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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The "Juke In The Back" presents the final part of a 3 part feature on Chuck Berry's early career. This week, Matt The Cat focuses on Berry's record...

Bought by KTRT RADIO INC, WRNC-LP, WOUB, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, and KSRQ


  • Added: Mar 12, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 5
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This week, the "Juke In The Back" presents part 2 of 3 as we examine the early recordings of Chuck Berry, the "Father Of Rock n' Roll." In part 2,...

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


  • Added: Mar 05, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • 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 KCMJ Community Radio, WOUB, 90.5 WSNC, Royalton Community Radio, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting and more


  • Added: Feb 26, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 6
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Jimmy Reed was a hit-making blues machine back in the 1950s, yet he isn't as well remembered today as some of his contemporaries. Almost anyone cou...

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  • Added: Feb 19, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 6
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The juke is jumpin' with records focusing on classic R&B songs about cars. Musicologists Billy Vera and Steve Propes drop by the "Juke In The Back"...

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  • Added: Feb 12, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 7
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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...

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  • Added: Feb 06, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 6
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This week, we travel back 70 years with our ol' Rockola Jukebox to spotlight the biggest Rhythm & Blues jukebox hits from 1947. In part two of two,...

Bought by 90.5 WSNC, KCMJ Community Radio, WOUB, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, and KSRQ


  • Added: Jan 29, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 5
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This week, we travel back 70 years with our ol' Rockola Jukebox to spotlight the biggest Rhythm & Blues jukebox hits from 1947. In part one, we'll ...

Bought by 90.5 WSNC, Royalton Community Radio, WOUB, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, and KSRQ


  • Added: Jan 22, 2017
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 5
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"Juke In The Back" digs deep into New Orleans R&B this week for the highly underrated 1950s vocal group, Bobby Mitchell & The Toppers. Best known f...

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  • Added: Jan 15, 2017
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 6
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Last week, the "Juke In The Back" featured every recording made by the innovative BO DIDDLEY during the year 1955. This week, the Juke picks it up ...

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  • Added: Jan 08, 2017
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 6
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This week's "Juke In The Back" features every record Bo Diddley recorded during his debut year of 1955. You'll hear where it all began with one of ...

Bought by WHRV, WRNC-LP, KSRQ, WOUB, and Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting


  • Added: Jan 01, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • 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...

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  • Added: Dec 25, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 7
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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 18, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 7
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Clyde McPhatter had one of the sweetest and most powerful tenor voices in all of Rhythm & Blues and early Rock n' Roll. This week, Matt The Cat foc...

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  • Added: Dec 11, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 6
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The Drifters would become the most successful vocal group in history, charting hit after hit for over 20 years, with no less than a dozen different...

Bought by WRNC-LP, 90.5 WSNC, WHRV, Royalton Community Radio, WOUB and more


  • Added: Dec 04, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 6
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The "Juke In The Back" features another highly underrated R&B vocal group from the 1950s: The Checkers. They never scored a national hit, but they'...

Bought by WRNC-LP, WHRV, Royalton Community Radio, WOUB, and KSRQ


  • Added: Nov 27, 2016
  • Length: 59:02
  • Purchases: 5
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The "Juke In The Back" spotlights a true blues legend, Lowell Fulson. From his 1948 breakthrough, "Three O'Clock Blues" to his 1954 legendary smash...

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  • Added: Nov 20, 2016
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 6
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The "Juke In The Back" is jumpin' this week with a salute to the lighter side of classic 1950s rhythm and blues. These “novelty” R&B tunes come fro...

Bought by Royalton Community Radio, WOUB, WHRV, and KSRQ


  • Added: Nov 13, 2016
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 4
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Memphis Slim dubbed himself the "Ambassador Of The Blues" and for good reason. He spread the gospel of America's music around the world during his ...

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  • Added: Nov 06, 2016
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 6
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In late 1953, RCA Victor launched a new subsidiary to focus on the Rhythm & Blues market, called Groove Records. It's hard to imagine, but Piano Re...

Bought by WRNC-LP, 90.5 WSNC, WHRV, WOUB, and KSRQ


  • Added: Oct 31, 2016
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 5