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Juke In The Back

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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, 75 years later, this vibrant and influential music is still so unknown to so many? Matt The Cat is going to change that with the radio program, “Juke In The Back.” These were the records that you couldn’t hear on the jukebox in the front of the establishment. To hear all this great 1950s rhythm & blues, you had to go to “Juke In The Back.”

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, 75 years later, this vibrant and influential music is still so unknown to so many? Matt The Cat is going to change that with the radio program, “Juke In The Back.” These were the records that you couldn’t hear on the jukebox in the front of the establishment. To hear all this great 1950s rhythm & blues, you had to go to “Juke In The Back.”

Location:

Washington , DC

Description:

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, 75 years later, this vibrant and influential music is still so unknown to so many? Matt The Cat is going to change that with the radio program, “Juke In The Back.” These were the records that you couldn’t hear on the jukebox in the front of the establishment. To hear all this great 1950s rhythm & blues, you had to go to “Juke In The Back.”

Language:

English


Episodes

Episode #634 – 4th of July: R&B Food Songs

6/26/2022
Air Week: June 27-July 3, 2022 4th of July: R&B Food Songs What’s more American than celebrating America’s birthday with some good ol’ red, white and Rhythm & Blues about THE Fourth of July staple: food? Dig in on an hour of classic R&B about hot dogs, cole slaw, potato salad, ribs and ice cream […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #633 – Leiber & Stoller’s Spark Records

6/19/2022
Air Week: June 20-26, 2022 Leiber & Stoller’s 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 […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #632 – Jimmy Coe

6/12/2022
Air Week: June 13-19, 2022 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:00:58:58

Episode #631 – Howlin’ Wolf: The Early Years

6/5/2022
Air Week: June 6-12, 2022 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 Cat spins Wolf’s […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #630 – Mambo / Vita Records

5/29/2022
Air Week: May 30-June 5, 2022 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 #629 – Billy “The Kid” Emerson

5/22/2022
Air Week: May 23-29, 2022 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 Emerson […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #628 – Art Rupe & Specialty Records, Pt. 3 – 1953-55

5/15/2022
Air Week: May 16-22, 2022 Art Rupe & Specialty Records, Pt. 3 – 1953-56 This week, the “Juke In The Back” pays our respects to one of the great record men of the 1940s and 50s; Art Rupe. Rupe passed away on April 15, 2022 at the age of 104! He started Juke Box Records […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #627 – Art Rupe & Specialty Records, Pt. 2 – 1950-53

5/8/2022
Air Week: May 9-15, 2022 Art Rupe & Specialty Records, Pt. 2 – 1950-53 This week, the “Juke In The Back” pays our respects to one of the great record men of the 1940s and 50s; Art Rupe. Rupe passed away on April 15, 2022 at the age of 104! He started Juke Box Records […]

Duration:00:59:00

Episode #626 – Art Rupe & Specialty Records, Pt. 1 – 1945-50

5/1/2022
Air Week: May 2-8, 2022 Art Rupe & Specialty Records, Pt. 1 – 1945-50 This week, the “Juke In The Back” pays our respects to one of the great record men of the 1940s and 50s; Art Rupe. Rupe passed away on April 15, 2022 at the age of 104! He started Juke Box Records […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #625 – The Flamingos, Pt. 3 – 1957-59

4/24/2022
Air Week: April 25-May 1, 2022 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 […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #624 – The Flamingos, Pt. 2 – 1954-56

4/17/2022
Air Week: April 18-24, 2022 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 #623 – The Flamingos, Pt. 1 – 1953-54

4/10/2022
Air Week: April 11-17, 2022 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 of […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #622 – Marvin Phillips

4/3/2022
Air Week: April 4-10, 2022 Marvin Phillips Marvin Phillips is important to post WWII rhythm & blues, because he, along with Jesse Belvin, helped to popularize the R&B duo. Jesse and Marvin scored an enormous hit in 1952 with the ballad, “Dream Girl,” thus paving the way for future R&B duos like Shirley & Lee, […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #621 – Jack McVea

3/27/2022
Air Week: March 28-April 3, 2022 Jack McVea Jack McVea is an integral part of the Los Angeles Rhythm & Blues scene of the 1940s. He came up playing banjo in his father’s band, before touring the country on baritone saxophone with Lionel Hampton’s Band. After leaving Hamp in late 1943, McVea spearheaded the idea […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #620 – Sam Cooke

3/20/2022
Air Week: March 21-27, 2022 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:00:58:59

Episode #619 – R&B of Decca Records

3/13/2022
Air Week: March 14-20, 2022 R&B of Decca RecordsIn the 1940s and ’50s, the major record labels didn’t lead the way when it came to releasing Rhythm & Blues, Blues and Rock n’ Roll, but they all did participate in what was known unfortunately as “Race Music” back then. Columbia, Victor and Decca all had […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #618 – The Robins

3/6/2022
Air Week: March 7-13, 2022 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:00:58:59

Episode #617 – Roy Byrd aka Professor Longhair

2/27/2022
Air Week: February 28-March 6, 2022 Roy Byrd aka Professor Longhair What better way to celebrate Mardi Gras than with the “Grandaddy of New Orleans Rhythm & Blues”? That, cats & kittens, is Henry Roeland Byrd, aka Roy Byrd, aka Professor Longhair. Byrd’s piano and singing style are like none that came before or since. […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #616 – New Orleans R&B, Pt. 3 – 1955-57

2/20/2022
Air Week: February 21-27, 2022 New Orleans R&B, Pt. 3 – 1955-57 Get ready for Carnival with part 3 of “Juke In The Back”‘s 3 part series on the great, influential and infectious music that came out of New Orleans, one of America’s most fertile musical cities. In fact, the “Crescent City” is often cited […]

Duration:00:58:59

Episode #615 – New Orleans R&B, Pt. 2 – 1953-55

2/13/2022
Air Week: February 14-20, 2022 New Orleans R&B, Pt. 2 – 1953-55 Get ready for Carnival with part 2 of “Juke In The Back”‘s 3 part series on the great, influential and infectious music that came out of New Orleans, one of America’s most fertile musical cities. In fact, the “Crescent City” is often cited […]

Duration:00:58:59