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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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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: Sep 17, 2017
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 5
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Terry Johnson of The Flamingos joins Matt The Cat this week as the "Juke In The Back" jumps and grooves with part three of our three part feature o...

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  • Added: Sep 10, 2017
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 7
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The "Juke In The Back" jumps and grooves this week as Matt The Cat presents part 2 of a three part feature on The Flamingos, one of the most influe...

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  • Added: Sep 03, 2017
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 6
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The "Juke In The Back" jumps and grooves this week as Matt The Cat begins a 3 part feature on The Flamingos, one of the most influential and best r...

Bought by Royalton Community Radio, KTRT RADIO INC, 90.5 WSNC, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, WOUB and more


  • Added: Aug 27, 2017
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 7
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Few African Americans accomplished so much (songwriter, revered singer, entrepreneur) during the 1950s as the legendary Sam Cooke. This week, Matt ...

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  • Added: Aug 20, 2017
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 8
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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 13, 2017
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 6
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Jimmy Witherspoon is one of most influential blues shouters to emerge after WWII and yet he remains just a footnote in the evolution of Rhythm & Bl...

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  • Added: Aug 06, 2017
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 7
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Jimmy Witherspoon is one of most influential blues shouters to emerge after WWII and yet he remains just a footnote in the evolution of Rhythm & Bl...

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  • Added: Jul 30, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 7
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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...

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  • Added: Jul 24, 2017
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 9
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Pianist Paul Gayten is one of the true unsung heroes of R&B and rock n' roll, but he is often overlooked in the history of the genre. Matt The Cat ...

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  • Added: Jul 16, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 8
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The "Juke In The Back" features The Robins, one of the earliest and most influential R&B vocal group to come out of Los Angeles in the late '40s an...

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  • Added: Jul 09, 2017
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 8
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This week, Matt The Cat digs deep inside the back of the "Juke In The Back" to dust off some 78rpm shellac plattahs that never get played. It's a g...

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  • Added: Jul 02, 2017
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 7
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The Juke In The Back jumps into summer by spotlighting THE summertime holiday, the 4th of July. We're diggin' the 4th in song, ranging from songs a...

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  • Added: Jun 25, 2017
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 9
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This week, we take a look at two of the most famous "characters" from 1940s and '50s R&B: Deacon Jones and Fanny Brown. Sometimes these two were re...

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  • Added: Jun 18, 2017
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 8
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The "Juke In The Back" looks at the very beginnings of one of early R&B's biggest groups, The Midnighters. Before "Work With Me Annie," they were k...

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  • Added: Jun 11, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 7
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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...

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  • Added: Jun 04, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 7
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This week, the "Juke In The Back" solutes the Unsung Ladies of R&B! We'll dig deep into a stack of shellac from some women you know, like Varetta D...

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  • Added: May 28, 2017
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 6
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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...

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  • Added: May 21, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 7
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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-...

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  • Added: May 14, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 7
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The Harptones never had a national hit record, yet they are arguably the finest vocal group to come out of New York City during the 1950s. What set...

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  • Added: May 07, 2017
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 5