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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 #508 – 1950: Jukebox Rhythm Review, Pt. 1

1/26/2020
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Air Week: January 27-February 2, 2020 1950: Jukebox Rhythm Review, Pt. 1 The “Juke In The Back” takes you back 70 years to the biggest jukebox hits of 1950 as we feature another Jukebox Rhythm Review. This week, in part 1, we’ll focus on the top jukebox requests from the first half of 1950. We’ll […]

Duration:00:59:00

Episode #507 – Elmore James: 1951-55

1/19/2020
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Air Week: January 20-26, 2020 Elmore James – 1951-55 Elmore James never tried to have crossover success. He was a bluesman through and through; an ambassador of the Mississippi Delta Blues with a modern, 1950s electric twist. Elmore’s blues was as pure as his ambitions when starting out as a sideman for now legendary blues […]

Duration:00:59:00

Episode #506 – Percy Mayfield

1/8/2020
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Air Week: January 13-19, 2020 Percy Mayfield – 1949-60 Some songwriters and singers just know how to tap into deepest regions of sadness, passion and truth. Such is the musical prowess of Percy Mayfield, the “Poet Laureate Of The Blues.” Mayfield was born in rural Louisiana in 1920 and found he had a knack for […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #505 – The Hollywood Flames

1/5/2020
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Air Week: January 6-12, 2020 The Hollywood Flames The Hollywood Flames recorded for nearly 20 different record labels and had numerous personnel changes over their 18 year history, but they always remained popular in their native Southern California. Formed in 1949 at a local talent show, David Ford was the only member of the group […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #504 – The Cleftones (R.I.P. Herb Cox)

12/29/2019
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Air Week: December 30, 2019 – January 5, 2020 The Cleftones (R.I.P. Herb Cox) Herb Cox, the primary singer and songwriter for the Cleftones passed away on December 7, 2019 at the age of 80. Cox was a founding member of this unique sounding vocal group from Queens, NY. Started in 1955, The Cleftones enjoyed […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #503 – Cool Yule: R&B Christmas, Pt. 2

12/21/2019
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Air Week: December 23-29, 2019 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 #502 – Hey! Santa Claus: R&B Christmas, Pt. 1

12/16/2019
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Air Week: December 16-22, 2019 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 #500 – James Brown: 1956-58

12/1/2019
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Air Week: December 2-8, 2019 James Brown: 1956-58 This week, the Juke In The Back celebrates its 500th episode. Matt The Cat marks the milestone with a very special show on one of R&B and Rock n’ Roll’s greatest acts, James Brown. Born into a poor community in South Carolina, James Brown worked his way […]

Duration:00:59:00

Episode #499 – Earl Lewis & The Channels

11/24/2019
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Air Week: November 25-December 1, 2019 Earl Lewis & The Channels The “Juke In The Back” is proud to feature The Channels, one of New York City’s finest and most influential vocal groups of the mid-1950s. At only 15 years, Earl Lewis fronted the group who recorded one of Doo Wop’s most classic tunes, the […]

Duration:00:59:00

Episode #498 – Amos Milburn’s R&B Drinking Songs

11/17/2019
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Air Week: November 18-24, 2019 Amos Milburn’s R&B Drinking Songs The ol’ Rockola Juke is jumpin’. Drop a nickel in and throw a few back with the “king of R&B drinking songs,” Amos Milburn. We’ll hear all about “Bad, Bad Whiskey,” “Good, Good Whiskey,” “Vicious, Vicious Vodka” and many more of Milburn’s early ’50s rhythm […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #497 – Lucky Millinder

11/10/2019
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Air Week: November 11-17, 2019 Lucky Millinder The “Juke In The Back” is loaded this week with records by one of R&B’s greatest and most underrated bandleaders, Lucky Millinder. He worked with vocalists as varied as Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Wynonie Harris, Annisteen Allen, Bull Moose Jackson and Big John Greer, but Lucky Millinder is mostly […]

Duration:00:59:00

Episode #496 – The “5” Royales

11/3/2019
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Air Week: November 4-10, 2019 The “5” RoyalesThis week, the “Juke In The Back” features a rhythm & blues vocal group from Winston-Salem, NC that not only influenced James Brown, but quite possibly the entire soul movement of the late ’50s into the 1960s; The “5” Royales. They began their career as a six man […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #495 – Halloween Rhythm & Blues

10/27/2019
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Air Week: October 28-November 3, 2019 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 […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #494 – LaVern Baker, Pt. 2: 1954-56

10/20/2019
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Air Week: October 21-27, 2019 LaVern Baker, Pt. 2: 1954-56 This week, the “Juke In The Back” looks at how one of R&B’s greatest voices, LaVern Baker, got her start. It’s part two of a two part feature on the early career of LaVern Baker. In part two, we’ll dig on Baker’s prime recording years […]

Duration:00:59:00

Episode #493 – LaVern Baker, Pt. 1: 1949-54

10/13/2019
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Air Week: October 14-20, 2019 LaVern Baker, Pt. 1 – 1949-54 This week, th “Juke In The Back” looks at how one of R&B’s greatest voices, LaVern Baker, got her start. It’s part one of a two part feature on the early career of LaVern Baker. In part one, we’ll dig on Baker’s first recordings […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #492 – T-Bone Walker

10/6/2019
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Air Week: October 7-13, 2019 T-Bone Walker Drop a nickel in the ol’ Rockola Juke to hear one of the best selling and most influential bluesmen and guitarists of all-time, T-Bone Walker. This week’s show looks at how T-Bone’s immense guitar talent developed from his first recordings in the early 1940s to his breakthrough after […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #491 – Swing Time Records

9/29/2019
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Air Week: September 30-October 6, 2019 Swing Time Records Jack Lauderdale started Downbeat Records in 1947, making it one the first Black owned record companies in America. He wanted to focus on the growing jazz and R&B market, where other small, independent labels were thriving. Right off the bat, Lauderdale set up a distribution network […]

Duration:00:59:00

Episode #490 – Big Mama Thornton

9/22/2019
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Air Week: September 23-29, 2019 Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton Willie Mae Thornton was a trailblazer, who in making her own rules paved the way for other groundbreaking female artists like Janis Joplin and Madonna. Known as “Big Mama,” Thornton scored her only hit record in early 1953 when “Hound Dog” topped the national Rhythm […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #489

9/15/2019
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Air Week: September 16-22, 2019 Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson This week, the “Juke In The Back” honors one of the greatest blues shouters of all-time, Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson. He burst on the scene in 1944 with a cover of the Joe Turner classic, “Cherry Red Blues” as the vocalist for the Cootie Williams Orchestra. He remained […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #488 – Rosco Gordon

9/8/2019
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Air Week: September 9-15, 2019 Rosco Gordon This week, the “Juke In The Back” spotlights the “Prince of Primitive Cool,” Rosco Gordon. His mostly self-penned tunes, feature his unique blend of mid-tempo shuffle with a slightly behind-the-beat rolling barrelhouse piano line. He was a master at making his recordings sound rough, but there was also […]

Duration:00:59:00