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 "Juke In The Back" explores the rhythm and blues phenomenon of the "Annie" song. This is the giant wave of sequel songs and answer r...

Bought by 90.5 WSNC, WHRV, KSRQ, Royalton Community Radio, and WOUB


  • Added: Oct 16, 2016
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 5
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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 ...

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  • Added: Oct 09, 2016
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 5
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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...

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  • Added: Oct 02, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 5
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This week, the "Juke In The Back" looks at how one of R&B's greatest voices, LaVern Baker, got her start. It's part two of a two part feature on th...

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  • Added: Sep 25, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 5
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This week, th "Juke In The Back" looks at how one of R&B's greatest voices, LaVern Baker, got her start. It's part one of a two part feature on the...

Bought by Royalton Community Radio, 90.5 WSNC, WHRV, WOUB, and KSRQ


  • Added: Sep 18, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 5
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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...

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  • Added: Sep 11, 2016
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 6
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The "Juke In The Back" pays tribute to the great R&B vocalist, Lil Greenwood. You'll hear her greatest early recordings from 1950-1954, before she ...

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  • Added: Sep 04, 2016
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 5
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Matt The Cat & The "Juke In The Back" feature a look at one of most significant little record labels in history: Trumpet Records. Based in Jackson,...

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  • Added: Aug 28, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Elmore James never tried to have crossover success. He was a bluesman through and through; an ambassador of the Mississippi Delta Blues with a mode...

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  • Added: Aug 21, 2016
  • Length: 59:01
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Elvis Presley's early music was a blend of Hillbilly, Country, Gospel and R&B. This week's "Juke In The Back" explored the enormous debt Elvis owed...

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  • Added: Aug 14, 2016
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 5
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Some songwriters and singers just know how to tap into deepest regions of sadness, passion and truth. Such is the musical prowess of Percy Mayfield...

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  • Added: Aug 07, 2016
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 3
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Drop a nickel in the ol' Rockola Juke to hear one of the best selling and most influential bluesmen and guitarists of all-time, T-Bone Walker. This...

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  • Added: Jul 31, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 7
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This week, the entire "Juke In The Back" is loaded with records from the catalog of Duke/Peacock Records. Don Robey created one of the great R&B la...

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  • Added: Jul 24, 2016
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 6
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Willie Mae Thornton was a trailblazer, who in making her own rules paved the way for other groundbreaking female artists like Janis Joplin and Mado...

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  • Added: Jul 17, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 6
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This week, the "Juke In The Back" features a rhythm & blues vocal group from Winston-Salem, NC that not only influenced James Brown, but quite poss...

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  • Added: Jul 10, 2016
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 7
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The "Juke In The Back" is loaded this week with records by one of R&B's greatest and most underrated bandleaders, Lucky Millinder. He worked with v...

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  • Added: Jul 03, 2016
  • 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, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 8
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This is the third and final part of "Juke In The Back"'s tribute to Specialty Records. This week, host Matt The Cat looks at Specialty's hit-making...

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  • Added: Jun 19, 2016
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 6
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This week, the "Juke In The Back" is jumpin' with records all hailing from the Specialty Label out of LA on part 2 of The Specialty Records Story. ...

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  • Added: Jun 12, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 7
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This week, the "Juke In The Back" is full of old records from one of the greatest record labels of all-time, Specialty Records. Art Rupe started th...

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  • Added: Jun 05, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 7