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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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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

Episode #417 – Jimmy Preston

4/29/2018
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Air Week: April 30-May 6, 2018 Jimmy Preston Jimmy Preston made a major contribution to early Rock n’ Roll by ushering in the era of the screamin’ sax. “Messin’ With Preston,” “Hucklebuck Daddy,” “Hay Ride” and his other early sides for Gotham Records were highly influential in the new genre of Rhythm & Blues, but […]

Duration:00:59:00

Episode #416 – Little Esther

4/22/2018
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Air Week: April 23-29, 2018 Little Esther Esther Mae Jones is one of the First Ladies of R&B, yet her 1950s output under the name Little Esther is sadly overlooked. Little Esther was discovered by bandleader Johnny Otis in 1949, when she was only 14 years old. Otis immediately added her to his musical ensemble. […]

Duration:00:59:00

Episode #415 – Motown Artists BEFORE Motown

4/15/2018
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Air Week: April 16-22, 2018 Motown Artists BEFORE Motown The entire “Juke In The Back” this week features Motown’s biggest acts,BEFORE there even was a Motown Records and before those acts were household names. Matt The Cat spins the earliest records by The Miracles (1958), The Four Tops (1956), The Supremes (as The Primettes) and many […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #414 – John Lee Hooker: 1948-51

4/8/2018
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Air Week: April 9-15, 2018 John Lee Hooker: 1948-51 John Lee Hooker was one of the most influential and important musicians of the 20th Century. He single-handedly invented his own electric guitar boogie sound, which he let loose on the world with his first single, “Boogie Chillen'” in 1948. By early 1949, it was a […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #413 – Early Billy Stewart & R&B Jail Songs

4/1/2018
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Air Week: April 2-8, 2018 Early Billy Stewart & R&B Jail Songs Many 1960s soul legends had their start in 1950s R&B and this week, the “JukeIn The Back” takes a listen to Billy Stewart’s early records for the Chess and Okeh labels. You can really hear Stewart’s distinctive singing style develop on his early […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #412 – The Cadillacs

3/25/2018
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Air Week: March 26-April 1, 2018 The Cadillacs The Cadillacs began their journey in 1953 as The Carnations and when they changed their name they helped usher in a new era of automobile names for R&B vocal groups. Lead tenor Earl “Speedo” Carroll and bass singer Bobby Phillips forged a friendship that would carry on […]

Duration:00:59:00

Episode #411 – Jimmy Coe

3/18/2018
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Air Week: March 19-25, 2018 Jimmy Coe The “Juke In The Back” is proud to feature Jimmy Coe, a great 1950s saxophonist, bandleader and session man that is often ignored today. Coe came up in the 1940s playing in renown bands including the Jay McShann (at the same time as Charlie Parker) and the Tiny […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #410 – Spark Records

3/11/2018
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Air Week: March 12-18, 2018 Spark Records The “Juke In The Back” is proud to present one of the premiere, short-lived R&B record labels of the 1950s. Started by songwriters Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller after they were stiffed on royalty payments for Big Mama Thornton’s “Hound Dog,” Spark records only lasted for a year […]

Duration:00:59:00

Episode #409 – Billy “The Kid” Emerson

3/4/2018
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Air Week: March 5-11, 2018 Billy “The Kid” Emerson The “Juke In The Back” with Matt The Cat features Billy “The Kid” Emerson, a talented R&B singer and songwriter who never had a hit record, but his songs were covered by the likes of Elvis Presley and Billy Riley. Originally from Tarpon Springs, FL, Billy […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #408 – Mambo / Vita Records

2/25/2018
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Air Week: February 26-March 4, 2018 Mambo / Vita Records The Juke In The Back is jumpin’ this week with records from the Vita Label and its direct predecessor, Mambo Records. In 1955, record producer Mike Gradney got together with Larry Mead, who owned a record pressing plant in Pasadena, CA to form Mambo Records. […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #407 – Ivory Joe Hunter, Pt. 2 – The 1950s

2/18/2018
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Air Week: February 19-25, 2018 Ivory Joe Hunter, Pt. 2 – The 1950s The “Juke” continues its feature on Ivory Joe Hunter this week with part 2 of 2. On this week’s show, Matt The Cat looks at Hunter’s successful run of hits from 1950-1958, including his biggest crossover success with “Since I Met You […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #405 – Cat Records

2/4/2018
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Air Week: February 5-11, 2018 Cat Records Matt The Cat has a thing for record labels and he loves loading the “Juke In The Back” with 78s from one label. This week, we do it again as we feature Cat Records, the short-lived subsidiary of Atlantic Records. Atlantic set Cat up to be their Rock […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #404 – Howlin’ Wolf: The Early Years

1/28/2018
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Air Week: January 29-February 4, 2018 Howlin’ Wolf: The Early Years This week, the “Juke In The Back” focuses on the great Howlin’ Wolf’s earliest recordings. Before he became a huge star on Chess Records in Chicago, Wolf was a local celebrity in Memphis, recording with Sam Phillips (before Phillips started Sun Records). Matt The […]

Duration:00:59:00