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, the jukebox is in the spotlight as Matt The Cat takes you back 60 years and highlights the top jukebox hits of the first half of 1953. Y...

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


  • Added: Jan 06, 2013
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 4
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The "Juke In The Back" is loaded with records by the 1950s R&B vocal group, The Crickets. They only recorded from late 1952 to 1954, but man did th...

Bought by WRNC-LP, KPVL, KSRQ, 88.5 JAZZ FM Erie's Jazz Station, and WOUB


  • Added: Dec 30, 2012
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 5
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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, KSVR Studios: Skagit Valley Radio, KSRQ, and KPVL


  • Added: Dec 22, 2012
  • 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...

Bought by KPIP-LP, WRNC-LP, KPVL, KSRQ, and 88.5 JAZZ FM Erie's Jazz Station


  • Added: Dec 16, 2012
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 5
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The "Juke In The Back" takes a look at one of New York's greatest, but almost unheard of R&B vocal groups: The Diamonds. Matt The Cat also features...

Bought by WRNC-LP and KPVL


  • Added: Dec 10, 2012
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 2
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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...

Bought by WRNC-LP and KPVL


  • Added: Dec 01, 2012
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 2
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The "Juke In The Back" honors one of the greatest, yet more underrated originators of electric blues guitar: Pee Wee Crayton. Matt The Cat presents...

Bought by KPVL and 88.5 JAZZ FM Erie's Jazz Station


  • Added: Nov 25, 2012
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
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Richard Berry is truly one of the unsung heroes of early rhythm & blues and rock n' roll. That he wrote and recorded the original version of "Louie...

Bought by KPVL


  • Added: Nov 18, 2012
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 1
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The Penguins' "Earth Angel" was the first rhythm & blues song to crossover into the pop world in such a big way that it announced the beginning of ...

Bought by WRNC-LP and 88.5 JAZZ FM Erie's Jazz Station


  • Added: Nov 11, 2012
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
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It's part 2 of our 2 part series on Wynonie "Mr. Blues" Harris, one of the greatest blues shouters of all time. Matt The Cat focuses on Harris' hit...

Bought by KPVL and WRNC-LP


  • Added: Nov 05, 2012
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 2
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The "Juke In The Back" is overflowin' with records by one of R&B's greatest blues shouters and entertainers: Wynonie "Mr. Blues" Harris. Part 1 of ...

Bought by KPVL, WRNC-LP, and 88.5 JAZZ FM Erie's Jazz Station


  • Added: Oct 29, 2012
  • Length: 59:03
  • Purchases: 3
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Matt The Cat celebrates Halloween with the scariest, spookiest and most sinister vintage rhythm & blues records ever made! It's the disembodied "s...

Bought by KPIP-LP, WNMU-FM, 88.5 JAZZ FM Erie's Jazz Station, WRNC-LP, and KPVL


  • Added: Oct 20, 2012
  • Length: 59:02
  • Purchases: 5
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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 WRNC-LP, KPVL, and 88.5 JAZZ FM Erie's Jazz Station


  • Added: Oct 14, 2012
  • Length: 59:02
  • Purchases: 3
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This week, The "Juke In The Back" features the songs of one of R&B's greatest songwriters: Rudy Toombs. This underrated cat wrote some of the most ...

Bought by KPVL, WRNC-LP, and 88.5 JAZZ FM Erie's Jazz Station


  • Added: Oct 09, 2012
  • Length: 59:03
  • Purchases: 3
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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...

Bought by KPVL, WRNC-LP, and 88.5 JAZZ FM Erie's Jazz Station


  • Added: Sep 30, 2012
  • Length: 59:03
  • Purchases: 3
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Even though The Cardinals only scored 3 R&B hits, they are remembered as one of the most important vocal groups of the 1950s. This week, Matt The C...

Bought by WRNC-LP and 88.5 JAZZ FM Erie's Jazz Station


  • Added: Sep 23, 2012
  • Length: 59:03
  • Purchases: 2
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This week, the jukebox is in the spotlight as Matt The Cat takes you back 61 years and highlights the top jukebox hits of the second half of 1951. ...

Bought by WRNC-LP, KPVL, and 88.5 JAZZ FM Erie's Jazz Station


  • Added: Sep 16, 2012
  • Length: 59:03
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: The Juke In The Back With Matt The Cat
This week, the jukebox is in the spotlight as Matt The Cat takes you back 61 years and highlights the top jukebox hits of the first half of 1951. Y...

Bought by WRNC-LP, KPVL, and 88.5 JAZZ FM Erie's Jazz Station


  • Added: Sep 10, 2012
  • Length: 59:03
  • Purchases: 3
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This week's "Juke In The Back" digs deep into a group that is usually only remembered for one, incredibly influential tune, "Sh-Boom." The Chords c...

Bought by WRNC-LP, KPVL, and 88.5 JAZZ FM Erie's Jazz Station


  • Added: Sep 02, 2012
  • Length: 59:03
  • Purchases: 3
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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...

Bought by WRNC-LP, KPVL, and 88.5 JAZZ FM Erie's Jazz Station


  • Added: Aug 26, 2012
  • Length: 59:02
  • Purchases: 3