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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Jimmy Preston made a major contribution to early Rock n' Roll by ushering in the era of the screamin' sax. He is mostly remembered today for his or...

Bought by WHRV, WUTC, KSRQ, KIOS-FM Omaha Public Radio, WYAP and more


  • Added: Aug 07, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 9
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Many 1960s soul legends had their start in 1950s R&B and this week, the "Juke In The Back" takes a listen to Billy Stewart's early records. We'll a...

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  • Added: Jul 31, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 7
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The "Juke In The Back" honors Little Esther, the 14 year old phenom that scored 3 #1 hits in 1950, singing with Johnny Otis' musical ensemble. She ...

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


  • Added: Jul 24, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 8
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John Lee Hooker was one of the most influential and important musicians of the 20th Century. He single-handedly invented his own electric guitar bo...

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  • Added: Jul 17, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 7
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The Cadillacs were one of the most versatile R&B vocal groups of the 1950s, handling uptempo gems like "Speedo" and classic doo wop ballads like "G...

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  • Added: Jul 10, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 8
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Next to the Johnny Otis Orchestra, no R&B act was bigger in 1950 than Larry Darnell. The Columbus, OH native scored the first #1 rhythm record of 1...

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  • Added: Jul 03, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 6
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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? Di...

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  • Added: Jun 26, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 9
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The "Juke In The Back" is jumpin' with a whole program dedicated to the short-lived 1950s record label started by songwriters Jerry Leiber & Mike S...

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  • Added: Jun 19, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 7
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The "Juke In The Back" is proud to feature Jimmy Coe, a great 1950s saxophonist, bandleader and session man that is often ignored today. His 3 sing...

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  • Added: Jun 12, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 10
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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...

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  • Added: Jun 05, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 8
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The Juke In The Back is jumpin' this week with records from the Vita Label and its direct predecessor, Mambo Records. Mambo hit the ground running ...

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  • Added: May 29, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 9
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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...

Bought by Royalton Community Radio, KNCT FM, WHRV, KSRQ, KIOS-FM Omaha Public Radio and more


  • Added: May 22, 2022
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 9
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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, 20...

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  • Added: May 15, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 8
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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, 20...

Bought by Royalton Community Radio, KNCT FM, WHRV, KSRQ, KIOS-FM Omaha Public Radio and more


  • Added: May 08, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 9
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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, 20...

Bought by Royalton Community Radio, KSRQ, WHRV, KNCT FM, KIOS-FM Omaha Public Radio and more


  • Added: May 01, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 9
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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 o...

Bought by WHRV, KNCT FM, KIOS-FM Omaha Public Radio, WOUB, WYAP and more


  • Added: Apr 24, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 7
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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 influe...

Bought by KNCT FM, KTRT RADIO INC, WHRV, KIOS-FM Omaha Public Radio, WOUB and more


  • Added: Apr 17, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 6
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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 r...

Bought by Royalton Community Radio, KNCT FM, KIOS-FM Omaha Public Radio, WOUB, KTRT RADIO INC and more


  • Added: Apr 10, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 6
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Marvin Phillips is one of LA's unsung heroes of 1950s rhythm & blues. He, along with Jesse Belvin, popularized R&B duos with their 1952 smash, "Dre...

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  • Added: Apr 03, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 7
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Jack McVea is an integral part of the Los Angeles Rhythm & Blues scene of the 1940s. He's best remembered today as the originator of the recorded v...

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  • Added: Mar 27, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 7