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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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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, "Drea...

  • Added: Jan 21, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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The jukebox takes center stages as we travel back 70 years to dig on the hep sounds of 1948. This week, in part 2 of 2, the "Juke In The Back" feat...

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


  • Added: Jan 14, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 7
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The jukebox takes center stages as we travel back 70 years to dig on the hep sounds of 1948. This week, in part 1 of 2, the "Juke In The Back" feat...

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


  • Added: Jan 07, 2018
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 7
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"Juke In The Back" kicks off 2018 with a profile of Combo Records, a small, independent Los Angeles record label that only scored one national hit,...

Bought by Royalton Community Radio, WHRV, 90.5 WSNC, KTRT RADIO INC, WOUB and more


  • Added: Dec 31, 2017
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 8
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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 24, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 5
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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 90.5 WSNC, KSRQ, WOUB, Royalton Community Radio, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting and more


  • Added: Dec 16, 2017
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 6
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Much has been said about Ike Turner's personal life, but not enough has been said about his musical legacy. This week's "Juke In The Back" looks at...

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  • Added: Dec 10, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 7
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This week, "Juke In The Back" highlights the short career of one of R&B's greatest talents: JOHNNY ACE. His great records usually get overshadowed ...

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  • Added: Dec 03, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 7
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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...

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  • Added: Nov 26, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 8
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"Juke In The Back" features one of early R&B's greatest blues shouters, Roy Brown. From his early hits for the DeLuxe Label in the late 1940s to hi...

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  • Added: Nov 19, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 7
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Today Harry "Little" Caesar is best remembered as an actor from movies and TV and the voice behind 1952's "Goodbye Baby," one of the strangest R&B ...

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  • Added: Nov 12, 2017
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 7
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The “Juke In The Back” is proud to feature Fats Domino, who passed away on October 24th at the age of 89. He was one of the most influential and po...

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  • Added: Nov 05, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 8
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The “Juke In The Back” is proud to feature Fats Domino, who passed away on October 24th at the age of 89. He was one of the most influential and po...

Bought by KCSM, KTRT RADIO INC, Royalton Community Radio, WHRV, 90.5 WSNC and more


  • Added: Oct 29, 2017
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 9
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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 "so...

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  • Added: Oct 22, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 7
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This week, the "Juke In The Back" presents the final part of a 4 part feature on the early musical career of the great, Ray Charles, which will cov...

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  • Added: Oct 15, 2017
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 7
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This week, the "Juke In The Back" presents part 3 of a 4 part feature on the early musical career of the great, Ray Charles, which will cover 1948-...

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


  • Added: Oct 08, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 7
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This week, the "Juke In The Back" presents part 2 of a four part feature on the early musical career of the great, Ray Charles, which will cover 19...

Bought by Royalton Community Radio, 90.5 WSNC, KTRT RADIO INC, WHRV, WOUB and more


  • Added: Oct 02, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 7
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This week, the "Juke In The Back" begins a four part feature on the early musical career of the great, Ray Charles, which will cover 1948-58. Part ...

Bought by Royalton Community Radio, 90.5 WSNC, WHRV, KTRT RADIO INC, WOUB and more


  • Added: Sep 24, 2017
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 7
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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: 7
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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