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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 #559 – 1951: Jukebox Rhythm Review, Pt. 2

1/17/2021
Air Week: January 18-24, 2021 1951: 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 1951. You’ll hear a lot more than just the big #1 R&B hits this week as […]

Duration:00:59:00

Episode #558 – 1951: Jukebox Rhythm Review, Pt. 1

1/10/2021
Air Week: January 11-17, 2021 1951: Jukebox Rhythm Review, Part 1 This week, the jukebox is in the spotlight as Matt The Cat takes you back 64 years and highlights the top jukebox hits of the first half of 1951. You’ll hear a lot more than just the big #1 R&B hits this week as […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #557 – Boogie Woogie Rhythm & Blues

1/3/2021
Air Week: January 4-10, 2021 Boogie Woogie Rhythm & Blues Let’s begin 2021 with a solid hour of Boogie Woogie Rhythm & Blues. Boogie Woogie has the natural ability to make you wanna tap your toes, shake your hips and just all around feel good! The blues style of Boogie Woogie piano features a strong left […]

Duration:00:59:00

Episode #556 – Johnny Otis

12/27/2020
Air Week: December 28, 2020-January 3, 2021 Johnny Otis This week, the Juke In The Back is proud to honor the late, great Johnny Otis. He was a true renaissance man. Otis was a singer, songwriter, drummer, bandleader, talent scout, record label owner and radio / TV show host and that’s not everything he did. […]

Duration:00:59:00

Episode #555 – Rhythm & Blues Christmas 2

12/19/2020
Air Week: December 21-27, 2020 Rhythm & Blues Christmas 2: Christmas Leftovers & New Year’s Resolutions Matt The Cat has dug up some more R&B Christmas treasures and added a few tunes about New Years for this week’s continuation of the “Juke In The Back” R&B Christmas Spectacular. The holiday juke is jumpin’ with cool […]

Duration:00:59:00

Episode #554 – Rhythm & Blues Christmas 1

12/13/2020
Air Week: December 14-20, 2020 Rhythm & Blues Christmas 1 2020 has been a tough year all around, so why not grab a glass of ‘nog, sit back and relax and dig on some great vintage Rhythm & Blues Christmas tunes. This entire “Juke In The Back” is loaded with fantabulous Christmas records from the […]

Duration:00:59:00

Episode #553 – The Larks, Pt. 2 – 1952-55

12/6/2020
Air Week: December 7-13, 2020 The Larks, Pt. 2 – 1952-55 The Larks are one of the most influential and best sounding vocal groups of the early 1950s and yet, they are never remembered quite as well as many of their contemporaries. Last week in part 1 of our 2 part series, we showcased The […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #552 – The Larks, Pt. 1 – 1950-52

11/29/2020
Air Week: November 30-December 6, 2020 The Larks, Pt. 1 – 1950-52 The Larks are one of the most influential and best sounding vocal groups of the early 1950s and yet, they are never remembered quite as well as many of their contemporaries. That might be because they only had 2 charting singles and neither […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #551 – The Royals

11/22/2020
Air Week: November 23-29, 2020 The Royals This week, the “Juke In The Back” looks at the humble beginnings of The Midnighters, one of early R&B’s most successful groups. Before they topped the R&B charts with “Work With Me Annie” in 1954, The Midnighters were known as The Royals, a rough and ready group from […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #550 – Aladdin Records, Pt. 3 – 1953-55

11/15/2020
Air Week: November 16-22, 2020 Aladdin Records, Pt. 3 – 1953-55 The “Juke In The Back” presents part 3 in our series on Aladdin Records, one of the most important independent labels of the pre-rock era. Part 3 focuses on 1953-55, just as Rock n’ Roll was beginning to enter the mainstream. Matt The Cat […]

Duration:00:59:00

Episode #549 – Aladdin Records, Pt. 2 – 1950-53

11/8/2020
Air Week: November 9-15, 2020 Aladdin Records, Pt. 2 – 1950-53 The “Juke In The Back” presents part 2 in our 3 part series on Aladdin Records, one of the most important independent labels of the pre-rock era. Part 2 will pick up the Aladdin Records Story in 1950 and carry it through til rock […]

Duration:00:59:00

Episode #548 – Aladdin Records, Pt. 1 – 1945-49

11/1/2020
Air Week: November 2-8, 2020 Aladdin Records, Pt. 1 – 1945-49 The “Juke In The Back” begins a three part special on one of the most important record labels of the pre-rock era, Aladdin Records. Eddie and Leo Mesner started Aladdin as Philo Records in 1945. It was one of the first independent labels on […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #547 – NEW Halloween Rhythm & Blues

10/25/2020
Air Week: October 26-November 1, 2020 NEW Halloween Rhythm & Blues Special Halloween has always been a frightfully good time of the year for the “Juke In The Back.” This year, Matt The Cat, along with Miss Rosie and Bobby The Bobcat bring you a completely new cauldron of ghoulishly spooky tunes from the 1940s […]

Duration:00:58:59

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