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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Little Miss Cornshucks was an influential figure in post WWII Rhythm & Blues. Lavern Baker copied Cornshucks' country girl stage act down to the na...

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  • Added: May 20, 2018
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 6
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The "Juke In The Back" features The Ravens, an R&B vocal group that set the stage for all the groups that would follow. With Jimmy Ricks' bass lead...

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  • Added: May 13, 2018
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 7
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Drop a nickel in the ol' Rockola Juke as Matt The Cat dedicates the entire hour to the great little Nashville R&B label, Excello Records. From The ...

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  • Added: May 06, 2018
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 7
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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...

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  • Added: Apr 29, 2018
  • Length: 59:01
  • 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 ...

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  • Added: Apr 22, 2018
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 7
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The entire "Juke In The Back" this week features Motown's biggest acts, BEFORE there even was a Motown Records and before those acts were household...

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  • Added: Apr 15, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 7
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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: Apr 08, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 7
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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: Apr 01, 2018
  • 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: Mar 25, 2018
  • Length: 59:01
  • 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: Mar 18, 2018
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 7
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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: Mar 11, 2018
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 7
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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...

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  • Added: Mar 04, 2018
  • Length: 59:01
  • 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: Feb 25, 2018
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 8
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The "Juke" continues its feature on Ivory Joe Hunter this week with part 2 of 2. This week's show looks at Hunter's successful run of hits from 195...

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  • Added: Feb 18, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 8
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This week, the "Juke In The Back" spotlights one of the most underrated hit-makers of the 1940s and '50s, Ivory Joe Hunter. Today, most people only...

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  • Added: Feb 10, 2018
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 8
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Matt The Cat has a thing for record labels and he loves loading the "Juke In The Back" with 78s from one label. This week, we do it again as we fea...

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  • Added: Feb 04, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 7
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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: Jan 28, 2018
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 8
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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, "Drea...

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  • Added: Jan 21, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 8
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The jukebox takes center stages as we travel back 70 years to dig on the hep sounds of 1948. This week, in part 2 of 2, the "Juke In The Back" feat...

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  • Added: Jan 14, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: The Juke In The Back With Matt The Cat
The jukebox takes center stages as we travel back 70 years to dig on the hep sounds of 1948. This week, in part 1 of 2, the "Juke In The Back" feat...

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


  • Added: Jan 07, 2018
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 7