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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 #628 – Art Rupe & Specialty Records, Pt. 3 – 1953-55

5/15/2022
Air Week: May 16-22, 2022 Art Rupe & Specialty Records, Pt. 3 – 1953-56 This week, the “Juke In The Back” pays our respects to one of the great record men of the 1940s and 50s; Art Rupe. Rupe passed away on April 15, 2022 at the age of 104! He started Juke Box Records […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #627 – Art Rupe & Specialty Records, Pt. 2 – 1950-53

5/8/2022
Air Week: May 9-15, 2022 Art Rupe & Specialty Records, Pt. 2 – 1950-53 This week, the “Juke In The Back” pays our respects to one of the great record men of the 1940s and 50s; Art Rupe. Rupe passed away on April 15, 2022 at the age of 104! He started Juke Box Records […]

Duration:00:59:00

Episode #626 – Art Rupe & Specialty Records, Pt. 1 – 1945-50

5/1/2022
Air Week: May 2-8, 2022 Art Rupe & Specialty Records, Pt. 1 – 1945-50 This week, the “Juke In The Back” pays our respects to one of the great record men of the 1940s and 50s; Art Rupe. Rupe passed away on April 15, 2022 at the age of 104! He started Juke Box Records […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #625 – The Flamingos, Pt. 3 – 1957-59

4/24/2022
Air Week: April 25-May 1, 2022 The Flamingos, Pt. 3 – 1957-59 Terry Johnson of The Flamingos joins Matt The Cat this week as the “Juke In The Back” jumps and grooves with part three of our three part feature on The Flamingos, one of the most influential and best remembered vocal groups of the […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #624 – The Flamingos, Pt. 2 – 1954-56

4/17/2022
Air Week: April 18-24, 2022 The Flamingos, Pt. 2 – 1954-56 The “Juke In The Back” jumps and grooves this week as Matt The Cat presents part 2 of a three part feature on The Flamingos, one of the most influential and best remembered vocal groups of the 1950s. In part two, we’ll dig on […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #623 – The Flamingos, Pt. 1 – 1953-54

4/10/2022
Air Week: April 11-17, 2022 The Flamingos, Pt. 1 – 1953-54 The “Juke In The Back” jumps and grooves this week as Matt The Cat begins a 3 part feature on The Flamingos, one of the most influential and best remembered vocal groups of the 1950s. In part one, we’ll dig on both sides of […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #622 – Marvin Phillips

4/3/2022
Air Week: April 4-10, 2022 Marvin Phillips Marvin Phillips is important to post WWII rhythm & blues, because he, along with Jesse Belvin, helped to popularize the R&B duo. Jesse and Marvin scored an enormous hit in 1952 with the ballad, “Dream Girl,” thus paving the way for future R&B duos like Shirley & Lee, […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #621 – Jack McVea

3/27/2022
Air Week: March 28-April 3, 2022 Jack McVea Jack McVea is an integral part of the Los Angeles Rhythm & Blues scene of the 1940s. He came up playing banjo in his father’s band, before touring the country on baritone saxophone with Lionel Hampton’s Band. After leaving Hamp in late 1943, McVea spearheaded the idea […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #620 – Sam Cooke

3/20/2022
Air Week: March 21-27, 2022 Sam Cooke The “Juke In The Back” features a full hour of Sam Cooke, one of the distinctive and expressive voices ever pressed in wax. Cooke’s early period singing gospel with the renowned Soul Stirrers is often cited, but hardly ever featured. Matt The Cat focuses on Sam Cooke’s early […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #619 – R&B of Decca Records

3/13/2022
Air Week: March 14-20, 2022 R&B of Decca RecordsIn the 1940s and ’50s, the major record labels didn’t lead the way when it came to releasing Rhythm & Blues, Blues and Rock n’ Roll, but they all did participate in what was known unfortunately as “Race Music” back then. Columbia, Victor and Decca all had […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #618 – The Robins

3/6/2022
Air Week: March 7-13, 2022 The Robins This week, the “Juke In The Back” features The Robins, one of the earliest and most influential West Coast R&B vocal groups. They first appeared on wax in April of 1949 as the 4 Bluebirds, backed up by bandleader extraordinaire, Johnny Otis, who had discovered the group at his […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #617 – Roy Byrd aka Professor Longhair

2/27/2022
Air Week: February 28-March 6, 2022 Roy Byrd aka Professor Longhair What better way to celebrate Mardi Gras than with the “Grandaddy of New Orleans Rhythm & Blues”? That, cats & kittens, is Henry Roeland Byrd, aka Roy Byrd, aka Professor Longhair. Byrd’s piano and singing style are like none that came before or since. […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #616 – New Orleans R&B, Pt. 3 – 1955-57

2/20/2022
Air Week: February 21-27, 2022 New Orleans R&B, Pt. 3 – 1955-57 Get ready for Carnival with part 3 of “Juke In The Back”‘s 3 part series on the great, influential and infectious music that came out of New Orleans, one of America’s most fertile musical cities. In fact, the “Crescent City” is often cited […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #615 – New Orleans R&B, Pt. 2 – 1953-55

2/13/2022
Air Week: February 14-20, 2022 New Orleans R&B, Pt. 2 – 1953-55 Get ready for Carnival with part 2 of “Juke In The Back”‘s 3 part series on the great, influential and infectious music that came out of New Orleans, one of America’s most fertile musical cities. In fact, the “Crescent City” is often cited […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #614 – New Orleans R&B, Pt. 1 – 1940-53

2/6/2022
Air Week: February 7-13, 2022 New Orleans R&B, Pt. 1 Get ready for Carnival as the “Juke In The Back” begins a 3 part series on the great, influential and infectious music that came out of New Orleans, one of America’s most fertile musical cities. In fact, the “Crescent City” is often cited as the […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #613 – Gene Phillips

1/30/2022
Air Week: January 31-February 6, 2022 Gene Phillips This week, the “Juke In The Back” is proud to shine the spotlight on guitarist Gene Phillips, one of the unsung heroes of the 1940s Los Angeles Rhythm & Blues scene. Born in St. Louis in 1915, Gene came out to LA as part of the Mills […]

Duration:00:58:59

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