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Juke In the Back

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Washington , DC

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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 #385 – The Spiders

9/17/2017
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Air Week: September 18-24, 2017 The Spiders New Orleans is not known for its R&B vocal groups. In a city where jazz, blues and zydeco thrive, one vocal group rose to the top: The Spiders. In two short years, the Spiders landed enduring hits like “I Didn’t Want To Do It,” “I’m Slippin’ In” and […]

Duration: 00:58:59


Episode #384 – The Flamingos, Pt. 3 – 1957-59

9/10/2017
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Air Week: September 11-17, 2017 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 1950s. […]

Duration: 00:58:59


Episode #383 – The Flamingos, Pt. 2 – 1954-56

9/3/2017
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Air Week: September 4-10, 2017 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 #382 – The Flamingos, Pt. 1 – 1953-54

8/27/2017
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Air Week; August 28-September 3, 2017 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 […]

Duration: 00:59:00


Episode #381 – Sam Cooke

8/20/2017
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Air Week: August 21-27, 2017 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: 00:59:00


Episode #380 – Elvis’ R&B Influences

8/13/2017
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Air Week: August 14-20, 2017 Elvis’ Rhythm & Blues Influences 40 years ago this week, we lost the “King Of Rock n’ Roll. Much has been written about Elvis’ enormous impact and popularity over the years, but it’s almost impossible to overstate the cultural shift that took place as he rose to fame in 1956. […]

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Episode #379 – Jimmy Witherspoon, Pt. 2 – 1950-56

8/6/2017
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Air Week: August 7-13, 2017 Jimmy Witherspoon, Pt. 2 – 1950-56 Jimmy Witherspoon is one of most influential blues shouters to emerge after WWII and yet he remains just a footnote in the evolution of Rhythm & Blues and Rock n’ Roll. In part 1 of our 2 part feature on Spoon, we focused on […]

Duration: 00:58:59


Episode #378 – Jimmy Witherspoon, Pt. 1 – 1945-50

7/30/2017
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Air Week: July 31-August 6, 2017 Jimmy Witherspoon, Pt. 1 – 1945-50 Jimmy Witherspoon is one of most influential blues shouters to emerge after WWII and yet he remains just a footnote in the evolution of Rhythm & Blues and Rock n’ Roll. Originally from Arkansas, ‘Spoon settled in Los Angeles after his time in […]

Duration: 00:58:59


Episode #377 – The (Original R&B) Diamonds & Songs of Detroit

7/23/2017
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Air Week: July 24-30, 2017 The (original) Diamonds & R&B Songs of Detroit The “Juke In The Back” takes a look at one of New York’s greatest, but almost unheard of R&B vocal groups: The Diamonds. They only got 3 singles released by Atlantic Records during 1952 and ’53 and would fade into history by […]

Duration: 00:58:59


Episode #376 – Paul Gayten

7/16/2017
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Air Week: July 17-23, 2017 Paul Gayten Paul Gayten is one of the unsung heroes of rhythm & blues and one of the many architects of rock n’ roll. This week, Matt The Cat spotlights Gayten’s great contributions to music on the “Juke In The Back.” Paul Gayten scored the first New Orleans’ hit of […]

Duration: 00:58:59


Episode #375 – The Robins

7/9/2017
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Air Week: July 10-16, 2017 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: 00:59:00


Episode #374 – Back Of The Box: Rare 78rpm Shellac

7/2/2017
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Air Week: July 3-9, 2017 Back Of The Box: Rare 78rpm Shellac This week, Matt The Cat digs deep inside the back of the “Juke In The Back” to dust off some 78rpm shellac plattahs that never get played. It’s a great opportunity to hear rare records by Edith Mackey, Dillard Croon Jr. & The […]

Duration: 00:58:59


Episode #373 – Summertime R&B: 4th of July, Food & Baseball Songs

6/25/2017
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Air Week: June 26-July 2, 2017 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 […]

Duration: 00:59:00


Episode #372 – The Story Of Deacon Jones & Fanny Brown

6/18/2017
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Air Week: June 19-25, 2017 The Story Of Deacon Jones & Fanny Brown This week, we take a look at two of the most famous “characters” from 1940s and ’50s R&B: Deacon Jones and Fanny Brown. Sometimes these two were referenced in the same song, as in “Good Rockin’ Tonight” and sometimes they got their […]

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Episode #371 – The Royals (Early Midnighters)

6/11/2017
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Air Week: June 12-18, 2017 The Royals (Early Midnighters) This week, the “Juke In The Back” looks at the humble beginnings of The Midnighters, one of early R&B’s most successful groups. Before they topped the R&B charts with “Work With Me Annie” in 1954, The Midnighters were known as The Royals, a rough and ready […]

Duration: 00:58:59


Episode #370 – Little Willie John

6/4/2017
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Air Week: June 5-11, 2017 Little Willie John The “Juke In The Back” is proud to spotlight one of R&B’s most underrated singers and showmen, Little Willie John. Born in Arkansas, Willie was raised in Detroit and took advantage of its thriving music scene from an early age. By 18, he was recording for the […]

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Episode #369 – Unsung Ladies of R&B

5/28/2017
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Air Week: May 29-June 4, 2017 Unsung Ladies of R&B This week, the “Juke In The Back” solutes the Unsung Ladies of R&B! We’ll dig deep into a stack of shellac from some women you know, like Varetta Dillard, Ann Cole and The Cookies, as well as from some that you may not know, such […]

Duration: 00:59:00


Episode #368 – Big Jay McNeely

5/21/2017
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Air Week: May 22-28, 2017 Big Jay McNeely The juke is jumpin’ this week with some of the wildest, craziest and most gloriously blistering honking sax records of all-time by the master, Big Jay McNeely. Not only will Matt The Cat spin Big Jay’s greatest sides, but he’ll also be talking to the man behind […]

Duration: 00:58:59


Episode #367 – Etta James

5/14/2017
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Air Week: May 15-21, 2017 Etta James Producer Jerry Wexler called Etta James, “The greatest of all modern blues singers.” That’s great praise coming from a guy who worked with the greatest of the greats for 50 years. Etta had an amazing talent for mixing a bit of tenderness and heartbreak into her gritty, tough […]

Duration: 00:58:59


Episode #366 – The Harptones

5/7/2017
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Air Week: May 8-14, 2017 The Harptones The Harptones never had a national hit record, yet they are arguably the finest vocal group to come out of New York City during the 1950s. Willie Winfield’s soaring tenor matched with Raoul Cita’s songwriting and arrangements helped them hit the local charts and influence their peers. What […]

Duration: 00:59:00

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