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Juke In The Back

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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, 75 years later, this vibrant and influential music is still so unknown to so many? Matt The Cat is going to change that with the radio program, “Juke In The Back.” These were the records that you couldn’t hear on the jukebox in the front of the establishment. To hear all this great 1950s rhythm & blues, you had to go to “Juke In The Back.”

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, 75 years later, this vibrant and influential music is still so unknown to so many? Matt The Cat is going to change that with the radio program, “Juke In The Back.” These were the records that you couldn’t hear on the jukebox in the front of the establishment. To hear all this great 1950s rhythm & blues, you had to go to “Juke In The Back.”

Location:

Washington , DC

Description:

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, 75 years later, this vibrant and influential music is still so unknown to so many? Matt The Cat is going to change that with the radio program, “Juke In The Back.” These were the records that you couldn’t hear on the jukebox in the front of the establishment. To hear all this great 1950s rhythm & blues, you had to go to “Juke In The Back.”

Language:

English


Episodes

Episode #656 – B.B. King

11/27/2022
Air Week: November 28-December 4, 2022 B. B. King The “Juke In The Back” pays its respects to a true musical icon, B.B. King. Riley B. King was raised on plantations as his mother was a sharecropper. He wanted to play guitar and sing on the radio like his mother’s cousin, Bukka White. He moved […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #655 – Pookie Hudson (The Spaniels)

11/18/2022
Air Week: November 21-27, 2022 Pookie Hudson (The Spaniels) Pookie Hudson spent his entire life close to the music he loved. Growing up in Gary, Indiana, he spent his younger days trying to emulate the sound of BIlly Williams, the leader of the Charioteers. In high school, he began to develop his own style using […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #654 – Cab Calloway

11/13/2022
Air Week: November 14-20, 2022 Cab Calloway If you’re “hep to the jive” and can “dig the scene,” then you’re in for a treat on this week’s “Juke In The Back.” Matt The Cat presents Cab Calloway: the “Father of R&B,” the “Grandfather of Rock n’ Roll” and the “Hi De Ho Man.” There is […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #653 – Cobra Records

11/6/2022
Air Week: November 7-13, 2022 Cobra Records Cobra Records left quite a bite, even thought this little West Side Chicago label was only in existence for three short years. Cobra was started by television repair shop owner Eli Toscano in the summer of 1956. Toscano was lucky enough to snag Willie Dixon from Chess Records […]

Duration:00:59:00

Episode #652 – Big Maybelle

10/30/2022
Air Week: October 31-November 6, 2022 Big Maybelle Big MaybelleThe “Juke In The Back” highlights the often ignored early career of Big Maybelle, one of the great female blues shouters. She was born Mabel Louise Smith in 1929 and cut her first record with Christine Chatman’s Orchestra for Decca in 1944. Mabel Smith made her […]

Duration:00:59:00

Episode #651 – Halloween Rhythm & Blues

10/23/2022
Air Week: October 24-30, 2022 Halloween Rhythm & Blues This week, the ol’ Rockola Jukebox is haunted by a strange spirit of rhythm & ghouls. Where is Matt The Cat? We don’t know, but the spirit tells us he will return next week. In his absence, the “Juke In The Back” still fulfills the weekly […]

Duration:00:59:00

Episode #650 – Pee Wee Crayton

10/16/2022
Air Week: October 17-23, 2022 Pee Wee Crayton The “Juke In The Back” honors one of the greatest, yet more underrated originators of electric blues guitar: Pee Wee Crayton. Matt The Cat digs deep into Crayton’s musical catalog and dusts off more than just his three charting R&B hits. You’ll also get to hear the fantastic and […]

Duration:00:59:00

Episode #649 – Little Miss Cornshucks

10/9/2022
Air Week: October 10-16, 2022 Little Miss Cornshucks Little Miss Cornshucks was an influential figure in post WWII Rhythm & Blues. For one thing, she inspired Ahmet Ertegun to start Atlantic Records and when he couldn’t locate her to record her, he launched the career of Ruth Brown instead. Her version of the classic, “Try […]

Duration:00:59:00

Episode #648 – The Ravens

10/2/2022
Air Week: October 3-9, 2022 The Ravens The “Juke In The Back” features The Ravens, an R&B vocal group that set the stage for all the groups that would follow. With Jimmy Ricks’ bass lead and some tremendous harmony behind him, The Ravens were the predecessors to the doo wop music that would follow in […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #647 – Excello Records

9/25/2022
Air Week: September 26-October 2, 2022 Excello Records Drop a nickel in the ol’ Rockola Juke as Matt The Cat dedicates the entire hour to the great little Nashville R&B label, Excello Records. Ernie Young started Excello as a sister label to his Nashboro Label and both labels were housed in his Ernie’s Record Mart […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #646 – Vocalese Musical Phenomenon

9/18/2022
Air Week: September 19-25, 2022 The Vocalese Musical Phenomenon Vocalese is a musical sub-genre of Jazz and R&B that burst on the scene in 1952 and was practically gone by 1954. Before it departed, King Pleasure (real name Clarence Beeks) had managed to rack up 2 top 10 R&B hits in the style, which is […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #645 – Motown Artists BEFORE Motown

9/11/2022
Air Week: September 12-18, 2022 Motown Artists BEFORE Motown The entire “Juke In The Back” this week features Motown’s biggest acts,BEFORE there even was a Motown Records and before those acts were household names. Matt The Cat spins the earliest records by The Miracles (1958), The Four Tops (1956), The Supremes (as The Primettes) and […]

Duration:00:58:58

Episode #644 – Richard Barrett (The Valentines)

9/4/2022
Air Week: September 5-11, 2022 Richard Barrett (The Valentines) This week, the “Juke In The Back” honors one of the silent architects of Rock n’ Roll, Richard Barrett. On the surface, he’s known today to fans of vocal group music as the lead singer and chief songwriter for The Valentines. They had a string of […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #643 – Wynonie “Mr. Blues” Harris, Pt. 2 – 1948-54

8/28/2022
Air Week: August 29-September 4, 2022 Wynonie Harris, Pt. 2 – 1948-54 It’s part 2 of our 2 part series on Wynonie “Mr. Blues” Harris, one of the greatest blues shouters of all time. This week, Matt The Cat focuses on Harris’ hit-making years of 1948-1952, when he ruled the rhythm & blues charts. “Grandma Plays The […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #642 – Wynonie “Mr. Blues” Harris, Pt. 1 – 1944-48

8/21/2022
Air Week: August 22-28, 2022 Wynonie Harris, Pt. 1 – 1944-48 The “Juke In The Back” is overflowin’ with records by one of R&B’s greatest blues shouters and entertainers: Wynonie “Mr. Blues” Harris. Part 1 of this 2 part series focuses on Wynonie’s early recordings from 1944-1948. Matt The Cat digs deep in his “juke” […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #641 – Elvis’ Rhythm & Blues Influences

8/14/2022
Air Week: August 15-21, 2022 Elvis’ Rhythm & Blues Influences 45 years ago this week, we lost the “King Of Rock n’ Roll. Much has been written about Elvis’ enormous impact and popularity over the years, but it’s almost impossible to overstate the cultural shift that took place as he rose to fame in 1956. […]

Duration:00:58:58

Episode #640 – Jimmy Preston

8/7/2022
Air Week: August 8-14, 2022 Jimmy Preston Jimmy Preston made a major contribution to early Rock n’ Roll by ushering in the era of the screamin’ sax. “Messin’ With Preston,” “Hucklebuck Daddy,” “Hay Ride” and his other early sides for Gotham Records were highly influential in the new genre of Rhythm & Blues, but it’s […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #639 – Early Billy Stewart & R&B Jail Songs

7/31/2022
Air Week: August 1-7, 2022 Early Billy Stewart & R&B Jail Songs Many 1960s soul legends had their start in 1950s R&B and this week, the “JukeIn The Back” takes a listen to Billy Stewart’s early records for the Chess and Okeh labels. You can really hear Stewart’s distinctive singing style develop on his early […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #638 – Little Esther Phillips: 1950-56

7/24/2022
Air Week: July 25-31, 2022 Little Esther Esther Mae Jones is one of the First Ladies of R&B, yet her 1950s output under the name Little Esther is sadly overlooked. Little Esther was discovered by bandleader Johnny Otis in 1949, when she was only 14 years old. Otis immediately added her to his musical ensemble. […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #637 – John Lee Hooker: 1949-51

7/17/2022
Air Week: July 18-24, 2022 John Lee Hooker: 1949-51 John Lee Hooker was one of the most influential and important musicians of the 20th Century. He single-handedly invented his own electric guitar boogie sound, which he let loose on the world with his first single, “Boogie Chillen'” in 1948. By early 1949, it was a […]

Duration:00:58:59