Juke In The Back With Matt The Cat

Series produced by Matt "The Cat" Baldassarri

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Juke In The Back with Matt The Cat 

Matt The Cat presents the soul that came before rock n' roll: 1950s rhythm and blues. Each week, this underrated and rollicking music plays on that old Rockola Jukebox in the back.

If you wanted to hear rhythm & blues during the 1950s, you couldn't get it from the juke box in the front. No, no! In order to hear that glorious, down and dirty R&B, you had to go to the low-lit, spit-shined "Juke In The Back." These songs are the building blocks of rock n' roll. These are the records that inspired Elvis and single-handedly led to the rock n' roll explosion of the mid-1950s. Big Joe Turner, Fats Domino, Little Richard, Ruth Brown, Ray Charles, Wynonie Harris, LaVern Baker, Roy Brown, Joe Liggins, Professor Longhair and many more take center stage on The Juke In The Back. Matt The Cat hosted a similar program on XM Satellite Radio called "Harlem" and now he brings this great music and information to PRX.


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This week, the entire "Juke In The Back" is loaded with records from the catalog of Duke/Peacock Records. Don Robey created one of the great R&B la...

Bought by KTRT RADIO INC and WUTC


  • Added: Mar 03, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
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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 v...

Bought by Royalton Community Radio, KJZX-Austin, WHRV, Delmarva Public Media, WOUB and more


  • Added: Feb 25, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 9
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It's staggering, the number of R&B groups that have been left out of the history books and off radio station playlists just because they don't fit ...

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  • Added: Feb 18, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 8
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The Hollywood Flames recorded for nearly 20 different record labels and had numerous personnel changes over their 18 year history, but they always ...

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  • Added: Feb 11, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 10
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Lionel Hampton's big band was a training ground for so many of the all-time great musicians: Dizzy Gillespie, Charles Mingus, Dexter Gordon, Joe Mo...

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  • Added: Feb 04, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 9
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This week, the Juke In The Back features one of R&B and Rock n' Roll's greatest acts, James Brown. Before he was "The Godfather," Brown had to suff...

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  • Added: Jan 28, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 9
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The "Juke In The Back" takes a deep look at The Delta Rhythm Boys, one of R&B's early influences. They never scored the hits like the Mills Brothe...

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  • Added: Jan 21, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 9
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This week, the "Juke In The Back" features a rhythm & blues vocal group from Winston-Salem, NC that not only influenced James Brown, but quite poss...

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  • Added: Jan 14, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 8
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This week, the “Juke In The Back” transports you back 70 years. 1954 was a pivotal year for American Music. The lines between Rhythm & Blues and Po...

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  • Added: Jan 07, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 10
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The Juke is taking you back 70 years! 1954 was a pivotal year for American Music. The lines between Rhythm & Blues and Pop were getting blurred as ...

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  • Added: Dec 31, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 9
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Mabel Scott was an incredibly versatile artist. She was a pianist, pop vocalist, R&B chanteuse and could shout the blues with the best of 'em. Howe...

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  • Added: Dec 24, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 8
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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." Dig on...

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  • Added: Dec 17, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 9
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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 boog...

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  • Added: Dec 10, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 9
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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...

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  • Added: Dec 03, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 8
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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. Earl Lew...

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  • Added: Nov 26, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 8
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The "Juke In The Back" is proud to spotlight one of the great contributors to early Rhythm & Blues. Van "Piano Man" Walls released a few records u...

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  • Added: Nov 19, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 8
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This week, the "Juke In The Back" honors one of the greatest blues shouters of all-time, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson. Matt The Cat covers Vinson's ear...

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  • Added: Nov 12, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 10
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Willie Mae Thornton was a trailblazer, who in making her own rules paved the way for other groundbreaking female artists like Janis Joplin and Mado...

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  • Added: Nov 05, 2023
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 7
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This week, the "Juke In The Back" spotlights the "Prince of Primitive Cool," Rosco Gordon. His mostly self-penned tunes, feature his unique blend o...

Bought by KTRT RADIO INC, Royalton Community Radio, KJZX-Austin, WOUB, WHRV and more


  • Added: Oct 29, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 8
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Halloween has always been a frightfully good time of the year for the "Juke In The Back." This year, Matt The Cat, along with Miss Rosie and Bobby ...

Bought by Royalton Community Radio, KJZX-Austin, WHRV, WOUB, KIOS-FM Omaha Public Radio and more


  • Added: Oct 22, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 9