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, it's 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 Am...

Bought by WRNC-LP, WOUB, WLPR, 90.5 WSNC, KPVL and more


  • Added: Mar 16, 2014
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 6
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This week, "Juke In The Back" begins a 3 part series on the great, influential and infectious music that came out of New Orleans, one of America's ...

Bought by WOUB, WLPR, 90.5 WSNC, KPVL, WRNC-LP and more


  • Added: Mar 09, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 6
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New Orleans is not known for its R&B vocal groups. In a city where jazz, blues and zydeco thrive, one vocal group rose to the top: The Spiders. In ...

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  • Added: Mar 03, 2014
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 6
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This week, "Juke In The Back" features the conclusion of our 2 part series on Aladdin Records. Matt The Cat features Aladdin's releases from 1950-5...

Bought by WOUB, WLPR, WRNC-LP, 90.5 WSNC, KPVL and more


  • Added: Feb 22, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 6
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The "Juke In The Back" presents part 1 of a 2 part series on Aladdin Records. Aladdin was one of the independent LA record labels that launched in ...

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  • Added: Feb 16, 2014
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 6
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This week, the "Juke In The Back" features one of the great big talents of early R&B, Little Willie John. From interviews with people who knew Will...

Bought by WRNC-LP, WOUB, WLPR, WEZU, 90.5 WSNC and more


  • Added: Feb 09, 2014
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 7
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1954 was a pivotal year for American Music. The lines between Rhythm & Blues and Pop were getting blurred as more and more R&B records crossed over...

Bought by KFOK-LPFM, WOUB, WLPR, 90.5 WSNC, WRNC-LP and more


  • Added: Feb 02, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 7
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1954 was a pivotal year for American Music. The lines between Rhythm & Blues and Pop were getting blurred as more and more R&B records crossed over...

Bought by KFOK-LPFM, WOUB, WLPR, WRNC-LP, 90.5 WSNC and more


  • Added: Jan 26, 2014
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 7
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Matt The Cat is joined by the greatest of all the West Coast Sax Honkers, Big Jay McNeely. You'll hear Big Jay tell his story in his own words as M...

Bought by KFOK-LPFM, WOUB, 90.5 WSNC, WRNC-LP, and KSRQ


  • Added: Jan 19, 2014
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 5
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This week, Matt The Cat looks at Chuck Berry's very first year of recording, featuring everything he recorded between May, 1955 and April, 1956. Yo...

Bought by WRNC-LP, WOUB, and KSRQ


  • Added: Jan 12, 2014
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 3
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Eddie Rich, the original lead tenor of The Swallows, one of the greatest and most underrated R&B vocal groups of the 1950s joins Matt The Cat for a...

Bought by WOUB, WRNC-LP, WEZU, and KSRQ


  • Added: Jan 05, 2014
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 4
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This week's "Juke In The Back" highlights the short, but important career of Faye Adams. DJ Alan Freed called her "The little gal with the big voic...

Bought by WOUB, KPVL, and WRNC-LP


  • Added: Dec 29, 2013
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 3
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Matt The Cat has dug up some more R&B Christmas treasures and added a few tunes about New Years for this week’s continuation of the “Juke In The Ba...

Bought by KPIP-LP, WVAS, KSRQ, and WOUB


  • Added: Dec 22, 2013
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 4
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The entire "Juke In The Back" is loaded with the greatest R&B Christmas records from the late 1940s and 1950s. It's the yuletide soul that came bef...

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  • Added: Dec 15, 2013
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 5
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Jimmy Liggins may not have been as successful as his older brother Joe, but Jimmy's 1948 recording of "Cadillac Boogie" just might be the first roc...

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  • Added: Dec 08, 2013
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 3
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Today's popular culture has left so many musical pioneers behind and this week the "Juke In The Back" features Joe Liggins, one such pioneer who's ...

Bought by WOUB, WRNC-LP, and KSRQ


  • Added: Dec 01, 2013
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 3
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Etta James was one of the grittiest and most influential R&B singer of all-time. This week, Matt The Cat focuses on Etta's early records from 1954...

Bought by KCSM, KPVL, WRNC-LP, WOUB, and KSRQ


  • Added: Nov 24, 2013
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 5
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Johnny Otis was one of the most important figures in rhythm & blues and contributed greatly to the birth of rock n' roll. He wrote, played on and ...

Bought by KPVL, WRNC-LP, WOUB, and KSRQ


  • Added: Nov 17, 2013
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 4
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The "Juke In The Back" is jumpin' this week as we take a look at the history and influence of the Champion Jack Dupree classic, "Junker's Blues." W...

Bought by WOUB, WRNC-LP, and KSRQ


  • Added: Nov 10, 2013
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 3
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The West Coast is often ignored as a post World War II Rhythm & Blues hot spot, but some mighty fine R&B artists, groups and labels called LA home....

Bought by KPVL, WRNC-LP, WOUB, and KSRQ


  • Added: Nov 03, 2013
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 4