY during the year 1955. This week, the Juke picks it up in early 1956 and showcases BO DIDDLEY’s influential and diverse releases through 1959. He remained mostly off the R&B Charts […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #536 – Bo Diddley: 1955

8/9/2020
Air Week: August 10-16, 2020 Bo Diddley: 1955 This week’s “Juke In The Back” takes a look at the breakthrough year of one of rock n’ roll’s true architects and innovators, Bo Diddley. His first recording session was held at Chess Records in Chicago on March 2nd and 3rd, 1955, where he laid down 4 […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #535 – King Records, Pt. 10: Federal Records, Pt. 2

8/2/2020
Air Week: August 3-9, 2020 King Records, Pt. 10: Federal Records, Pt. 2 This week, it’s part 10 of a 10 part feature on the great King Record Label, out of Cincinnati. Syd Nathan, who began putting out records under the King logo in 1943, developed King as a hillbilly music label. After seeing the […]

Duration:00:58:59

Juke In The Back Promo

7/27/2020
1940s & ’50s Rhythm & Blues At the end of the Second World War, economics forced the big bands to trim their once great size and thus, the Jump Blues combo was born. Between 1946-1954, rhythm and blues laid the tracks for what was to become Rock n’ Roll. So how come, 70 years later, […]

Duration:00:01:00

Episode #534 – King Records, Pt. 9: Federal Records, Pt. 1

7/26/2020
Air Week: July 27-Aug 2, 2020 King Records, Pt. 9: Federal Records, Pt. 1 This week, it’s part 9 of a multi-part feature on the great King Record Label, out of Cincinnati. Syd Nathan, who began putting out records under the King logo in 1943, developed King as a hillbilly music label. After seeing the […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #533 – King Records, Pt. 8: 1954-56

7/19/2020
Air Week: July 20-26, 2020 King Records, Pt. 8: 1954-56 This week, it’s part 8 of a multi-part feature on the great King Record Label, out of Cincinnati. Syd Nathan, who began putting out records under the King logo in 1943, developed King as a hillbilly music label. After seeing the sales potential in the […]

Duration:00:59:00

Episode #532 – King Records, Pt. 7: 1953

7/12/2020
Air Week: July 13-19, 2020 King Records, Pt. 7: 1953 This week, it’s part 7 of a multi-part feature on the great King Record Label, out of Cincinnati. Syd Nathan, who began putting out records under the King logo in 1943, developed King as a hillbilly music label. After seeing the sales potential in the […]

Duration:00:59:00

Episode #531 – King Records, Pt. 6: 1952

7/5/2020
Air Week: July 6-12, 2020 King Records, Pt. 6: 1952 This week, it’s part 6 of a multi-part feature on the great King Record Label, out of Cincinnati. Syd Nathan, who began putting out records under the King logo in 1943, developed King as a hillbilly music label. After seeing the sales potential in the […]

Duration:00:59:00

Episode #530 – King Records, Pt. 5: 1951

6/28/2020
Air Week: June 29-July 5, 2020 King Records, Pt. 5: 1951 This week, it’s part 5 of a multi-part feature on the great King Record Label, out of Cincinnati. Syd Nathan, who began putting out records under the King logo in 1943, developed King as a hillbilly music label. After seeing the sales potential in […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #529 – King Records, Pt. 4: 1949-50

6/21/2020
Air Week: June 22-28, 2020 King Records, Pt. 4: 1949-50 This week, it’s part 4 of a multi-part feature on the great King Record Label, out of Cincinnati. Syd Nathan, who began putting out records under the King logo in 1943, developed King as a hillbilly music label. After a rough start, he relaunched King […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #528 – King Records, Pt. 3: 1948-49

6/14/2020
Air Week: June 15-21, 2020 King Records, Pt. 3: 1948-49 This week, it’s part 3 of a multi-part feature on the great King Record Label, out of Cincinnati. Syd Nathan, who began putting out records under the King logo in 1943, developed King as a hillbilly music label. After a rough start, he relaunched King […]

Duration:00:59:00