Juke In The Back With Matt The Cat

Series produced by Matt "The Cat" Baldassarri

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The 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, "Juke In The Back" features The Griffin Brothers, one of the unsung Rhythm & Blues groups from the early 1950s. The Griffin Brothers wer...

Bought by KTRT RADIO INC, WHRV, WOUB, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, and KMXT


  • Added: Apr 14, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 5
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This week, "Juke In The Back" features another unsung hero of early Rhythm & Blues, Floyd Dixon. He's often overlooked or labeled as a Charles Brow...

Bought by KTRT RADIO INC, WHRV, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, WOUB, Royalton Community Radio and more


  • Added: Apr 07, 2019
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 6
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New Orleans has probably given birth to more musical geniuses than any other city in the world. So when you cite one particular artist from The Cre...

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  • Added: Mar 31, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 5
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This past week, we lost Andre Williams, a completely original and unique voice from the early days of Rhythmn & Blues. He was 82 and died from colo...

Bought by Royalton Community Radio, WHRV, KTRT RADIO INC, WOUB, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting and more


  • Added: Mar 24, 2019
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 6
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There are many great pianists in the history of boogie woogie that helped push its evolution, but it was Little Willie Littlefield who popularized ...

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  • Added: Mar 17, 2019
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 5
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This week, we continue our salute to the great blues shouter, Big Joe Turner with part 2 of 2. The show opens in 1951, with Turner's first recordin...

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  • Added: Mar 10, 2019
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 4
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This week, the "Juke In The Back" is loaded with nothing but the great recordings of Big Joe Turner, the "Boss Of The Blues." The show also feature...

Bought by Royalton Community Radio, WHRV, WOUB, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, and KMXT


  • Added: Mar 03, 2019
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 5
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Once again, it's time to put the ol' Rockola Jukebox in the spotlight as we blast back 70 years on our annual Jukebox Rhythm Review. Matt The Cat l...

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  • Added: Feb 24, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 6
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Once again, it's time to put the ol' Rockola Jukebox in the spotlight as we blast back 70 years on our annual Jukebox Rhythm Review. Matt The Cat l...

Bought by WHRV, KTRT RADIO INC, KMXT, WOUB, and Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting


  • Added: Feb 17, 2019
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 5
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This week, "Juke In The Back" presents one of the architects of the "honkin'" sax, Paul Williams. Williams' Sextette released some moderately succe...

Bought by Royalton Community Radio, WHRV, KTRT RADIO INC, WOUB, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting and more


  • Added: Feb 10, 2019
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 6
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The "Juke In The Back" proudly celebrates the 100th birthday of Dave Bartholomew, one of the fathers of not only Rhythm & Blues, but also Rock n' R...

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  • Added: Feb 03, 2019
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 6
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The "Juke In The Back" is proud to focus an entire show on the separate careers of bother and sister, Nellie and Joe Lutcher. Both scored numerous ...

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  • Added: Jan 27, 2019
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 6
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Matt The Cat presents the seldom-told story of Johnny Bragg, a prisoner serving six 99 year sentences at the Tenn State Penn when his group The Pri...

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  • Added: Jan 20, 2019
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 6
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This week, Matt The Cat loads the "Juke In The Back" with a musical history of the old African folktale about The Signifying Monkey. We'll trace th...

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  • Added: Jan 13, 2019
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 8
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We continue our unsober series of vintage Rhythm & Blues drinking songs this week with Rhythm & Booze: Looped! This week, we'll delve into your dru...

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  • Added: Jan 06, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 5
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This week, the "Juke In The Back" focuses on Little Richard's prime, hit-making period of 1955-57. Matt The Cat will take you from his early 1956 e...

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  • Added: Dec 30, 2018
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 6
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Before Little Richard's atomic howl burst through radios in early 1956 with a feverish "Wop-bop-a-loo-mop alop-bam-bom," he was just another Rhythm...

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  • Added: Dec 22, 2018
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 6
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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 16, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 8
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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 09, 2018
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 8
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There were so many influential Rhythm & Blues artists who had a great impact on the development of Rock n' Roll, but were never able to profit from...

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  • Added: Dec 02, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 6