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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 #612 – Johnny Ace

1/23/2022
Air Week: January 24-30, 2022 Johnny Ace He is often called the “first casualty of rock n’ roll,” since his life was brought to a controversial end just as rock n’ roll was picking up steam in the mainstream, but Johnny Ace’s demise does not overshadow his impressive, yet short career. This week’s “Juke In The […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #611 – R&B Influences: The Ink Spots

1/16/2022
Air Week: January 17-23, 2022 R&B Influences: The Ink Spots The Ink Spots, along with the Mills Brothers, Delta Rhythm Boys and Golden Gate Quartet built the musical bridge from the vaudevillian barber shop quartets of the early 20th Century to the post WWII vocal groups. These quartets modernized the singing style and even came […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #610 – 1952: Jukebox Rhythm Review, Pt. 2

1/9/2022
Air Week: January 10-16, 2022 1952: Jukebox Rhythm Review Pt. 2 This week, the jukebox is in the spotlight as Matt The Cat takes you back 70 years and highlights the top jukebox hits of the second half of 1952. You’ll hear a lot more than just the big #1 R&B hits this week as […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #609 – 1952: Jukebox Rhythm Review

1/2/2022
Air Week: January 3-9, 2022 1952: Jukebox Rhythm Review Pt. 1 This week, the jukebox is in the spotlight as Matt The Cat takes you back 70 years and highlights the top jukebox hits of the first half of 1952. You’ll hear a lot more than just the big #1 R&B hits this week as […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #608 – Combo Records

12/26/2021
Air Week: December 27, 2021 – January 2, 2022 Combo Records “Juke In The Back” ends 2021 with a profile of Combo Records, a small, independent Los Angeles record label that only scored one national hit, but had a stellar roster full of the top R&B acts of its day. Combo was formed in 1951 […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #607 – Cool Yule: R&B Christmas, Pt. 2

12/19/2021
Air Week: December 20-26, 2021 Cool Yule: R&B Christmas, Pt. 2 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.” Louis Armstrong presents the title song with a backing group that is often overlooked and we spin a […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #606 – Hey! Santa Claus: R&B Christmas, Pt. 1

12/12/2021
Air Week: December 13-19, 2021 Hey! Santa Claus: R&B Christmas, Pt. 1 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 boogie woogie, the mambo and just plain ol’ rockin’ his way into song. We’ll pour […]

Duration:00:59:00

Episode #605 – R&B Influences: The Mills Brothers

12/5/2021
Air Week: December 6-12, 2021 R&B Influences: The Mills Brothers On a weekly basis, Juke In The Back consistently points out how the Rhythm & Blues music played on the program influenced those that came later, mostly in the Rock n’ Roll genre. What about the music the influenced and inspired the highly influential records […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #604 – Ray Charles, Pt. 4 – 1957-58

11/29/2021
Air Week: November 29-December 5, 2021 Ray Charles, Pt. 4: 1957-58 This week, the “Juke In The Back” presents the final part of a 4 part feature on the early musical career of the great, Ray Charles, which will cover 1948-58. In part 4, we’ll dig on the A and B sides of every Ray […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #603 – Ray Charles, Pt. 3 – 1954-57

11/21/2021
Air Week: November 22-28, 2021 Ray Charles, Pt. 3: 1954-57 This week, the “Juke In The Back” presents part 3 of a 4 part feature on the early musical career of the great, Ray Charles, which will cover 1948-58. In part 3, we look at every one of Ray’s Atlantic single releases from December, 1954 […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #602 – Ray Charles, Pt. 2 – 1952-54

11/14/2021
Air Week: November 15-21, 2021 Ray Charles, Pt. 2: 1952-54 This week, the “Juke In The Back” presents part 2 of a four part feature on the early musical career of the great, Ray Charles, which will cover 1948-58. We pick Ray’s musical story up in 1952, just as Atlantic Record acquires his recording contract […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #601 – Ray Charles, Pt. 1 – 1949-52

11/7/2021
Air week: November 8-14, 2021 Ray Charles, Pt. 1: 1948-1952 This week, the “Juke In The Back” begins a four part feature on the early musical career of the great, Ray Charles, which will cover 1948-58. Born in poverty during The Great Depression, the young Ray Charles Robinson overcame the tragedy of losing his younger […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #600 – Live 1951: Midnight Matinee

10/31/2021
Air Week: November 1-7, 2021 Live 1951: Midnight Matinee This week, the “Juke In The Back” celebrates show #600 with a unique program designed to put the listener in a front row seat for a live rhythm review performance. So often, we wonder what a live program would have been like before the dawn of […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #599 – Spooky Halloween Rhythm & Blues

10/24/2021
Air Week: October 25-31, 2021 Spooky 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 […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #598 – Dinah Washington, Pt. 5 – 1954-59

10/17/2021
Air Week: October 18-24, 2021 Dinah Washington, Pt. 5 – 1954-59 Dinah Washington was more than just the “Queen of The Jukeboxes,” “Queen Of The Blues” and any other prestigious but vacant title you could pin on her. Dinah was the real deal. As one of the best selling artists of the 20th Century, Dinah […]

Duration:00:59:00

Episode #597 – Dinah Washington, Pt. 4 – 1951-53

10/10/2021
Air Week: October 11-17, 2021 Dinah Washington, Pt. 4 – 1951-53 Dinah Washington was more than just the “Queen of The Jukeboxes,” “Queen Of The Blues” and any other prestigious but vacant title you could pin on her. Dinah was the real deal. As one of the best selling artists of the 20th Century, Dinah […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #596 – Dinah Washington, Pt. 3 – 1950-51

10/3/2021
Air Week: October 4-10, 2021 Dinah Washington, Pt. 3 – 1950-51 Dinah Washington was more than just the “Queen of The Jukeboxes,” “Queen Of The Blues” and any other prestigious but vacant title you could pin on her. Dinah was the real deal. As one of the best selling artists of the 20th Century, Dinah […]

Duration:00:59:00

Episode #595 – Dinah Washington, Pt. 2 – 1947-49

9/26/2021
Air Week: September 27-October 3, 2021 Dinah Washington, Pt. 2 – 1947-49 Dinah Washington was more than just the “Queen of The Jukeboxes,” “Queen Of The Blues” and any other prestigious but vacant title you could pin on her. Dinah was the real deal. As one of the best selling artists of the 20th Century, […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #594 – Dinah Washington, Pt. 1 – 1943-46

9/19/2021
Air Week: September 20-26, 2021 Dinah Washington, Pt. 1 – 1943-46 Dinah Washington was more than just the “Queen of The Jukeboxes,” “Queen Of The Blues” and any other prestigious but vacant title you could pin on her. Dinah was the real deal. As one of the best selling artists of the 20th Century, Dinah […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #593 – Ike Turner

9/12/2021
Air Week: September 13-19, 2021 Ike Turner One of Rhythm & Blues’ greatest innovators was also one of its most notorious personalities. Ike Turner was born in the same place that the blues was born, in the heart of the Mississippi Delta in Clarksdale in 1931. He learned boogie woogie piano was the legendary Pinetop […]

Duration:00:58:59