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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, nearly 60 years later, this vibrant and influential music is still so unknown to so many?

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, nearly 60 years later, this vibrant and influential music is still so unknown to so many?
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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, nearly 60 years later, this vibrant and influential music is still so unknown to so many?

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Episodes

Episode #446 – Rhythm & Booze: Hey! Bartender

11/18/2018
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Air Week: November 19-25, 2018 Rhythm & Booze: Hey! Bartender The “Juke In The Back” continues our sporadic series Rhythm & Booze with a tribute to bartenders, juke joints and barrel houses as well as a salute to beer and beer drinkin’ women. This installment is called “Hey! Bartender” and it’s sure to take away […]

Duration:00:59:00

Episode #445 – The Clovers, Pt. 3: 1956-58

11/11/2018
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Air Week: November 12-18, 2018 The Clovers Pt. 3 (1956-58) The Clovers were the most successful rhythm & blues vocal group from 1951 to 1955, racking up 16 top 10 R&B singles during that time-frame. Three of those singles went to #1. Though they didn’t have a huge career defining hit, like The Dominoes did […]

Duration:00:59:00

Episode #444 – The Clovers, Pt. 2: 1953-56

11/4/2018
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Air Week: November 5-11, 2018 The Clovers Pt. 2: 1953-56 The Clovers were the most successful rhythm & blues vocal group from 1951 to 1955, racking up 16 top 10 R&B singles during that time-frame. Three of those singles went to #1. Though they didn’t have a huge career defining hit, like The Dominoes did […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #443 – The Clovers, Pt. 1: 1950-53

10/28/2018
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Air Week: October 29-November 4, 2018 The Clovers, Pt. 1 – 1950-53 The Clovers were the most successful rhythm & blues vocal group from 1951 to 1955, racking up 16 top 10 R&B singles during that time-frame. There of those singles went to #1. Though they didn’t have a huge career defining hit, like The […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #442 – Halloween Rhythm & Blues

10/21/2018
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Air Week: October 22-28, 2018 Halloween Rhythm & Blues Matt The Cat experiences some paranormal rhythms coming out of his “Juke In The Back” as we celebrate the truly spooky, sinister and down-right crazy sounds of a vintage rhythm & blues Halloween. Eugene Fox meets the devil, The Hollywood Flames take us to Frankenstein’s Den […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #441 – Hadda Brooks

10/15/2018
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Air Week: October 15-21, 2018 Hadda Brooks Hadda Brooks is one of the most talented boogie woogie musicians of all-time, yet her name doesn’t come up nearly as often as Pete Johnson, Champion Jack Dupree or Professor Longhair. That’s a shame! This week, the “Juke In The Back” sets the record straight with a heavy […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #440 – Camille Howard

10/7/2018
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Air Week: October 8-14, 2018 Camille Howard The pre-Rock n’ Roll era is full of unsung performers who’s style directly impacted those who came after. This week’s “Juke In The Back” spotlight on Camille Howard is one such example. Her boogie woogie piano style was inventive, fluid and pure joy. It left a lasting impression […]

Duration:00:59:00

Episode #439 – Roy Milton

9/30/2018
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Air Week: October 1-7, 2018 Roy Milton The “Juke In The Back” is proud to shine the spotlight on one of the granddads of Rock n’ Roll, Roy Milton. His group, The Solid Senders, was composed of top-notch musicians, including Camille Howard, who was one of the greatest boogie woogie pianists of all-time. Milton, a […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #438 – Big Jay McNeely (R.I.P.)

9/23/2018
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Air Week: September 24-30, 2018 Big Jay McNeely (R.I.P.) The world of R&B was dealt a hard blow when Big Jay McNeely, the last of the great LA honkers, died at the age of 91 on September 16, 2018. In honor of his wild and crazy sax, the “Juke In The Back” is jumpin’ this […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #437 – B. B. King

9/16/2018
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Air Week: September 17-23, 2018 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 from […]

Duration:00:59:00

Episode #436 – Charles Brown: 1949-52

9/9/2018
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Air Week: September 10-16, 2018 Charles Brown: 1949-52 Charles Brown was the “King of Smoky Blues” for over 50 years. Growing up in Texas City, TX, he studied classical piano while focusing his interests on science, becoming a chemistry teacher for a short time. A move to Los Angeles in 1943, hooked him up with […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #435 – Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers

9/2/2018
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Air Week: September 3-9, 2018 Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers This week’s “Juke In The Back” is dedicated to one of the true unsung heroes of 1940s and ’50s rhythm & blues, Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers. The group is mostly remembered as the springboard for vocalist/pianist Charles Brown and today they are generally only recognized for […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #434 – Rhythm & Booze: Bad, Bad Whiskey

8/25/2018
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Air Week: August 27-September 2, 2018 Rhythm & Booze: Bad, Bad Whiskey The “Juke In The Back” once again raises a glass in our Rhythm & Booze series. This time, the entire program is dedicated to that Bad, Bad Whiskey. For some, whiskey ruined their happy home, but for others, a Half-Pint-A Whiskey set the […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #433 – Cab Calloway

8/19/2018
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Air Week: August 20-26, 2018 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:00:59:00

Episode #432 – Cobra Records

8/12/2018
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Air Week: August 13-19, 2018 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:00:58:59

Episode #431 – Big Maybelle

8/5/2018
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Air Week: August 6-12, 2018 Big Maybelle The “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 first solo […]

Duration:00:59:00

Episode #430 – Pee Wee Crayton

7/29/2018
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Air Week: July 30-Aug 5, 2018 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 […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #429 – 1953: Jukebox Rhythm Review, Pt. 2

7/22/2018
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Air Week: July 23-29, 2018 1953: Jukebox Rhythm Review Pt. 2 This week, the jukebox is in the spotlight as Matt The Cat takes you back 65 years and highlights the top jukebox hits of the second half of 1953. You’ll hear a lot more than just the big #1 R&B hits this week as […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #428 – 1953: Jukebox Rhythm Review, Pt. 1

7/16/2018
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Air Week: July 16-22, 2018 1953: Jukebox Rhythm Review Pt. 1 This week, the jukebox is in the spotlight as Matt The Cat takes you back 65 years and highlights the top jukebox hits of the first half of 1953. You’ll hear a lot more than just the big #1 R&B hits this week as […]

Duration:00:59:00

Episode #427 – Rhythm & Booze: Wine, Wine, Wine

7/7/2018
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Air Week: July 9-15, 2018 Rhythm & Booze: Wine, Wine, Wine Raise you glasses as we toast Rhythm & Booze: Wine, Wine, Wine on this week’s “Juke In The Back.” The entire program features the greatest wine R&B drinking songs of the 1940s and ’50s. We’ll dig on some Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee, Cherry Wine, Alligator Wine […]

Duration:00:58:59