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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 #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

Episode #426 – Summertime R&B: 4th of July, Food, Baseball!

7/1/2018
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Air Week: July 2-8, 2018 Summertime R&B: 4th of July, Food & Baseball Songs The Juke In The Back jumps into summer by spotlighting THE summertime holiday, the 4th of July. We’re diggin’ the 4th in song, ranging from songs about summertime by Sam Cooke, Chuck Berry and The Basin Street Boys to songs about […]

Duration:00:59:00

Episode #425 – Vocalese

6/24/2018
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Air Week: June 25-July 1, 2018 Vocalese 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 a lyrical […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #424 – R&B Pioneers: Titus Turner & Buddy Lucas

6/17/2018
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Air Week: June 18-24, 2018 R&B Pioneers: Titus Turner & Buddy Lucas The “Juke In The Back” spotlights two extremely underrated R&B pioneers this week: Titus Turner and saxophonist Buddy Lucas. Turner recorded some amazing R&B sides for Regal, Okeh, Wing, King and many other top labels, but he just couldn’t score a sizable hit […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #423 – Wynonie “Mr. Blues” Harris, Pt. 2

6/10/2018
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Air Week: June 11-17, 2018 Wynonie “Mr. Blues” Harris, Pt. 2 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 […]

Duration:00:59:00

Episode #422 – Wynonie “Mr. Blues” Harris, Pt. 1

6/3/2018
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Air Week: June 3-10, 2018 Wynonie “Mr. Blues” Harris, Pt. 1 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:00:59:00

#421 – Richard Barrett (The Valentines)

5/27/2018
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Air Week: May 28-June 3, 2018 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 […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #420 – Little Miss Cornshucks

5/20/2018
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Air Week: May 21-27, 2018 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 #419 – The Ravens

5/13/2018
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Air Week: May 14-20, 2018 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:00:59:00

Episode #418 – Excello Records

5/6/2018
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Air Week: May 7-13, 2018 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 building […]

Duration:00:58:59